Shangri-La 50% off
Shangri-La is one of my favourite luxury hotel brands and their loyalty scheme is actually pretty useful despite most of their hotels being in the Far East. As well as using points for hotels, you can also spend them on restaurants or spa treatments within the Shangri-La, so I normally spend mine on a £100 dining voucher for the Shangri-La The Shard, London (read our review here).
If you want to spend your points on a room, the Golden Circle are currently offering 50% off all room types by 30 April 2022 when you book and stay using your GC Award Points at any Shangri-La, Kerry, JEN, and Traders hotels worldwide. The redemption booking must be made from 6 October 2021 to 29 April 2022 (Hong Kong Time) for stays from 6 October 2021 to 30 April 2022, both dates inclusive. If you still don’t have enough points, you can buy them for $130 for 1,000 points.
This is a great deal not that Asia is beginning to open up. The Shangri-La Singapore with their Valley Wing is one of my favourites with their amazing free champagne, canapes, and afternoon tea served by uniform butlers. There is also the Shangri-La Bangkok or Abu Dhabi which I love too.
If you don’t have points but are interested in staying, contact Debonair, our luxury travel agent partners as they have some great free extras they can offer with bookings.
Radisson up to 30% off hotels
Save up to 30% on hotel bookings for Radisson Rewards members. Non-members can save up to 10% but since it’s free to join it would be stupid not to if you want to use the offer.
Book by 21 October and get up to 30% exclusive discount on hotel stays between 30 November and 14 March The offer applies to both UK and hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
There are some decent deals such as the Radisson Red at Heathrow for Radisson RED London Heathrow from just £75.60 per night.
£40 off Finnair flights
There are some really excellent deals with Finnair at the moment, both from the UK, Sweden and an amazing deal for around £800 to Bangkok from Stockholm. The catch is that there are lite fares so don’t include things like seats or lounge access. However, if you have oneworld status such as British Airways, you will still get your usual perks so they can be a great deal. Their A350 has seats in a 1-2-1 configuration and onboard service is good with Finnish cuisine options and a gorgeous design for glass and tableware.
American Express has just launched an offer for £40 off when you spend £180 or more. Mine is showing on my Gold Card card, but it’s with checking as it seems to be showing on a variety of different cards.
The offer is only valid for flights from the UK and you need to buy the flights by 15 November 2021 and have it charged to your card by that date too. You can only use the offer once per card.
Hilton 100% bonus on buy points
At the moment, I would never ever buy points except when an offer is on since they seem to be almost continuous. For the latest Hilton Honors offer you need to purchase a minimum of 10-15,000 points by 7 December 2021 to qualify for the 100% bonus. As usual, the maximum you can buy is 160,000 points per calendar year. This gives you a total of 320,000 points for $1600 which is equivalent to ~£1164.
The question remains the same – should you buy? For topping up to make a redemption then it’s a good time with a 100% bonus which is the most Hilton gives at the moment. However, for buying rather than paying cash for a property it will depend on the points and cash prices of the property. Points prices are dynamic so only buy points just before you plan to book or you may find that the price has gone up by 3 or 4 times as the standard redemptions have sold out. Don’t forget that you can get 5 nights for the price of 4 when you book with points and have Hilton status (must be booked as one continuous stay).
Also, look at how busy the hotel is for your dates. For example, for very popular hotels on points you have to book a year in advance to get the standard redemption rates.
Many top-end hotels cost from 95-120,000 a night for a standard redemption. So at best you will get 3 nights from £1164 of points. So you need to make sure that the hotel costs more than around £400 a night to make it worthwhile on a 3-night stay as an absolute minimum. Consider that if you decide to cancel for some reason, then you are stuck with a load of very expensive points which would not be the case if you booked on a refundable cash rate.
You can find the Hilton buy points page here.