Tuesday, 15 April 2014

6900+ CHEAP AVIOS FOR BUYING AN IPOD TOUCH AT TESCO



Until the 23rd of April, Tesco is giving 2000 bonus Tesco points when you buy any 5th gen Ipod touch. The cheapest one available at the time of writing is a black 16GB, which is £189.

Including the base points, your purchase will generate 2189 Tesco points, which if transferred to your Avios account, will result in you getting 5250 Avios.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

FLY DUBLIN TO VEGAS ON AMERICAN AIRLINES FOR £63 !

Yes...it includes all the taxes !


In an earlier post I showed you how to fly return to Vegas from DUB for £130. You can see that post here.

Just to show you that there are indeed many different ways to get super cheap flights, here is how you can fly one-way DUB to Vegas in economy for a total outlay of £63 !  Yes, that's not a typo, £63 is the total cost, and that includes getting the required miles and paying the taxes.

Monday, 31 March 2014

US AIRWAYS SUPER CHEAP REDEMPTIONS FROM IRELAND

DUBLIN to PHILADELPHIA RETURN ONLY £80 in TAXES !



As some will know, US airways today formally joined one-world, the airline alliance that includes BA, America Airlines etc. This means that you can now book US airways flights using Avios.

The big question of course is what taxes and surcharges would be charged. Traditionally, BA has charged full taxes on AA flights on flights out of the UK. From a perspective of starting your flight in DUB, you would save the UK Air passenger duty, but will still paid big fuel surcharges, even though AA themselves don't charge these charges.

So one would assume this would be a similar situation with US airways, but.......

Saturday, 22 March 2014

EASY AND FREE 1000+ AADVANTAGE MILES ?


AA, in keeping with the increasing trend of companies, has launched a facebook based competition. Collect various "stamps" on your passport, and get bonus AA miles to you account.

I just spend about 10 minutes, and according to the stamps, I now have 610  935 miles. I could make that 1010 miles, but I'm not on instagram, nor did I want to "invite" my friends. Now the T&C says that only US residents are eligible, but these things aren't always well monitored, and for the sake of 10 minutes, I felt it was well worth doing.

No good of course on their own, but if you are a few miles short of a redemption, it might be a handy way of getting over the line.

The link to the competition is HERE . It runs until 23rd of May.

Friday, 21 March 2014

IHG BONUS POINTS - HOW LUCKY WERE YOU ?


If you are a member of the IHG hotel loyalty program, recently renamed IHG reward club, you should have received an email offering you a mystery bonus between 25% to 100%, when you buy points.

In case you didn't get the email, or it went straight into your spam folder,  the link to the webpage it refers to is HERE. Just put in your name, IHG club number, and it'll bring you to points.com, and tell you your mystery bonus. Plenty of reports of people get the 100%, but for me it was 50%.

At 50% bonus, the offer works out at 0.76c per point, which is poor, when you consider that the well known and widely used points+cash+cancel trick allows you to buy at a rate of 10K per $70, i.e. 0.7c per point.

At 100% bonus, the price works out at 0.575c per point. That means you can effectively get 50K points for $312, which is about £190. That's enough for a reward night in just about any Intercontinental Hotel, which can be great value. For example, for a random night in Sept, both the IC Park Lane, and the IC Westminster are looking for £320 for their cheapest room.

The bonus only runs until the 21st of April, so check out your offer, and see if it works for you.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

BOOKING A HOLIDAY ON REWARDS A CASE STUDY II

FINAL PART AND SUMMING UP

Well, if you've stuck with this case study thus far, WELL DONE !.  Here is the itinerary set out as it stands.

7th Nov DUB-LHR-LAS in first, 21st Nov SFO-LHR-DUB in economy ON BA
12th Nov LAS-LAX-SJD in economy, on AA, booked on BA.com
12th -19th Nov  Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos.
19th Nov, SJD-SFO in economy on Alaska Air, booked on AA.com