Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

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  • in reply to: The mobile data / international roaming thread
    Tobs

    My daughter has a year in the USA planned. She needs a US number as well as a reasonable data package. She also wants to keep her UK number. She has an eSIM compatible iPhone. As I see it she has these options:

    1) port UK number to a network that supports eSIM, eSIM her UK number, buy a PAYG SIM on arrival

    2) port UK number to a network that supports VOIP, use a VOIP client for UK number, buy a PAYG SIM on arrival

    3) get a US PAYG plan on an eSIM

    ‘1’ requires porting in the UK to a network which will charge a minimum of £10/month; ‘2’ might be cheapest but requires faffing for her which she won’t want; ‘3’ is least effort, and should be cheap enough, but I can’t find a provider that actually supports a phone number, rather than data only — any recommendations?

    Most iPhone allow dual nano-sim (11 onwards).

    I’d transfer current UK number to GiffGaff. Whenever she’s back in the UK (Christmas, Easter,…), just load the number with £x to get her desired goodybag. Will keep her number active for very little, and while in the us, receive banking texts or whatever.

    And in the US, I’d get MintMobile, which uses T-Mobile network. And affordable ($20 for 10gb data + calls&texts).

    (Just noticed MintMobile allows eSims too, as long as your device is compatible).

    in reply to: Which Program should I credit miles to?
    Tobs

    If you are interested in only miles and not necessarily status, I’d go with United Mileage Plus. Miles don’t expire, and you can get good value out of them, especially for Japan domestic flights (much better than Avios). It might also be good for US transcon.
    Short haul economy up to 600 nm (IIRC) are 6k flat rate (partnerawards).

    Another UnitedMileagePlus thing are the excursion awards.

    in reply to: Bangkok the peninsula or mandarin
    Tobs

    The Peninsula Bangkok and THAI’s FFP (Royal Orchid Plus) have a very generous offer.

    You can take advantage of the offer even if you just signed up to the FFP, with entry-level rooms around 5-6000 THB per night with breakfast (including service and tax).

    This is the website: thaiairways.com/en_TH/rop/Promotion/PeninsulaBKK-Special-Prices.page
    You book directly with the hotel. I presume you can negotiate any upgrade (if you wish) to a higher room or better views.

    I almost booked The Peninsula Bangkok with this offer, but decided to stay somewhere else.

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