Point Hacks NZPoint Hacks NZ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz The best frequent flyer deals & offers for New Zealand. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 01:30:52 +0000 en-NZ hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 What is considered a short-haul, medium-haul and long-haul flight? https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/differences-short-medium-long-haul-flights/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/differences-short-medium-long-haul-flights/#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 01:30:52 +0000 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 01:30:52 +0000 One common approach amongst frequent flyers is to use points for premium cabin travel on flights over three hours in duration and fly Economy Class on shorter routes.

However, what exactly is the difference between a short-, medium-, long- and even ultra-long-haul flight? There is no official definition but below is the most common one.

What is considered a short-haul, medium-haul and long-haul flight?

A short-haul flight is one of up to 3 hours in duration. Medium-haul flights take 3-6 hours. A long-haul flight runs for 6-12 hours, whilst an ultra-long-haul flight is in the air for over 12 hours.

QantasLink Boeing 717 | Point Hacks
Qantas uses Boeing 717 planes on some of its short-haul routes in Australia like Sydney – Canberra

Examples of short-haul, medium-haul, long-haul and ultra-long-haul flights

Short-haul vs long-haul route examples
Can you guess which is which?
DefinitionDurationRouteAirlineAircraft
Short-haulUp to 3 hoursAuckland - WellingtonAir New ZealandAirbus A330
Medium-haul3-6 hoursAuckland - AdelaideAir New ZealandBoeing 787
Long-haul6-12 hoursChristchurch - Hong KongCathay PacificAirbus A350
Ultra-long-haulOver 12 hoursAuckland - DubaiEmiratesAirbus A380
Emirates A380s on the tarmac at Auckland Airport
Emirates’ A380 aircraft are used on flights as long as 17 hours (Dubai to Auckland) but can also operate on ones as short as 40 minutes (Dubai to Muscat)

Other definitions

Airline-specific

Some airlines have their own definition of flight length.

For example, Virgin Australia considers flights within Australia to be ‘domestic’; between Australia and New Zealand ‘Trans-Tasman’; the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia ‘international short-haul’; Hong Kong and Los Angeles ‘international long-haul’.

Virgin Australia A330 Business Class (domestic) overview | Point Hacks
Even though it is six hours in length, Virgin Australia’s Sydney – Bali flight is considered by the airline to be short-haul

Air New Zealand class medium-haul flights as those to Perth, Honolulu and Bali or between Sydney and Rarotonga. This is despite some of these flights fitting into other categories used by the airline to define product offering, such as ‘Pacific’ and ‘Trans-Tasman’.

American Airlines, on the other hand, uses distance travelled as their measure. To them, short- and medium-haul flights are less than 3,000 miles, and long-haul flights are those over 3,000 miles as well as those between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco.

Airport-specific

Hong Kong Airport considers most Asian destinations to be short-haul, with everything else (including New Zealand, India and the US) long-haul.

Summing up

Understanding the difference between a short-, medium-, long- and ultra-long-haul flight can help you formulate a strategy to use your frequent flyer points more effectively.

It does so by helping you prioritise when to fly Economy Class and when to opt to pay more for a comfortable seat. For example, you may be happy flying in Economy Class on a Trans-Tasman flight and save your points for a lie-flat Business Class seat to Asia.

Everyone has different definitions of short-, medium- and long-haul flights. What’s yours?

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Save up to 16% off hotel bookings with CheapTickets https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/promo-codes-for-cheaper-hotel-bookings/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/promo-codes-for-cheaper-hotel-bookings/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:30:59 +0000 Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:30:59 +0000 You can always save between 8 – 16% off your hotel bookings by using promo codes on CheapTickets, Orbitz, Hotels.com and Expedia.

While these codes cannot be used on bookings with most of the major hotel chains, they can be used with thousands of independent hotels around the world.

In this guide, we’ll look at the different promotions on offer, the relevant terms / exclusions for each, and the credit cards you can use that have low international transaction fees (as CheapTickets and Orbitz charge in US Dollars).

We’ll republish this guide each time new promo codes are released.

It’s usually a prerequisite to have an account with these sites if you want to use their promo codes, so if you don’t already, you can join up via these links:

CheapTickets

Hammock on the beach

CheapTickets usually have the best offer available if you want an upfront discount, and will be best for those who don’t travel or stay at independent hotels regularly.

  • Promo Code: SWEATERWEATHER
  • Discount: 16%
  • Valid until: 24 November 2019
  • Travel finished by: 30 September 2020
  • You can see the full offer details and how to use the promo code through this link

You are limited to two redemptions of the promo code (they usually offer a new one each month), and up to a maximum saving of $150 USD per booking. After those two bookings, this promo code will not be able to be used again, even if one or more of those bookings is cancelled.

Orbitz

Beach Resort

Orbitz used to offer a 15% minimum upfront discount, before Orbucks earn. However this offer hasn’t been seen in a while now.

Note that the Orbucks you earn can be used on future hotel bookings, and you don’t require any minimum amount to redeem (e.g. if you only have 2 Orbucks, you can redeem them for a $2 USD discount off a future stay).

  • Promo Code: ROAM
  • Discount: 10% + 5% back in Orbucks if you use their mobile app
  • Valid until: 24 November 2019
  • Travel finished by: 30 September 2020
  • You can see the full offer details and how to use the promo code through this link

You are limited to two redemptions of the promo code (they usually offer a new one each month), and up to a maximum saving of $150 USD per booking (excludes Orbucks earn). After those two bookings, this promo code will not be able to be used again, even if one or more of those bookings is cancelled.

Hotels.com

Pool by the beach

Hotels.com generally offer the least appealing offers out of the booking sites in this article. Using any promo codes will also cause you to miss out on earning any Welcome Rewards nights, so if you book regularly with Hotels.com, you’re generally better off sticking to the free nights rather than using these.

You won’t incur any international transaction fees when booking through the New Zealand version of Hotels.com.

Mastercard Offer

This offer is exclusive to Mastercard credit card holders.

  • Promo Code: MASTERCARDYRO – must book via this page
  • Discount: 8%
  • Valid until: 31 December 2019
  • Travel finished by: 31 March 2020
  • Only one Coupon per transaction may be used. In a multiple-room booking, the discount will be applied to only one room. Only for stays of up to 28 nights.

Visa Offer

This offer is exclusive to Visa credit card holders.

  • Promo Code: VISA8 – must book via this page
  • Discount: 8%
  • Valid until: 31 December 2019
  • Travel finished by: 31 March 2020
  • Only one Coupon per transaction may be used. In a multiple-room booking, the discount will be applied to only one room. Only for stays of up to 28 nights.

Key points that are common for all Hotels.com offers:

  • If you subscribe to their emails, you’ll receive an exclusive promo code every month or so.
  • Most major hotel chains are excluded, you can see the full list at this link.

Expedia

Bagan Myanmar

This offer is exclusive to New Zealand Mastercard credit card holders.

Although you won’t incur any international transaction fees when booking through Expedia, you’ll find that Orbitz and CheapTickets still offer a greater discount overall with their promo codes. However like Orbitz, you can get a discount plus earn Expedia+ Points that can be redeemed towards future bookings.

  • Promo Code: MASTERNZ11H – must book via this page
  • Discount: 11% + value of Expedia+ points
  • Valid until: 31 December 2019
  • Travel finished by: 31 March 2020
  • Only one Coupon per transaction may be used. In a multiple-room booking, the discount will be applied to only one room.

You don’t need an account to use the Mastercard code, but you must have an account to earn Expedia+ Points.

This offer may also allow you to earn 1,000 Expedia+ points, if you have not booked with Expedia before.

You can see the full offer details, including excluded hotel chains, at this link.

Factors to consider when using these promo codes

As with any promotion, there are different factors you’ll need to consider before booking:

  • All of these offers are for stand-alone hotel bookings only, not in conjunction with any other product types (unless otherwise mentioned above).
  • The discounts will not apply to taxes/fees.
  • You must pay up front and not at the hotel (though the codes can still be used on refundable rates, it just means you’ll need to wait for a refund back to your credit card account if you choose to cancel).
  • CheapTickets and Orbitz charge in US Dollars, which means that you’ll incur international transaction fees with most credit cards, effectively reducing your ‘discount’ by up to 2.6% for the NZD amount, depending on your credit card (we have listed all the available rates in New Zealand below). Though in saying this, they still generally offer a better discount than the sites that don’t incur credit card fees.
  • Sometimes – and it’s less likely when the discounts are as large as some of those listed above – it can be better value to contact the hotel and enquire what deal they can offer, if you book direct. All hotels pay commission to these sites for each booking, and if you book direct instead, the hotel saves on these fees. While they may not offer a discount, they could offer a room upgrade or daily free breakfast (from my experience), and that could work out good value for longer stays. If they offer you something like this, make sure you get it in writing!

Minimising your international transaction fees

CheapTickets and Orbitz charge in US dollars, so you’ll more than likely incur an international transaction fee when booking through these sites with a credit card.

Many credit cards in New Zealand charge over 2% on the NZD converted amount of international transactions. However, there are quite a few that are lower than this.

The Flight Centre Mastercard is one card to look at if you want to avoid fees altogether, being one of the first reward cards in New Zealand to offer this benefit.

We have listed the different card providers below so you can compare. Remember that your credit card may have a reward program that provides a return on your spend (cashback, frequent flyer miles etc.), so make sure you factor this in when deciding which card to use.

Note that these were last checked in November 2019.

Credit CardInternational Transaction Fee
Flight Centre Mastercard0%
Q Mastercard1.4%
Westpac1.4%
ANZ1.8%
Kiwibank1.85%
Countdown Onecard1.9%
Gem Visa2%
Warehouse Money2%
ASB2.1%
BNZ2.25%
American Express2.5%
TSB2.5%
The Cooperative Bank2.6%

Summing up

Saving money on your hotel stays isn’t hard – I’m always surprised to hear people say that they’ve paid full price for accommodation on their holidays.

CheapTickets is generally your best choice for up front discounts. Orbitz can be good if you make frequent bookings and can take advantage of the Orbucks earn. These sites however have a savings cap of $150 USD. If you’re booking expensive stays, it could be cheaper to use Expedia or Hotels.com.

Always do your comparisons and sums to make sure you’re getting the best deal on your booking. Prices can vary between sites, even in spite of promo code usage, and sometimes the best deal can be found by contacting the hotel directly.

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Redeeming Alaska miles on Singapore Airlines flights https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/using-alaska-miles-singapore-airlines-flights-guide/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/using-alaska-miles-singapore-airlines-flights-guide/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:30:59 +0000 Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:30:59 +0000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are perhaps one of the most versatile points ‘currency’ out there, and it just got better. You can now redeem those miles for Singapore Airlines flights.

It does open up a few opportunities for travellers, although the rates are quite poor in some cases. What that means is you could be better off making the redemption with KrisFlyer miles or Velocity Points, rather than Alaska miles.

In theory, there is one major benefit – you can stopover for free on Alaska Airlines award tickets.

This should mean that you can book Auckland to Singapore to Shanghai with a few days exploring the Lion City, all for the one standard award rate, rather than being charged two sectors which would cost more.

However at time of writing, stopovers in Singapore ex-New Zealand do not seem to be bookable online.

New Zealand to South East Asia

While New Zealand is classed as its own region, for the purposes of redeeming Alaska miles with Singapore Airlines, the award table is found instead under ‘South Pacific’. These are the number of Alaska Airlines miles needed for a one-way redemption on Singapore Airlines:

Singapore Airlines: NZ/Australia/South Pacific to South East Asia (Singapore or onwards)
Economy30,000 Alaska Miles
Business65,000 Alaska Miles
First90,000 Alaska Miles

‘South East Asia’ encompasses all the countries you would usually expect, plus China (inc. Hong Kong). Note that Taiwan, Japan and South Korea are considered ‘North Asia’ and are not included in the table above.

Due to the nature of region-based pricing, New Zealand passengers get the best deal from the award pricing, since flights to Singapore and onwards are much longer than from Australia, whose residents still have to pay the same number of miles.

As you can see above, First Class availability is even showing on New Zealand flights through Alaska Airlines.

Stopovers are free with Alaska, but seemingly not possible to book online for routes ex-New Zealand. Should they become bookable, you’d still pay the same award rate overall, just slightly higher taxes. It means you could get two holiday destinations for the price of one flight.

Redeem Alaska Miles for Singapore Airlines - Sydney to Bangkok via Singapore
Sydney to Bangkok via Singapore with a three-day stopover costs practically the same as the single Sydney to Singapore flight

Note that if you have Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, it will be slightly better value to redeem with those on some routes versus Alaska.

For example, it will only cost 62,000 KrisFlyer miles for a one-way Business Class redemption to Bangkok via Singapore, which is a bit cheaper than the 65,000 Alaska miles required for the same seat.

However a one-way Business Class redemption to Shanghai via Singapore would cost 84,000 KrisFlyer miles, which would make this a better use of Alaska miles.

To summarise, it might be worth using Alaska Airlines miles for Singapore Airlines flights from New Zealand if you are:

  • Flying in Business or First Class;
  • Flying to another destination in South East Asia (including China) apart from Singapore; and/or, 
  • Stopping over in Singapore (and these become bookable online)

South East Asia to South East Asia

The best ‘sweet spot’ for using Alaska Airlines miles on Singapore Airlines is probably for flying within South East Asia exclusively. 

Singapore Airlines: South East Asia to South East Asia
Economy17,500 Alaska Miles
Business25,000 Alaska Miles
First35,000 Alaska Miles

The reason for this is because once again, you can string two flights together and still pay those incredibly low rates. Business Class is only 7,500 miles more than Economy, and First Class is only 10,000 miles more!

So here’s how it would look if you wanted to fly Singapore Airlines’ excellent First Class and Suites product from Jakarta to Singapore (2 hrs), stop in Singapore for up to 24 hours, and then Singapore to Hong Kong (4 hours):

Redeem Alaska Miles for Singapore Airlines - Singapore to Hong Kong

That’s not bad for a First Class experience at just 35,000 Alaska Airlines miles and minimal taxes.

Singapore Airlines 777-300ER First Class | Point Hacks
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER First Class is a very comfortable way to travel

Unfortunately, Alaska Airlines has now banned stopovers on intra-Asia reward flights only a week after Singapore Airlines flights came online. This is presumably to stop people from exploiting an otherwise lucrative loophole to get to two holiday destinations for one low rate.

Cities in China, Japan and Korea are classified as ‘North Asia’ for intra-Asia reward flights and have significantly higher redemption rates.

Singapore Airlines: South East Asia to Japan, Korea and China
Economy22,500 Alaska Miles
Business60,000 Alaska Miles
First75,000 Alaska Miles

The reclassification of the above three countries was also made by Alaska Airlines soon after Singapore Airlines became available online, as many people were exploiting the loophole that saw flights to China priced at the lower South East Asia rates.

Other reward tables

Here are a few other Singapore Airlines reward tables when using Alaska Airline miles. This list is not exhaustive. For other regions, check on Alaska Airline’s website here. If you still can’t find it there, it means you can’t book that SQ route with Alaska Airlines miles.

From South Pacific (Australia, NZ) to:

Singapore Airlines: South Pacific to Africa
Economy60,000 Alaska Miles
Business160,000 Alaska Miles
First210,000 Alaska Miles
Singapore Airlines: South Pacific to Contiguous U.S. and Alaska
Economy70,000 Alaska Miles
Business145,000 Alaska Miles
First190,000 Alaska Miles
Singapore Airlines: South Pacific to Europe
Economy67,500 Alaska Miles
Business190,000 Alaska Miles
First250,000 Alaska Miles

It doesn’t seem possible to book redemptions from South Pacific to North Asia, which includes Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

These amounts are also significantly higher than what KrisFlyer charges for Singapore Airlines flights, so it’s probably not the best deal for most travellers. For example, New Zealand to Europe is no more than 116,000 KrisFlyer miles for a Saver Award, compared to 190,000 Alaska Airlines miles.

From South East Asia (Singapore and others) to:

Singapore Airlines: South East Asia to Japan, Korea and China
Economy22,500 Alaska Miles
Business60,000 Alaska Miles
First75,000 Alaska Miles
Singapore Airlines: South East Asia to Africa
Economy40,000 Alaska Miles
Business90,000 Alaska Miles
First120,000 Alaska Miles
Singapore Airlines: South East Asia to Europe
Economy42,500 Alaska Miles
Business110,000 Alaska Miles
First160,000 Alaska Miles
Singapore Airlines: South East Asia to Contiguous U.S. and Alaska
Economy47,500 Alaska Miles
Business100,000 Alaska Miles
First130,000 Alaska Miles

Summing up

More options for your miles is always good news. However, in the majority of cases, Alaska Airlines’ rates for Singapore Airlines flight redemptions are generally quite poor compared to KrisFlyer. There are also fewer award seats available through Mileage Plan.

The best value redemptions are New Zealand to South East Asia and China, plus flights wholly within South East Asia, especially if you are getting two premium flights and a stopover for the price of a single award booking.

One benefit of using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is that you can often buy the whole amount of miles required for a booking, direct from the airline. There are frequently discounts which see you get bonus miles or a discount on the purchase.

This benefit could make it a worthwhile purchase if you wanted to try out some Singapore Airlines premium flights but didn’t have enough Velocity Points or KrisFlyer miles to make the booking.

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Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai – Picture Review https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/reviews/shangri-la-hotel-pudong-shanghai-picture-review/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/reviews/shangri-la-hotel-pudong-shanghai-picture-review/#respond Mon, 11 Nov 2019 23:30:55 +0000 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 23:30:55 +0000

As part of a quick two-night trip to Shanghai before meeting the Point Hacks team in Hong Kong, I thought I would try out two of the city’s better priced American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts properties, which both happen to carry the Shangri-La brand.

This review covers the second night of my stay, following my stay at the Jing An Shangri-La.

Research & Booking

The Pudong Shangri-La is located in Lujiazui, the main financial district in Shanghai, and is a short walk to Metro Line 2.

This property is more convenient to Pudong International Airport in terms of time and travel distance than the Jing An Shangri-La.

I booked a fully-flexible rate through American Express’ Fine Hotels and Resorts programme, at a cost of $311. Access to the programme is provided by holding an elite American Express card, like the American Express Platinum Charge.

For this stay, I received the following benefits:

  • 12pm early check-in
  • $125 USD food and beverage credit ($197 NZD)
  • Full buffet breakfast for two
  • Room upgrade
  • 4pm late checkout (guaranteed)

The American Express Platinum Charge also sees card members with an instant status lift to Jade with the Shangri-La Golden Circle loyalty programme. This provided additional benefits, such as a choice of up to three in-room amenities.

The Pudong Shangri-La is ranked #4 out of 4,749 hotels in the area on TripAdvisor.

The room: Grand Tower Premier Room

I booked a base ‘River Wing Deluxe’ room and was upgraded to the ‘Grand Tower Premier’ room at check-in.

The Pudong Shangri-La is made up of two buildings, with the River Wing adjacent the river, and the Grand Tower set further back.

The upgraded room was 13m2 larger, which provided extra space for a walk-in robe, and a more generously sized living area.

On one side of the room is a King Bed, a dressing table, and TV.

In the centre adjacent the window is a full-size executive writing desk. I could have spent a week working from here!

On the far side of the room was a sitting area, and another TV.

As you can tell, the room was generous in length. The floor-to-floor windows look out towards the Bund. More expensive rooms in the Grand Tower on higher levels afford unobstructed views over the top of the Pudong Shangri-La River Wing, as shown below.

The bathroom was not quite as modern as the Jing An Shangri-La, but did the job for a one night stay nonetheless. One criticism was that the marble tiles in the shower were beginning to crack along the edges of the wall.

The bathroom amenities looked very… cheap.

Opposite the bathroom was a walk-in room with wardrobes and luggage storage space.

Off the hallway into the main room was a small nook with coffee machine, and mini-bar.

The complimentary in-room amenities included fruit, a selection of traditional Shanghainese sweets, two bottles of sparkling water, and a box of chocolates.

The hotel

The lobby and check-in area of the Pudong Shangri-La Grand Tower are expansive. There are plenty of check-in desks along the length of the building, with little wait to check in and out.

I used my Fine Hotels and Resorts food and beverage credit towards a buffet dinner at Yi Café for myself and two friends.

The food selection is great, with 13 culinary theatre stations featuring Chinese, Western, South-East Asian, Japanese and European cuisine. However the quality was a bit hit or miss.

The buffet also offers free coffee, tea and soft drinks, and little containers that you can fill with lollies and take away with you.

I also had a late night drink at Jade On 36, which is a bar located at the top level of the Grand Tower. You buy one drink and effectively get a platter of chips and nuts which I consider good value.

I skipped the complimentary buffet breakfast as I had an early morning flight, and knew that I would have a chance to enjoy some dim sum in Cathay Pacific’s new Business Class lounge at Pudong International Airport.

Around the hotel

The Pudong Shangri-La is a few minutes walk from the Lujiazui metro station on Line 2, providing an easy connection to Pudong and Hongqiao Airports, and Shanghai’s high-speed railway stations.

There is no underground connection to the metro from the hotel, so take this into account in inclement weather.

The hotel is also a short walk to attractions like the Oriental Pearl Tower, large shopping malls, and a waterside area that is far more relaxing and less crowded than the Bund on the opposite side of the river.

Summing up

This Pudong Shangri-La was perfect for a one-night stay before my flight to Hong Kong. It took me only 35 minutes to travel from the hotel to Pudong using Line 2 and the Maglev high-speed train.

While the room size was more generous than the room I stayed in at the Jing An Shangri-La, there were elements that felt both cheap and dated.

The generous Fine Hotels and Resorts food and beverage credit can make a stay here especially worthwhile when rates are low.

Supplementary images courtesy of Pudong Shangri-La

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You’ll now earn more Qantas Points and Status Credits on American Airlines flights + new routes from New Zealand https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/qantas-american-airlines-joint-venture-guide/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/qantas-american-airlines-joint-venture-guide/#respond Sun, 10 Nov 2019 23:30:02 +0000 Sun, 10 Nov 2019 23:30:02 +0000

American Airlines has a special relationship with Qantas, much like Emirates does.

They have a joint venture (or joint business), which means that they coordinate fares, scheduling and frequent flyer benefits on each other’s flights on routes between Australia/New Zealand and the US.

Recently, the US Department of Transportation approved the expansion of their joint venture—and Qantas Frequent Flyers will see improved benefits.

All changes came into effect on 1 October 2019.

American Airlines will also launch new services from Auckland to Dallas-Fort Worth, and for those on the ‘mainland’, seasonal flights between Christchurch and Los Angeles.

American Airlines Boeing 777-200 at Santiago Airport
Qantas Frequent Flyers will now earn more points and Status Credits on American Airlines flights

What do I think of American Airlines?

I rank American Airlines smack-bang in the middle of the 11 US domestic airlines, so they’re neither fantastic nor terrible (well, sometimes they can be).

I prefer to fly Alaska Airlines where possible. However, whilst you can earn and redeem Qantas Points for travel on Alaska Airlines, you won’t earn any Status Credits (SCs).

Alaska Airlines plane on tarmac at Austin Airport
You’ll generally get better service on Alaska but it has a more limited network than AA

How many Qantas Points will I earn on American Airlines flights?

American Airlines will soon offer three routes between New Zealand the United States:

  • Auckland to Los Angeles (existing)
    • Daily from now until 31 March 2020
    • Daily starting October 7, 2020, through March 25, 2021
  • Auckland to Dallas-Fort Worth (new)
    • 3x weekly through November 29, 2020
    • Daily starting December 1, 2020
  • Christchurch to Los Angeles (new)
    • 3x weekly from October 27, 2020, through March 26, 2021

Air New Zealand AA Route Map
AA flies from Auckland and Christchuch to the US on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Each of these flights will be available on AA flight codes, or QF codeshare.

Let’s look at the cheapest (Discount Economy) fares flying American Airlines to the US one-way. Points earn will more than double from 1,875 to 4,000 points. These points are worth $84, according to our valuation of Qantas Points at 2.1c each.

Those flying in Business Class will see their earn rate jump a much smaller 28%, from 9,400 to 12,000 points.

American Airlines 772 Business Class
AA has an excellent reverse herringbone seat, but Air New Zealand have better food and customer service than AA

On domestic US flights

There are no changes to points earn rates on domestic flights within the US. However, SCs are doubling in most cases—and that’s explained below.

How many Qantas Status Credits will I earn on American Airlines flights?

Status Credits earn rates are simply returning to the levels seen before Qantas cut them in half in 2017. This was in response to the Department of Transportation rejecting the expansion of the joint venture at that time.

However this mainly affected flights from Australia, with SC earn on direct flights from New Zealand remaining similar to that earned if you were on Qantas metal.

On NZ-US flights

The only change to SC earn on flights from New Zealand will be on a one-way Economy ticket, which is boosted to 55 SCs (previously 40).

On domestic US flights

SCs earn rates for flights within the US are doubling in most cases.

For example, on a Discount Economy ticket from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, you’ll now earn 10 rather than 5 SCs.

On a Business Class flight from San Francisco to New York, you’ll earn 100 SCs instead of 50.

American Airlines 772 Business Class inflight entertainment
Qantas Points earn rates on international AA flights are jumping, and Status Credits are increasing back to normal levels

How do earn rates on American Airlines compare to flying on Qantas?

Qantas Frequent Flyers will now earn as many points when they travel to the US with American Airlines as they do when they travel with Qantas.

Which new American Airlines routes have become Qantas codeshares?

50 more American Airlines routes from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago will now carry a QF flight number.

Passengers trying out Qantas’ new Brisbane – Chicago service from April 2020 will be able to connect onto a QF-codeshare American Airlines-operated flight to airports like Boston, Miami and New York.

Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner Business Class cabin
Qantas’ new Brisbane to Chicago will be the fourth-longest flight in the world

Helpfully all flights from New Zealand to the US on American Airlines are offered with a QF codeshare already, which means no backtracking via Australia.

Summing up

The biggest news here is the impressive addition of two new American Airlines routes to New Zealand.

This should see increased competition and cheaper flight pricing for all across the summer months when these routes operate. It also means that those in Christchurch no longer have to fly via Auckland, and are now only one-stop from most cities in the US.

We should also see more award availability, and less of a need to backtrack via Australia when using points.

Status Credits earn rates are increasing on most American Airlines flights, though with little benefit to us in New Zealand where they did not drop for most fare types post-rejection of the joint venture’s expansion in 2017.

You’ll now earn significantly more Qantas Points on American Airlines’ services from New Zealand to the US, especially in Economy Class. That’s a win.

However, there are no changes to points earn rates on domestic US flights. Given that, if I were someone who wasn’t worried about earning Status Credits, I’d aim to fly Alaska Airlines instead of American Airlines.

You can check the Qantas Points and Status Credits earn rates for your upcoming American Airlines flight on this page.

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Earn bonus Asia Miles on car hire with Hertz https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/earning-asia-miles-rental-cars/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/earning-asia-miles-rental-cars/#respond Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:30:22 +0000 Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:30:22 +0000

Planning to book car hire in New Zealand or Australia? You could earn bonus miles if booking with Hertz.

You can also earn Asia Miles on rentals with Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt, and more.

In this guide, we explore earn rates, the best booking channels, and how to get cashback on car rentals.

Be sure to also read our comprehensive guide comparing points earn from car rentals across a number of programmes.


Current offer: Earn up to 2,000 Asia Miles with Hertz plus a discount

Make a booking with Hertz in New Zealand or Australia before 31 December for a minimum 4-day hire, and you will earn up to 2,000 Asia Miles.

Pick-up of the rental car must be by 31 January 2020.

The total number of miles you earn will depend on the length of your booking:

  • Bookings for 4-5 days: 1,500 miles + 10% discount
  • Bookings for 6+ days: 2,000 miles + 10% discount

The usual earn rate is 500 miles.

You will need to book via this page to be eligible for this offer.

Hertz Offer


Which car hire companies can I earn Asia Miles with?

You can earn Asia Miles with:

How much can I earn?

Here is a comparison of how many Asia Miles you can earn with the partners above:

 AvisBudgetEuropcarHertzSixtRentalcars.com
Miles earn for personal hire in NZ/AU500 miles per rental500 miles per rental500 miles per rental500 miles per rental500 miles per rental2 miles for every HK$10 spent
Miles earn for corporate hire250 miles per rentalN/AN/A250 miles per rentalN/AN/A
CashrewardsBonus 4.9% cashbackBonus 4.9% cashback (AU rental only)Bonus 5.6% cashbackBonus 2% cashbackBonus 5% cashbackN/A

How do I make a miles-earning booking?

You can earn Asia Miles by making a booking with any of their car rental partners, by using the links provided above.

In terms of eligibility, earning miles simply requires you to be a member of the Asia Miles programme.

Maximise value tip 1: start with Cashrewards

Avis, Budget, Europcar and Sixt are programme partners of Cashrewards, which gives you an opportunity to earn cashback on each rental car booking.

Clicking through to these car rental websites from the Cashrewards landing page will yield you miles and a discount, which is not available by going through the Asia Miles-branded pages directly.

The links above will take you directly to the relevant Cashrewards page.

Maximise value tip 2: compare prices between Rentalcars.com and other partners for long-term rental

For any long-term rental, make sure to compare prices between Rentalcars.com and the other direct booking partners.

If prices are the same, and there are no current bonus miles promotions, you’ll generally earn more miles on a booking via Rentalcars.com if the cost of the hire is HK$2,500 (NZ$438) or more.

This is because you’ll earn a fixed 500 miles on personal car rental with each partner, whereas you’ll earn 2 miles per HK$10 (NZ$1.95) with Rentalcars.com.

Offer history

DateBonus Offer
Avis
August-October 2019Up to 1,500 bonus miles
April-June 2019Up to 1,500 bonus miles
December 2018-January 2019Up to 2,000 bonus miles
August-October 2018Up to 1,500 bonus miles
March-April 2018Up to 1,100 bonus miles
Budget
June-August 2019Up to 500 bonus miles
October-December 2018Up to 1,000 bonus miles
June-July 2018Up to 1,500 bonus miles
Europcar
November - December 2018Up to 1,000 bonus miles
May-June 2018Up to 1,000 bonus miles and a 10% discount
Hertz
October-December 2019Up to 1,500 bonus miles plus a 10% discount
July-September 2019Up to 3,500 bonus miles plus a 10% discount
March-June 2019Up to 21,500 bonus miles and a 10% discount
January 2019Up to 1,000 bonus miles and a 15% discount
December 2018-February 2019Up to 1,500 bonus miles and a 10% discount
August-October 2018At least 1,500 bonus miles and a 17% discount
June-July 2018Up to 9,500 bonus miles and a 15% discount
February-March 2018Up to 1,500 bonus miles and a 10% discount
Sixt
December 2018-January 2019Up to 1,000 bonus miles
July-August 2018Up to 1,500 bonus miles
February-March 2018Up to 1,500 bonus miles

Summing up

If Asia Miles are your currency of choice, you’re in luck, as you can pretty much earn on car rentals with most of the major companies, either directly, or through Asia Mile’s relationship with Rentalcars.com.

Make sure to maximise value by booking through Cashrewards where possible.

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Virgin Australia 737-800 Business Class review – Melbourne to Queenstown https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/reviews/virgin-australia-737-800-business-class-review-melbourne-queenstown/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/reviews/virgin-australia-737-800-business-class-review-melbourne-queenstown/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:39:12 +0000 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 22:39:12 +0000

The termination of the Virgin Australia-Air New Zealand partnership on 28 October 2018 saw the introduction by Virgin Australia of direct Melbourne to Queenstown services. Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air New Zealand all fly this route year round, but noteably, Virgin Australia is the only carrier to offer Business Class, with Jetstar and Air New Zealand providing an all Economy layout. Qantas fly the route on a seasonal basis and offer Business Class on their flights also.

While this guide specifically covers the flight itself, do note that Business Class guests have access to The House lounge in Melbourne and the Manaia Lounge in Queenstown at the respective ends of the journey.

Fleet & routes

We cover the fleet and routes of Virgin Australia’s 737-800 in our overview here:

The cabin & seats

The cabin layout is the same as that found in Business Class on domestic services in Australia, with a 2-2 configuration across 2 rows for a total of 8 seats. The small number of seats allows for quite personalised service, given the customer to staff ratio is small.

Virgin Australia 737 Business Class seat map

The seats are all leather recliners offering a pitch and width of 37 and 19.5 inches respectively, and I found them to be very comfortable. So much so, that I began to almost doze off just before landing, which was not something I wanted to do given the amazing scenery that greets passengers on descent into Queenstown.

Virgin Australia Business Class seat

Being around 5’10” tall, I found there to be plenty of leg room, and had no trouble fully extending my legs out.

Virgin Australia Business Class seat legroom

The centre console offers plenty of elbow room, along with an extendable tray for drinks. I didn’t have a seat mate on this flight, so was able to use this area for my tablet a drink.

Virgin Australia Business Class centre console

The tray table was large enough to fit the meal tray and extends to the centre console, providing extra sturdiness to easily carry laptops and other heavier objects. A bug bear of mine is getting tray tables that don’t extend to the centre console, making them quite flimsy and always having the fear that your gear will slide right off the table. I had no such concerns on this flight.

Virgin Australia Business Class tray table

Seat choice

I was seated in 2F and generally prefer row 2 of Virgin’s 737 Business Class for a few reasons. Firstly, the bulk head in front of row 1 does restrict some space to fully stretch your legs out, especially if you are tall, as you are unable to slide your legs beneath the seat in front of you. Also, row 2 allows you to fully recline your seat without the concern that you are distracting the seatmate behind. While this is less of an issue in Business Class, I still get comfort in knowing nobody is seated behind me.

Food & drink

Upon getting settled into my seat, I was quickly offered a welcome drink of sparkling or still water or orange juice. I elected for the latter, and was very pleased to see that it was 100% squeezed pure orange juice that was perfectly chilled. I love my pure OJ, so decided to have a second drink before departure. I reasoned that you can’t have enough Vitamin C.

Virgin Australia pure orange juice

As with domestic Business Class, there was no printed menu on offer, rather the cabin crew ran through two options, taking down your order and then preparing the meals in the galley. On today’s flight the option were a bacon, cheese and onion toastie or bircher muesli with strawberries, blueberries and yoghurt.

I initially chose the toastie, and while at first I was not convinced that it would be filling given its size, I was pleasantly surprised. Toasties can be a bit hit and miss and on some other flights, were either quite tasteless or absolutely dripping in oil. This was not such an occasion. The toastie was perfectly made and left me satisfied without feeling overly full.

Virgin Australia Business Class breakfast

Later in the flight, I was offered a spare bircher muesli and while I was quite full at the time, felt it my duty to order it for the purposes of this review. Like toasties, bircher muesli can be hit and miss, sometimes tasting quite bitter or at the other extreme, too sweet. I felt the balance here was just right and it is not an understatement to say it was one of the better bircher muesli I have tasted.

Virgin Australia Business Class muesli

The meal was finished off with a cup of coffee, which was the filtered variety rather than the better Nespresso that are found on Virgin’s A330 ‘The Business’ flights.

Virgin Australia Business Class coffee

Customer service

With few exceptions, it is usually hard to fault the Business Class service on Virgin Australia services, and this was no exception. As stated above, having only 8 seats in the entire cabin as opposed to 12 or more that are frequently found on other airlines allows for a heightened level of service to be given to Virgin’s Business Class customers.

All staff that I interacted with from check-in to disembarkation were polite, friendly, and willing to engage in brief conversation. What stood out for me is the pride that the staff had for the airline, especially for this particular route. A number of staff made sure to point out that Virgin Australia is ‘the only airline flying Business class on this route’. While not technically correct—Qantas fly here from Melbourne on a seasonal basis—it is true of you consider the fact that this route is a year round.

Requests for additional drinks were handled in a professional and timely manner, and the staff went out of their way to explain the in-flight entertainment and wi-fi available, along with frequently scanning the cabin to ensure that all guests were comfortable and didn’t have any outstanding questions or requests.

Inflight entertainment

Virgin Australia branded tablets were made available to all Business Class customers, which included a variety of Movies, TV Shows, Radio and e-Books.

Virgin Australia Business Class inflight entertainment tablet

The range of movies and TV shows was adequate, however my staple of watching 90’s comedies like Friends was unfortunately not available, with more modern TV shows predominantly making the shortlist.

Virgin Australia Business Class inflight entertainment tablet

The aircraft was also equipped with Wi-Fi entertainment streaming that could be accessed using the Virgin Australia app.

Complimentary newspapers were also given out, with the selection being The Australian, The Australian Financial Review and The Age.

Amenities

This aircraft was equipped with Wi-Fi, providing 15 minutes of free browsing before being requested to purchase a wi-fi package. Details of these packages are shown below.

Virgin Australia Business Class inflight internet

Activating the free 15 minutes Wi-Fi was quite simple. You click on 15 minute express service, which takes you to the screen below. I filled in my email address and clicked on the + promo code.

Virgin Australia Business Class inflight internet promo

I did have difficulty in that the promo code should have automatically popped up, but for some reason it was not showing on my iPhone, and had to request the code from the cabin crew.

Virgin Australia Business Class inflight internet promo

Once you come to the final screen with the total cost and discount applied, you are ready to go!

Virgin Australia Business Class inflight internet

I found the speed of the internet to be pretty fast, definitely in line with speeds experienced on the ground.

How to redeem points for this flight

You can redeem for this flight using Velocity Points, KrisFlyer miles or Etihad Guest miles.

For details on how to redeem for this flight, read our overview here:

Lounge access

Passengers departing from Melbourne or Sydney get access to the excellent former Etihad Lounge – The House, with à la carte dining.

You can also get access to Virgin Australia’s own lounge in Melbourne.

Related reviews

Summing up: why choose this flight?

Being the only carrier to offer Business Class on this route year round provides a great incentive to choose this flight if you’re looking to experience a premium level of comfort for your trip from Melbourne to Queenstown. It is definitely worth considering for special events such as wedding anniversaries or romantic getaways, or if you have a large stash of Velocity points to use up.

What is great

  • Friendly staff and exceptional service
  • Excellent catering
  • Very comfortable seat
  • Fast wi-fi

What is not great

  • Filtered coffee
  • Lack of variety in comedies (at least have Friends!)

The writer flew from Melbourne to Queenstown courtesy of Virgin Australia.

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AA miles on sale with a bonus until end of month: still not a good price https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/aadvantage-purchase-miles-guide/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/aadvantage-purchase-miles-guide/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:30:07 +0000 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:30:07 +0000

American Airlines have launched their latest offer which sees AAdvantage miles being sold with a bonus if you make a purchase by 28 November 2019 — with a resultant cost of 2.01 US cents per mile at the best-value tier.

These offers run almost monthly (see Offer history for details of past points value). This is unfortunately another offer that you should absolutely give a miss unless you have a very pressing need and cannot wait for a better offer.

Buying AAdvantage miles makes the most sense when topping up your balance for a specific Business or First Class redemption on American Airlines, a oneworld partner like Qantas or Qatar Airways, or partner airlines like Air Tahiti Nui and Fiji Airways.

The current AAdvantage purchase miles promotion

  • Discount: Bonus of between 2,500-100,000 miles

  • Valid until: 28 November
  • Best value redemptions: domestic Australian and Trans-Tasman Qantas Business Class, Fiji Airways Business to Fiji, Qantas/Cathay Pacific/Japan Airlines Business to Asia, and oneworld Business to Europe
  • Book awards online: for AA, Qantas, British Airways, and some others (full list)
  • Book awards over the phone: for other partners, you can only book over the phone and are charged a $75 USD booking fee
  • You can buy miles in this promotion through this link

This promotion yields the cheapest per mile price of ~2.01 US cents per mile when buying exactly 100,000 miles.

Qantas A330 Business Class

Note: AAdvantage miles expire after 18 months of inactivity in your account, so make sure to keep your account active by earning/redeeming miles regularly.

Why purchase AAdvantage miles?

  1. For oneworld partner redemptions: American Airlines is a member of the oneworld alliance, so you can redeem AAdvantage miles across any oneworld airline, including all those who fly direct from New Zealand – Qantas, Cathay Pacific, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, and Qatar Airways
  2. For other partner redemptions: American Airlines have other partner airlines that fly to New Zealand that you can redeem AAdvantage miles for, including Etihad, Fiji Airways, Hawaiian Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui
  3. Very helpful award hold policy: with AA, it is possible to hold award bookings for up to five days (if booking more than two weeks from departure) or 24 hours (if booking closer), allowing you to pencil in plans and then confirm the ticket once you’ve bought or transferred the miles into your account. This policy makes it easy to make risk-free redemption holds while you re-confirm total costs of making your booking and buying the points

The best value AAdvantage redemptions for NZ travellers

Here are some of the better-priced and more readily-available awards for travellers from NZ:

Example RedemptionAAdvantage Miles requiredCost (USD) with latest promotion at highest discount tier*
* All redemption prices are in USD, one way and do not included booking fees, taxes and other charges
Australia to/from New Zealand in Business Class with Qantas or LAN 25000$502.5
New Zealand to Fiji in Fiji Airways Business Class30000$603
New Zealand to Tahiti or Air Tahiti Nui Business Class30000$603
New Zealand Business Class to Asia Zone 1 (Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam)40000$804
New Zealand Business Class to Asia Zone 2 (Japan and Korea)40000$804
New Zealand Business Class to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines65000$1306.5
New Zealand Business Class to Contiguous 48 U.S. states80000$1608
New Zealand Business Class to Europe85000$1708.5

Factors to consider when purchasing AAdvantage miles

Just like any miles purchase deal, you’ll need to take into consideration the following factors:

  • The cost of the miles required for your intended route
  • The $75 USD phone booking fee for some partners
  • The USD:NZD exchange rate
  • The taxes that come along with the booking, which are most easily confirmed by American over the phone
  • The time taken to research award availability and make the booking
  • AAdvantage accounts less than 30 days old are not permitted to buy or gift miles, so register for an account now so you can take advantage of future promotions
  • AAdvantage usually lets you purchase or gift 100,000-150,000 miles (not including the bonus miles on offer) per year per account receiving the miles, so ensure you are buying into a deal when you have a redemption in mind OR you think it’s a really good one
  • Be sure to get to the checkout page to see the full cost of your purchase including all USD fees and taxes

Previous offers

The simplest way to track historical AAdvantage offers is with the US cents per mile cost for the best offer tier for that period:

DateCost Per Mile
(USD cents)
Notes
November 20192.01
October 20192.03
September 20192.08
August 20191.84
June-August 20191.72Lowest
May 20191.92
March-April 20191.92
January 20192.14
December 2018-January 20191.77
November 20181.92
October-November 20182.25Highest
October 20182.03
August 20181.84
June-August 20181.72Lowest
May 20182.08
March 2018 1.81
February 20182.02
January 20182.13
December 20171.77
November 20171.91
October 20172.10
September 20172.02
August 20171.83
July 20171.72Lowest
June 20171.72Lowest
May 20171.77
March 20171.80
February 20172.24Highest
January 20172.13
December 20161.77
November 20161.90
September 20162.02
August 20162.00
June 20161.72Lowest
May 20161.89
March 20161.81
February 20162.02
January 20162.13
December 20151.81
November 20151.98
October 20152.10
August 20152.09
July 20152.00
May-June 20152.06
May 20152.09
April 20152.00
February 20152.07
January 20152.14
Average1.96

Why purchasing AAdvantage miles is easier than earning them

The most common way to acquire AAdvantage miles for New Zealand travellers outside of flights would be to either:

Purchasing miles directly from American Airlines is usually the most cost-effective method if you have a specific flight you are targeting.

With most of these promotions I am usually quite risk-averse, and would only recommend purchasing miles for topping up an account or buying the full chunk of miles if you have a specific redemption in mind, but not to purchase speculatively. Your preferences may differ though!

Making your booking

Bookings using your miles can be made online if you are looking to fly American, Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas or and a heap of other airline partners.

If not, they’ll have to be made over the phone with the (usually excellent) call centre for the region, which happens to be in Fiji.

From New Zealand, you can contact them on (09) 308 4014, selecting option 3 for award travel.

Be sure to check the taxes and fees that will be incurred with your booking as well. I find the easiest way to do this is simply to research availability online on the Qantas website and call AAdvantage to price up the booking.

Summing up

AAdvantage provide those in Australia and New Zealand with some well-priced redemption opportunities available to use for cheaper premium cabin flights by buying miles and immediately redeeming them.

Their generous award hold policy makes the process much less risky, allowing you to hold an award, buy the miles and then call back to get it ticketed once they are added to your account.

Buying miles to redeem for flights in this way is still time-consuming, requiring you to research availability to death before you can book.

Whilst there aren’t many valuable deals for Economy travellers here, if you are keen for a Business or First Class bargain, you can still pick one up when buying AAdvantage miles.

You can purchase AAdvantage miles here.


Are you new to the purchasing points game?

If you’re new to the world of buying points/miles, I’ve written a full intro guide.

You can also access more comprehensive guides for buying points in each individual frequent flyer programme below.

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You can now earn KrisFlyer miles with Luxury Escapes hotel bookings https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/luxury-escapes-points-guide/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/luxury-escapes-points-guide/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:30:47 +0000 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:30:47 +0000

For those looking at booking a luxury hotel stay, we look at why it is worth including Luxury Escapes in your search to open up the opportunity to earn either Qantas Points or KrisFlyer miles, and access benefits like complimentary meals, drinks and spa treatments.

What is Luxury Escapes?

Luxury Escapes is a travel booking service, offering hotels, tours and flights. It is an Australian-based company operating in just under 20 countries across the world.

The majority of hotels available for booking at a discount are boutique hotels, with some chain hotels included too.

Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai

Who is it for?

Luxury Escapes’ hotel booking service is aimed at travellers embarking on trips with a partner and/or family and want to access benefits usually reserved for those holding elite status, like complimentary breakfasts, food and beverage credits, room upgrades and spa treatments.

Think of it as an alternative to programmes like American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.

Is it worth it?

It is definitely worth comparing Luxury Escapes’ pricing to that available through the hotel directly and through other Online Travel Agencies (OTAs), especially for hotels offering special deals.

For example, I did a dummy booking for a five-night stay for two adults at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. A search on the hotel’s official site came to $2481 NZD for just the room and complimentary wifi, with no breakfast or other benefits.

A search for the same dates on the Luxury Escapes website would save me $334 NZD and include daily buffet breakfasts, dinners every night, two 30-minute massages for each adult and welcome drinks on arrival—plus it would earn me just under 2000 Qantas Points for the booking.

If you want to make a booking through Luxury Escapes but find a better price on the same offer with the same inclusions before purchasing, then they’ll match that price, and offer you a $50 AUD credit.

How can you earn Qantas Points?

Under this partnership, Qantas Frequent Flyer members based in New Zealand can earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 AUD spent on holidays booked online.

Annoyingly to earn Qantas Points you will have to book via the AU branded site and not the NZ one. This also means you may incur a currency conversion charge, depending on the credit card you use when booking.

You will not see the option to add your Qantas number on the NZ site, so make sure you direct your browser to the AU version of the site.

If you have created a Luxury Escapes account on the NZ site, you can still use the same login details via the AU site to add your Qantas Frequent Flyer number in the My Account section of the website. If booking via the AU site you can also choose to add your Qantas number at checkout.

Unlike some other accommodation providers which take up to eight weeks to send Qantas Points to your account after your stay, Luxury Escapes credits those points within two weeks.

If you are not yet a Qantas member, you can join for free.

The full terms and conditions for earning Qantas Points on the Luxury Escapes website can be found here.

What about earning KrisFlyer miles?

Under this partnership, KrisFlyer members can earn 1 mile per $1 USD (or equivalent) spent on holidays booked online or over the phone.

Luxury Escapes KrisFlyer Banner

To add your KrisFlyer membership number to your account, also just visit the My Account section of the website. You can do this on the NZ version of the Luxury Escapes website.

KrisFlyer miles will be credited to your account within 30-days of a purchase being made.

The full terms and conditions for earning KrisFlyer miles on the Luxury Escapes website can be found here.

Summing up

Luxury Escapes is a valuable go-to when you are researching your next trip with a luxury hotel booking.

Make sure to compare their prices against what is available elsewhere and, if competitive, you will be able to earn Qantas Points or KrisFlyer miles on your booking as well as the potential to get some VIP freebies thrown in.

You can begin your search online or by calling 0800 441 457.

You may also enjoy following Luxury Escapes on Instagram for inspiration for your next trip.

Supplementary images courtesy Luxury Escapes and respective properties.

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Earn bonus KrisFlyer miles on hotel stays: latest offers https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/earning-points-guide-krisflyer-hotel-stays/ https://www.pointhacks.co.nz/earning-points-guide-krisflyer-hotel-stays/#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:45:13 +0000 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:45:13 +0000 Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer programme KrisFlyer is offering bonus miles on hotel bookings with a wide range of chain hotels and independent properties.

Right now, you could earn bonus miles with:

  • Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
  • Avani Hotels & Resorts
  • Casa del Mar Langkawi
  • Casa del Rio Melaka
  • Club 1 Hotels
  • Concorde Hotel Singapore
  • Dusit Hotels & Resorts
  • Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts
  • Kaligo
  • Kempinski Hotels
  • Mandarin Orchard Singapore
  • Pan Pacific Hotels Group
  • Park Regis Hotels
  • The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands
  • The Okura Tokyo
  • Tivoli Hotels & Resorts
  • WorldHotels

Most of these offers are valid for stays booked and completed between now and the end of the year, but some for longer.

Visit the KrisFlyer promotions website for more information on each of the offers above, including minimum stay requirements.

Some offers can also be stacked with miles earn via KrisFlyer Spree.

Featured Image: Sofitel Auckland


Guide to earning KrisFlyer miles from hotel stays

There are a large range of hotel partners where you can earn KrisFlyer miles when you stay.

KrisFlyer miles can be used towards award redemptions with Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, and other Star Alliance partners.

This guide is intended as an overview of the various options for those wanting to earn KrisFlyer miles when staying at select hotels when travelling for leisure or business.

KrisFlyer Hotel Partners

The KrisFlyer programme is partnered with a huge number of hotels and resorts inside and outside New Zealand. If you book directly with one of these partners, you’ll earn KrisFlyer miles for your stay, if on a qualifying rate.

To earn miles with most of these partners, just show your membership card during check-in and try to add your membership number to the hotel booking over the phone or online before you stay.

Some hotels are not direct partners with KrisFlyer, but are bookable via KrisFlyer Spree, an online points shopping mall. We’ve listed all the known hotels and booking options below. If you find that any of these are outdated, please let us know in the comments.

Note that spend rates are usually exclusive of taxes.

Hotel or BrandKrisFlyer miles
earned (minimum)
AC Hotels by Marriott1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Adagio1 mile per 2 Euros spent
Adagio Access1 mile per 4 Euros spent^
Alila Hotels and Resorts1 mile per US$1 spent
Aloft1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas500 miles per stay, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Angsana5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Arjaan Hotel Apartments500 miles per stay
Ascott The Residence150 miles per night
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai 1 mile per US$1 spent
Autograph Collection2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
AVANI Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
AYANA Hotels1 mile per 20,000 IDR spent
Banyan Tree5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Candlewood Suites1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
Canopy by Hilton5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Cassia5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Centro Hotels500 miles per stay
Chatrium Hotels & Residences500 miles per stay
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto250 miles per stay
Citadines Apart'hotel150 miles per night
Club Med19 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Concorde Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Conrad Hotels & Resorts5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Constance Hotels & Resorts1 mile per US$1 spent
Cordis Hotels 500 miles per stay
Country Inns & Suites By Radisson250 miles per stay, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Courtyard by Marriott1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
Curio by Hilton5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Delta Hotels2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Design Hotels2 miles per US$1 spent
DoubleTree by Hilton5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Dusit Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Eaton Hotels250 miles per stay
EDITION2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Element by Westin1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Embassy Suites5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
EVEN Hotels2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Four Points by Sheraton1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Gaylord Hotels2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives500 miles per stay
Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Grand Mercure5 miles per 4 Euros spent^
Hamilton Island Resort23 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Hampton by Hilton5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Harbour Plaza Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Hard Rock Hotels500 miles per stay
Hilton Garden Inn5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Hilton Hotels & Resorts5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Holiday Inn Express Hotels 1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
Holiday Inn Hotels1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
Holiday Inn Resort1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
Home2 by Hilton5 miles per US$8 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Homewood Suites5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Hotel Indigo2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
Hotel Jen500 miles per stay
Hualuxe Hotels & Resorts1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
ibis5 miles per 8 Euros spent*
ibis styles5 miles per 8 Euros spent*
Innside by Meliá500 miles per stay
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts 2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts1 mile per US$1 spent, plus 5,000 bonus miles if you stay a minimum of 15 nights per year (can be non-consecutive)
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Kempinski Hotels500 miles per stay
Kerry Hotels500 miles per stay
Kimpton Hotels2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
Langham Place Hotels500 miles per stay
Layana Resort & Spa19 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Le Meridien2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Loews Hotels38 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Mama Shelter5 miles per 8 Euros spent
Marco Polo Hotels500 miles per stay
Marriott Executive Apartments1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Marriott Hotels & Resorts2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Marriott Vacation Club International2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort Morocco1 mile per US$1 spent
ME by Meliá500 miles per stay
Meliá Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Mercure5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Meritus Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
MGallery5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Millennium Hotels and Resorts500 miles per stay, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Moxy Hotels1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Hotel Mulia500 miles per stay of a minimum of two nights
New Otani Hotels500 miles per stay
Niccolo500 miles per stay
Novotel5 miles per 4 Euros spent^
Okura Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
One&Only Resorts1 mile per US$1 spent
Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts500 miles per stay
Paradisus by Meliá500 miles per stay
Park Inn by Radisson250 miles per stay
Park Plaza250 miles per stay, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Park Regis3 miles per US$1 spent
PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Pathumwan Princess Hotel BKK19 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Preferred Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Protea Hotels1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Pullman5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Radisson500 miles per stay
Radisson Blu500 miles per stay
Raffles Hotels & Resorts5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Red Carnation Hotels28 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Regal Hotels500 miles per stay
Regent Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Renaissance Hotels2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Residence Inn by Marriott1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Ritz-Carlton2 miles per US$1 spent
Rixos5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Rocketmiles500 - 10,000 miles per night
Rotana Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
Sea World Resort Australia28 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts500 miles per stay
Sheraton2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Sino Hotels500 miles per stay~
Sofitel5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Sol by Meliá300 miles per stay
Somerset Serviced Residence150 miles per night
SpringHill Suites by Marriott1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Staybridge Suites1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 11 miles per US$10 spent
St. Regis2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Swissotel Hotels & Resorts5 miles per 4 Euros spent
Swiss-Belhotel1 mile per US$1 spent
Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces500 miles per stay
Tapestry Collection5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Thalassa sea & spa5 miles per 4 Euros spent
The Boutique Collection500 miles per stay
The Crest Collection150 miles per night
The Gateway Hotels & Resorts250 miles per stay
The Langham Hotel500 miles per stay
The Luxury Collection2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
The Montcalm Luxury Hotels38 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
The Peninsula Hotels500 miles per stay
The Sebel5 miles per 4 Euros spent
The Venetian Macao Resort19 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Tinidee Golf Resort @ Phuket19 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Tinidee Hotel @ Ranong19 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
Tivoli Hotels & Resorts500 miles per stay
TownePlace Suites by Marriott1 mile per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Traders Hotels500 miles per stay
Tribute Portfolio2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
tru by Hilton5 miles per US$8 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
TRYP by Wyndham+300 miles per stay
Vivanta by Taj Hotels & Resorts250 miles per stay
Waldorf Astoria5 miles per US$4 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn up to an extra 23 miles per US$10 spent
Warner Leisure Hotels19 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
W Hotels2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Westin2 miles per US$1 spent, plus book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn an extra 19 miles per US$10 spent
Worldhotels500 miles per stay
YOTEL19 miles per US$10 spent, when booked via KrisFlyer Spree
YTL Hotels600 miles per stay

+ Booked via Melia only. ^ Excludes these properties. ~ Minimum 2 night stay required.

You’ll see that some hotels offer a fixed number of KrisFlyer miles regardless of stay length, others tie it to your spend or the number of nights. So you’ll need to calculate what hotel will offer the best return on your spend, based on room rate and length of stay.

Note that you can only earn miles at Hilton and AYANA properties via points transfer, and/or from clicking through KrisFlyer Spree affiliate links.

Make sure you refer to each hotel partner’s website for more information on how to earn KrisFlyer miles and specific terms and conditions. The KrisFlyer Spree website will also provide additional terms that must be followed in order to earn extra miles.

The key terms are:

  • Hotels will not usually allow KrisFlyer earn for reservations booked through sites like Hotels.com or Agoda – though these websites often compensate by offering the ability to earn miles from them instead.
  • Some stays or rates are not eligible to earn KrisFlyer miles and some properties within each brand do not participate in the KrisFlyer programme.

If you’re unsure and earning KrisFlyer miles is important to you, make sure to always check with the hotel for further information. It’s often as simple as a quick email.

AVANI Auckland
Stay a night at the AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences, and earn 500 KrisFlyer miles

Earn KrisFlyer miles from hotel stays by transferring hotel loyalty programme points to KrisFlyer

You can also earn KrisFlyer miles when you transfer hotel loyalty programme points from participating hotel partners to your KrisFlyer account.

The table below shows the transfer rate for the relevant hotel partner, and how much you need to spend to earn the minimum number of points required to redeem for KrisFlyer miles. You usually won’t earn points on the tax component of hotel stays.

Note that these numbers are based on you not having elite status with any of these programmes. If you have status, you’ll usually earn a lot more:

Hotel ProgramHotel points earned on room rate ($USD, unless noted)Minimum Transfer RateMinimum base spend required to earn number of hotel points for transfer ($USD, unless noted)
AccorHotels2.5 Rewards points for every 1 Euro, except ibis, ibis styles, Mama Shelter, which is 1.25 per 1 Euro; Adagio which is 1 per 1 Euro; and Adagio Access which is 0.5 per 1 Euro4,000 Rewards points = 2,000 miles1600 Euro
AYANA Rewards1 point for ever 10,000 IDR2,000 AYANA Rewards points = 1,000 miles20,000,000 IDR
Hilton Honors10 points for every $1, except Home2 Suites and Tru by Hilton, which is 5 points for every $14,000 Honors points = 500 miles$400
IHG Rewards Club10 points for every $1, except Staybridge and Candlewood Suites, which is 5 points for every $110,000 IHG Rewards Club points = 2,000 miles$1,000
Marriott Bonvoy10 Marriott points per $1, except Element, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites properties, which are 5 points for every $1; and Marriott Executive Apartments and ExecuStay which is 2.5 points for every $13,000 Marriott points = 1,000 miles

Transfer 60,000 points and receive 5,000 bonus miles
$300
Radisson Rewards20 Radisson Rewards points for every $12,000 Radisson Rewards points = 200 miles$100
Shangri-La Golden Circle1 GC Award point for every $12,500 GC Award points = 3,125 miles$2,500
Taj InnerCircle, via Golden Circle3 GC Award points for every $52,500 GC Award points = 3,125 miles$4,167
World of Hyatt5 World of Hyatt points for every $15,000 World of Hyatt points = 2,000 miles

Transfer 50,000 points and receive 5,000 bonus miles
$1,000

While these hotels offer the ability to convert their own membership points into KrisFlyer miles, most also let you choose to earn KrisFlyer miles direct (excluding Hilton and AYANA).

So which option is best? We’ve run through some of the more popular programmes below to show how you can collect the highest number of miles from your stay, whether that is direct earn, or miles transfer.

This assessment assumes that there are no bonus offers on, and that you will have the minimum number of programme points required to make a transfer to the KrisFlyer programme:

Golden Circle

Singapore Airlines and Shangri-La have a special partnership which allows you to ‘double-dip’ and earn both KrisFlyer miles and Golden Circle (GC) Award points for each stay.

Once registered, you will receive the following for each eligible stay:

  • 500 miles; and
  • 1 GC Award point for each US$1 spent

If you want extra miles, you can transfer your GC Award points to KrisFlyer at a 25% bonus conversion rate of 1 point to 1.25 miles. A minimum 2,500 GC Award Points is required for each conversion, with subsequent 500-point increments.

Shangri-La Jing-An
Shangri-La Jing An Shanghai Picture Review

Taj InnerCircle

Thanks to Taj InnerCircle’s Warmer Welcomes partnership with Shangri-La Golden Circle, you can earn Golden Circle (GC) Award points when staying at any Taj Hotel.

This provides an opportunity to earn a higher rate of KrisFlyer miles on more expensive stays than you otherwise would have if you earned miles direct.

Golden Circle members will earn 3 GC Award points per US$5 spent on eligible charges, including room, F&B etc. on stays at any Taj hotel if they have linked their account to Taj InnerCircle. You’ll then be able to transfer your GC Award points to KrisFlyer at a 25% bonus conversion rate of 1 point to 1.25 miles.

This gives you an effective earn rate of 0.75 miles per US$1 spend at Taj Hotels.

Thus:

  • If your qualifying stay at a Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces property will cost more than US$667, or your stay at a Taj Vivanta or Gateway property will cost more than US$334, you’ll ‘earn’ more miles by opting to earn GC Award points. Make sure to specify at check-in that you want to earn GC Award points.
  • Cheaper stays will see you earn more miles by opting to earn directly.

Remember, you’ll need to accrue at least 2,500 GC Award points before you can make a transfer to KrisFlyer.

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel
The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York City

Marriott

Whether it’s better to earn miles or points with Marriott Rewards can be a bit complicated.

To summarise, you can earn either:

  1. 2 miles or 10 Marriott Rewards points per US$1 at all brands except those listed below;
  2. 1 mile or 10 Marriott Rewards points per US$1 at AC Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, Moxy, Protea, Aloft, and Four Points by Sheraton properties;
  3. 1 mile or 5 Marriott Rewards points per US$1 at Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, and Element by Westin properties;
  4. 1 mile or 2.5 Marriott Rewards points per US$1 at Marriott Executive Apartments; and
  5. No miles or 2.5 Marriott Rewards points per US$1 at ExecuStay.

Marriott points will transfer to KrisFlyer at a 3:1 ratio. You’ll also earn a bonus 5,000 miles for each 60,000 points you transfer to KrisFlyer.

Thus, to earn the most miles, follow these general rules:

  • If you’re staying at any of the hotels under 1, 2, 3 and 5 above, you should opt to earn Marriott Rewards points, and then convert these to KrisFlyer miles.
  • You’ll earn more miles at Marriott Executive Apartments via direct earn.

You can change your earning preference on your member profile at any time before a stay.

Note that there is a minimum transfer requirement of 3,000 points.

Sydney Marriott

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

World of Hyatt

You can choose between one of the following for each eligible stay:

  • 500 miles; or
  • 5 World of Hyatt points for each US$1 spent

If your qualifying stay will cost over US$250, you’ll ‘earn’ more miles by opting to earn World of Hyatt Points, and then converting. You’ll also receive a 5,000 mile bonus for ever 50,000 points that you convert.

Cheaper stays will see you earn more miles by opting to earn directly.

You can decide when you check-in whether you’d like to earn World of Hyatt points, or KrisFlyer miles.

Note that you’ll need at least 5,000 points to convert to miles. The transfer rate works out to be 0.4 miles per point.

Park Hyatt Sydney
Park Hyatt, Sydney

Radisson Rewards

Radisson Rewards will let you earn:

  • 500 KrisFlyer miles per qualifying stay at Radisson Blu, Raddison, and Park Plaza properties; and
  • 250 KrisFlyer miles per qualifying stay at Country Inns & Suites By Radisson and Park Inn by Radisson properties.

Alternatively, you can choose to earn 20 Radisson Rewards Gold Points per US$1 instead, and then convert to miles at a rate of 10:1. This is the equivalent of 2 miles per US$1 of spend.

You require a minimum of 2,000 Gold Points to convert to 200 miles. This is a pretty low minimum transfer rate compared to most programmes.

Therefore, to maximise your miles earning:

  • If your stay at a Radisson Blue, Radisson, or Park Plaza property will cost over US$250, or your stay at a Country Inns & Suites By Radisson or Park Inn by Radisson property will cost over US$125, you’ll ‘earn’ more miles by opting to earn Gold Points, and then converting.
  • Cheaper stays at these properties will see you earn more miles by opting to earn directly.
  • If you’re staying at a Country Inns & Suites property, make sure to book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn bonus miles.

You can change your earning preference at any time, so make sure you do the maths before your stay so you can work out what will earn you the highest number of KrisFlyer miles.

It is important to note however that if you have an existing balance of at least 10,000 Gold Points, these will automatically convert to miles when you change your preference – so don’t choose switch if you’re otherwise banking your points for free nights, for example.

Radisson Blu Sydney
Radisson Blu, Sydney

AccorHotels

Le Club AccorHotels give you the ability to automatically convert your Rewards points to KrisFlyer miles. Every 2 Rewards points you earn will automatically be converted to 1 KrisFlyer mile.

Alternatively you can convert 4,000 Rewards points to 2,000 KrisFlyer miles at your convenience.

The number of miles you’ll earn between the two options is exactly the same.

If you’re staying at AccorHotels properties regularly and are likely to collect more than 4,000 Rewards points, then it’s best to rely on the conversion option – you won’t lose any value, and you’ll also have the flexibility of converting to other partner programmes, like Asia Miles, Qantas Frequent Flyer, and Virgin Velocity.

A real positive of the Le Club programme is that if you have elite status, you’ll be earning ‘bonus’ miles for each Euro of spend in accordance with your tier level, regardless of whether you opt into earning Rewards points, or automatic miles conversion.

Sofitel Auckland
Sofitel Auckland Picture Review

IHG Rewards Club

With IHG Rewards Club, you can earn either:

  1. 2 miles or 10 Rewards Club points per US$1 at InterContinental, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels, and Hualuxe properties;
  2. 1 mile or 10 Rewards Club points per US$1 at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Holiday Inn Resorts properties;
  3. 1 mile or 5 Rewards Club points per US$1 at Staybridge and Candlewood Suites properties.

Each Rewards Club point will be worth 0.2 KrisFlyer miles.

There is no difference in ‘value’ between choosing points or miles for the first and third categories above.

For example, if you spend US$400 on a stay at a Candlewood Suites property, and US$800 on a stay at an Intercontinental, you’ll earn either 10,000 Rewards Club points, or 2,000 miles.

However, for the second category, you’ll earn more miles by opting to earn IHG Rewards Club points, and then converting once you hit the minimum transfer amount of 10,000. Obviously this would only work on more expensive one-off stays, or if you’re staying at these properties fairly regularly.

You can change your earning preference at any time before a stay.

Remember to book via KrisFlyer Spree to earn bonus miles.

Intercontinental Wellington
Intercontinental Wellington

Conclusion and common rules

Out of the eight programmes where you can convert hotel reward points into KrisFlyer miles, Shangri-La Golden Circle wins hands down for simplicity. Their ‘Double Dip’ offer is easy to understand, the programme and earn rates are consistent internationally, and you won’t require any maths to figure out whether you’re getting the best deal.

AccorHotels effectively give you the same mileage earn rate, regardless of whether you choose to earn direct, or earn points with their rewards programmes and transfer later on.

IHG are the same, with the exception of the Holiday Inn brand, where you’ll earn more ‘miles’ through earning IHG Rewards Club points and transferring these to KrisFlyer.

With Marriott Rewards, it is better value to earn points and then convert these to miles – with the exception of Marriott Executive Apartments, where you should earn miles directly.

For all the other chains, you’ll need to do some quick maths before your stay, because the scenarios can work out different depending on the cost of your stay.

Also keep in mind these common rules:

  • There are often hotel bonus promotions that allow you to earn extra points, which will often affect whether direct earn or conversion is the better deal.
  • If you are an elite member of some of these programmes, the minimum spend to earn points and redeem for KrisFlyer miles will be even less – take this into account when doing the maths.
  • If you’re only staying at a hotel or brand on a one-off basis, you should opt to earn miles directly in almost all cases. This is so you’re not left with an account balance that you cannot otherwise use.

Earn KrisFlyer miles from hotel stays booked through aggregators

Is the hotel you’re wanting to stay at not a KrisFlyer partner? Well you’re in luck, because you can also earn miles for booking via varying aggregator sites, which gives you access to literally thousands of additional hotels, villas, and apartments around the world.

In some cases, booking a partner hotel via these sites will see you earn more miles than you would otherwise earn by booking direct, but keep in mind that you likely won’t receive any status benefits by using an aggregator, and direct bookings can often be cheaper.

WebsiteKrisFlyer miles earned (minimum)Notes
Agoda2 KrisFlyer per US$1 spent, or up to 10,000 KrisFlyer milesBooking link 1
Booking link 2
Booking.com23 miles per US$10 spentBook via Krisflyer spree
ebookers23 miles per US$10 spentBook via Krisflyer spree
Club 1 Hotels4 miles per USD$1 spent
Booking link
Expedia30 miles per US$10 spentBook via Krisflyer spree
Hotels.com26 miles per US$10 spentBook via Krisflyer spree
HotelsCombined.com13 miles per US$10 spentBook via Krisflyer spree
KaligoUp to 12 miles per SG$1 spent, to a max of 10,000 miles per nightRead our guide here
Otel.com23 miles per US$10 spentBook via Krisflyer spree
Rocketmiles 500 - 5,000 miles per nightRead our guide here
Trip.com1 mile per US$1 spentBooking link

Missing Points?

Singapore Airlines advises that you should allow up to 8 weeks for your KrisFlyer miles to appear in your account, and to retain your original receipts or invoices in order to claim any missing miles. This is often not a problem with most of the hotel chains as your receipts and stay information tend to be tied to your account and available to access online.

Should you find yourself needing to make a claim, you can do so by completing this form. You must claim missing KrisFlyer miles within 6 months of your stay.

Summing Up

There are a huge selection of hotels that you can earn KrisFlyer miles at, and your earning ability is extended through their partnership with hotel booking aggregators like Rocketmiles and Trip.com.

The number of KrisFlyer miles you will earn will depend on how much you travel, whether it’s predominantly domestic or international, and the nightly rates of individual hotels. Make sure you do the maths.

Keep an eye on your hotel bookings to make sure you’re not missing out on KrisFlyer miles for your next stay.

Once you have earned them, here are some of the best ways to use them.

Photos courtesy of respective hotels.

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