The Maldives are one of the places in the world with the least entry restrictions to its territory, reflecting the importance of tourism in the country. The Ministry of Tourism is therefore also behind a highly innovative new initiative: On December 01, the Maldives Border Miles program will be launched, under which members will get points with each border crossing. The program will feature three membership levels. Although full details and benefits are not yet clear, visiting the Maldives and returning there frequently is definitely becoming an even more attractive proposition, independent of the airlines used for that purpose.
In spite of the various efforts of hotel programs to gain your business, hotel booking platforms usually remain the more rewarding option for customers more interested in miles – especially for infrequent (or illoyal) hotel guests without any chance to make it to the elite levels of the hotel programs. Until tomorrow only, this is now even more true for bookings made with Kaligo, which offers double points or miles in all its (numerous) partner programs. The offer is good for stays until June 30, 2021. So act quickly and especially if you use a flexible/refundable rate, there is nothing you can lose here!
Among the various offers to ease the (re)qualification for tier members, Copa stands out from the rest. It has lowered the qualification requirements for the rest of 2020 by 70%, meaning that you can get Gold status in its ConnectMiles program – which also gives you Star Alliance Gold status – with only 13,500 miles. So if you happen to have recorded some flights earlier in the year to the program or can still somehow make this threshold until the end of the year, this might be the easiest way to qualify for Star Alliance Gold status – provided you are willing to close your eyes to certain weaknesses of the program. The requirement to fly a minimum of four segments on Copa to qualify for any tier level still applies though. All status miles earned in 2020 will also be carried over for the 2021 qualification year.
The partnership between British Airways’ Executive Club and UK supermarket chain Tesco (including its fuel stations) will end on January 18. It is/was not only one of the easy partnerships in the program with an everyday utility, making it – for non-holders of the co-branded credit card – easy to remain active in the program and hence avoiding the expiry of miles. But unusual for such kind of partnerships, the option to convert points into miles was even pretty lucrative: For 250 points, you can get either a cash voucher of 2.50 GBP or 600 miles. If you don’t behave completely wrongly, those 600 miles should definitely have a redemption value much higher than 2.50 GBP.
Nordic Choice Hotels, operating in Scandinavia, has joined other hotels with an interesting promotion, awarding members with 7,500 bonus points (equalling one free night) in its Nordic Choice Club after each five paid nights until December 31. But what is potentially even more rewarding is that each member completing five nights can enter a prize draw to win one entire hotel floor for one weekend night, which can be used for up to 20 persons until March 31, 2021. Breakfast is included to the offer and one floor is to be won at participating properties each in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. That’s what we call a rather smart use of empty hotel capacity! Any upcoming anniversary party, incentive trip or anything similar? Go for your chance!