Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: Santorini in April – advice please
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thanks for all the great advice.

    Has anyone stayed in Kamari (beach resort area) on east side of island. I am not sure whether to stay here or perhaps have my last couple of nights in Imerovigli.

    in reply to: Apple iPhone 15 offer on Platinum card?
    damboy5 39 posts

    Hi Connor, so I am interested in purchasing a MacBook as well and good news you got the offer. So, just to confirm that you got the offer credited purchasing directly through the Unidays website and not the link attached to the Amex offer and then applying a Unidays discount or promo offer. Thanks

    in reply to: Apple iPhone 15 offer on Platinum card?
    damboy5 39 posts

    I had an online chat to ask whether this spend was specific to an I-Phone 15 and was told that you need to purchase an Iphone15 but can have any amount of add-ons. I said this didn’t make sense as the offer says “includes I-phone15 purchases”, but the representative was quite adamant as she referred to the title of the offer specially saying “I-Phone 15”.
    I’m not sure that any other purchase would not work, but I’m also reluctant to take the risk.

    in reply to: Car hire in New Zealand advice
    damboy5 39 posts

    I also had good experiences with Ezi Car Rental at Auckland airport. Great service and good cars at a reasonable price

    damboy5 39 posts

    Only 35000 for me through Chat. Asked if a better offer was available but told this was the maximum for me. Probably because I don’t put much spend on the card. Last retention bonus was this time last year after my new membership fee was charged. Still, I’m happy.

    in reply to: Help with choosing London Hilton hotel
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thanks for the great advice folks. I’m going to book Tower Bridge, sounds like the best of the three options. 😊

    in reply to: Lake Como in mid-November
    damboy5 39 posts

    Ok thanks everyone who responded. I’m going to give Como a miss until the weather is nicer. Will keep researching and check out Bologna. Any hotel recommendations (preferably Hilton, IHG or Marriott)

    in reply to: Lake Como in mid-November
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thank you Lady London. That’s very helpful insight.

    in reply to: Lake Como in mid-November
    damboy5 39 posts

    Hi lady London, tell me more please 😊

    in reply to: Lake Como in mid-November
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thank you everyone. Especially Diretorre, that was very helpful and has encouraged me a lot to Do It.

    in reply to: Ambassador Free Weekend Night voucher expiry
    damboy5 39 posts

    Just an update – I called IHG and discussed the once in a lifetime extension option. Unfortunately, the extension extends your membership by 6 months, but does not also extend any vouchers on your account.

    in reply to: Ambassador Free Weekend Night voucher expiry
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thanks Meta. Will try that.

    damboy5 39 posts

    Thanks Guernsey Globetrotter – perfect timing as I have 3 days to meet my IHG Credit card spend target. Awesome! Although I have way too many HH points now lol.

    in reply to: QHotels sale
    damboy5 39 posts

    Hi Meandthekids
    Just come back from weekend trip to Stratford upon Avon Doubletree. Stay was great!
    As a Diamond, we were upgraded without asking to a King junior suite, breakfast was complimentary and so was Parking (but make sure you enter CSR registration upon checking in). Staff all very helpful. Cookies very tasty. Breakfast was plentiful and can order omelettes or poached eggs. Unbeatable location just 5 minutes walk from the centre. You’ll have a great stay.

    in reply to: QHotels sale
    damboy5 39 posts

    Well, I’m not sure what the actual relationship is between Hilton and QHotels, but if the booking takes you through the official Hilton website, I expect the benefits of being Diamond to be provided, including free breakfast, Hilton points and an upgrade of room if available. There is nothing stated in the booking confirmation that explicitly excludes Hilton Honors benefits. So I would think we will get them (hopefully).

    in reply to: QHotels sale
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thanks for posting this Meandthekids.
    Just booked a couple of nights this weekend at the Hilton Doubletree Stratford upon Avon for £50 each instead of £190 per night. Great deal. Thanks

    in reply to: How to book Buenos Aires on Avios points?
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thanks Rosco85. That’s ok then, for a moment I thought I’d made a silly error in not booking this correctly. It’s very handy to know the fare is cancellable with a £35 pp fee

    in reply to: How to book Buenos Aires on Avios points?
    damboy5 39 posts

    Hi No longer Entitled. I only booked the return to Madrid as I booked through the BA website and a return GIG to LHR was not possible. A return to London would have been much better for me. To do this I would have had to call BA to price it up. Frankly I didn’t bother. Would a return to London have cost any additional Avios over and above a return to Madrid?

    Another question, can you cancel Iberia flights booked on BA for the £35 fee BA charges on their own flights?

    in reply to: How to book Buenos Aires on Avios points?
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thanks for the info on this thread. I have given up on Buenos Aires this time (I tried for June/July) as there was no availability both ways from Madrid. I’ll have to save that for another time, although I have no more 2-4-1s to burn.

    I have instead booked for Rio De Janeiro (still a great deal on Iberia from Madrid) and have two weeks in early July. Very excited and will try and take in a few different locations in Brazil.

    in reply to: How to book Buenos Aires on Avios points?
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thanks everyone. I think as you’ve pointed out, it was not showing due to a lack of availability. I’ll try out some of these suggestions of different start points.

    in reply to: Montevideo & Buenos Aires / Iberia or BA??
    damboy5 39 posts

    Thanks everyone for your comments. Much appreciated and has helped me figure a few things out.

    damboy5 39 posts

    Yesterday, I got the standard 10000 bonus avios points offer with a £3k spend in next 3 months. I asked if there were any other offers, there wasn’t.

    damboy5 39 posts

    I hadn’t had a retention offer for 2 years and I was not offered one last year when I asked. This year, my Amex Plat fee has just been charged to my account. I went via Chat and explained the value proposition being marginal for me at the moment and asked whether there may be a retention offer for me. I also mentioned that the Barclaycard credit card offer was an attractive product and I could not afford both. I was immediately offered 35000 points which I gratefully accepted as I have very limited spend with Amex Plat card. Excellent recognition of my Amex loyalty.

    in reply to: 2,500 points on a £10 spend on the Amex Gold card
    damboy5 39 posts

    Was on my wife’s 5 mins ago. First 12,000.

    Ditto. Only on my wife’s PRG!

    in reply to: IHG credit card £2k free night for me!
    damboy5 39 posts

    Hi Pointofview – Please advise how did you get the website to include the complimentary breakfast and LP champagne, I can’t see that as an option on the IHG booking website with the credit card night. Any advice much appreciated on this as that does make the deal even better!!

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