It currently offers 7 partners: AirAsia*, American, BA, Cathay, Jet Airways, Thai and US Airways, and plans to add a number of new options soon, with over 20 additional airline programmes apparently lined up to join in 2015. Perhaps most importantly, it has a number of very appealing sign-up bonuses available until 31 January 2015, as follows:
- Asia Miles (until Jan 31st 2015): up to 10,000 bonus Asia Miles
- AirAsia (until Jan 31 2015): up to 15,000 bonus BIG Points
- British Airways (until Jan 31 2015): up to 10,000 bonus Avios
- Jet Airways (until Jan 31 2015): up to 5,000 bonus JPMiles
- Thai Airways (until March 31st, 2015): up to 10,000 bonus ROP miles
Note that these bonuses are in addition to the standard miles you earn on the booking anyway.
Kaligo bases its mileage earning rate on the amount you spend on the hotel, although this in itself may vary. With Avios, for example, you will earn a minimum of 5 Avios and a maximum of 20 Avios per GBP spent. Notably, it offers uncapped miles earn rates – the more you spend the more you earn.
Kaligo currently has a selection of 300,000 hotels (inclusive of major chains), expanding to over 400,000 hotels by early 2015. One of its selling points is a “unique flag”, that indicates the hotels for which its rate matches several of the world’s top 5 hotel sites.
Our caveat with miles/points earning sites like Kaligo, Pointshound and Rocketmiles is to shop around before you commit to them. However they can undoubtedly offer good value on occasion, particularly when you are taking advantage of a sign-up or other bonus promotion.
*Our thoughts are obviously with the friends and families of those missing on AirAsia QZ8501, and at times like this it does feel a touch jarring and insignificant to be talking about offers on their frequent flyer programme. But we really hope not inappropriate – we thought long and hard about this, and ultimately felt it would be far more inappropriate to simply omit Air Asia BIG points due to the current circumstances.