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guides & insights on how & when to use travel rewards points

Ideas on how to travel well using hotel and airline reward points

Travel tips, including finding "better" deals.

Destinations to make your soul sing and boost your well-being.

Wellness as part of your travel.

Accor Hotels / Live Limitless
Hilton Hotels / Hilton Honors
Hyatt Hotels / World of Hyatt
Iberostar Hotels / Horizons
Marriott Hotels / Bonvoy
Melia Hotels / MeliaRewards
Preferred Hotels / iPrefer
SLH / Invited

Cathay Pacific / Asia Miles
Qantas Airlines / Frequent Flyer
Singapore Airlines  /KrisFlyer
Qatar Airways / Privilege Club
Virgin Australia / Velocity


Using Travel Points

Preparing to maximise your use of travel loyalty points to see the places you most want to visit.

We show you how to extract the greatest value for your travel using both cash and rewards points.  

HOW TO BEST USE TRAVEL LOYALTY PROGRAMS HOW TO BEST USE TRAVEL LOYALTY PROGRAMS


Top Tips For Travellers' Health

Travel can be stressful !  IDeas to keep your travels happy and healthy.

There’s an ever-expanding body of scientific evidence that (whether behind a desk at work or during a long plane trip or train ride), being seated for prolonged periods can be harmful.  We provide tips to boost your health and reduce the harmful impact on your body while travelling.  

TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING


Scotland Vacations

Eileen Donan castle

Dreaming of picturesque, pristine countryside, romantic castles steeped in history, or the culture and energy of vibrant cities?
Scotland has all this and much more.
Come see what makes Scotland such a unique and popular destination for so many travellers.
We show you the best that Scotland has to offer, from specific destinations to theme-based tours.

SEE OUR GUIDES TO SCOTLAND'S MANY ATTRACTIONS SEE OUR GUIDES TO SCOTLAND'S MANY ATTRACTIONS

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Hyatt peak/off-peak pricing preparing to launch - Act NOW

Hyatt peak/off-peak pricing preparing to launch - Act NOW

Hyatt peak/off peak pricing is about to launch.  This change was announced in December 2019, but implementation was deferred in March 2021 and again later due to the impact of the global covid-19 crisis.  

Hyatt will enact these changes on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. If you have been meaning to book a Hyatt property, it may be time to do it now, rather than later. Details and suggested strategies remain the same as when  we first looked at Hyatt peak/off peak pricing in detail

In summary:

  • peak pricing will only affect nights starting 1 March, 2022.
  • Award stays will remain at the Standard rate for nights stayed through 28 February, 2022.
  • The new structure applies to all award nights, regardless of room type.
  • Points + Cash awards will also use the Hyatt off-peak and peak pricing.
  • Free Night Award certificates, which are category based, will not be affected by these changes.  These certificates are earned either though holding a branded credit card or Milestone Rewards.
More details on the Points + Cash awards and Hyatt Milestone Rewards can be found in our complete Guide to the World of Hyatt.


Australian members of ALL can earn 3x the normal number of points when renting a car through Hertz.

Book before 30 November and rent before 15 December 2021 to enjoy:

* 15% off the base rental rate

* triple rewards points.

When you make your booking you must quote:

CDP code:   840267
PC code:     203530 and provide your ALL membership number.

Read more to go to the Hertz site to make your booking.

Accor changes rules so ALL points are now easier to retain

Accor changes rules so ALL points are now easier to retain

Good news for Accor Live Limitless (ALL) members.

Now any points earned will extend the life of all your points.

Previously points expired after 365 days unless you had made an eligible stay or participated in the Accor Dining Offer.  

Points may be earned from stays, shopping with retailers on the Accor portal, using one of their partners products (eg car rental with Europcar or Hertz) or dining in one of the many participating restaurants, bars and cafes.

500 Good Reasons to try new Hyatt hotels

500 Good Reasons to try new Hyatt hotels

World of Hyatt members can earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at new Hyatt hotels around the world this year, within the first few months of opening. 

  • Earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at new hotels during specified offer periods
  • There’s no need to register and you can earn on top of other offers.
Currently there are 26 hotels participating in this offer, with differing offer periods and more are being added. Pictured is the patio at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun, one of the participating hotels.

For more information and T&C's. see the Hyatt 500 Reasons page. For more information regarding the program. see our complete guide to World of Hyatt.

Hilton recognised as #3 workplace in the world

Hilton recognised as #3 workplace in the world

For the 6th year in a row, Hilton has been recognised as one of the world's top 25 workplaces. 

Hilton ranked #3 on the 2021 Fortune Magazine / Worlds Best Workplaces awards announced today and remains the only hospitality company on the list.

Congratulations to Hilton, its managers and team members !

For travellers, my experience is that happy employees result in exceptional service. To experience this yourself, take advantage of the latest Hilton Honors promotions.

For more information on its loyalty program, see our complete Guide to Hllton Honors.


Get some sun on your bones!  Escape the winter blues with a holiday at a resort in sunnier climes. 
We look at a smaller chain and Iberostar Horizons, its simple to use loyalty program to see what it can do for you.

Embrace the Unforgettable - earn EXTRA POINTS for stays with Marriott brands

Embrace the Unforgettable - earn EXTRA POINTS for stays with Marriott brands

For Australian Bonvoy members, Marriott has launched a new promotion whereby members can earn extra points per stay.  

You must register first, then you can earn an extra 1,500 points for each stay at a Marriott property, or 3,000 points for stays at the newly launched All-inclusive by Marriott resorts.

You must register by 28 November, 2021 then book for stays between now and 12 December, 2021.

T&C's apply, which you can find when you register for Embrace the Unforgettable 2021


Hilton Honors has launched its latest promotion, where you can purchase up to 160,000 points and they will match it 1 for 1 with 100% bonus points.  

This offers good value at an effective price of USD 5.00/ thousand, which is less than our valuation of USD 5.50/ thousand - especially for Elite Tier members who combine this offer with their 5th night free benefit for a handy discount for their next lovely stay.
 
T&C's apply, including that you must buy:

  • at least 15,000 points
  • before 7 December 2021
  • no more than 160,000 points - double the usual limit.
Click below to see our analysis and recommendation for the Hilton Honors 100% bonus points offer.


For the coming holiday season, Gaylord Hotels (a Marriott brand) is offering a variety of family-friendly holiday packages "So.Much.Christmas" with events and original experiences at each of its five resort locations located in the US. Pictured is Gaylord Rockies.

Dates for stays vary slightly across the properties but generally must be from mid-November through 2 January 2022 (31 December 2021 @ Gaylord National). 

Bookings are open now, so if you're looking for a magical holiday break with your little ones, this offer may be perfect for you.  Especially if you book before October 17 to Stay 2 nights & Save 15%, or Stay 3 nights, Save 20%.

Hit the button below to learn more and for the T&C's.

Note that Marriott is one of our advertisers and should you use the link on this page to make a booking, then at no additional cost to you we may receive a small compensation. You don't have to use our links, but we appreciate your support when you do.