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News: Luxury Travel Diary auctions, Etihad raising fuel surcharges on Monday

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The latest Luxury Travel Diary auctions

Luxury Travel Diary has been in touch to let us know that they’ve a number of auctions coming up that may interest readers. For the uninitiated, Luxury Travel Diary runs a number of auctions for luxury hotel stays, travel accessories and gift vouchers, which often sell for well below their retail price. We know HfP readers have picked up some really good deals in the past at these auctions .

Here’s some auctions ending over the next few weeks:

Ends today: 2-night stay at the 5* Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Ends in 8 days: 2-night stay at the 5* Villa Igiea, a Rocco Forte Hotel, in Palermo, Italy

Ends in 14 days: 4-night stay for 2 guests at Yayaki Boutique Hotel, Spetses Island in Greece

Ends in 24 days: 2-night stay at 5* InterContinental Cascais Estoril in Portugal

There are lots of different auctions running for 4* and 5* hotels all over the world, with differing lengths of stay available so it’s worth browsing through the options. There’s also some fun products and experiences available including luxury swimwear, yacht charters in the UAE and guided tours of Paris.

Villa Igiea, Palermo

Etihad raising fuel surcharges – book now

For once, an airline has given us advance notification that it will be raising the charges added to reward flights, and indeed cash tickets.

Etihad will be increasing its surcharges on Monday 7th March in a move which it is blaming on the rise in aviation fuel costs.

Unfortunately we don’t know exactly how big the increase will be. If you have been dithering about making an Etihad Guest redemption, however, you may want to ensure it is booked by Sunday evening just in case.


How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (May 2022)

Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Etihad Guest miles, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest 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 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent).

Comments (7)

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  • Chris R says:

    Trying to book car hire for September, so just missed out on this deal. Hopefully something similar will appear soon. Just in general, car hire in Europe from the main companies seems ludicrously expensive. Hoping for an Avid deal to appear on my BAPP soon

    • Chris L says:

      Agreed. Limited supply of cars is likely causing this. I wouldn’t hold your breath for any cash discount offers.

  • Russ says:

    do we know if the Etihad rises include partner airlines or is it just Etihad metal.

  • Lee says:

    Emirate increased surcharges this week as well. Almost doubled for DXB-LHR without any notification. They also increased miles required only last month.

  • henry147 says:

    Is it just me or has the Luxury Travel Diary auction catalogue gotten much more sparse and eclectic than it used to be?

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