Up to 115,000 bonus when buying AAdvantage miles – until 13 April

American Airlines is now offering up to 115,000 bonus miles or approximately 75% more points if you buy at the maximum of 150,000 miles before April 13 – this equates to around 1.80 US cents per mile.

This is almost as cheap as their December 2016 offer and is worth taking a look for those who have an upcoming redemption in mind and need to top up their account – but only if you know you’ll get the most from a large purchase.

So, how does this work for cheaper Business and First Class flights? Continue reading…

Up to 30% discount on Starpoints on offer from SPG until 30 April

While there are currently no Starwood group hotels (now owned by Marriot) in New Zealand, the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programme is a favourite of mine, offering better value for Kiwis in it’s ability to buy points to transfer to one of their many International Airline partner loyalty programs.

Starwood are running a new Starpoints purchase promotion, with a discount offer of up to 30%. Aside from the targeted offer back in November, this is about the best discount you can get for SPG points.

The maximum purchase is 30,000 points, and the 30% discount starts at purchases of 20,000 points, which will cost $490 USD. The deal runs until April 30.

This is a great deal for Starwood points with value to be had from high end, usually expensive hotel stays, or transferring to one of many partner frequent flyer programs. Continue reading…

Earn up to 5x more Airpoints Dollars this March with select Airpoints Mall retailers

Online Malls work by making you log in with your account details before then being referred out (with a click) once logged in to make a transaction over on the retailer’s website.

The Airpoints Mall is no different, and it is New Zealand’s largest, with over 160 retailers. This is an overview of the Airpoints Mall for those who aren’t familiar with the concept or the retailers in it, or want a refresher. Continue reading…

Hilton Honors running up to 100% bonus on purchased Honors points

Hilton Honors is offering up to 100% bonus on purchased points until 3rd May 2017 – this can be leveraged into cheaper Hilton hotel stays.

The bonus is available to all members, and if you purchase at least 5,000 points or more, you get the maximum 100% bonus which brings down the cost to 0.5c US per point.

This can represent good value for topping up points balances for specific redemptions – a 100% bonus is the best offer you’ll usually see. Note however that these offers aren’t usually great for buying points speculatively, you’ll need to have a specific hotel stay in mind to compare buying points vs paying cash.
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Flash sale: 80% bonus on IHG Rewards Club points purchases until 28 March

IHG Rewards are offering a bonus of up to 80% on points purchases until 28 March, which is below average compared to previous promotions.

IHG Rewards points can be leveraged into some cheaper hotel nights than you’d pay versus paid rates at InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Indigo and other IHG brand hotels. In this guide, I’ll run through some examples of how to get a deal. Continue reading…