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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.
Although it flies to Malta, given the lack of an obvious frequent flyer scheme, Easyjet is not really an airline covered by this blog.
Similarly, as you can’t collect Nectar points in Malta (apart from online of course), it’s not really a points programme which has much relevance to this blog.
However, combine the two and we might have something, at least for Nectar points collectors (whom I accept are most likely to be UK-based).
You can now spend your Nectar points on Easyjet flights.
Signing up to Nectar if you’re Malta-based is not entirely straightforward, but it can be done. I have covered this here.
For 500 Nectar points you get £2.50 in Easyjet vouchers, which tallies with the standard “valuation” of Nectar points at 0.5p each.
Easyjet offers some pretty good value flights to Malta if you time it right, and while a budget airline is a different world to the less-than-loveable Ryanair.
As a starting point, here’s two ways of getting 100 free nectar points:
Download the nectar toolbar (you’ll also earn 1 nectar point per 2 searches)
So, if you’re a Nectar points holder who fancies a break in Malta, it’s an option for you.
A generous and straightforward 500 free Miles and More points for simply signing up to the Miles & More newsletter – just click here to register.
(You can always unsubscribe when the points have been awarded, although it’s a good way to stay in touch with Lufthansa offers.)
We all know (at least I hope we do) that you can earn Air Malta Flypass KMiles by flying with Air Malta, and I’d say that’s how 99% of KMiles are earned.
However, there are other options, which are covered in detail here.
As you can see, amongst other options, flights with Lufthansa, credit cards, and even meals at certain restaurants will earn you KMiles. So make sure you earn KMiles wherever you can, not just on flights. (more…)
This website already features information on the fact that Air Malta miles (KMiles) can now be redeemed on Lufthansa flights.
However, crucially, Air Malta Flypass have confirmed that these are RETURN flights, not one way only. As a result, the 60,000 KMiles fee for a return business class flight to Europe with Lufthansa is pretty good value (certainly when you compare it to the KMiles business class redemption options).
Full information on redeeming Air Malta miles with Lufthansa is available here.