Buy IHG Rewards points with a 100% bonus: perhaps wait until next week

IHG Rewards is offering a bonus of up to 100% on points purchases until 3 November at 11:59 PM US Eastern time, which is the best they tend to offer.

IHG Rewards points can be leveraged into some cheaper hotel nights than you’d pay versus paid rates at InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Indigo and other IHG brand hotels. In this guide, I’ll run through some examples of how to get a deal. Continue reading…

Get extra perks like free buffet breakfasts and spa treatments when booking luxury hotels through our in-house Point Hacks travel agent

Our Point Hacks in-house travel agent Luke Vaughan has now joined Ensemble, which is a value-added hotel program that offers premier accommodations at more than 600 four-and-five star properties in the most popular resort and city destinations around the world.

In this post, we introduce the program, explain the extra benefits available to you, and advise how to maximise your points and status earn. Continue reading…

Earning points with One&Only stays: two nights at Emirates Wolgan Valley for $1590 plus earn points on your stay

In this guide we look at the various options for earning points or rewards for stays at One&Only Resorts, either by booking direct and through an online travel agent.

Through Emirates, there is currently an all-inclusive package of two nights’ accommodation, meals and activities at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in New South Wales – and you can earn points in a number of frequent flyer programs.
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Asia Miles extends 30% bonus on transfers from hotel partners, but SPG no longer included

Asia Miles is one of our preferred programs for long-haul oneworld redemptions, with favourable pricing over Qantas Frequent Flyer, for example, on a number of routes.

Like most frequent flyer programs they have a number of partnerships for earning points from hotel stays – whether you book directly with the hotel or via an online travel agent.

They have extended their 30% bonus on Asia Miles earned from points transfers from a range of hotel partner programs until the end of February, which is pretty decent deal. Continue reading…

When and why to consider Expedia+ rewards to earn points for flight, hotel and other bookings through Expedia

Expedia.com.au is understandably a popular booking channel for flights, hotels, car hire, activities, and many more travel needs.

When you book through Expedia you can also join their Rewards program – Expedia+ – which allows you to earn points which can be redeemed for credit for future bookings with Expedia.

Expedia+ points awarded for flight bookings are available in addition to the frequent flyer points you’d normally earn by booking direct. Expedia has no booking fees, and flight prices should generally match what you can find through the airline direct, so it’s worth considering ‘double-dipping’ by booking with Expedia and also earning Expedia+ points. Continue reading…

Intro to Virtuoso – a travel agent hotel booking channel for free upgrades, hotel credits and breakfast

‘Virtuoso’ is a travel agent only booking channel that offers customers free room upgrades, breakfast and a $100 USD hotel credits, and often at a cheaper rates than many of the popular online travel booking websites.

The system operates through an international network of travel advisors and includes over 1,300 hotel properties worldwide, from large chains to small boutique properties. Continue reading…