This pages You should know and use

During 5 years of reading about flying I still use some pages the most where are:

Statusmatcher – at this page You can find which airline/hotel/car rental program status could You give status at another program. For example I found out to matching my Aegean Gold Card to LATAM Platinium card (one world) which gave me benefit to visit First Class One World lounges then I had only silver card with BA. I just had to write email and I was lucky what I had one flight with Latam airline in last 12 months.

WhereToCredit is the way to find out where I should credit flights when I fly new airline, sometimes You can get 100% more miles if You do maths, but always be in mind of redemption what You looking for.

Awardwallet – at this site You can check all Your points and miles balances, even You will get notification when some miles will expiry.

Opodo book car with 60% discount

Again Opodo.co.uk have huge discount till 5 February 2019 You can book a car with 60% discount at Opodo.co.uk,

Car Hire Promotion: – A discount of up to 60% off is available to the standard online rates from 12:01 GMT on 29/01/2019 until 17:59 GMT on 05/02/2018 on www.opodo.co.uk. The offer is valid for selected pickups locations where the pickup is after 00:00 GMT on the 15/02/2019 and has maximum 2 days hire duration. The offer is subject to availability. – The discount offer will only apply to the car hire price displayed on the website. – This offer applies to all new reservations made for the specified sale destination and cannot be applied to existing reservations or applied retrospectively. Reservations made prior to the offer period, cancelled and rebooked during the offer period will not be eligible for discount. – The discount will not apply to any pre-bookable extras such as insurance excess & security deposit protection Insurance and GPS products, or any other options or additional fees. – Discount cannot be combined with any other offer, promotions or similar.

More information at my post about Opodo car rental here.


Curve – new cards arrived

UPDATE- American Express suspense his relations with Curve, You cannot now American Express Card with Curve.

I using Curve since lunch, basically is buffer card (MasterCard) which let You using any Your existing payment cards, whether they be debit or credit, Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

If You have curd card You can link Your Amex platinum to this card and everywhere then they accept MasterCard. On Amex statement You will see Curve Purchase as “CRV*xxxxx” where xxxxxx is name of the original merchant.

With Curve You can pay your HMRC tax with American Express Card, even You can pay off Your American Express card balance using curve linked to for other Master Card like Lufthansa. So You can earn extra points. You can also withdraw money from ATM and earn points.

If You apply for Blue card via this link
https://curve.page.link/vL1U You and I will get 5 GBP after first transaction. Here are most important information about fees:

Full Curve card comparison You can find at this page http://www.curve.app/en-gb/comparison

What is Arrture? – Plaza Premium Lounge program

I have in wallet 2 cards which is very handy at Plaza Premium Lounges.

First is Priority Pass which I got with Amex Platinium, using this card I can enter any plaza Lounge with 1 guest, as long we travelling at this day. They check boarding pass, but sometimes at Arrival lounge they don’t. Which can be useful when You waiting for somebody.

Second card is American Express Platinum, they have special agreement with Plaza, and again I can enter lounge with it with one guest, extra guest is cost 15GBP for person.

I have success to use both cards at the same time, at HKG I could enter lounge with my partner and 2 kids. They “charged” both Priority pass and Amex Platinum for 2 total guest. Even better I could visit Plaza Premium First Hong Kong lounge which is next door using Arrture Upgrade voucher.

Arrture is an innovative global loyalty programme that promises an exciting range of airport and air travel related rewards and privileges to frequent travellers. As the exclusive loyalty programme for Plaza Premium Group, a pioneer and industry leader that provides four core airport services that include Airport Lounge, Airport Transit Hotel, Airport Meet & Greet Service and Airport Dining. Arrture brings unrivalled access to a wide range of airport services and air travel benefits for its members.

I joined Arrture 2 years ago and every time then I visit plaza lounge I show them card and collect 100 points per visit. During this time I collected 11400 points which I can use for:

  • 1500 points- upgrade Voucher to HKG First Lounge
  • 4000 points- 3-hours lounge voucher at HKG First Lounge
  • 1000 points- 30-minute shower at AUH,HKG,LHR,PNH,SIN
  • 2500 points- 3-hours Plaza Premium lounge voucher at 17 airports (AUH, PNH, REP, YEG, YYZ, YWG, YVR, HKG, MFM, BKI, KUL, KCH, PEN, SIN, TPE, LHR)
  • 1800 points- 1-hour arrival Plaza Premium Lounge at HKG, LHR T2, KUL
  • 1800 points- 30-minute Shampoo & Blow Dry at HKG Wellness, level 3 Terminal 2 (opposite to Left Baggage)
  • 1400 points- 30-minute Seated Back, Shoulder & Neck Massage at HKG, KUL, LHR
  • 4000 points- 3-hours Resting Suite Voucher (Single Room) at HKG, LHR, KUL
  • 6000 points- 3-hours Resting Suite Voucher (Single Room) at HKG, LHR, KUL

You can also exchange points for some products here You have list. It important what vouchers are valid only for 30 days, so don’t redeem points for them early.

Shop online and earn extra British Airways Avios points or Virgin Atlantic miles

If You looking to by new iphone You can go to shop and buy it but if You do it online You can earn up to 12 extra miles if You will book throw www.shopping.ba.com or shop.virgin-atlantic.com.

I bought my iphone this way and I get extra 12 Avios per GBP because I used BA shopping portal and click link to buy at selfridges when they had promo 12 miles, now its 8 miles and Virgin portal offer 9 miles per pound.

My math was what I got almost 12000 avios just for clicking few links and spend 999GBP which I had to spend, this is enough for return reward flight to Milan I used my Amex Platinium card to get extra Amex rewards points and up to 3 moths free purchase insurance so If I just accidentally drooped my phone I could claim all money back or repair cost with 50GBP excess.

You can also book your hotel stays via this sites but not all chains for example You can book Hilton via Virgin but not via BA portal. Evry little points counts for extra flight redemption so be smart and If you have to buy something expensive check shopping portals.

BA shopping portal have at least 2 times per year double points promotion. Current offers You can check here www.shopping.ba.com/offers:

Virgin have offers at this page: shop.virgin-atlantic.com/en/top/special-offers?&page=1

Hilton How to get cheap hotel stays to extend Your status?

As a Diamond member I need 30 Stays or 60 Nights to extend status for next Year, sometimes I’m short in stays so I need to get some cheap Hilton stays. In past the best option close to London was Bracknell Hilton where day rate could cost as little as 32GBP, with free breakfast for Diamond members and swimming pool it was good opportunity to have little break with kids where, but since September 2018 is no longer possible to book day stay where.

The cheapest day rate options now is now DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London Heathrow Airport for 49 GBP, if You prefer hotel with indoor swimming poll when Hilton Cobham is for 59GBP. Remember what Hilton count checkout date as date of stay. So every 2 days you can stay at the same property to get advantage of stays. You must also checkin You cannot just reserve and don’t show up.

If You live in Turkey You can book some hotels for only 5000 Hilton Points and this stays count towards status, also during current promotion 2019 Points Unlimited You can get 2000 extra points per stay and another 10000 points every 5 stays, so generally You get 4000 points back per stay if You will make 5s stays during promotion. Plus 1000 DIAMOND MYWAY BONUS as Diamond member. So lucky members who live close to 5000 Points hotels they can get status for next year for free!

The cheapest rates for nights stays are at weekends, at 15 February 2019 You can find

At 16 February 2019

and 17 February 2019

Your miles will expire what You can do to “cash it”

We collect miles but sometimes they will expire before we can chance to use them for flights. Some programs giving solutions other way, for shopping credit.

Etihad – you can convert your points into virtual Visa card

Step 1 – Getting started
Download the Reward Card app or widget and sign up to create your free account.
Step 2 – Converting miles to cash
Enter your Etihad Guest number. Then follow the simple instructions to turn your miles into cash.
Step 3 – Start shopping
That’s it. Your Reward Card is now ready to use!

Miles and More – Lufthansa Group convert 3000 miles into 10Euro voucher

Choose your voucher.
Put your voucher in the shopping cart.
After redeeming the miles you will receive your voucher by e-mail
The voucher can be redeemed immediately after receipt in the online shop or in the branch of the provider

Rent a car with 60% discount via OPODO

Till 25 January 2019 You can book a car with 60% discount at OPODO.CO.UK, Promotion is valid for rental up to 48 hours. Here is sample booking for car rental in Berlin:

Make sure to click button “Validate Code” at Payment page, then price will go down. In this case from 46.68 GBP to 18.67 GBP. It’s cheaper to rent a car than take taxi. If You have step over up to 2 days You can use this promotion to visit some interesting places instead just waiting at airport or in hotel.



A discount of up to 60% off is available to the standard online rates from 12:01 GMT on 16/01/2019 until 17:59 GMT on 25/01/2018 on www.opodo.co.uk. The offer is valid for selected pickups locations where the pickup is after 00:00 GMT on the 01/02/2019 and has maximum 2 days hire duration. The offer is subject to availability. – The discount offer will only apply to the car hire price displayed on the website. – This offer applies to all new reservations made for the specified sale destination and cannot be applied to existing reservations or applied retrospectively. Reservations made prior to the offer period, cancelled and rebooked during the offer period will not be eligible for discount. – The discount will not apply to any pre-bookable extras such as insurance excess & security deposit protection Insurance and GPS products, or any other options or additional fees. – Discount cannot be combined with any other offer, promotions or similar.

Celebrate 100 years of British Airways

British Airways turns 100 this year and to get its special centenary year underway, as part of its January Sale the airline is offering customers the chance to book a flight from just £200 return to some of its most popular long-haul destinations.

To find this offer You need to go to this page www.britishairways.com/en-gb/offers/sale/sale-100 and offer will be visible at 12 midday every day from 21-24 January

Today It was JFK and CPT for 200GBP economy ticket
Outbound travel between 25 Feb – 22 March 2019. Return by 29 March included check in baggage.

Pretty good offer but very hard to get You must be quick and flexible, because is limit 100 tickets per day….

Why I will credit my flights to Alaska Airlines?

Mileage Plan is the Alaska Airlines loyalty program which everybody should know. The main perk of this program is free stopovers on redemption flights. For example You can use 25000 Miles to book business class flight from SIN to KUL. If You choose to fly on JAL Airlines You will have stop at Tokyo, which can be very flexible 1 week,10 months and it’s free. You will spend only 25000 Alaska Airlines Miles.

If You looking for First class redemption on Cathay Pacific you will need 70000 Miles for US trip to India or Dubai. With also free stopover which can be at HKG. Its also possible to book JFK-YVR (stepover) OVR-HKG-DEL/DXB for 70000 Miles. It’s the sweetest redemption which You can get. Make note that booking Cathay Pacific redemption is possible only on phone.

Here is current list of partners :

  • Aer Lingus
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Condor
  • Emirates
  • Fiji Airways
  • Finnair
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Icelandair
  • Japan Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • LATAM Airlines
  • PenAir
  • Qantas
  • Ravn Alaska
  • Singapore Airlines