Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan offering a 40% bonus on purchased miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Logo

A new Alaska Airlines MileagePlan buy miles promotion is available, with up to a 40% bonus running until December 31st 2016.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of the few ways of purchasing miles cheaply to then redeem on partner airlines like Qantas and Cathay Pacific, and can be useful for cheaper Business Class travel on Qantas to the USA and domestically.

The current promotion is not targeted, with the 40% bonus available to all account holders with accounts more than 10 days old. Continue reading…

LifeMiles extends buy miles promotion with 125% bonus until 20 December, but not as good value as last month’s offer

Avianca Lifemiles Logo

Late last month, Avianca’s frequent flyer program LifeMiles had its best buy miles promotion in over a year due to the fact it was offering a 140% bonus for all purchases over 5,000 miles. They have extended the sale, but it’s not as good value this time.

Until 20 December, you can buy LifeMiles with a 100-125% bonus, with the bonus increasing the more miles you purchase. Continue reading…

Great deal – up to 50% discount on Starpoints on offer from SPG

Starwood Preferred Guest

While there are currently no Starwood group hotels (now owned by Marriot) in New Zealand anymore, 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 the largest ever discount offered of 50% – but targeted only to some members. The standard discounts are 35%, with some SPG members also seeing a 30% or 25% discount.

Even at the 35% level this is the highest discount we’ve seen out of SPG. The 25%-50% discounts all kick in with a minimum purchase of 5,000 points.

The maximum allowable purchase per account is 30,000 points per year, which at the 50% discount level would cost US$525. This deal runs for a while – until December 31st.

The 35% and 50% discounts are a great deal for Starwood points with value to be had from high end, usually expensive hotel stays, or my preference transferring to one of their many partner frequent flyer programs. Continue reading…

Our Kaligo offer round-up to help earn more points or miles when booking hotels


Kaligo is one of the most aggressive hotel aggregators out there that offer bonus points for hotel bookings – they partner with a large number of frequent flyer and bank rewards programs, with chunky bonuses on offer that are changing relatively frequently.

Kaligo is more focused at the Asia-Pacific and European markets – when it comes to customers, rather than their range of hotels. They now have over 400,000 hotels available, all of which you should be able to earn points from.

We’re going to try and round up all of the different deals they are running each month into one consolidated place – this guide. Continue reading…

How to save time booking your free annual Air NZ flight with the Amex Platinum Edge card

American Express Platinum Edge

Recently I took a trip to the South Island with my son to take part in the Queenstown Marathon, and was able to book two free return flights between Auckland and Christchurch using my Amex Platinum Edge yearly benefit.

Due to other travel plans last year, I had been unable to find a suitable use for the free Air New Zealand domestic return flight I receive each year with my Platinum Edge, however the Amex Travel agents kindly allowed me to combine it with this year’s additional free flight, cutting a huge chunk of expense out of our planned trip. Continue reading…

Flying Air New Zealand’s Spaceseat Premium Economy across the Tasman


As part of a recent Air New Zealand flight with the family to Sydney we all enjoyed the comfort of Air NZ’s innovative premium economy Spaceseat thanks to an Airpoints Oneup upgrade.

This was one of the best value uses for my hard-earned Airpoints Dollars, and I was keen to enjoy the Spaceseat given that Air NZ are set to dump it for business reasons – despite it’s award winning nature and being a part of the fleet since 2011.
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