Flight Deal – Air NZ Return to Honolulu from $537 for seat only

Air New Zealand Auckland International Lounge Entrance View

Air New Zealand’s Grabaseat has long been the go to place for Kiwis looking to grab a cheap domestic flight deal – but they also occasionally come out with some incredible international flight offers too.

Until 25th October Grabaseat have released a limited number of seat only fares on return flights from Auckland to Honolulu starting from only $537. Since May this year Air NZ now services the flight with one of its brand new 787-9 Dreamliners.
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Hilton HHonors running up to 100% bonus on purchased HHonors points – buy points to look for for cheaper Hilton hotel nights

Hilton HHonors

Hilton HHonors occasionally run points purchase promotions, just like the other major hotel programs out there, which can be leveraged into cheap hotel stays. HHonors is currently offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased points which ends on October 21, 2016.

The bonus is available to all members, and if you purchase at least 20,000 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, but these offers aren’t usually great for using speculatively. Continue reading…

Hyatt offering up to a 40% bonus on Hyatt Gold Passport points purchases until October 25th

Park Hyatt Sydney

Hyatt Gold Passport are offering up a 40% bonus on purchased points until October 25, 2016. This is as high as the bonuses have been in the past and is worth looking at for high end Hyatt redemptions.

Gold Passport points can be redeemed at Hyatt hotels worldwide, including those in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne – The Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt – and Perth.

As usual with hotel points purchase promos, buying points to redeem immediately may make sense on a night at a hotel with a high rate, and in this guide I go into some examples of how to leverage Hyatt points purchases into cheaper stays.

The current bonus offer is tiered, with 30% bonus on purchases starting from 5,000 to 9,000 points, and 40% bonus on purchases from 10,000 points and above. The maximum amount you can buy on this offer is 77,000 points including the bonus for $1,320 USD or about 1.71 US cents per point.

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American Airlines AA142 New York – London Business Class Review


After a couple of weeks in New York City, it was time to head over to London for the last leg of our big trip for this year – and we ended up on American Airlines on a new day flight, AA142, operated between the two cities.

I seem to be cursed in having ‘not the best’ experiences when flying between the US and the UK – a crappy flight with British Airways was one of my first reviews I wrote for Point Hacks around 5 years ago(!). Continue reading…

Beginners Guide – How to use Qantas Points for Emirates Flights


Emirates have made a number of improvements to its NZ operations this year, commencing the longest flight in the world on its direct Auckland to Dubai service on 1st March, followed recently by announcing A380-800 operational upgrades from 30th October to that same flight along with their long running 777-300ER service from Christchurch.

Given that Emirates are one of Qantas’ key airline partners when it comes to using your Qantas Points effectively, it’s about time we showed you how.

It’s not hard – here’s a quick look at the Emirates route network from NZ, the kind of pricing to expect, and how to go about researching and booking points availability with ‘EK’.
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Qantas Sydney T3 Domestic Business Lounge Overview

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As part of a recent trip to Canberra in Qantas Business Class, I called into the Qantas Domestic Business Class Lounge in Sydney so we could create this overview of one of Qantas’ flagship domestic lounges.

In short – while the Sydney lounge is not part of their recent lounge refurbishment program in Perth, Canberra and soon Brisbane – it still has good views, dining and comfortable seating, whilst still feeling relatively modern.
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