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No outstanding special offers yet, but the last couple of days have seen the announcement of a number of new air routes to Malta, which also brings Malta a new frequent flyer scheme, BalticMiles.
Heading east with BalticMiles
Latvian airline AirBaltic is to launch a new route from Riga to Malta on 11 May 2013. While Riga may not necessarily be your destination of choice, it offers numerous connections to Eastern Europe and Russia. It also has a standalone frequent flyer scheme, BalticMiles, registration for which is here. I’ll of course feature any good deals via Air Baltic/BalticMiles as they arise. Indeed, it may feature quite regularly on Maltapoints, if it’s any good.
BalticMiles are also tied into the Hilton Hhonors scheme (you earn Hhonors points with BalticMiles and vice versa – in fact you earn both at present, as it currently offers “double dipping”). Hhonors is an old favourite of Maltapoints (we really like the Hilton Portomaso), so also stay tuned to our updates on Hhonors. In the spirit of this website, there’s also a gentle special offer to kick you off with – you earn 3 x BalticPoints on Hilton stays booked before 31 December 2012. Combine that with the pretty-much unbeatable Christmas/New Year discount at the Hilton Portomaso featured here, and you can have a nice stash of BalticMiles in time for the May launch.
Good old Ryanair…
Ryanair is not this website’s favourite airline by any stretch of the imagination. However, it has launched a few new routes to Malta. From March 2013, Ryanair will fly to Malta daily from Milan Bergamo, thrice weekly from Liverpool and twice weekly from Gothenburg in Sweden.
Rest assured, we’ll be keeping an eye out for all special offers…
The Portomaso Hilton is a cracking hotel, one of Malta’s finest in fact.
The homepage for the promotion is here. In short, you get 50% off the flexible Best Available Rate. The only obvious restriction is that you can’t stay on New Year’s Eve.
The promotion is only available from 14th December to 7th January, so you need to move fast. Don’t worry about the ‘Friends and Family’ name – anyone can use it.
To give you an example, if you wanted a night’s R&R in the Portomaso Hilton on 1 January 2013, you could stay in a standard room for just €97, or if you really wanted to go wild you could go for the King Executive Plus room, which includes Executive Lounge access, for just €152.