Since there are a few limited time offers around I thought it would be worth doing a roundup before they expire.
BA £50 off flights
If you are an Executive Club member you should have received an email yesterday containing the discount code BAMember50. This gives you £50 off a long-haul return flight. There are a couple of things to note:
- Even if you didn’t get the email and weren’t a member you can still use it providing you use the special page and join the Executive Club during the booking.
- It appears to give £50pp off which is not clear from the T&Cs – thanks to reader G for the information.
- You can only use the code once per member.
- You must book by midnight tomorrow 23 April 2018.
- You must travel between 21 April and 27 October 2018
- You can use the offer for children.
- The offer would make the World Traveller Plus offer below even better value, especially if you then upgraded the booking with Avios to Club World.
- It is only available for BA operated flights and can’t be used to offset taxes on a reward booking or any other charges.
- If you have booked something within the last 24 hours that would have qualified for the discount you could cancel and rebook but check that the price hasn’t gone up in the meantime before you do!
You must book via the special page here to get the discount.
Premium Economy to the Middle East from £544 (upgradeable)
If you fancy a break to Oman, Abu Dhabi or Dubai there is a great offer with British Airways which even covers some of the winter peak period. The offer starts at £544 for return WTP flights to Muscat, Abu Dhabi or slightly more for Dubai at £619. You can read my review of the Shangri-la Abu Dhabi which is great for a relaxing break here.
If you were to upgrade these booking you would still receive the Avios (minimum 7000 return as Blue) and Tier Points (180 return) for premium economy so you would recoup part of your Avios outlay. You could combine it with the offer above but you would have to upgrade afterwards rather than during the booking process.
- outbound – permitted sun through thu on the first international
- inbound – permitted mon through fri on the first international
- Travel departing until 30 November 2018
- Book before 30 April 2018
- Minimum 7 days advance purchase
- Non-refundable but changeable for £150
To upgrade to Club World would cost 20,000 Avios peak and 24,000 off peak. You can book via the BA flights page here.
Hilton bonus points + 100% buy points bonus
Hilton’s current 2000 bonus point promotion comes to an end on 30 April. The new promotion is now available for registration and for me is a better deal as it is a straight double points promotion. How you value it depends on how often you stay and the price you are paying. If you stay at cheaper properties frequently the 2000 point promotion may have been a better offer for you.
The bonus is available on all stays between 1 May and 31 August 2018 on your base points only. It is also available on bookings already made for stays after 30 April but you must register for the promotion before your stay.
You can register for the promotion here.
If you need some points to top up for a stay there is also a 100% bonus when you buy points by 7 June 2018. You must buy a minimum of 5000 points to get the bonus. In terms of buying points to make a saving, looking at a couple of examples this is unlikely to be cost effective. Quite a few of the hotels I have stayed in start at around 60,000 points off-peak but to buy this many points including the bonus would cost $300= £214 which is more than you would pay at the lowest rates.
You can see the other pricing and buy Hilton Honors points here.
Hilton Asia-Pacific sale + New Zealand hotel recommendations
Hilton are offering up to 25% off (must be Hilton Honors member to get full 25% off) most properties in Asia and the Pacific region including Australia and New Zealand. You must book by 8am GMT, 30 April 2018, and stay between 20 April 2018 and 31 December 2018. 3 to 5 days advance reservations are also required.
If you are headed to New Zealand this could be a good opportunity to save. We stayed at 4 Hilton group properties all of which were good.
This is not a cheap hotel but it has one of the best locations in Auckland, jutting out into the water a few minutes walk from the ferry terminal. The swimming pool deck has great views of the water as well as the Sky Tower.
You find more information on the hotel here. (not included in sale)
Hilton Lake Taupo
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is actually by the lake as it is quite a distance above it. There wasn’t a huge amount within walking distance but there is a restaurant on site plus they do apartments that have a full kitchen. It was a quiet and relaxing stay plus the staff at the front desk were great. We particularly enjoyed the pool and hot tub after a long day exploring. I prefer to stay in Lake Taupo rather than Rotorua as it is only a 45-minute drive from Rotorua but a more scenic location with the Huka Falls nearby.
You find more information on the hotel here.
This was my favourite of the hotels plus we got a fantastic deal here. It is frequently busy with big tour groups so don’t expect an upgrade if you are a Hilton Honors member. Neither of us received an upgrade. I would recommend booking the second category up – a Hilton Deluxe Lakeview. Rooms are large and well equipped with a large bathroom with separate shower and a fireplace with a small sitting area. It felt like a 5* hotel in terms of the room. The only thing I didn’t like is that balconies were shared between 2 rooms with no barrier in between which was very odd and not terribly secure.
The location is a little out of the way as it is across the lake from Queenstown. However, the great thing was that there was a boat shuttle service that stopped at a few locations around the lake and dropped you right in the centre of Queenstown. It was a lovely way to arrive with beautiful lake views along the way. If you don’t want to venture out we had an amazing meal there in the fine dining restaurant and there are several other restaurants in the complex on the lakefront as it is shared with the Doubletree hotel.
You can find more information on the hotel here.
Doubletree Chateau on the Park – Christchurch
This was again on the outskirts of Christchurch although it was walkable to the centre if you don’t mind a bit of a trek. It was only a few minutes walk to the park though and there was a good restaurant nearby with a wonderful garden setting. Ubers were easy to get if you didn’t want to walk. The rooms here were fairly basic but the hotel was clean and relatively cheap.
You find more information on the hotel here. (not included in sale)