News in brief:
Join me on the ‘Let’s Talk Loyalty’ podcast
I recorded an episode of Paula Thomas’s ‘Let’s Talk Loyalty’ podcast this week. It has now run to over 50 episodes, featuring guests from all across the loyalty spectrum, but I think I am the first media person to appear.
If you’re employed in the travel or loyalty space it is worth a listen. I cover a broader range of topics than I do on HfP, including: How should loyalty programmes work with sites like HfP? What do I think of the new Pret coffee subscription scheme? Why did I become addicted to Joe & The Juice? and much more ….
You can listen directly from the Let’s Talk Loyalty website here or via your favourite podcast platform.
Save 25% at Atlantis The Palm
If you don’t mind sitting out two weeks of quarantine on your return, there are some good deals to be had in Dubai this Autumn.
Whether or not you think the headline prices are cheap, they are far lower than you would normally pay. You usually can’t get a room at a decent resort for under £500 per night during October half term.
Atlantis The Palm, which has its own water park, is running a special sale until 10th October, valid for stays until 10th November.
Rooms are available for under £300 per night during half term – albeit your kids will be home schooling for two weeks afterwards – and drop even further after that.
The Atlantis The Palm website is here if you want to find out more.
Last day to book for the generous Accor promotion
Accor Hotels, which owns Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman / Raffles / Swissotel / Fairmont etc, has been running a generous promotion to earn 6,000 bonus Avios or €120 of hotel credit.
You would earn 6,000 Avios (or a variable pile of other airline miles or 6,000 Accor Live Limitless points) if you complete three x 2-night stays at Accor properties between 1st September and 15th December:
Your first 2-night stay comes with 500 bonus points
Your second 2-night stay comes with 2,500 bonus points
Your third 2-night stay comes with 3,000 bonus points
Today, 9th October, is the last day to book although you have until 15th December to actually stay. You need to book via the Accor website or a corporate travel agent. Stays booked via hotel wholesalers such as Expedia, Hotels.com, booking.com etc will not count.
Existing bookings do NOT count. These need to be cancelled and rebooked.
More importantly, you MUST register for this promotion via the offer website.
PS. To receive 6,000 Avios, you need to convert your 6,000 Accor points into Iberia Plus. The conversion rate is 1:1 vs 2:1 with British Airways. You can use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them across.
Save 40% on Citadine aparthotels
We don’t cover aparthotels on Head for Points, except for brands such as IHG’s Staybridge Suites which let you earn and burn points.
For longer stays, or often for trips involving families, an aparthotel can work well. Citadines, probably the largest player in this field via its parent Ascott, is currently running a 40% sale on bookings made by 11th October.
The website is here. You can book for stays up to 31st March. London rates seem to start at £65 per night.
PS. If you are looking for a something similar which earns points, Residence Inn – a Marriott brand – currently has exceptionally low prices at its London properties. Rooms have always been available for £85-£90 per night when I have looked, which makes them the cheapest Marriott option in Central London. Residence Inn Kensington for example (click for details) is currently £92 per night, rising to £144 for a two bedroom, two bathroom suite.