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Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 19th September. Click here to buy.

World of Hyatt is offering a 25% discount, equivalent to a 33% bonus, when you buy points by 10th October. Click here to buy.

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There are two ‘buy points’ deals closing today or very soon, plus I wanted to flag a new Air France KLM offer.

ENDS TODAY – 30% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points

Until today, 29th July, Hyatt is offering (yet another) 30% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points via this link.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if you are considering a post-corona stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as Paris, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

The new-ish Park Hyatt resort in Mallorca, pictured here, dropped in points price recently and is now just 20,000 points per night.  This is an EXCEPTIONAL deal if you buy points.

Park Hyatt Mallorca has decided not to open for the 2020 season but will be back in business, hopefully, from the end of March 2021.  Cash rates in peak season are around £600 per night, whilst buying 20,000 points costs you just $384 (£299)

This clearly won’t work at all Hyatt properties.  However, if you are visiting an expensive city at peak season – Hyatt does not have peak and off-peak pricing, so you get a better deal at peak times – it is definitely worth doing the maths.

The chain has some excellent hotels, and I genuinely find Park Hyatt to be the best luxury chain which is run by one of the multi-brand groups.  It doesn’t beat Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental etc but I’d take one over a Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria or St Regis any day.

Hyatt has also just started letting you book suites online for points and there are some great bargains to be had.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here if you want to buy.

Park Hyatt Mallorca bargain buying Hyatt points

ENDS FRIDAY – 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

IHG Rewards Club is winding up its current 100% ‘buy points’ bonus, which is as generous as you ever see.  It ends on Friday 31st July.

IHG has increased the maximum number of points you can buy to a whopping 500,000 points (ie 250,000 plus the 250,000 bonus).  You need to buy at least 15,000 points for the bonus to kick in.

The page to buy points is here.

With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy up to 500,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates for $2,500) £1,951.

I usually value IHG Rewards Club points at 0.4p.  This is exactly what you are paying for them here, so from that point of view you shouldn’t lose money.

The skill is to use them at hotels where you can get substantially more than 0.4p per point of value.  The new InterContinental Maldives, for example – image below, is 100,000 points for an Overwater Pool Villa or – looking at next February – $1,100 inc taxes for cash, per night.  This is a 50%+ saving given that 100,000 points will cost you $500.  Availability is apparently decent at the moment.

More importantly, IHG’s recent move to variable points pricing in many countries has created some great bargainsYou can read more about IHG Rewards Club variable points pricing here.  It is VERY easy to get more than 0.4p per point at the moment – often more than 0.6p per point – so buying points can sharply cut the cost of your stay.

You can buy points via this link.

100% bonus buying IHG Rewards Club miles

BEST EVER BONUS – Get a 100% bonus when you buy Flying Blue miles

Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM loyalty programme, is running a bonus promotion for anyone who is looking to top up their account.

This offer is the best we have ever seen for anyone who wants to buy a large number of Flying Blue miles – up to 100%.

The bonus is staggered:

  • 50% bonus when you buy 2,000 to 10,000 miles
  • 75% bonus when you buy 12,000 to 20,000 miles
  • 100% bonus when you buy 30,000+ miles

The annual ‘buy miles’ cap depends on your status level – 75,000 miles for Ivory members or unlimited for elite members.

Once you are into 100% bonus territory at 30,000+ miles, you are paying 1.375 Eurocents per mile, so 1.18p.

Is that a good deal? Well, Flying Blue is not exactly well regarded amongst European frequent flyer programmes. However it does have regular ‘50% discount’ sales on some routes.

At the end of the day, I don’t imagine anyone except an existing Flying Blue member topping up an account getting excited by this.

The Flying Blue ‘buy miles’ page is here.  The offer runs until the end of year, impressively.

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (September 2023)

Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card.  However, you can earn Flying Blue miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

These cards earn Membership Rewards points:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Blue mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (11)

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  • TeesTraveller says:

    Let’s have a bit of positivity about Flying Blue, not everyone lives in London and has direct flights to all corners of the world on their doorstep. Maybe HFP should do something on it rather than trotting out the “not highly regarded” line all the time – sometimes KLM/AF is the only option for us provincial types.

    Anyway they are doing double miles and double XPs (think Tier Points) on KLM & Air France until the end of 2020. Over to you BA…

  • Roger* says:

    TeesTraveller makes a good point about Flying Blue’s suitability for non-London flyers.

    However, even for many of those flying from London, Flying Blue IS poorly regarded. As a former top level Flying Dutchman member, often flying from Stansted, my loyalty to KLM was severely stretched by the launch of FB and quickly disappeared.

    That the successor to AirUK/KLMUk (Buzz) should be sold off to Ryanair sums up the disappointment. Buzz off, more like.

    • Lady London says:

      Remember Flying Blue has a very nice double booking points accrual deal with Accor. Register and earn in both at the sane time (from either). Rob did an article on here 6-12 months or so ago.

    • Lyn says:

      Nostalgic memories of working in Cambridge and flying Air UK from the old Stansted, parking right outside the terminal just a short time before the flight because otherwise the check-in desk wasn’t even open.

  • LewisB says:

    Should be noted that the regular 50% off discounts have been postponed until further notice.

  • Concerto says:

    I am an existing Flying Blue member with platinum status and I don’t get the slightest bit excited about this promo. It’s still pretty mediocre even with 100% bonus. But I am not touching any points buying offers at the moment. You don’t know what is going to happen with these companies and Corona taught me that hard cash is much better off in my pocket, not theirs.

    • TeessideTraveller says:

      I agree but the double miles & double XP promo is pretty good if you are a silver and want to progress to gold.

  • Lady London says:

    Data point : recently found myself needing a hotel for same night on my travels. Still some road to do that same day so didnt want to spend any time on my mobile going over hotel rates. Even in these times many hotels are still excessively ramping up close-in and same-day rates too. So I took a hotel that’s pretty much always been 10,000 IHG points as I was near to it and for a late arrival early out I didnt want to spend.

    For very few more points I could have got stunning value but resent paying for parking. Even in these times I found hotels arent budging on this.

    So my stay was at standard rate / points for this hotel I would say. When I checked in the receptionist made a mistake and asked me to pay £22. I said its not points and cash Ive already paid the 10k points. This was corrected nothing payable. 10k was getting me only average value rack ratw was £42 or so. So: that £22 is either a rate I could have asked for and got (grr) or it’s what IHG was giving the hotel for my stay. Either way I only got average value on the day but happy as I did not have time to do better and kept the points wastage low.

    • John says:

      Yes £22 is probably what IHG paid the hotel. But I guess if the receptionist didn’t blink at the low amount then some people may have paid £22

  • Luis says:

    Hi Rob,
    I am afraid we will no longer be able to use our Hyatt points at the Park Hyatt in Mallorca as the Hyatt group has decided to terminate their agreement to manage the property according to the local press given they had not met their initial objetives.

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