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Bits: Quadruple Accor points at new hotels, Malmaison hotel discounts, Malaysia Airlines discount extended

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Get QUADRUPLE Accor points at selected new hotels

Accor runs regular promotions offering QUADRUPLE Accor Live Limitless points at its new hotels.  There are often no UK properties taking part, but the new list has some good options.

Here are the participating properties in the UK:

ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport East (funky picture below, it is on Great West Road and so has an art deco theme!)

Mercure Oxford Hawkwell House

Novotel Leicester

Adagio Aparthotel Leicester

To see participating hotels outside the UK, click on the promo page on the website and click ‘Conditions of Sale’.  It is a very varied list running from Ibis to a new Pullman Maldives resort!

Here are the rules:

  • You MUST register before booking via this special page of the Accor website
  • You must book before 3rd March
  • You must stay before 19th April
  • There is no minimum stay
  • You can only earn the bonus once (not once per hotel, once in total across all the participating hotels)

The offer works out nicely:

  • You earn 2.5 Accor base points per €1
  • You earn 7.5 additional Accor points per €1 as your promo bonus

This is a total of 10 Accor points per €1 equivalent you spend, plus any status bonus you are due.  This is worth 20 Eurocents if used for Accor hotel vouchers – so 20% back on your spending – or 10 Avios per €1.

The rate is lower at Ibis, at 1.25 points per €1, and Adagio, at 1 point per €1.  This means that only two of the four hotels above earn the full 2.5 points per €1.

(If you choose to auto-convert into Avios, you must choose Iberia Plus and not British Airways Executive Club.  This is because the conversion rate is different – 1:1 into Iberia Plus versus 2:1 into British Airways Executive Club.  Later, you can move your Avios from Iberia Plus to British Airways Executive Club using ‘Combine My Avios’.)

You can register for the ‘quadruple points at new Accor hotels’ offer here.

Ibis Styles London Heathrow East

A new Malmaison opens …. and get good Advance Booking discounts

We don’t cover UK boutique hotel chain Malmaison much on HFP because it does not partner with any airlines or operate as part of any major loyalty scheme.  They did have a Virgin Atlantic deal at one point but it ended 3-4 years ago.

Over Christmas, a new Malmaison hotel opened in Edinburgh.  This is the first opening for some time.  One of the first Malmaison hotels was in Leith, but this latest property is in the city centre.  It is located in St Andrew Square, in the New Town.

You can learn more about the new Edinburgh City Malmaison on the website here.

At the moment, Malmaison is running a decent advance booking promotion for its hotels.  If you can commit to a pre-paid booking at least 90 days in advance, there are substantial discounts available.

You can find details of the Advanced Booking promotion here.

There are participating properties – generally decent – in Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Cheltenham, Dundee, Edinburgh (now x2), Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Reading.

The Oxford hotel, picture below, is famous for being based in a converted prison! This is not included in the Advance Booking offer.

Malmaison Oxford advanced booking discount

Save 15% on Malaysia Airlines flights

Malaysia Airlines has extended its promo code for 15% off flights booked from the UK, issued in association with Heathrow Rewards.

It is valid for both Economy, Business and Business Suite flights.

You need to book by 31st January (extended from the original deadline of last night) for travel dates up to 30th November 2020.  The discount only applies to the base fare and so will not be a full 15% due to the taxes and charges included.

Full details and the promo code you need to use are on this page of the Malaysia Airlines site here.

Remember that you earn Avios and tier points in British Airways Executive Club when you fly with Malaysia Airlines.

If you missed our recent Malaysia Airlines review series, you can catch it here:

review of the Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4

review of Malaysia Airlines A350 Business Suite (ex First Class)

review of the Malaysia Airlines First Class Lounge in Kuala Lumpur

review of Malaysia Airlines A350 Business Class

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  1. koroleon says:

    OT but bits. We are traveling to Asia (Taipei, Osaka) in about a month and given the coronavirus scare I am trying to figure out what is the best travel insurance to have (to cover any medical costs). It’s 3 of us (2 adults + 1 infant) and we get free travel insurance from various sources: Amex platinum, HSBC premier, Lloyds. Would you say one of them is better than the others? Or is it worth paying for some other insurance?

    • Harry T says:

      I would carefully check the terms and conditions of the travel insurance you have. I reckon there’s a good chance you won’t be covered if you are travelling to an area against UK government guidance either, so check for travel advice. If in doubt, ring your insurers and ask.

      If they can’t cover you, my personal recommendation would be to evaluate the beta packages on MoneySavingExpert. Traditionally they recommend Liverpool Victoria, who have a history of paying out during exceptional circumstances. Though of course it complicates things if you take out insurance after being aware of the risks of travel (if there are some – I am unsure about Taipei!).

      • Harry T says:

        *best packages

        • Benilyn says:

          Would it help if those bookings have already been made, before anyone had heard of the virus?

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Isn’t the only advice against travel to Hubei province in mainland China? Is any other part of Asia especially completely different islands like Japan and Taiwan on the advice list?

            If the answer is no then I can’t see any effect on your travel insurance.

            I’m not medical expert but from what I’ve read on balanced websites not sensationalist news is it’s a cold/flu like virus and unless you have underlying health issues and you fail to get medical treatment early then the risk should be low.

          • We are heading right into Bali and hkt today, and fully expect our travel insurance to cover any repat if ness. No gov warnings atm, only into the actually affected China areas. So think you will be ok.
            Order your face masks from amazon now tho, none in any U.K. pharmacy atm. We have decorators masks packed, only for intra Asia flts tho! Will look a sight, but who cares.
            We have used Lloyd’s and plat perfectly fine in the past, once hols have been booked in advance, as they usually are anyway.

          • I think insurance terms are only effective from the date of purchase. You will be covered for your itinerary already purchased but any travel restrictions already announced, if any, will not be covered as they were in existence before you take out the policy.

            In the case of the OP since there are currently no advisories against travel to their destinations they should be covered if subsequent notices are issued.

            It is often better to buy insurance as soon after purchasing flights and hotels. Or buy an annual policy which means you’re automatically covered when you buy any travel itinerary. But some annual policies are better than others, cheapest isn’t always wisest.

          • koroleon says:

            Thanks for the tips, especially around checking the advisories and getting masks early. Having never used travel insurance before, I need to spend a bit of time to get informed and be prepared if anything happens.

            Do transit airports matter? At some point we were considering to transit at Shanghai (without leaving the airport) – we avoided that in the end, but I am curious about it.

    • This may be obvious but I think worth reiterating: the masks only help you from spreading to others any viruses you may have. They don’t stop you catching any viruses. If you’re not sick there is no point in you wearing a mask. Someone without a mask sneezing on to you will expose your skin and eyes to a virus.

      Best way to avoid catching this is to avoid others who have been in affected areas, and the areas themselves. Take antibacterial wipes and preferably wash your hands thoroughly and often. Don’t rub your eyes or touch your mouth after touching surfaces.

  2. OT: does anyone know the time frame for receiving compensation avios from an onboard issue where staff filled in a form on the iPad?
    I got a confirmation email a couple of days later but it’s been a month and no sign of the avios. The email suggests not to chase because they’re busy but wondering if it is lost in the ether now or is this sort of timeframe usual?
    If anyone is curious it was because they failed to load any bassinets on our 10 hour flight to India. CS extremely apologetic and suggested 10K avios. Essentially refunds the avios used for baby.

    • Shoestring says:

      that’s too long, fill in another online complaint form & it it were me I would start from fresh (ie not give any reference number for the other case)

      for that kind of service recovery a few days is more normal – it was running into several weeks/ couple of months with the EC261 compo after the September strike but that’s done & dusted now

  3. Shoestring says:

    Flight paths overhaul ‘to ease air congestion’

    extract: [Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, said: “Passengers returning home will face fewer frustrating delays by doing away with the polluting practice of ‘stacking’ aircraft in the skies near airports.
    “Plus the new legislation will reduce noise for those on the ground by taking advantage of modern aircraft’s ability to climb and descend more steeply, meaning fewer residents will suffer from aircraft noise in future.” Under the current plans, every major commercial airport in the UK will have to draw up proposals for new flight paths to and from its runways.

    Then NATS (formerly the National Air Traffic Services) will redraw all the flight paths from higher than 7,000ft. All the proposals will be coordinated and approved by the CAA]

  4. letBAgonesbe says:

    I am planning to visit Shanghai in middle of May.
    I found rates on 2 different website for £43 or less. The usual rate is around £200 per night. Booked it via stayforlong.

    I wonder if it is an error fare. I know that there is this coronavirus situation but for a hotel to slash its prices so much seems to be hard to believe.

    What shall I do?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Book your hotel room and maybe something flexible as a back up. If you don’t hear anything within a week of your stay I’d say you are fine.

    • letBAgonesbe says:

      I forgot to add that this was for the W Hotel in Shanghai. Booked it via stayforlong.

  5. Shoestring says:

    [FLYBE is racing to plug a multimillionpound hole in its finances as the Government decides whether to step in with a bridging loan.
    The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that Europe’s biggest regional airline has held a series of emergency meetings with airports over millions of pounds in unpaid landing fees.
    Industry sources said Flybe last week “got out its begging bowl”, appealing for more time to pay debts. It is understood that boss Mark Anderson led crisis talks with major bases including Birmingham, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton.]

    • So it´s not looking good. What´s your guess Shoestring?

      • Shoestring says:

        guess: Flybe will get the £100m loan from Govt, limp on, cut quite a few routes, cut a lot of Exeter jobs and any other overhead the new owners can think of, mortgage their assets to the hilt as TC did, survive this winter OK then basically have one season to prove the model can/ will work

    • The thing is that if the gov step in is it to protect routes on the basis of national need? Because commercial management from Virgin and friends will be about what’s profitable and works for them as a feeder network. Which leaves the purpose of the loan and commercial reality on separate paths. Still I’m sure the gov will protect national interests like they have with railways, utilities and Cadbury.

  6. Shoestring says:

    [One of the most crucial figures for start-ups is the number of monthly active users that they have. Having a high percentage of customers returning each month is a reliable indicator that a digital bank is healthy. Business Insider’s claim that data showed just 14pc of Curve customers used their card every month is far below statistics around 70pc claimed by many banking start-ups.
    Is the 14pc statistic accurate? Bialick answers without any hesitation: “Very.”
    His public relations manager almost leaps to his feet. Bialick hurriedly corrects himself. “Very inaccurate. It’s not accurate! Everyone uses the card,” he says.
    Bialick claims the figure published by Business Insider was “taken a year before the article was made”. He says a more accurate figure is around 80pc.]

    Sunday Telegraph p8 Business & money section

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Considering lots here use it to pay monthly bills in the south I think he’s probably right.

      I use mine multiple times weekly if not daily

  7. OT: I continue to experience problems topping up Monese via paypoint with cc. Today the transaction initially went through only to be reversed seconds later.

    • I used mine at two different Coops this morning

      • Thanks Mark. I have no idea what’s up. I contacted Monese and they claimed my card is fine.

        • So am i right to think paypoint is still working and over the counter at the post office is not.

        • Did you see my reply yesterday @BJ to your bits comment about this on Friday’s article? Might explain one of the issues you’ve had!

          • Thanks Ewan, just found it. Unfortunately it was neither of those as I previously used the card to top up Monese successfully and .it was a Co-Op in Moray. The shop assistant definitely swiped it, I added another item and it went through fine before reversing itself. She was as surprised as me. It was £245 so I’ll wait to ensure it drops off my amex pending list before trying with a different card next time. Might try a small cash top up to ensure Monese card is ok despite assurances from them that it is.

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