IHG murders its loyalty program + Maldives R8780 Book Now + Etihad A380 retires

1. Maldives from R8,780 – Land Only 7nights on Half Board.

UPGRADE From Half Board to Full Board for just: R10 more pps

R8,990 pps for 7 nights on full board, incl transfers and all taxes.

Have flights? got miles? vouchers? grab this deal or enquire about our other resorts on offer all available as land only.

Need flights? we can assist email: info@traveloyalty.co.za

includes economy flights return

Even better? want the scoop on deeply discounted business class upgrades on the worlds best business class ( that also beats other airlines 1st class products) email us.

Upgraded to Business Class for less
Hello QSUITES: double bed in the sky

See our full list of packaged hotels and offers HERE.

2. IHG murders its loyalty program.

The former worlds largest loyalty programme formerly known as IHG Priority Club then IHG Rewards Club and recently IHG Rewards rolled out this month with some shocking discoveries with no notice from them at all.

What a pity.

Firstly we broke the sad sad news last year January that IHG had killed off its Pointbreaks, for years Pointbreaks was our go-to escape, always it had
a few top end hotels for just 5000 points per night, every quarter, that I still rate as the best valued and unrivaled promotion in travel history.

There were also soo many ways to get ones hands on 5000 points,

IHG then gave notice to have dynamic award pricing sometime last year, my favourite IHG redemption in Maldives dropped to 25,000 points per night. That same property can now go for a staggering 55,000 points per night after IHG’s 1st of April Massacre of their loyalty award programme.

You may check your favourite properties devaluation on website or app.

Couple this with their current buy points promo that many had fallen a victim to, only to wake up in this new month at -30% lost in value, blend this with still no free breakfasts for elites and a drop in Ambassador perks now puts this chain at the bottom of the lot.

3. Etihad retires their A380’s. ouch

Vintage double decker flight apartments that used to exist.

Yes, all 10 of their A380’s will no longer fly. That’s not even Au revoir but a permanent goodbye to The Residence, a 3 room private piece of real estate in the sky and as well goodbye to the amazing 1st Class Apartments.

CEO Mr. Tony Douglas said: “We have now taken the strategic decision to park the A380s, I’m sure it’s very likely that we won’t see them operating with Etihad again.”

We had the privilege of flying the Apartments on numerous occasions without the high cash price tag.

R1023 to New York

R250 to India

R266 to London

Australia also offered a great redemption but was never on our list of plans, South Korea was ( using the newly minted Aeroplan miles way to slay )and them bam, pandemic extentions

Going forward Etihad will still offer a decent 1st class on their other metal albeit it wont be the upstairs experience.

View our dedicated video on scoring the Etihad A380 Apartments below

4. Radisson splits

Formerly Club Carlson then renamed Radisson rewards now splits the programme (&website) up to Radisson Americas and Radisson EMEA APAC, how this will come into effect is due later this month.

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Kids fly free + Maldives R19,990 + hotel promos + maxing islands theTLway

1. Etihad kids fly free.

2 kids per adult fly free ??

However you may also add more kids as below that works out to roughly R1000 per extra child for the return flight. Take note of the terms and conditions.

2. Scoring islands theTLway – How we booked? What we paid ?

Seychelles: flights – Using un-utilized vouchers via 60k Etihad miles and accommodation using 65k points per free night.

flights – Using un-utilized vouchers via 60k Etihad miles and accommodation using 65k points per free night.

See the short clips of the free R11,000 per night free upgrade HERE and trip experience HERE.

Zanzibar : flights- Mango R11,30, yes, check HERE .
and accommodation using 30k points per free night.

See the short clip of the trip experience HERE and the free upgrade to the Royal Residence Suite with our very own private lift worth R44,000 per night HERE

Maldives: flights via Qatar’s half priced promo. Accommodation at the islands cheapest points option at 25k points for a free night.

See the short clip of the trip HERE and the free upgrade worth R7500 per night HERE

3. Hilton Points Unlimited

January 1, 2021 – May 2, 2021.

Access the offer HERE.

4. Marriott Better two-gether: 2x Points + 2x night credit.

Access the offer HERE

5. Radisson 2x points

Ends April 30th, 2021

Access the offer HERE

6. IHG Earn 2,000 bonus points per 2nights

Register  and stay from January 20 through March 31, 2021

Access the offer HERE.

7. Qatar privilege club bonus offer

TIP: Play your cards right here and you could score a free minimum of 18,000 miles and a maximum of 63,000 Qmiles + after flying in their family pool programme. Hey ever seen our paying peanuts for scores of 1st class flights on our Youtube ? Could be very similar now that Qatar has fixed their loyalty and just gave it so much potential with current flex options.

Access the offer HERE

8. Maldives packaged offers from R19,990 pps

See all our dedicated Maldives Packaged offers HERE.

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Maldives ALL Inclusive direct from R32,990 pps + tips on booking Maldives islands

1. Tips on choosing Maldives offers.

Maldives is all the same, right? No, one could’nt be more wrong. Afterall the main draw card for the islands are its blue waters, although some islands are void of this, so found yourself a good deal, best you check further.

Once you land at Male, check your connection to your resort either boat or seaplane thats included in the offer or you might be forking out $200 to $800 per way per guest to get to your destination.

Not all islands are Blue, some have seaweed / seagrass on most parts. Some resorts I’ve been to had the premium accommodation set in the greenies.. A few google maps searches and you would easily be able to tell what is coral and whats not.

Cringe !
Seaweed / Seagrass galore with a even bigger eye sore behind: construction

Many islands have wave breakers to ensure smooth waters in parts of the lagoon, some resorts have these ugly risen up walls all over.

High rise wave breakers

Man Made Islands: if you not yearning natural beauty or have never been to an island (not the Beacon but the tropical ones) this might not affect you. Man made islands will mostly have the crushed shells type of sand, perhaps with some white power topped on, similar to ones in Dubai. They also wont have as vibrant snorkeling as reefs are all brought in or still developing ecosystems. Flown in palms are also strategically placed voiding that real Maldives -feel.

Man made island

Some amazing winners in the blue below:

2. Maldives offers December to January 2021

2.1 Meeru Island – From R32,990 pps

ALL INCLUSIVE

 includes: Return 9 hour flights on Air Seychelles • 7 x nights, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks • Airport Hotel transfers by boat 55min • Free Covid-19 Test on departure.

Flights: Air Seychelles

Departure time: JNB 23:30 Arrival time: MLE 12:05

Departure time: MLE 15:45 Arrival time: JNB 22:10

 Includes free activities: 
Sunset cruise, Snorkeling, Windsurfing, Golf driving lessons, 1 yoga session, use of kayaks and windsurfing boards.

Meeru Island video below:


2.2 Hurawalhi Island – From R65,990 pps

BREAKFAST ONLY

Hurawalhi island video below:

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1st class for less + 6 Riyal Umrah + Hilton promo + Marriott promo + United Jnb launch

1. The 6 Riyal Umrah

What times? Whats faster? Back to back? See the drop down text.

Access the tutorial HERE.

2. First class for less.



Around 2014 we posted on how easily obtainable First Class was (without needing to fly prior). We only had about 1500 newsletter subscribers back then and I know of only a handful who maxed this opportunity, many called bs slash impossible slash neverever on the articles until I wrote the full trip review 6months later putting theory into practical whilst spending nothing more than $20 / Zar 250 per way.

Then over the next few years we wrote how to max First Class by flying partner airlines prior with discounted business fares earning up to 4x the miles before elite bonuses and liased with our concierge members 1 on 1 on all of this the world over.

Come 2020 most 1st class flights are suspended but…

In our previous newsletter we touched on the big news of Canadian Aeroplan’s codeshare with Etihad, what was not known then was the good news Aeroplan had in store for its new program launch enabling easy mile earn potentials.

  • Family pooling – combine miles up to 7 family members
  • Rocketmiles bonuses.

This is the most interesting bit. We have covered previous 1st class flights how we have maxed these promos staying often at places where there are no branded hotels or are when they are no good (such as Sri Lanka, Reunion and outer islands of Seychelles such as Praslin, we even did a 1 night miles boost at this premium place HERE  during our 14night paycation). This also works well with local stays as many countries only have domestic travel open.

There’s a double promo that one (or rather families) can take advantage of.

1. Earn 5,000 bonus miles or points at select properties on your first hotel booking . Offer HERE.

Book this promo first, do the 1 night stays x 7 members checking in and out repeat on the new members booking ea day and you should be up 35000 points.

2. Aeroplan member exclusive: Get 5,000 bonus miles. Offer HERE

Make 3 reservations, each for 2 nights or longer, and earn 5,000 bonus miles. Book hotels around the world, and the bonus miles will be sent straight to your account after your 3rd stay.

Same protocol, book the 2 night stays in ea members name and after the 3rd stay the account will be 70,000 miles richer.

There are heaps more changes such as:

  • Combine points and cash for flight or multiple flights (finally)
2021 Bookings

This reminds me alot of Etihad’s slider option below, where one can leverage cash to miles at a cheaper rate than buying the miles on promos.

Etihad slider option
  • Combine a paid fare and award flight.
  • Earn status on buying miles.

Share your status with friends and family, even if they not traveling with you (similiar to Hyatt’s top tier style ‘guest of honor’).

Stopovers for 5000 points. This parts a no-brainer for travelers who love to turn one a one city trip into a multi city or multi country trip.

3. United plans JNB route

United Airlines, one of the US big3 gave notice this week they plan to fly direct to Johannesburg soon.

  • This is big news because there will be a huge competition now for SAA for this direct flight to New York (Newark).
  • United has minimal taxes, expect to pay between $5.60 to $31.46 taxes per award ticket – even in business (SAA – even on Journeyblitz charges $200 per way)
  • United has launched dynamic awards, so using miles for domestic starts at 5k miles, Europe for 21k miles and Middle East 31k miles on Saver Awards – All with minimal taxes.
  • United will fly the latest Boeing 787-9 on this route. SAA has sadly returned their new leased planes while they get their funding together with only handful of older planes.
  • United has also given notice of 2 new destinations in Hawaii – Kona and Maui. I can wait to see the booking options on South Africa – Hawaii when its ready.
Soaking up some Hawaiian rays
  • Hey they also do Tahiti, so imagine being able to book Pape’ete. This should make Bora Bora heaps more affordable but not quicker (this is a long long flight schedule)
  • United is a Star Alliance member, so expect perks with holders of Voyager, Turkish, Lufthansa etc that would come in handy.
  • United has (for now) eliminated change fees and stand by fees.

4. Hilton Double Rewards

September 8 through December 31, 2020. Register now

Access the offer HERE.

Hilton Also has a 100% bonus buy points offering to Sep 20th. Buy HERE

6.  Marriott 2,500 bonus points per stay.

+ a one-time bonus of 5,000 additional points after three stays.

Register now, then earn on stays through October 18, 2020.

Access the offer HERE

7. Hyatt Bonus Journeys

Hyatt calls this promo their richest ever offering 3x points.

Registration Starts Oct 1 – Nov 30 for stays to Jan 4th 2021

Access the offer soon on our dedicated Hyatt promo sales page HERE

8. Borders opening soon.

Looks like many borders are opening soon, watch this (or rather Governments) space in the coming days.

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Flippen Hell cost of living vs travel + Qatar promo + Aeroplan Etihad cs + more

Our latest Youtube vid – Oman

Still the most beautiful country I say, scenery that rivals summer Cape Town. (We toured Oman in Winter for 20 days)

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1. Flippen hell, finally

  • Finally after many years of travel, the lockdown has enabled most savvy travelers to compare 3 straight months (thus far) of cost of living / staying home vs cost of being abroad and as you may know the former is more expensive, see when you travel using loyalty as an elitist all the perks equals savings, one wouldn’t need to run to the grocery store every day, nor pay cleaners nor electricity, elitists often get largest suites, even when staying free on points, lounge access that often comes with, laundry, 3 generous meals per day and unlimited drinks throughout, some come with the comps via butler services..
  • Even if you not staying free and pay your way as an elitist, eg I changed my last trip abroad to Saudi Arabia which made more sense ( & cents) to save the points booking a new hotel (costing me 13k points per night with 5th night free) and rather take up a cash rate of 340 SAR pn for 20 nights that included just about everything + more with regards to upgrades and food, the checkout yielded more back in points (yes more points) with elite bonuses + 2x points for a future trip (Waldorf Maldives at a easy 96k per night with 5th night free with no taxes ? vs their 2000 usd nightly rate ++taxes are of the best options).
  • It doesn’t end there, often anyone ( no elite status needed) can juggle airline promos just the same as we proved the previous year end trip with Egypt Air Business class, getting more back in miles value than the tickets we paid.

Specials however, come and go, sometimes they repeat themselves, here are some unheard of ones that many seem to be taking advantage of:

2. Qatar promo.

Flexibility at its finest!

Ever seen something like this? To be honest what I love the most of this promo is how creative one can get in each of the valued flexibility points.

When Qatar launched this promo via email it put most savvys head in a spin, everyone hopped on the lowest business class tickets from 500$ short haul, eg CMB – MCT and change it to further away, remember here you can CHANGE YOUR DESTINATION as long as its 5000 miles radius (not km!), I wonder if they still allowing departure and arrival points for changes one after the other as they were initially?

No 2 Unlimited changes? so the swells not peaking in North Male Atoll but Bali will be going off on all cylinders for a surfers upcoming trip, sorted.

No 3 In theory how many book and cancels with 10% value added can one muster?

No 4 Swop for Qmiles. The rate is $1 spent per 100 Qmiles and valid for 3 years. Talk about a cheaper way to buy miles, unheard of? Note: usually 1000 Qmiles would cost $35 to buy.

Qatar in my own opinion has some of the most creative promos, remember their kids fly free promo ? I could book all 6 in my tribe to Istanbul return for Zar 18,000 !

Still on Qatar, now with Status!

Top Tier

Taken up QR’s amazing targeted promo that yields:

AL Maha meet and greet worth 400 Qar per person

100% bonus miles and 100% family miles

Business Lounge access + 5 Complimentary passes ( note: worlds best first class lounge ‘AL Safwa’ was taken off access for Platinums last year unless they flying in business or First)

Unique 60 Qcredits loaded – apart from miles Qatar’s premium elite status comes with Qcredits, one may use these Qcredits to upgrade from just about any class fare in Economy to Business or from any class fare from Economy to First Class ( you might recall a older post showing when they used to fly DOH-MED, the metal did not have a business cabin so all business flyers got coded as first class with access to the Al Safwa Lounge as well). Speaking of Al Safwa, using Qcredits should get you the access when upgrading from DOH. You can also use Qcredits to pay for fees and extra baggage (dont!) save them for flights out DOH that has the worlds only 1st class suites in business class named THE QSUITES, that has like 2 double beds facing each other for 4 pax, enough place for baby in middle too.

for more on this check out Qatar’s Qcalculator

3. Emirates drops fuel surcharges!

Another unheard of topic. 1st class Emirates now from $41. Most airliners seem to have been doing the same to stimulate travel with the lower oil prices. For EK fuel surcharge chart click HERE scroll left to pic no7

4. Etihad 50% bonus value.

Etihad also jumped on the ME3 bandwagon with a unique offer of their own this month, buy any travel voucher and get 50% value added.

5. Match made in Heaven.

WOW! Etihad and Air Canada sign code share agreement.. and for those in South Africa seem to be in the ‘goldilock zone’ to pick up avail into AUH and beyond. The trick to maxing Aeroplan is to how shall I say, SAA Journeyblitz it? find 2 segments separately then apply them A to B, B to C and then C to A. Need Aeroplan miles fast? see no 6 below.

and just when I thought those Zar 1000 First Class Apartment flights were no more..

6. Marriott buy points 60% bonus

Marriott uniquely transfers their Marriott Reward points to just about any airline miles program at a 3:1 rate (except Air new Zealand) with a added 25% bonus on all points transferred at 60k points thresholds.

Also, Marriott points are great for stays with elite 5th night free redemption’s at the worlds biggest hotel chain boasting 30 brands.

Buy Marriott points HERE.

7. More on Points sales:

Etihad has a 30% points sale HERE, however I wonder if booking and using their slider to manufacture points would still be more cost effective.

Hilton has a 100% points sale too, ends July 15th, click HERE.

Offcoarse not forgetting it rarely makes sense to buy points unless they are actually saving you money for superior use.

Using elite status would in certain events get you bulk of the points free with its bonus off stays.

It seems most websites of hotels are offering prepaid voucher with bonus value through all the major hotel brands. Do check them out if you are looking for any further deals ahead.

8. The A380 demise.

Air France has retired all their double decker A380’s after 10 years of service. Most airliners including Emirates, Qatar, Qantas and Etihad have also grounded them due to their high operational costs. Airbus will no longer be making A380’s. Sad to say in the next few years walking upstairs will be a memory of the past. Do you remember seeing your first A380 in 2010 and then flying on your 1st A380 trip?

9. Countries are opening up.

Europe has just unveiled their plan to open in July to certain countries.

Hawaii opens on August 1st.

Maldives opens up to everyone with no restrictions on July 15th.

Yes we used the offer in no 2 above and booked cheapest flight to Mumbai and changed it to most expensive flight into Male, not quite the maximum 5000 mile change flexibility, but as any traveler would know Maldives is of the most expensive airfares around.

I wonder if Charter flights would be allowed sooner from SA as we promoted bulk of last year and at the start of this year as Islands due to warm climates and open spaces with rooms distanced between each other on most resorts might just be the safest escape for those yearning.

10. Love the Hilton Doubletree cookies?

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FIRST TIME EVER: the recipe for Double Tree cookies. The first food to be baked in space now can be made at your home: Official DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe Makes 26 cookies ½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks) ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar ¾ cup packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 ¼ cups flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt Pinch cinnamon 2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips (I personally love Hersheys cinnamon, not sure if they stock in SA, but widely avail in Dxb and NY) 1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts  Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes.  Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl.  With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix.  Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.  Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.  Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour. note: You can freeze the unbaked cookies, and there’s no need to thaw. Preheat oven to 300°F and place frozen cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft. Video link in bio. #happybaking #doubletree #cookies #mostwanted #foodie #biscuits #eatsomemore #theTLway

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Poinbreaks has died + discount Makkah Ramadhaan + we do NASA + Hilton promo + TL is ticketing + TL hack guide

1. IHG Pointbreaks has died, plus more.

The once mighty IHG Pointbreaks has officially died as of 31 January 2020. What was once the hotel industry’s most economical ( un-matched and un-rivalled) promotion as 200+ hotels ( out of 4900 +) went for a redemption rate of a mere 5000 points regardless of what the normal points reward rates were per night.

Brands like Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza’s and Holiday Inn’s were usually snapped up in minutes for free at 5000 points per night at destinations like Maldives, Tahiti, Vietnam, India South America, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia and heaps of others.

Truly this promo was one of the most exiting lists every quarter. When traveloyalty.com started many years back these destination lists use to dictate which countries are next that we are going to book and score free.

Indeed we maxed it through all the premium ones, one property in Saudi Arabia in particular for over 100 nights, and at times with 2x rooms booked, all for free, 20 to 25 nights a time that came with lounge access and breakfasts.

Even if you did not have enough points you could then buy them / manufacture them for 23$ per night, IOW you could use Zar 120,000 to stay in the worlds top brands for 1 full year if you did not have the points to do it for free. Im sure you know people who spend that kind of cash on 1 single trip and get nothing back? or lets say you sold your 12 million Rand house you could stay free for 100 years around the world.

IHG started to change Pointbreaks about a year back after some months of lackluster properties being featured, made sense as Pointbreaks became so popular, remember 6 to 7 years back when hardly anyone knew of it? and they would not even sell out. Pointbreaks? say what? Patrick Swayze? would be asked (no not that one with Keanu)

Properties now had become 5k, 10k or 15k per night on the promo, but even in that too, properties and resorts were not of the premium grade many had become accustomed to.

I cant even recall when last I stayed on a Pointbreak, was it the one in Turkey’s capital or the one in Muscat? Didnt matter.

Recently I had my last 100k of IHG points (earned points, it often makes no sense to buy points as at top tier level as you earn them for free with bonuses in chunkloads), so when I got a hold of the property that I stayed at more than 100 nights they told me of many changes IHG has allready implemented on them for the negative, we knew this was coming but usually management discretion often overrides these for top tier members. Gone were the lounge access and free breakfasts, gone were the upgrades too.

I looked into the more expensive Intercontinental across the way that many have said is premium, well the only thing premium was the points per night rate at 30k ( everything else from lifts to rooms was an eye opener) never in my life have I layed out that many points for a free night, yet alone 3x. We got the upgrades and the free breakfast as top tier in this brand that the former hotel started refusing, I brought this up with them and IHG head office, who will hopefully look into this situation and remedy a new kick start soon. # watch this space

2. Discounted Ramadhaan Makkah

As usual for many years we always have a post on discounting expensive Ramadhaan, however this year we taking it a step better, we have a handful of set rooms (some quad, some triple, some with upgrades already set) highly discounted, available on a first come first served basis. Limit 1 room per client.

Email: info@traveloyalty.co.za

3. We do NASA. Rockets, astronauts, space ships, touch the moon & more.

Perhaps one of the better educational theme parks that will leave all kids (& adults) astonished, space is a mind boggling place!

We done our trip to the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando, Florida, USA, near free using miles and points, staying at Radisson near by.

Click on the link HERE to view this out of the world trip

4. Hilton Points Unlimited. Register now.

6th Jan 2020 to 3rd May 2020. This quarter’s promo rewards movers more than sitters.

Access our dedicated Hilton sales page HERE

5. Island trip offers loading:

Our discounted Maldives offers last year was a absolute hit, we sold out each and every business class seat and needed more! Even our day trip offers had more demand than supply.

While we awaiting these deals to return and as per normal structured packaged offers thats void of earning anything back that may appeal to some.

6. Our current elite client concierge offers are throwing out the below:

How to (really) do Mauritius in Flic en Flac ( premium side of island)

Note: most get caught in per person packages on the windy South or East with some extra food thrown in, be in the know when you want to perfect your travel.

7x nights Half board, Zar 57,000, That includes Business Class for 2pax

It gets better obviously, this is #theTLway after all:

With this concierge offer you can do a premium diving resort on the Red sea or an island trip to Bali for 12x nights free thereafter or just split it on both before year end? plus get fed, upgraded with the whole shebang as you often see on TL trip reviews and social media channels.

7. We are ticketing in premium only.


https://www.instagram.com/jetzetterz/

Looking for better rates on your Business Class or First Class trips? We got our concierge clients covered, just ask one of our clients in Durban, most well known in the vehicle industry who got quoted 240k for a full family Business class trip to Asia, we got it done for 170k or Johannesburg biggest wholesaler for Mauritius as per above or the ones currently taking up our Turkey offer for 14k, these come with heaps of miles often up to 300% in bonuses while most grab the R3200 offer we just posted on our Instagram that yields basically nothing back to upgrade or travel free ahead.

8. Our TL guide to travel hacking.

If you missed this series on social media here it is below, and no, it has got nothing to do with heating up soup in your room..

Multi part series on all the ways imaginable to travel hack all types of travel by all types of travelers.

Note where you are VS where you would like to be?

One things for certain as you progress further, you will NEVER EVER go back to paying full retail again. Dont count your past losses, look forward to your future blessings in savings.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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Apr 07

IHG murders its loyalty program + Maldives R8780 Book Now + Etihad A380 retires

1. Maldives from R8,780 – Land Only 7nights on Half Board.

UPGRADE From Half Board to Full Board for just: R10 more pps

R8,990 pps for 7 nights on full board, incl transfers and all taxes.

Have flights? got miles? vouchers? grab this deal or enquire about our other resorts on offer all available as land only.

Need flights? we can assist email: info@traveloyalty.co.za

includes economy flights return

Even better? want the scoop on deeply discounted business class upgrades on the worlds best business class ( that also beats other airlines 1st class products) email us.

Upgraded to Business Class for less
Hello QSUITES: double bed in the sky

See our full list of packaged hotels and offers HERE.

2. IHG murders its loyalty program.

The former worlds largest loyalty programme formerly known as IHG Priority Club then IHG Rewards Club and recently IHG Rewards rolled out this month with some shocking discoveries with no notice from them at all.

What a pity.

Firstly we broke the sad sad news last year January that IHG had killed off its Pointbreaks, for years Pointbreaks was our go-to escape, always it had
a few top end hotels for just 5000 points per night, every quarter, that I still rate as the best valued and unrivaled promotion in travel history.

There were also soo many ways to get ones hands on 5000 points,

IHG then gave notice to have dynamic award pricing sometime last year, my favourite IHG redemption in Maldives dropped to 25,000 points per night. That same property can now go for a staggering 55,000 points per night after IHG’s 1st of April Massacre of their loyalty award programme.

You may check your favourite properties devaluation on website or app.

Couple this with their current buy points promo that many had fallen a victim to, only to wake up in this new month at -30% lost in value, blend this with still no free breakfasts for elites and a drop in Ambassador perks now puts this chain at the bottom of the lot.

3. Etihad retires their A380’s. ouch

Vintage double decker flight apartments that used to exist.

Yes, all 10 of their A380’s will no longer fly. That’s not even Au revoir but a permanent goodbye to The Residence, a 3 room private piece of real estate in the sky and as well goodbye to the amazing 1st Class Apartments.

CEO Mr. Tony Douglas said: “We have now taken the strategic decision to park the A380s, I’m sure it’s very likely that we won’t see them operating with Etihad again.”

We had the privilege of flying the Apartments on numerous occasions without the high cash price tag.

R1023 to New York

R250 to India

R266 to London

Australia also offered a great redemption but was never on our list of plans, South Korea was ( using the newly minted Aeroplan miles way to slay )and them bam, pandemic extentions

Going forward Etihad will still offer a decent 1st class on their other metal albeit it wont be the upstairs experience.

View our dedicated video on scoring the Etihad A380 Apartments below

4. Radisson splits

Formerly Club Carlson then renamed Radisson rewards now splits the programme (&website) up to Radisson Americas and Radisson EMEA APAC, how this will come into effect is due later this month.

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Feb 02

Kids fly free + Maldives R19,990 + hotel promos + maxing islands theTLway

1. Etihad kids fly free.

2 kids per adult fly free ??

However you may also add more kids as below that works out to roughly R1000 per extra child for the return flight. Take note of the terms and conditions.

2. Scoring islands theTLway – How we booked? What we paid ?

Seychelles: flights – Using un-utilized vouchers via 60k Etihad miles and accommodation using 65k points per free night.

flights – Using un-utilized vouchers via 60k Etihad miles and accommodation using 65k points per free night.

See the short clips of the free R11,000 per night free upgrade HERE and trip experience HERE.

Zanzibar : flights- Mango R11,30, yes, check HERE .
and accommodation using 30k points per free night.

See the short clip of the trip experience HERE and the free upgrade to the Royal Residence Suite with our very own private lift worth R44,000 per night HERE

Maldives: flights via Qatar’s half priced promo. Accommodation at the islands cheapest points option at 25k points for a free night.

See the short clip of the trip HERE and the free upgrade worth R7500 per night HERE

3. Hilton Points Unlimited

January 1, 2021 – May 2, 2021.

Access the offer HERE.

4. Marriott Better two-gether: 2x Points + 2x night credit.

Access the offer HERE

5. Radisson 2x points

Ends April 30th, 2021

Access the offer HERE

6. IHG Earn 2,000 bonus points per 2nights

Register  and stay from January 20 through March 31, 2021

Access the offer HERE.

7. Qatar privilege club bonus offer

TIP: Play your cards right here and you could score a free minimum of 18,000 miles and a maximum of 63,000 Qmiles + after flying in their family pool programme. Hey ever seen our paying peanuts for scores of 1st class flights on our Youtube ? Could be very similar now that Qatar has fixed their loyalty and just gave it so much potential with current flex options.

Access the offer HERE

8. Maldives packaged offers from R19,990 pps

See all our dedicated Maldives Packaged offers HERE.

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Nov 17

Maldives ALL Inclusive direct from R32,990 pps + tips on booking Maldives islands

1. Tips on choosing Maldives offers.

Maldives is all the same, right? No, one could’nt be more wrong. Afterall the main draw card for the islands are its blue waters, although some islands are void of this, so found yourself a good deal, best you check further.

Once you land at Male, check your connection to your resort either boat or seaplane thats included in the offer or you might be forking out $200 to $800 per way per guest to get to your destination.

Not all islands are Blue, some have seaweed / seagrass on most parts. Some resorts I’ve been to had the premium accommodation set in the greenies.. A few google maps searches and you would easily be able to tell what is coral and whats not.

Cringe !
Seaweed / Seagrass galore with a even bigger eye sore behind: construction

Many islands have wave breakers to ensure smooth waters in parts of the lagoon, some resorts have these ugly risen up walls all over.

High rise wave breakers

Man Made Islands: if you not yearning natural beauty or have never been to an island (not the Beacon but the tropical ones) this might not affect you. Man made islands will mostly have the crushed shells type of sand, perhaps with some white power topped on, similar to ones in Dubai. They also wont have as vibrant snorkeling as reefs are all brought in or still developing ecosystems. Flown in palms are also strategically placed voiding that real Maldives -feel.

Man made island

Some amazing winners in the blue below:

2. Maldives offers December to January 2021

2.1 Meeru Island – From R32,990 pps

ALL INCLUSIVE

 includes: Return 9 hour flights on Air Seychelles • 7 x nights, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks • Airport Hotel transfers by boat 55min • Free Covid-19 Test on departure.

Flights: Air Seychelles

Departure time: JNB 23:30 Arrival time: MLE 12:05

Departure time: MLE 15:45 Arrival time: JNB 22:10

 Includes free activities: 
Sunset cruise, Snorkeling, Windsurfing, Golf driving lessons, 1 yoga session, use of kayaks and windsurfing boards.

Meeru Island video below:


2.2 Hurawalhi Island – From R65,990 pps

BREAKFAST ONLY

Hurawalhi island video below:

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Sep 12

1st class for less + 6 Riyal Umrah + Hilton promo + Marriott promo + United Jnb launch

1. The 6 Riyal Umrah

What times? Whats faster? Back to back? See the drop down text.

Access the tutorial HERE.

2. First class for less.



Around 2014 we posted on how easily obtainable First Class was (without needing to fly prior). We only had about 1500 newsletter subscribers back then and I know of only a handful who maxed this opportunity, many called bs slash impossible slash neverever on the articles until I wrote the full trip review 6months later putting theory into practical whilst spending nothing more than $20 / Zar 250 per way.

Then over the next few years we wrote how to max First Class by flying partner airlines prior with discounted business fares earning up to 4x the miles before elite bonuses and liased with our concierge members 1 on 1 on all of this the world over.

Come 2020 most 1st class flights are suspended but…

In our previous newsletter we touched on the big news of Canadian Aeroplan’s codeshare with Etihad, what was not known then was the good news Aeroplan had in store for its new program launch enabling easy mile earn potentials.

  • Family pooling – combine miles up to 7 family members
  • Rocketmiles bonuses.

This is the most interesting bit. We have covered previous 1st class flights how we have maxed these promos staying often at places where there are no branded hotels or are when they are no good (such as Sri Lanka, Reunion and outer islands of Seychelles such as Praslin, we even did a 1 night miles boost at this premium place HERE  during our 14night paycation). This also works well with local stays as many countries only have domestic travel open.

There’s a double promo that one (or rather families) can take advantage of.

1. Earn 5,000 bonus miles or points at select properties on your first hotel booking . Offer HERE.

Book this promo first, do the 1 night stays x 7 members checking in and out repeat on the new members booking ea day and you should be up 35000 points.

2. Aeroplan member exclusive: Get 5,000 bonus miles. Offer HERE

Make 3 reservations, each for 2 nights or longer, and earn 5,000 bonus miles. Book hotels around the world, and the bonus miles will be sent straight to your account after your 3rd stay.

Same protocol, book the 2 night stays in ea members name and after the 3rd stay the account will be 70,000 miles richer.

There are heaps more changes such as:

  • Combine points and cash for flight or multiple flights (finally)
2021 Bookings

This reminds me alot of Etihad’s slider option below, where one can leverage cash to miles at a cheaper rate than buying the miles on promos.

Etihad slider option
  • Combine a paid fare and award flight.
  • Earn status on buying miles.

Share your status with friends and family, even if they not traveling with you (similiar to Hyatt’s top tier style ‘guest of honor’).

Stopovers for 5000 points. This parts a no-brainer for travelers who love to turn one a one city trip into a multi city or multi country trip.

3. United plans JNB route

United Airlines, one of the US big3 gave notice this week they plan to fly direct to Johannesburg soon.

  • This is big news because there will be a huge competition now for SAA for this direct flight to New York (Newark).
  • United has minimal taxes, expect to pay between $5.60 to $31.46 taxes per award ticket – even in business (SAA – even on Journeyblitz charges $200 per way)
  • United has launched dynamic awards, so using miles for domestic starts at 5k miles, Europe for 21k miles and Middle East 31k miles on Saver Awards – All with minimal taxes.
  • United will fly the latest Boeing 787-9 on this route. SAA has sadly returned their new leased planes while they get their funding together with only handful of older planes.
  • United has also given notice of 2 new destinations in Hawaii – Kona and Maui. I can wait to see the booking options on South Africa – Hawaii when its ready.
Soaking up some Hawaiian rays
  • Hey they also do Tahiti, so imagine being able to book Pape’ete. This should make Bora Bora heaps more affordable but not quicker (this is a long long flight schedule)
  • United is a Star Alliance member, so expect perks with holders of Voyager, Turkish, Lufthansa etc that would come in handy.
  • United has (for now) eliminated change fees and stand by fees.

4. Hilton Double Rewards

September 8 through December 31, 2020. Register now

Access the offer HERE.

Hilton Also has a 100% bonus buy points offering to Sep 20th. Buy HERE

6.  Marriott 2,500 bonus points per stay.

+ a one-time bonus of 5,000 additional points after three stays.

Register now, then earn on stays through October 18, 2020.

Access the offer HERE

7. Hyatt Bonus Journeys

Hyatt calls this promo their richest ever offering 3x points.

Registration Starts Oct 1 – Nov 30 for stays to Jan 4th 2021

Access the offer soon on our dedicated Hyatt promo sales page HERE

8. Borders opening soon.

Looks like many borders are opening soon, watch this (or rather Governments) space in the coming days.

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Jun 28

Flippen Hell cost of living vs travel + Qatar promo + Aeroplan Etihad cs + more

Our latest Youtube vid – Oman

Still the most beautiful country I say, scenery that rivals summer Cape Town. (We toured Oman in Winter for 20 days)

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1. Flippen hell, finally

  • Finally after many years of travel, the lockdown has enabled most savvy travelers to compare 3 straight months (thus far) of cost of living / staying home vs cost of being abroad and as you may know the former is more expensive, see when you travel using loyalty as an elitist all the perks equals savings, one wouldn’t need to run to the grocery store every day, nor pay cleaners nor electricity, elitists often get largest suites, even when staying free on points, lounge access that often comes with, laundry, 3 generous meals per day and unlimited drinks throughout, some come with the comps via butler services..
  • Even if you not staying free and pay your way as an elitist, eg I changed my last trip abroad to Saudi Arabia which made more sense ( & cents) to save the points booking a new hotel (costing me 13k points per night with 5th night free) and rather take up a cash rate of 340 SAR pn for 20 nights that included just about everything + more with regards to upgrades and food, the checkout yielded more back in points (yes more points) with elite bonuses + 2x points for a future trip (Waldorf Maldives at a easy 96k per night with 5th night free with no taxes ? vs their 2000 usd nightly rate ++taxes are of the best options).
  • It doesn’t end there, often anyone ( no elite status needed) can juggle airline promos just the same as we proved the previous year end trip with Egypt Air Business class, getting more back in miles value than the tickets we paid.

Specials however, come and go, sometimes they repeat themselves, here are some unheard of ones that many seem to be taking advantage of:

2. Qatar promo.

Flexibility at its finest!

Ever seen something like this? To be honest what I love the most of this promo is how creative one can get in each of the valued flexibility points.

When Qatar launched this promo via email it put most savvys head in a spin, everyone hopped on the lowest business class tickets from 500$ short haul, eg CMB – MCT and change it to further away, remember here you can CHANGE YOUR DESTINATION as long as its 5000 miles radius (not km!), I wonder if they still allowing departure and arrival points for changes one after the other as they were initially?

No 2 Unlimited changes? so the swells not peaking in North Male Atoll but Bali will be going off on all cylinders for a surfers upcoming trip, sorted.

No 3 In theory how many book and cancels with 10% value added can one muster?

No 4 Swop for Qmiles. The rate is $1 spent per 100 Qmiles and valid for 3 years. Talk about a cheaper way to buy miles, unheard of? Note: usually 1000 Qmiles would cost $35 to buy.

Qatar in my own opinion has some of the most creative promos, remember their kids fly free promo ? I could book all 6 in my tribe to Istanbul return for Zar 18,000 !

Still on Qatar, now with Status!

Top Tier

Taken up QR’s amazing targeted promo that yields:

AL Maha meet and greet worth 400 Qar per person

100% bonus miles and 100% family miles

Business Lounge access + 5 Complimentary passes ( note: worlds best first class lounge ‘AL Safwa’ was taken off access for Platinums last year unless they flying in business or First)

Unique 60 Qcredits loaded – apart from miles Qatar’s premium elite status comes with Qcredits, one may use these Qcredits to upgrade from just about any class fare in Economy to Business or from any class fare from Economy to First Class ( you might recall a older post showing when they used to fly DOH-MED, the metal did not have a business cabin so all business flyers got coded as first class with access to the Al Safwa Lounge as well). Speaking of Al Safwa, using Qcredits should get you the access when upgrading from DOH. You can also use Qcredits to pay for fees and extra baggage (dont!) save them for flights out DOH that has the worlds only 1st class suites in business class named THE QSUITES, that has like 2 double beds facing each other for 4 pax, enough place for baby in middle too.

for more on this check out Qatar’s Qcalculator

3. Emirates drops fuel surcharges!

Another unheard of topic. 1st class Emirates now from $41. Most airliners seem to have been doing the same to stimulate travel with the lower oil prices. For EK fuel surcharge chart click HERE scroll left to pic no7

4. Etihad 50% bonus value.

Etihad also jumped on the ME3 bandwagon with a unique offer of their own this month, buy any travel voucher and get 50% value added.

5. Match made in Heaven.

WOW! Etihad and Air Canada sign code share agreement.. and for those in South Africa seem to be in the ‘goldilock zone’ to pick up avail into AUH and beyond. The trick to maxing Aeroplan is to how shall I say, SAA Journeyblitz it? find 2 segments separately then apply them A to B, B to C and then C to A. Need Aeroplan miles fast? see no 6 below.

and just when I thought those Zar 1000 First Class Apartment flights were no more..

6. Marriott buy points 60% bonus

Marriott uniquely transfers their Marriott Reward points to just about any airline miles program at a 3:1 rate (except Air new Zealand) with a added 25% bonus on all points transferred at 60k points thresholds.

Also, Marriott points are great for stays with elite 5th night free redemption’s at the worlds biggest hotel chain boasting 30 brands.

Buy Marriott points HERE.

7. More on Points sales:

Etihad has a 30% points sale HERE, however I wonder if booking and using their slider to manufacture points would still be more cost effective.

Hilton has a 100% points sale too, ends July 15th, click HERE.

Offcoarse not forgetting it rarely makes sense to buy points unless they are actually saving you money for superior use.

Using elite status would in certain events get you bulk of the points free with its bonus off stays.

It seems most websites of hotels are offering prepaid voucher with bonus value through all the major hotel brands. Do check them out if you are looking for any further deals ahead.

8. The A380 demise.

Air France has retired all their double decker A380’s after 10 years of service. Most airliners including Emirates, Qatar, Qantas and Etihad have also grounded them due to their high operational costs. Airbus will no longer be making A380’s. Sad to say in the next few years walking upstairs will be a memory of the past. Do you remember seeing your first A380 in 2010 and then flying on your 1st A380 trip?

9. Countries are opening up.

Europe has just unveiled their plan to open in July to certain countries.

Hawaii opens on August 1st.

Maldives opens up to everyone with no restrictions on July 15th.

Yes we used the offer in no 2 above and booked cheapest flight to Mumbai and changed it to most expensive flight into Male, not quite the maximum 5000 mile change flexibility, but as any traveler would know Maldives is of the most expensive airfares around.

I wonder if Charter flights would be allowed sooner from SA as we promoted bulk of last year and at the start of this year as Islands due to warm climates and open spaces with rooms distanced between each other on most resorts might just be the safest escape for those yearning.

10. Love the Hilton Doubletree cookies?

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FIRST TIME EVER: the recipe for Double Tree cookies. The first food to be baked in space now can be made at your home: Official DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe Makes 26 cookies ½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks) ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar ¾ cup packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 ¼ cups flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt Pinch cinnamon 2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips (I personally love Hersheys cinnamon, not sure if they stock in SA, but widely avail in Dxb and NY) 1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts  Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes.  Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl.  With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix.  Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.  Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.  Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour. note: You can freeze the unbaked cookies, and there’s no need to thaw. Preheat oven to 300°F and place frozen cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft. Video link in bio. #happybaking #doubletree #cookies #mostwanted #foodie #biscuits #eatsomemore #theTLway

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Jan 31

Poinbreaks has died + discount Makkah Ramadhaan + we do NASA + Hilton promo + TL is ticketing + TL hack guide

1. IHG Pointbreaks has died, plus more.

The once mighty IHG Pointbreaks has officially died as of 31 January 2020. What was once the hotel industry’s most economical ( un-matched and un-rivalled) promotion as 200+ hotels ( out of 4900 +) went for a redemption rate of a mere 5000 points regardless of what the normal points reward rates were per night.

Brands like Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza’s and Holiday Inn’s were usually snapped up in minutes for free at 5000 points per night at destinations like Maldives, Tahiti, Vietnam, India South America, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia and heaps of others.

Truly this promo was one of the most exiting lists every quarter. When traveloyalty.com started many years back these destination lists use to dictate which countries are next that we are going to book and score free.

Indeed we maxed it through all the premium ones, one property in Saudi Arabia in particular for over 100 nights, and at times with 2x rooms booked, all for free, 20 to 25 nights a time that came with lounge access and breakfasts.

Even if you did not have enough points you could then buy them / manufacture them for 23$ per night, IOW you could use Zar 120,000 to stay in the worlds top brands for 1 full year if you did not have the points to do it for free. Im sure you know people who spend that kind of cash on 1 single trip and get nothing back? or lets say you sold your 12 million Rand house you could stay free for 100 years around the world.

IHG started to change Pointbreaks about a year back after some months of lackluster properties being featured, made sense as Pointbreaks became so popular, remember 6 to 7 years back when hardly anyone knew of it? and they would not even sell out. Pointbreaks? say what? Patrick Swayze? would be asked (no not that one with Keanu)

Properties now had become 5k, 10k or 15k per night on the promo, but even in that too, properties and resorts were not of the premium grade many had become accustomed to.

I cant even recall when last I stayed on a Pointbreak, was it the one in Turkey’s capital or the one in Muscat? Didnt matter.

Recently I had my last 100k of IHG points (earned points, it often makes no sense to buy points as at top tier level as you earn them for free with bonuses in chunkloads), so when I got a hold of the property that I stayed at more than 100 nights they told me of many changes IHG has allready implemented on them for the negative, we knew this was coming but usually management discretion often overrides these for top tier members. Gone were the lounge access and free breakfasts, gone were the upgrades too.

I looked into the more expensive Intercontinental across the way that many have said is premium, well the only thing premium was the points per night rate at 30k ( everything else from lifts to rooms was an eye opener) never in my life have I layed out that many points for a free night, yet alone 3x. We got the upgrades and the free breakfast as top tier in this brand that the former hotel started refusing, I brought this up with them and IHG head office, who will hopefully look into this situation and remedy a new kick start soon. # watch this space

2. Discounted Ramadhaan Makkah

As usual for many years we always have a post on discounting expensive Ramadhaan, however this year we taking it a step better, we have a handful of set rooms (some quad, some triple, some with upgrades already set) highly discounted, available on a first come first served basis. Limit 1 room per client.

Email: info@traveloyalty.co.za

3. We do NASA. Rockets, astronauts, space ships, touch the moon & more.

Perhaps one of the better educational theme parks that will leave all kids (& adults) astonished, space is a mind boggling place!

We done our trip to the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando, Florida, USA, near free using miles and points, staying at Radisson near by.

Click on the link HERE to view this out of the world trip

4. Hilton Points Unlimited. Register now.

6th Jan 2020 to 3rd May 2020. This quarter’s promo rewards movers more than sitters.

Access our dedicated Hilton sales page HERE

5. Island trip offers loading:

Our discounted Maldives offers last year was a absolute hit, we sold out each and every business class seat and needed more! Even our day trip offers had more demand than supply.

While we awaiting these deals to return and as per normal structured packaged offers thats void of earning anything back that may appeal to some.

6. Our current elite client concierge offers are throwing out the below:

How to (really) do Mauritius in Flic en Flac ( premium side of island)

Note: most get caught in per person packages on the windy South or East with some extra food thrown in, be in the know when you want to perfect your travel.

7x nights Half board, Zar 57,000, That includes Business Class for 2pax

It gets better obviously, this is #theTLway after all:

With this concierge offer you can do a premium diving resort on the Red sea or an island trip to Bali for 12x nights free thereafter or just split it on both before year end? plus get fed, upgraded with the whole shebang as you often see on TL trip reviews and social media channels.

7. We are ticketing in premium only.


https://www.instagram.com/jetzetterz/

Looking for better rates on your Business Class or First Class trips? We got our concierge clients covered, just ask one of our clients in Durban, most well known in the vehicle industry who got quoted 240k for a full family Business class trip to Asia, we got it done for 170k or Johannesburg biggest wholesaler for Mauritius as per above or the ones currently taking up our Turkey offer for 14k, these come with heaps of miles often up to 300% in bonuses while most grab the R3200 offer we just posted on our Instagram that yields basically nothing back to upgrade or travel free ahead.

8. Our TL guide to travel hacking.

If you missed this series on social media here it is below, and no, it has got nothing to do with heating up soup in your room..

Multi part series on all the ways imaginable to travel hack all types of travel by all types of travelers.

Note where you are VS where you would like to be?

One things for certain as you progress further, you will NEVER EVER go back to paying full retail again. Dont count your past losses, look forward to your future blessings in savings.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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Nov 28

Never seen Maldives? now is your chance + Hotel Black Friday promo’s

1. Maldives Black Friday from R13,990 pps

Maldives Black Friday deals ends on Friday 29th November at 4pm.

Upgrade to business class for ONLY R6950 per person for return!!! -unbeatable value-

Note: Business class upgrades are sold out for 21 Dec through 4Jan flights and only available for 7th Dec and 14 Dec flights. Limited availability on a first come first paid basis.

We also have 4 and 5 star resorts with offers for all budgets and have put together the best of the best experiences in the videos below:

5 Star, Shangri La Overwater Villa

(our absolute favourite, personally rated 10/10, THE best villa ever in all our travels the globe over)

Rates for the most wanted Overwater Villa here starts at R53,990 pps

Access the experience via our YouTube channel HERE.

5 Star, Shangri La Tree House Villa

Dive in to the top of the range Tree House Villa. rates start at R59,990 pps

Access the experience via our YouTube channel HERE.

Interested in taking up the Maldives offers or for more info kindly email: info@traveloyalty.co.za

2. Hotel Black Friday promo’s

Marriott 30% off Europe click HERE.

Accor 40% off click HERE

Hilton 50% off select Far East click HERE

IHG Black Friday click HERE

There could be heaps more, check offers on the hotels respected apps or website today and tomorrow.

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Nov 19

Hilton Lifetime Diamond + Disney done for $179 +Hilton Sale + Marriott promos + Maldives lower super sale

1. Hilton Lifetime Diamond.  An Intro

Our GETTING STARTED link on the website is about to get a major overhaul with the updates of Hilton Lifetime Diamond soon to be followed by Marriott Lifetime Platinum.

The goal at the end of the decade of being an hotelier.

Coming up in 2020 we have a abundance of initial clients earning these permanent elite tiers needing no extra stays and mattress runs in the year to maintain.

Stay tuned to the link for all the benefits and perks associated with the permanent statuses + the very best of ways of maximising travels to obtain it all.

2. How we done Disney for $179!

Each year, every year since 2016 and by the looks of it 2020 has Disney plans all over it again.

That’s including business class flights, premium upgraded accommodation, 2 days of Disney tickets and transfers to and from.

Click for the video HERE.

Our 1st video on theme parks is up click the link below and read the dropdown description for the booking.

Hit the subscribe on YouTube as we have so many theme park tips and trips we are about to upload;Tip: Hong Kong hotels currently have sales that I have never seen prior, possibly due to the unrest and hotels being affected. The cash rates and incentives in them might be better to use than booking free on points at some hotels. WE have been through them all, from the new St. Regis to Renaissance to Ocean park as well. If scouring travel is in your passion, mail me for info on our concierge offers so you may reap the perks the TL way.

Here’s a booking link Marriott’s offers: HERE.

3. Hilton EMEA Winter Sale. Up to 30% off

Some hotels are not showing sale rates as yet, take note sale starts 19 November for stays from 22 November.

November 22nd, 2019 – August 31st, 2020. Book by January 28th, 2020.

Access our dedicated Hilton Honors sales page HERE.

4. Hilton buy points with up to 100% bonus

Ends Nov 26th 2019.

Access our dedicated Hilton Honors sales page HERE.

5. Marriott buy points with 30% off.

Don’t miss out: Save 30% on purchases of 2,000+ points through December 22nd, 2019.

Plus, targeted,double your limit. The annual maximum for purchased points will be raised from 50,000 points to 100,000 points.

50,000 points are $437.50 with the discount of 30% ( usually $625)

Tip: Using Marriott points is a great way to transfer to airlines as they offer a 25% bonus uniquely. ie: 60k points = 25k miles. Great for that upgrading that next medium to long haul you booked in economy.

Access the offer HERE

6. Marriott Unlock more

Stay twice. Get 2,000 bonus points. Then unlock your next offer.

Register by December 31, 2019.

Stay twice to earn 2,000 bonus points.

Two to three days after your second qualifying stay has been posted, you’ll automatically unlock an additional offer with Unlock More. Your additional offer will appear in your online member account and you’ll receive an email with offer details.

Choose from more than 7,000 participating hotels and resorts worldwide between October 29, 2019, and January 14, 2020.

Access the offer HERE

7. Maldives  super sale with lower rates.

Summer is upon us, take up our limited, high in demand offers to the most wanted bucketlist destination of them all, The Maldives Islands.

Starting prices are from R15,990 pps with return flights now available from 7th December 2019, includes 7x nights 3 star accommodation+ breakfast with all taxes and transfers, see the offer HERE.

Upgrade to business class for ONLY R6950 per person !!! -unbeatable value-

We also have 4 and 5 star resorts with offers for all budgets and have put together the best of the best experiences in the videos below:

5 Star, Shangri La Overwater Villa

(our absolute favourite, personally rated 10/10, THE best villa ever in all our travels the globe over)

Rates for the most wanted Overwater Villa here starts at R53,990 pps

Access the experience via our YouTube channel HERE.

5 Star, Shangri La Tree House Villa

Dive in to the top of the range Tree House Villa. rates start at R59,990 pps

Access the experience via our YouTube channel HERE.

Interested in taking up the Maldives offers or for more info kindly email: info@traveloyalty.co.za

UP TO 30% OFF, BREAKFAST AND 500 EXTRA REWARDS POINTS*

BOOK THIS OFFER FROM 20/10/19 TO 01/03/20

FOR STAYS FROM 01/11/19 UNTIL 31/03/20

Access the offer HERE.

7. Accor Middle East & Africa. 30% off

UP TO 30% OFF, BREAKFAST AND 500 EXTRA REWARDS POINTS*

BOOK THIS OFFER FROM 20/10/19 TO 01/03/20

FOR STAYS FROM 01/11/19 UNTIL 31/03/20

Access the offer HERE.

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Oct 28

Maldives super sale + TL concierge offers to 2022 + IHG Pointbreaks + promos

1. Maldives on super sale.

Summer is upon us, take up our limited, high in demand offers to the most wanted bucketlist destination of them all, The Maldives Islands.

Starting prices are from R16,990 pps with return flights as early as the end of November 2019, includes 7x nights 3 star accommodation+ breakfast with all taxes and transfers, see the offer HERE.

Upgrade to business class for ONLY R6950 per person !!! -unbeatable value-

We also have 4 and 5 star resorts with offers for all budgets and have put together the best of the best experiences in the videos below:

5 Star, Shangri La Overwater Villa

(our absolute favourite, personally rated 10/10, THE best villa ever in all our travels the globe over)

Rates for the most wanted Overwater Villa here starts at R53,990 pps

Access the experience via our YouTube channel HERE.

5 Star, Shangri La Tree House Villa

Dive in to the top of the range Tree House Villa. rates start at R57,990 pps

Access the experience via our YouTube channel HERE.

Interested in taking up the Maldives offers or for more info kindly email: info@traveloyalty.co.za

2. Traveloyalty Concierge offers and renewals 2020 / 2021 -2022.

Still yearning to travel #theSMARTERway as seen on our reviews and social media, join the thousands of members the world over who are not only maximising travel at a discounted investment rate but also getting the finer info in our 1 on 1 concierge that includes flight advice and prices most can only dream of. Fomo? click this: #TLfares

We have allocated 50% more slots for the coming year for those serious into wanderlusting, seen our post to New York for R7700 last week? see below to the prime time finds we have assisted members with the past weekend.

3. Biggest in Bali. 364 sqm Upgrade.

See our trip upgrade to the Presidential suite of the Conrad Bali below, how we booked via the dropdown in the YouTube:

Access the video HERE.

4. Hilton APAC sale

Book by 28 October 2019 for stays to 30 June 2020

Access the offer HERE.

5. IHG – Up to 4x points

Register and book by 15 December 2019 for stays to 31 January 2020. These should blend perfectly with the other ongoing promos.

Access the offer HERE.

6. IHG Pointbreaks, Valid to Jan 31st 2020

Rooms from only 5000 or 10,000 or 15000 points per night.
For the FULL list and to Book click  HERE. 
IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group), the worlds largest 2nd largest hotel and loyalty programme has released a full hotel list for booking.

If you are un-familiar on how to stay for free at top end Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza Hotels kindly read on:

What is Pointbreaks ?

Pointbreaks is the hotel industry’s most economical ( un-matched and un-rivalled) promotion as +200 hotels ( out of 4900 +) are available for the redemption of a mere 5000 points ( it has now been changed to allocate better hotels at 10,000 and 15,000 points per night) regardless of what the normal points reward rate is per night.

5,000 Points Hotels

BRAZIL
Holiday Inn Express Rio Branco

TURKEY
Holiday Inn Ankara – Cukurambar
Crowne Plaza Istanbul – Harbiye

ANHUI, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Hefei Shushan

FUJIAN, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Xiamen Lushan

HUBEI, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Yichang Riverside

JIANGSU, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Kunshan Huaqiao
Holiday Inn Express Liyang Huafu

SHANDONG, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Linyi Riverside

ZHEJIANG, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Express Hangzhou Binjiang

10,000 Points Hotels

ONTARIO, CANADA
Holiday Inn Mississauga Toronto West
Holiday Inn Ottawa Dwtn – Parliament Hill

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO
Holiday Inn Express Mexico Basilica

COAHUILA, MEXICO
Staybridge Suites Saltillo

VERACRUZ, MEXICO
Hotel Indigo Veracruz Boca Del Rio

BRAZIL
Holiday Inn Express Farroupilha
Staybridge Suites Sao Paulo

PANAMA
Crowne Plaza Panama Airport
Crowne Plaza Panama

PERU
Holiday Inn Piura

GERMANY
Holiday Inn Express Ringsheim

POLAND
Holiday Inn Warsaw City Centre

UNITED KINGDOM
Holiday Inn Basildon
Holiday Inn Express Bridgwater
Holiday Inn Leicester – Wigston
Holiday Inn London – Heathrow Bath Road

SAUDI ARABIA
Holiday Inn Al Khobar
Holiday Inn Al Khobar – Corniche
Holiday Inn Jeddah Gateway

HONG KONG
Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon CBD2

QINGHAI, MAINLAND CHINA
Holiday Inn Xining Hot-Spring

INDIA
Holiday Inn Express Ahmedabad Prahlad Nagar
Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Whitefield ITPL
Holiday Inn Express Chennai OMR Thoraipakkam
Holiday Inn Express Gurugram Sector 50
Crowne Plaza Kochi
Holiday Inn Express Pune Pimpri
Crowne Plaza Pune City Centre

INDONESIA
Holiday Inn & Suites Jakarta Gajah Mada

JAPAN
ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose
ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima
ANA Crowne Plaza Matsuyama
ANA Crowne Plaza Narita

MALAYSIA
Holiday Inn Melaka

THAILAND
Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Soi Soonvijai
Holiday Inn ChiangMai
Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre

AUSTRALIA
Holiday Inn Parramatta
Holiday Inn Sydney St Marys
Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

NEW ZEALAND
Holiday Inn Auckland Airport
Holiday Inn Rotorua

15,000 Points Hotels

QUEBEC, CANADA
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Montreal Airport

COLOMBIA
InterContinental Cartagena De Indias

COSTA RICA
InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall

CYPRUS
Crowne Plaza Limassol

GERMANY
Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt City – Hauptbahnhof

PALESTINE
Crowne Plaza Haifa

SWITZERLAND
Crowne Plaza Geneva
Holiday Inn Zürich – Messe

TURKEY
Crowne Plaza Istanbul – Old City
Crowne Plaza Cappadocia – Nevsehir

UNITED KINGDOM
Holiday Inn Express Birmingham NEC
Holiday Inn London – Gatwick Airport
Holiday Inn Express Manchester – Salford Quays

KENYA
InterContinental Nairobi

SAUDI ARABIA
Crowne Plaza Jeddah

SOUTH AFRICA
InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City

GUANGXI, MAINLAND CHINA
Crowne Plaza Nanning City Center

SHAANXI, MAINLAND CHINA
HUALUXE Xi’an Hi-tech Zone

TAIWAN
Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park

JAPAN
ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe
ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo

AUSTRALIA
Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach-Sydney
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Holiday Inn Sydney Airport
Holiday Inn Potts Point-Sydney

NEW ZEALAND
Crowne Plaza Auckland

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Sep 30

How to (really) do Turkey + packing + doing SA FREE the loyalty way + Hilton promos + Marriott promos

1. How we pack for Turkey:

Click HERE for the Video (don’t forget to hit Subscribe)

2. How we maxed a $15,000 premium Turkey trip for just $315 pp

Click HERE for the video (don’t forget to Subscribe)


Click on the dropdown ‘show more/down arrow’ in the Youtube link above for the full description to each booking

3. Whats really good in South Africa?

We recently took a Zar 25,000 in value SA road trip for FREE using loyalty. Expiring miles = easy trip.

I suppose you can hear complaints about every country especially from media influence to its citizens, South Africa is no different, one will often hear about the Government, how poor service delivery is, prevalent crime, fuel hikes, the exchange rate that just when it starts to show signs of healing gets pummeled often by external factors etc, the list can go on but I’ll tell you what really flippen rocks on the shores of SA ( and I’m not only talking waves..)

  1. Full Service Hotels from 5k per night on points ( its going to be 4k with off peak): Marriott, the largest hotel group in the world and the largest in SA has a huge amount of decent hotels with rates as low as this, few years back when Protea was just taken over basically all were 7500 points per night. These are scattered all over SA and are great to visit city to city during a road trip. Consistently we been scoring 2bedroom suites to Presidential duplex suites. It gets a bit better, the transit hotels are a blessing on the low point rates ( vs high cash rates) for those odd time flights in and out.
  2. Car rental, ever seen how low miles are with unlimited mileage. Recently we used expiring Etihad miles, we got a Compact sedan category for a mere 2500 miles per day all incl with unlimited, promoted via Europcar on the airlines website, this with our top elite status got us upgrades to a automatic 7seater Avanza on trip one and then the most wanted / holy grail of car upgrades – a Bus catergory, Hyundai H1 for the next trip. (We love Bus category upgrades for the size and comfort, have scored it in Morocco Jan18, Turkey March18, Durban June18)
  3. Breakfasts at Nandos, just $2.50, I dont think anywhere else in the world you could get such a tasty start to you day for such a low price, great for those early flights in or out cities and airports.
  4. and yes, waves. SA is absolutely blessed with consistent and perfect surf, I cant vouch that its absolutely uncrowded but when compared to other places in the world, SA surfers are spoilt, amazingly each city on our shores are dotted with some of the best waves with the highlight being Jeffreys Bay, known to have the worlds best right hand pointbreak. I agree.

Follow recent trip posts with pics on Instgram HERE on how we maxing expiring airline miles for car rentals with upgrades to accommodation.

4. Hilton promos

25% off for 3+ nights. EMEA

Stay longer and save rate.

Requires seven (7) day advance reservations and a minimum stay of three (3) consecutive nights. Additional length of stay requirements may vary by participating hotel. No end date to this offer as yet.

and

Buy points with up to 100% bonus

Ends Oct 22nd.

Access our dedicated Hilton sales page HERE.

5. Marriott offers.

Unlock Epic Stays. APAC.

Unlock epic travel experiences in extraordinary destinations when you stay at hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific
participating in Marriott Bonvoy™.
Book by March 31, 2020 and stay 2+ nights before July 31, 2020 to enjoy these rewards:

DAILY HOTEL CREDIT : Approximately 15% of your room rate, to be used on accommodations, world-class dining + upgrade + 5,000 BONUS POINTS PER STAY

And

Buy points with 30% off.

Don’t miss out: Save 30% on purchases of 2,000+ points through October 18, 2019.

Plus, double your limit. The annual maximum for purchased points will be raised from 50,000 points to 100,000 points between September 14 and October 18.

50,000 points are $437.50 with the discount of 30% ( usually $625)

Access our dedicated Marriott sales page HERE.

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