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News: Emirates blocks JetBlue Mint redemptions, Hilton opens its fourth Maldives resort

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News in brief:

You can no longer redeem Emirates miles for JetBlue business class

Back in February, we showed you how you could use Emirates Skywards miles to book JetBlue’s ‘Mint’ business class.

This had become a very useful option, because JetBlue is now flying from both Heathrow and Gatwick to New York JFK and is about to launch routes to Boston. Feedback on their ‘Mint’ business class product has been hugely positive, given the restrictions of fitting into the single aisle A321LR aircraft being used.

According to reports, and indeed my experience trying to book via the Emirates website, this is no longer possible. Emirates has pulled the ability to redeem miles for JetBlue business class. This applies to all JetBlue routes, not just the transatlantic ones.

You can still redeem Emirates Skywards miles for economy class tickets on JetBlue. At 64,000 miles plus £163 of taxes and charges between Heathrow and New York JFK it is pretty poor value, however.

Hilton Maldives Amingiri champagne bar

Hilton opens its fourth Maldives resort

We ran a three-part series of articles last week on Hilton’s luxury Conrad Maldives Rangali resort, which is one of the most aspirational Hilton Honors redemptions.

Last week, Hilton opened its fourth Maldives resort – Hilton Maldives Amingiri. The website is here. As well as the Conrad, Hilton has Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi and SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection.

Amingiri comprises 109 villas, split between beach and water villas. Each has a private pool. It is situated closer to Male than most resorts, which means that it can be accessed via speedboat rather than a seaplane transfer.

There isn’t a lot of information available so far, although it is worth looking at this Flyertalk thread.

Standard redemptions are priced at 110,000 Hilton Honors points per night, or 440,000 points for five nights if you have Hilton Honors elite status, compared to $1,000+ per cash.

Note that no rooms can sleep more than three people, including children, unless you book one of the two-bedroom villas.


How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (August 2022)

There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Hilton points is 1:2.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (11)

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  • Jonathan says:

    JetBlue needs more earning and redemption partners !

  • Peter K says:

    I wonder who pulled the plug on the business redemptions? Did Emirates find that too many were redeeming miles they wanted used on their own metal? Or did JetBlue find too many seats were going via Emirates miles, not leaving enough for their customers.

    • Rob says:

      The JetBlue scheme is revenue based like Accor. There is no miles ‘bucket’ – 1 point is a few cents off a cash flight.

      Emirates customers got a seat as long as there were seats in the cheapest cash ticket bucket. I can imagine how this got pricey for JetBlue.

  • maccymac says:

    Does the £153 include a tour of the Spurs trophy cabinet?

    • Brian78 says:

      😂

      One trophy in over 20 years yet they still have some of the most expensive tickets in Europe. Disgusting club

  • captaindave says:

    yep remember Levy offering £3 million + Josh Onomah for Jack when Villa were on the verge of administration…

    Unfortunately for the vulture, 2 multi-billionaires turned up on our doorstep in the nick of time 🙂

  • Nate1309 says:

    The new Maldives Hilton’s tagline is a family friendly resort. Yet only the big villas can take a family of 4. 😔

  • Jonathan says:

    On a plus note, you can earn Avios via QA Privilege Club on JetBlue cash fares, but bizarrely enough just about all travel to/from western states are excluded.
    Why QA / JetBlue doesn’t like travel there, is a mystery !

    Redemptions don’t seem to be at all possible, if they were Rob would’ve picked up on it very quickly !

    • Jonathan says:

      Western states also includes those in the Mountains time zones

  • Paul says:

    Disappointing about the EK redemptions on Jet Blue. Is there a chance it’s just a technical glitch currently though? I notice redemption rates for Mint are still quoted on their website here: https://www.emirates.com/us/english/skywards/partners/jetblue/ and they even have a picture of it in a section titled “Experience Mint using your Skywards Miles”.

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