OFFERS: BA 15% off hotels and part pay Avios deal, Virgin Atlantic’s deal of the day – win £700 of flights and GHA’s Million D$ giveaway

Nikki Beach Dubai UAE part of GHA

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BA 15% off hotels and part pay with Avios deals

For a limited time only, BA are offering 15% off hotels, car hire and experiences in the USA, when paid for using Avios. These are generally a poor use of Avios but if you are sitting on a lot, you may want to take a look. The offer ends at midnight 25 January 2022.

There are also some enhanced deals for part pay with Avios. Again these are not normally the best use of Avios but you do at least earn the tier points and Avios on the flights which you don’t if you buy an Avios ticket. Prices start from £20 off for 2000 Avios. 

Here are some examples:

Venice flights in Club Europe (business)
£181 or £99 and 13,000 Avios

Geneva flights in Club Europe
£213 or £83 and 24,500 Avios

Dubai flights in World Traveller (economy)
£299 or £159 and 30,500 Avios

New York flights in World Traveller
£326 or £186 and 30,500 Avios

Los Angeles flights in World Traveller
£346 or £176 and 38,000 Avios

Barbados flights in World Traveller
£412 or £220 and 43,400 Avios

You can find out more here.


Virgin Atlantic’s deal of the day

As well as all the sale discounts, Virgin offers a deal of the day in addition. The deals are often available for two days rather than just one day. This one is available until 20 January. Virgin are giving away 300 flight vouchers for £700 each available when booking between today and 20 Jan 2022.

To enter, simply book your flight and your booking reference will automatically be entered into the prize draw.

You can find details of the sale prices and offer here. 


Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) announces the ‘MillionD$ Giveaway’

Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski St Moritz Switzerland

You may not have heard of Global Hotel Alliance but you will have heard of many of their hotel brands such as Corinthia, Anantara, and Kempinski. GHA Discovery is the world’s largest loyalty programme for independent hotel brands with more than 500 hotels across 35
independent hotel brands worldwide. GHA also recently relaunched their loyalty program, Discovery which is free to join. GHA DISCOVERY does not ask members to count points towards their next stay. Instead, members earn and spend DISCOVERY Dollars (D$), an exclusive rewards currency. They also get members-only Experiences curated by each hotel and have access to properties close to home, without a stay, through member-only Local Offers.

I will look at that in detail at a later date, but for now they have a good promotion going on. 

The Million D$ Giveaway promotion started on Friday, 14 January 2022, and runs until 31 March 2022. GHA DISCOVERY members can opt into the Million D$ Giveaway as part of their free membership and be entered to win one of over 20,000 prizes totalling one million D$,
including a grand prize of D$10,000. After opting in, members are then given an additional five entries for every completed eligible booking prior to the end of the promotional period when booking with GHA DISCOVERY or any of the hotel brands’ programme-specific channels.

So any prize that you win can be spent on a hotel stay or things such as dining or spa treatments in GHA Discovery hotels. 

Divani Meteora Greece

“Our aim is to give today’s consumers a good reason to get out and indulge, either close to home or on a trip. With this launch promotion, we are putting our new rewards currency – D$ – in our members’ digital wallets to bring them into our hotels and help them relish the moment, however they choose. D$ can be used toward the room or across the hotel for dining, drinks, spa or golf, and even outside the hotel on authentic, curated Experiences”, said GHA’s VP, Head of Transformation Kristi Gole.

“The conversion is simple – one D$ equals one US Dollar, so we are effectively giving away one million dollars. We anticipate that through our digital rewards currency, we’ll generate US$1.5 billion in room revenue alone this year, giving a much-needed boost to the hospitality sector and local economies”, she adds.

Non-members can partake by sign up online for free.  For the lucky winners, the D$ won will be added directly to their accounts and be eligible for six months from the date of issuance, valid at all properties within the collection.