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Last full day to earn 1,000 free American Airlines miles

A quick reminder that a very easy way to earn 1,000 free American Airlines miles ends at 12:00pm CST on June 12 (i.e. tomorrow). As such, today is your last full day to enter.

free american airlines miles

In short, this link will take you to the American Airlines “AAdvantage University”, where you will be given the opportunity to watch six videos. You don’t need to bother – just skip to the end of them, get the question asked right or wrong, and you will earn a total of 1,000 AAdvantage points. (more…)

Starwood SPG Hot Escapes – up to 45% off Starwood hotels globally

Every Wednesday, by 11.00 am GMT, Starwood Hotels releases its “Hot Escapes” list: a selection of heavily discounted Starwood hotels rates worldwide. You can book up until Saturday, for stays within the next 6 weeks.

starwood hotel sale

Importantly, you get an additional 5% off the already reduced rate if you are a member of SPG, Starwood Hotels’ loyalty programme. Given that this is free to join, everyone can benefit instantly from the additional saving.

The full list of today’s currently discounted SPG Hot Escapes properties is available here. It’s a fairly low-key offering this week, with the main focus North America, where 14 hotels are discounted. That said, there are also some heavy discounts in Thailand.

Some highlights include (with additional 5% discount applied):

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Swiss Business Class at Economy prices, plus return flights from £10.92

Swiss Airlines are currently offering Business Class returns from London to Geneva at Economy Class prices. That puts flights from Heathrow at £123 return, and London City from £131 return in Business Class.

swiss business class

You need to book by 12 June, and travel by 30 September 2015. The booking needs to be made as a Business Class booking, rather than Economy Class, and the discount will be applied automatically – there is no need for a discount code or similar.

As well as lounge access, on-board champagne and more space, you will also be permitted two pieces of checked baggage (2 x 32kg) and two pieces of carry-on baggage. (more…)

The world’s cheapest redemptions are back – flights for just 1500 miles!

In terms of the pure mileage cost, we really have yet to see reward flights cheaper than those available through airberlin’s Topbonus Topdeals. The obvious warning here is the tax  also applied, but there are still some good value deals available.

air berlin topbonus

They’re the airline equivalent of IHG hotels’ acclaimed 5000 point PointBreaks. Like PointBreaks, topbonus topdeals appear at intervals, and they are available as of today.

Standout redemption options include (one way, availability in both directions): (more…)

1000 free airberlin Topbonus miles

Car rental provider Sixt and airberlin have teamed up (once again) to offer 1,000 free topbonus miles to anyone who registers with Sixt in June 2015, via this link.

air berlin free miles

Having successfully received these 1000 free topbonus miles in the past myself, it’s well worth spending the 10 seconds it takes to secure them.

As a related aside, airberlin is very soon set to release the latest round of topbonus “Topdeals” – where redemption flights with airberlin become available for as little as 2000 topbonus miles. We will post separately on this.

Qatar Airways sale – more superb value in Business Class

While Etihad often comes close, Qatar Airways continues to lead the field in excellent value for long-haul Business Class flights, with long haul Business Class as low as .

qatar airways offers

The latest round of ex-Europe deals offer best value from Scandinavia, but there is a number of good value options available on departures from the UK, including London to Bangkok at £1830 return, Cape Town at £1910 return and Hong Kong at £1925 return.

The other stand out deals available from the UK and Europe are as follows: (more…)

Great value on family holidays with Hilton India

On the face of it, the Hilton India sale (or “Great Indian Travel Deal” as Hilton have grandly named it) – offering 20% off on stays until 31 July 2015 is a good value if fairly standard offer.

hilton india

However, for travelling families (and particularly those with two kids) it is a potentially superb offer, given the additional benefits thrown at your children. In addition to the headline 20% discount (and so rates starting from $53 a night), families will benefit from:   (more…)

Hilton hotel sale frenzy – big discounts in Europe, Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and India

Hilton hotels have a number of regional sales on at present, collectively covering much of the globe. With reductions widely applied at 30% to many of these properties, and in some cases going as high as 35%,  it’s worth having a look. You will also get double points on stays!

hilton hotel sale

First up is the Europe, Middle East and Africa sale, which offers discounts on rooms of up to 35%. You need to book before 23 August, and stay before 27 September 2015. While it is technically a “weekend” sale, discounts are largely applying throughout the week.  (more…)

Big discounts on Etihad flights from Edinburgh

To celebrate the launch of daily flights from Edinburgh, Etihad has launched a sale on Economy and Business Class flights from this UK starting point.

etihad discount

You need to be quick though – the offer runs until 8 June, 2015, and is valid for travel from 8 June to 15 July 2015 and then 11 August to 10 December, 2015.

The discounted prices are impressive, in particular in Business Class, and are as follows: (more…)

June Miles & More “Mileage Bargains” – half price flights with Lufthansa

Lufthansa has just released its list of June Mileage Bargains, allowing you to redeem your Lufthansa Miles & More miles for Lufthansa redemption flights in Economy Class and Business Class at half the mileage cost (or almost half, or sometimes better than half).

lufthansa miles and more

This post has a full analysis and guide to booking Mileage Bargains. In short, it’s a great opportunity to get good value long-haul Business Class flights with Lufthansa.

Given the enormous range of departure points and destinations, it’s quite hard to give comprehensive examples of available bargains, but some stand-out offers currently available from the UK and USA (and bear in mind you can easily select from various global departure points) include:

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