Waldorf Astoria Maldives King Beach Villa with Pool on Points 2019

Waldorf Astoria Maldives King Beach Villa with Pool Booked on Points 2019

Ask just about anyone to describe their dream destination, First Word – Maldives!

Today we look at the New Waldorf Astoria Maldives Resort Ithaafushi Island, South Male Atoll in the Indian Ocean & How we booked the amazing King Beach Villa with Pool all on Points.

Staying in the Maldives is as glamorous as it gets. Think white fluffy sands, think turquoise warm lagoons, think ultra-luxurious 5 Star accommodation & dining. You have just found why the Maldives appeal is up their on most people’s “Bucket List” of places to stay in the world.

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Opening

Waldorf Astoria maldivesOn the 1st July 2019, the highly anticipated grand opening of the Maldives newest high-end, 5 Star Resort opens its doors to the public.

The Waldorf Astoria formerly known as The Waldorf-Astoria Collection, is part of the Hilton’s worldwide luxury hotel and resort portfolio.

The Waldorf Astoria offers the highest standards of facilities and service throughout the world and is the “Flag Ship” brand of Hilton worldwide.

The resort consists of a total of 122 beach villas, reef villas and overwater villas all with their own private swimming pools spanning across three private islands.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives opening

With 11 specialty dining venues and bars including a treetop restaurant & a world-class lifestyle spa and wellness sanctuary. A countless number of watersports activities, the
Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park which is a water recreation area and exciting activities for kids plus a Romantic wedding pavilion.

Getting there..

The resorts nearest airport is Male International (Velana International Airport) served by most of the leading airlines in the world.

Being approximately only 30 minutes from Male airport, the Waldorf Astoria have confirmed transfers to and from the resort will be by a luxury yacht accessible 24 hours a day according to information received.

Update 15/05/19 – Pictures are now showing up on the internet of the Luxury yacht as below:

Waldorf Astoria Maldives transfer yacht

“Upon entering the airport arrivals hall, you will be met by a member of the resort Concierge team who will accompany you to your yacht transfer and assist you in all aspects of your arrival. The Concierge team will also provide this service upon departure at the end of your stay”.

A shared transfer on the resort’s private yacht is charged at US$350 + taxes and service per person, per way. It’s still yet to be confirmed if customers staying at the resort will be granted complimentary access to any lounge like the Conrad Lounge at Male Airport.

Room Award Availability

Maldives Beach Villa with pool

From February 2019, the resorts website started to display cash price’s per night for all accommodations. However, there were still no information listed officially if the resort would even be allowing award availability using Hilton honor points at this stage.

The highest award category points per night was usually 95,000 Hilton Honors before the Waldorf Astoria raised the total of points required to stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool to 120,000 HH points per night. 

However, people who have already booked have been able to use the “Free Weekend Night” certificates earned via Credit Card offers against bookings which represent amazing savings in Hilton honor points or incredible cash savings on room bookings.

Also Hilton honors Silver / Gold or Diamond members receive “One free night for every five nights” booked + Hilton Gold / Diamond members also receive free Breakfasts on all stays.


We did not have a Hilton “Free Weekend Night” certificate, but one of us luckily was a Hilton Gold member. Our total Hilton honor points required for our 7 nights stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool came to a total of 720,000 HH points + $84.00 in resort taxes.

120,000 HH Points per night x 7 = 840,000 minus One night Free for being a Hilton Gold Member = 720,000 Hilton honor points.

These 720,000 HH points represent an approximate value against paying cash for a King Beach Villa with Pool in March of $12,215.00 (standard room rate) + 23.2% in taxes = $2833  – final total cost saving $15,048.00.

The King Beach Villa with Pool

Waldorf astoria Maldives king Beach Villa with pool

The King Beach Villa with Pool is super luxurious Accommodation featuring a seperate living space, bathroom, internal & external showers, private garden & terrace including your own pool.

Each King Beach Villa is approximately 234 square meters of space, featuring luxury furnishings, bedding and facilities.

In your terrace area with pool, you also get a hammock strung between two Palm trees, deck Sun lounger and canopy then leading onto the beach in front of your beach villa. Within a minutes walk from your beach Sun lounger, your back in your Beach Villa.

Swim in the shallow, Crystal clear warm waters of the Maldives.

With a 65 inch Television, Free Wi-Fi, Refrigerator , Coffee Machine with supplies replenished everyday.

The King Beach Villa with Pool Accommodation is suitable for up to two adults & two Children.

How we collected the Hilton Points…

Firstly, we did have a bit of a head start on our collection of Hilton honor points as a result from our previous stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

Due to us being Hilton Diamond members, our Conrad Maldives stay all on Points resulted in Hilton crediting back to our accounts over 190k HH Points for free. Hilton status members receive a certain percentage of points back on stays when using points for all bookings. 


With Diamond elite status, you automatically receive a 100% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.

Hilton Honors member tier

We both then signed up to the American express Gold Card which enabled us to earn 25,000 Amex Reward points each. This included being referred to the American express preferred rewards card which provided us 22,000 Amex Reward points instead of 20,000

Amex Gold referral

We both then took out free supplementary Amex Gold Cards on both accounts providing us an additional 3,000 MR Points each. 

22,000 Amex Gold Card Sign up Bonus + 3,000 Amex MR Bonus for each Supplementary Card per account.

Total Amex Membership Reward Points = 50,000 MR Points. 

American express Reward Points transfer over to Hilton honor accounts at a rate of 2:1 so a total of 100,000 Hilton honor points.

Unfortunately, American Express very recently have reduced the Amex Gold Card Sign up Bonus to 10,000 Membership Reward Points but if you “Contact Us” we can get you an additional Bonus of 2,000 MR Points so a total of 12,000 Amex Reward Points + 3,000 points for your first supplementary card = 15,000 MR Points all for Free.

If you would like to earn the equivalent of 30,000 Hilton honor Points for free like we did each, Click here >CONTACT US< and we will send you all the details.

Buying Hilton Points offer

honor points bonus promotion


Recently, Hilton have been promoting an amazing deal open to all Hilton honor members. To be able to take advantage of this great offer, you will need to sign up to the Hilton honor membership scheme by clicking here: https://www.hilton.com/en/hilton-honors/

This offer includes the benefit of buying Hilton Points whilst attracting up to a 100% Bonus on all point purchases. 

The Hilton bonus point offer runs until 28th May, 2019

  • Registered members of the Hilton honours loyalty scheme will earn 100% Bonus Points on all purchases of points starting at 5000 points.
  • An additional 100% Bonus Points will be awarded for every purchase of points up to a maximum of 80,000 points per member, per calendar year.
  • Points will be credited to members accounts within 24 hours from purchase.
  • Hilton reserve the right to withdraw the promotion at any time.

Hilton allow all members to purchase up to 80,000 HH Points per calendar year. Using the bonus point offer you will receive an additional 80,000 HH  Points on a purchase of the maximum yearly allowance 80,000 + 80,000 = 160,000 Hilton honor points.

We took advantage of our full years allowance by utilising this offer so we purchased 80,000 HH Points each resulting in a total of 320,000 Hilton honor points.

This cost us $800 x 2 = $1600.00 in total which gave us 320,000 HH Points.

 We used our points to redeem against 2 x nights + 80,000 HH Points left over or another 2/3rds of another night at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives = 2 nights + 2/3 of a night. 

When you look at the value we achieved by purchasing those points in this latest Promotion, you can see why we jumped on this deal as soon as it turned up in our inbox.

To purchase 2 nights + 2/3rds of a night would cost in cash to pay for the King Beach Villa with Pool – $4661.70, by utilising this Hilton buy Points offer cost us $1600 representing a saving of $3061.70. 

If your thinking of booking the Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives for as cheap as possible, we would strongly recommend buying your full yearly allowance each.

We have provided the link to the offer here – Hilton Buy Points  

At this stage by utilising the Amex Gold Card Sign up Bonus Points offers and the latest Hilton buy points offer, we were sitting at 610,000 Hilton honor points, only 110,000 HH Points left to collect.

We made up the remaining points by using some Virgin Atlantic Miles transferred over to Hilton which transfers over at a rate of 2:3 and two Amex Gold Card 10,000 MR Points anniversary bonus points each.

The Amex anniversary bonus points transferred over to Hilton bagged us 40,000 HH Points. 

Waldorf astoria maldives accomodation

Our Verdict / Recommendations

By following the methods we used, we were able to collect all the Hilton Honor points required to stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool. You can also save yourself thousands against the cash purchase prices at the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi Maldives.

In total, a 7 Night stay in the King Beach Villa with Pool cost us only $1684.00 against the cash purchase cost – $15,048.00

That represents a total cash saving of $13,364.00

Our recommendations would be to sign up to our Newsletter to ensure you receive to your inbox any new Hilton Bonus Point offers. 

Take out the American Express Gold Card to bag the 30,000 Hilton Honor points for free each via our link we can send to you, if you “Contact Us”.

Also, if you will need to acquire Hilton Gold Status to bag the “One Free Night for every Five nights” booked which also will provide you with Free Breakfasts at this resort for all persons staying in your accommodation (Estimated Value $100 each per day).

We can send you details, if you make contact with us using the link in our Home Page Menu how to get Hilton Gold Status very easily without even needing to step foot in a Hotel.

We have proved in this article that anyone is able to stay in ultra-luxurious, 5 Star accommodation in one of the worlds most sought after locations on a budget. 

Read how we booked our Business Class flights from London to Male Maldives airport on two of the best airlines in the world on Points & low taxes & saved ourselves £11,702.04.

Click Here > Book Qatar / Etihad Business Class on Points.

We hope you have learnt today by reading our review how to book 5 Star Maldives Resorts on a Budget using Points. If you have any questions or want to ask anything, please feel free to leave a comment below.


How to Use AAdvantage Miles to book Qatar / Etihad Business & First Class 2019

How to Use AAdvantage Miles to Book Qatar / Etihad Business & First Class Flights 2019

Today, we look at How to use American airlines AAdvantage Miles to book Partner airline flights like Qatar / Etihad Business & First Class using the minimal amount of points & taxes. In this article we research in detail the process of booking Premium class routes using AAdvantage miles,  Tips & Tricks and the Pitfalls of the AA Search availability tool. 

airways-A380 business class

Book Qatar & Etihad Business / First Class using AAdvantage Points

Firstly, if you’ve found this page and not started collecting American airlines AAdvantage  miles yet, we have written another post on how to collect large amounts of AAdvantage Miles fast by clicking here – Collect AA Miles 

American airlines AAdvantage frequent flyer miles scheme is open to anyone to join, even if you never fly AA.

American airlines is part of the largest alliance in the world called the OneWorld alliance which includes airlines such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines & SriLankan Airlines. 

Being part of such a large alliance certainly has its benefits, especially when it comes to collecting & spending loyalty miles on other alliance airlines.

Today we will centre our attention on redeeming AA miles on Qatar & Etihad airlines. If your not already aware, Qatar & Etihad have some of the best Business or First Class products out there.

Qatar have recently launched the amazing Q-Suite Business product below.

Qatar Q Suite Business Class
Qatar Q-Suite Business Class

Or the outstanding Etihad First Class apartment below…

Etihad A380 First Class Apartment
Etihad A380 First Class Apartment

Both these amazing products sell for anything between £4000 – £8000 return. However, these same seats can be booked in the business class product for as little as 85k AA points return depending on your departure & destination points or 125k in First Class return per person. 

Below, we have attached the AAdvantage miles redemption chart.

AAdvantage Miles chart

We have just booked Qatar in Business Class from London to the Maldives for 42.5k AA miles each, one way. The cash ticket price for this one way fare was £6228.04 for a total of 85k AA miles plus £452.00 in taxes.

The taxes are higher flying from the U.K due to the APD charges but are compensated by considerably lower taxes on a return journey. 

Unfortunately the Qatar A350 flight with Q-Suites installed from London was not available on our chosen dates so we booked Business Class on the A380 instead, seat pictures below.

Did we forget to mention the bar area with the “help yourself to £100 a bottle of Champagne”….

Qatar a380 bar area

Just a little bit better than British airways Club World…

We managed to accumulate 85k AA miles through the Amex SPG Credit Card bonuses for the both of us and other routes as covered in our previous article.

How to Book Qatar / Etihad using AAdvantage Points

Once you have signed into your AAdvantage account, simply use the search flights facility on the home page making sure you check the Redeem Miles box.

AA home page redeem miles


You will then be served on the following page the option to select which flight class you require, Economy / Business or First Class. 

This page also displays the amount of AAdvantage Miles required in each class of seat. 



As you can see above, one way from London to Doha is 42.5k AA miles per person in Business Class, this is the same amount of miles to fly on two legs from London to the Maldives stopping to change planes in Doha. 

Now you click on Continue to be served on the following page a list of results of flights on your chosen date and class of cabin as below.


AA redemption results


We used this process and successfully booked our flight from London Heathrow to Male airport in the Maldives in Business Class on the A380 / A330.

When you book your flights on partner airlines using your AAdvantage account, you do receive an email confirmation of your booking but it’s not guaranteed at that point.

AA reserve your booking issuing what they call a “Certificate” but have to wait for the partner airline to confirm the booking. This process can take up to 24 hours to be confirmed by the partner airline, your AA account will display your booking as “On request” at this stage.

AA redemption on request

When your flights have been confirmed by the partner airline, the status in your account automatically changes to “Ticketed” and you will receive an updated email confirmation.

Only when you see that your flights are Ticketed is when your flights are booked and confirmed.

After 24 hours our booking was still not “Ticketed” and still stating “On Request” in our account and no confirmation booking email received. If you find yourself in this situation you need to do call AA Customer Services.

In reality anything that goes wrong in connection with your booking can make it not process correctly to Ticketed. In our case, something went wrong with our payment for the taxes by credit card even though no restrictions were placed on our card and all the correct details were entered at the payment screen.

These errors are not common and another IT issue for customers to deal with. In theory this could ultimately result in your flight not being booked. If you have any concerns just simply pick up the phone Customer Services like we did, the payment was taken again over the phone and within 10 minutes our flights were Ticketed and confirmed.

Now for our Return Journey (The Pitfalls of AA Redemptions)

With over 20 x results displayed in front of us for our requested Return Flights from the Maldives Male airport to London Heathrow, we thought this was going to be a Breeze with so many flight results.

What we didn’t know at the time of searching availability using the AA site were that the results displayed, isn’t all it seems…

It appears there maybe an IT issue connected to the displayed results, this is what has been named as the AA award availability “Phantom Listings“. Phantom listings on the AA site are flights displayed as available, when in fact they are not.

Even if you wait until 12.00am on the earliest available date, 330 days out from your preferred dates of flying, seat awards may still not be available as we discovered. When we clicked on the displayed results, each one came back as not available.

Now we were getting a bit nervous, will we be able to get a return flight?

How to find availability on AA using other airline search facilities

There are various ways of checking the real availability of flights using American airlines AAdvantage miles.

British airways Executive Club

These include using the British airways Executive Club account and searching availability through that account instead. The British airways results displayed for your chosen dates are actually available and can be booked.

If you come across availability on the BA account site but not showing as available through your AAdvantage account, you will need to call the AA reservations line quoting the Qatar flight numbers and times. AA Customer Services will be able to book your flights over the phone for you. 

Qantas Site Search Facility

Using exactly the same process as the British airways executive club account search, you can use the Qantas site to search availability as both airlines are in the OneWorld alliance and serve up the same availability.

You will need to be members of both accounts before you can search availability, both airline accounts are free to join.

Unfortunately, even after using the AAdvantage site search, British airways executive club and the Qantas site search facilities, our return flights required were not available on Qatar airlines unless we choose a flight consisting of 30 x hours with a day stop over in Doha.

How did we book our return flights using AAdvantage miles?

This is when other airlines within one alliance like Oneworld can save the day.

Our initial plan included using Qatar for our return flights as it was easy to just click a few buttons in our AAdvantage account and all our flights would be booked.

This wasn’t to be, so now onto “Plan B”…

We searched for our flights again but this time using a generic flight search tool like Google flights. Making a mental note of other alliance partner airlines, we discovered that Etihad also flew from MLE to LHR up to three times per day.

Plugging in our flight requirements into the Etihad Guest site, we were looking for availability using Etihad points. You need to navigate to the main Etihad site but look for the link to Etihad Guest. You do not need to be logged in to view availability of Etihad flights.

We were looking for availability on our chosen dates under “Guest Business“. Guest Business is the terminology for Business award flights availability using Etihad points. Availability was wide open on our preferred date with the first flight of the day being 5 hours less in flight duration.

Unfortunately, you cannot book Etihad award flights within your AAdvantage online account so you need to call the American airlines Reservation line to book using Etihad award availability flights.

I have read many comments online that you need to call the Reservations lines outside of your country to book AA award flights on Etihad airlines. We found just calling the U.K American airlines reservation line, details found here –  to absolutely work fine, our agent knew how to book all partner airline flights.

You need to have all the flight details, dates & times and the Etihad flight numbers to hand when calling the reservations line. After about 5 minutes, our return flights on Etihad were all booked.

One point to note if you book Etihad flights over the phone with AA, ensure you receive the Etihad Reservation reference from the booking agent. You will need this reservation reference to locate your bookings in the Etihad site enabling you to select your seats. 

Just another slight issue we faced..

When we logged into the Etihad site and entered our reservation number, we were only able to select seats for the person who booked the fare. After numerous attempts to select my wife’s seats I decided to call the Etihad Customer services line, they quickly reserved our seats on all flights so we were seated together on both legs.

Etihad a380 business suite seats
Etihad A380 Business Suite Seats


The result was booked flights on the Etihad A388 / A380 in Business Class which would have cost £5492 all for 85k AA miles plus £113.80 in taxes.

Total cash price for all flights for 2 x persons – £11,702.04 

Our Verdict / Recommendations

Update: You can now book Etihad Business & First flights through the AAdvantage website instead of needing to call up an AA agent to book.

Apart from the few issues we experienced along the way, the final result was a series of amazing business class flights on some of the best airlines in the world. 

The total price for our outgoing and incoming flights would have cost us in cash £11,720.04 which in reality cost us only 170k AAdvantage Miles + £565.80 in taxes.

All this for 170k AAdvantage miles which can easily be achieved by taking out two SPG Amex Credit cards and utilising other routes to collect AA miles we have highlighted in our previous article.

If you fancy Business / First class flights on some of the world’s most luxurious flights using minimal amount of points and small amount of taxes, simply follow our step by step guide in this article.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment and we will always reply.

How to collect AAdvantage Miles to Book Partner Airline Flights 2019

How to collect AAdvantage Miles to Book Partner Airline Flights 2019

If your planning to use American airlines AAdvantage miles to book flights on various Oneworld alliance partners such as Qatar / Etihad, then this article will highlight for you the Tips needed to collect enough miles to book Business / First Class Flights using only miles and minimal taxes. We look at all the current ways available to collect large amounts of AA miles in the U.K.

Qatar Q Suite Business Class
Qatar Q-Suite Business Class

How to collect AAdvantage Miles in the U.K.

For most based in the U.K, there are a few limited routes to collect AA miles in comparison to residents in the U.S.

However, with a few Tips here you can collect enough miles to redeem on various American airline partners in the OneWorld alliance. These partners include Qatar, British airways & Qantas & Etihad amongst many others.

So how do you collect enough AAdvantage miles to redeem on Partner airlines in Business or even First Class?

The quickest & easiest route we found to collect large amounts of points which can be transferred to AAdvantage are through the American Express SPG Starwood credit card.

Spg amex referral bonus

As an introductory bonus, the Amex SPG card in the U.K offers all new applicants a very generous 30,000 points bonus when you spend £1,000 in the first three months of Cardmembership. 30,000 SPG points can be transferred to American airlines AAdvantage loyalty scheme at a rate of 1:1. 

SPG (Starwood) have now merged with Marriott but the SPG Amex card still exists in the U.K for time being but could be withdrawn at any time.

We can go one better and provide you an increased rate of SPG points when you take out the American Express credit card by CONTACTING US using the link in our Menu first & we will send you by email all the details required. This increased bonus rate offers all new applicants 10% extra bonus points – 33,000 SPG points instead.

You could also take out the American Express Gold Credit Card, Our Review found by clicking here – American Express Gold Credit Card. If you’re a new applicant to the Gold Card you will receive 22,000 MR Points transferable to Marriott Bonvoy which can be transferred onto AAdvantage by “Contacting Us” also.

You only need 42,500 SPG points converted to AAdvantage to enable you to fly with a partner one way in Business Class to locations such as the Maldives. That would only leave you to collect another 9500 SPG points to bag those Qatar / Etihad Business Class flights to an exotic location by simply taking out a credit card & spending £1000 in three months.

Once your referred by us to the SPG American express card, you can take out another SPG Amex card for your partner doubling your SPG points to 66,000 points. That is enough points to fly Business Class one way & have enough points left over by nearly 50% needed for the return flights. 

Crediting OneWorld Flight Miles to AAdvantage

oneworld alliance partner airlines

When you fly on most airlines, you will earn loyalty points / miles which can usually be transferred to or used against another airline within the same alliance.

If you fly on any airline within the OneWorld alliance, you can credit your miles earnt by flying on a cash paid ticket to American Airlines.

Other airlines within the OneWorld alliance include British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines & SriLankan Airlines. 

Most of the Oneworld alliance airlines make it easy to credit your miles during the booking process to another partner airline. All you need to do is look for the partner section within your booking account & enter your chosen alliance members account number and you will earn the miles credited to your chosen alliance partner.

Unfortunately, on some rare occasions the miles may not automatically credit to your chosen alliance member so its best practice to double-check your reservation a few days after you have completed your flight. This will ensure your miles have credited to the correct alliance partner. 

On some occasions,  if you do not see your miles credit to the other alliance member all you will need to do is contact your airlines Customer Service department who should be able to resolve any issues.

Transferring Hotel Points to AAdvantage

American airlines allow various Hotel Points to be credited to your AAdvantage account. If you do not have any plans for your hotel points then crediting these to your AAdvantage account can help build your miles balance faster towards those Business / First class flights.


Best Western Hotels & Resorts

5,000 Best Western Rewards® points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles

Choice Hotels

5,000 Choice Privileges® points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles

Hilton Honors

10,000 Hilton Honors points = 1,500 AAdvantage miles

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

5,000 World of Hyatt points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles

InterContinental Hotels Group

10,000 IHG Rewards Club points = 2,000 AAdvantage miles

Marriott Bonvoy

30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 10,000 AAdvantage miles

60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 20,000 AAdvantage miles

90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 30,000 AAdvantage miles

For every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points converted within the same transaction, you’ll earn 5,000 bonus AAdvantage Miles.

Radisson Hotel Group

2,000 Radisson Rewards Points = 200 AAdvantage miles

10,000 Radisson Rewards Points = 1,000 AAdvantage miles

50,000 Radisson Rewards Points = 5,000 AAdvantage miles

100,000 Radisson Rewards Points = 10,000 AAdvantage miles

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

6,000 Wyndham Rewards points = 1,200 AAdvantage miles

16,000 Wyndham Rewards points = 3,200 AAdvantage miles

30,000 Wyndham Rewards points = 6,000 AAdvantage miles

Purchasing AA Miles

American airlines allow all account holders to purchase Miles with no restrictions on what those Mile’s can be used for.

To purchase AA Miles, click on this link provided – https://buymiles.americanairlines.com/en/buygift?c=AAC_AADVEARN_EN,US_BUY

Credit Points from Car Rentals to AA

American airlines allow all account holders to credit car rental points earnt from the companies below:

Avis , Budget, Payless, Alamo, National, Dollar ,Hertz, Thrifty, Carmel, Europcar, Sixt, GroundLink, SuperShuttle.

E-Rewards Survey Company

Erewards aa milesE-Rewards are a survey company who work for major corporations to conduct market research on behalf of their clients. 

You will need to sign up via an email invitation received from one of the many airline / Hotel Partners of E-Rewards. 

Once your signed up, You will receive regular surveys to complete which can be redeemed for AA miles at a maximum of 2000 AAdvantage miles per month. 

To ensure you receive a better chance of receiving an invitation to join E-Rewards, we would strongly recommend joining most of the airline / Hotel corporations out there and ensuring your accounts are set to receive Marketing communications.

Award Wallet Daily Blog Comments

Awardwallet aa miles Award Wallet is a fantastic product which keeps all your Airline / Hotel loyalty accounts in one place.

The benefits of joining Award Wallet means at the touch of a button you can view all your account balances in one place and monitor increases / decreases in your current balances. 

You can join Award Wallet for Free which will provide you access via desktop or download their app available for either Apple or Android products. 

Once your signed up to Award Wallet you can comment on their daily blog which covers a multitude of various hotel or airline award schemes or current credit card offers. 

You will receive 5 x AAdvantage Miles For free everyday just for leaving your comment on that days Blog article. 

American airlines AAdvantage eShopping Portal

American airlines AAdvantage scheme also host a shopping portal called the eshopping site. The eshopping portal works on the same basis as a cashback site but instead of earning money back on your purchases you will earn AA miles instead.

The eShopping portal regularly run bonus point offers for various companies. These bonus point offers can work in your favour if you trying to collect large amounts of AA Miles. Bookmark the link below to ensure you can view all the latest bonus point offers from the eShopping portal.


Verdict / Recommendations

Through the various routes highlighted above in this article, you can easily collect enough AAdvantage miles to be redeemed against Business or even First Class flights on one of their partner airlines.

The easiest & quickest way to collect large amounts of AA miles would be through taking out the SPG Amex or Amex Gold Credit cards and taking advantage of their generous introductory bonuses. The Amex Gold Card also enables account holders to take out a supplementary card on their account earning an additional 3000 MR Points. This makes a total introductory bonus points total of 25000 MR Points if we refer you by Contacting Us first.

Using AAdvantage miles to redeem against partner airlines is amazing value and the taxes are minimal to pay saving you potentially thousands towards cash paid tickets.

To find out how to book Partner airlines like Etihad or Qatar airlines using AA miles, click here for our full Review by clicking here – Book using AA Miles.

If you know of any other routes in the U.K to collect AAdvantage miles, please feel free to leave your comments below or if you have any questions.

1200 Bonus Avios Points – £24.95 McAfee Virus Protection

1200 Bonus Avios Points – £24.95 McAfee Virus Protection

And again, we bring you another cracking deal from the British airways e-store via their regular bonus avios point offers, just remember you saw it here first!

Todays bonus offer includes 1200 points for purchasing McAfee Virus Protection for your PC / Laptop or Tablet / Smartphones.

You earn with this offer 50 x Avios Points per £1.00 spent on any McAfee products. The original McAfee offer Was 25 Avios per £1.00 spent and the bonus point offers expires 22/04/2019.

The BA Avios e-Store – How it works

The British airways Avios e-Store is a shopping site platform provided by British airways which can be found by signing into your BA executive account under more ways to earn points.

You will need to have signed up to a  British airways executive club before you can join and access the BA Avios eStore site. 

The British airways e-Store provides customers a way to Shop online and collect Avios points instead of cash back for every £1.00 you spend on a wide selection of brands at over 800 retailers.

It works the same way as a Cashback site does like Topcashback or Quidco, but instead of earning cash back from your purchases you earn Avios Points instead.

Earning avios points via the BA Avios e-Store, especially when retailers offer generous bonus avios point offers can be very lucrative for your avios balance.

If you consider the fact that British airways sell avios points on their website to account holders at a rate of 1000 x avios points for £31.00 currently, you can now see the benefit in making purchases via the BA e-Store for everyday items you probably would have bought elsewhere earning nothing in return.

McAfee Virus Protection

The McAfee virus protection packages are Compatible with Windows / MacOS / iOS / Android, provides PC protection Keeping your files secure and your PC safe online. 

All packages also come with a Product key card and includes Full versions of protection. 

Product Overview: 

Comprehensive protection for up to five PC’s, Mac, smartphone or tablet devices 
Special services for each device type 
Easy to manage your devices with True Key Identity Manager 
Protect your home and family networks 
Security console and support included for peace of mind 

Comprehensive protection

McAfee Internet Security protects up to five of your devices, such as a PC, Mac, smartphone, or tablet for a whole year. It’s a great way to ensure you avoid viruses, malware, spyware, and other online hazards. Protect your data and make browsing the internet safer for you and your family.

Special services

For Windows devices, this McAfee software blocks viruses, malware, ransomware, spyware, unwanted programs, and more. Enjoy the protection of a firewall with web safety, anti-spam, and parental controls.

PC optimisation tools ensure your system runs at its best at all times.

The Best Value Package – £24.95 McAfee Anti-Virus Plus

The cheapest Package we could find on the McAfee website was for purchasing the McAfee Anti virus plus avios offerMcAfee Anti-Virus Plus package priced at £24.95. This package alongside other packages are all currently 50% off normal retail price so in itself is a bargain.

The cheapest package includes a full year of protection including:

  • PC award winning anti-virus protection
  • Home network protection
  • McAfee WebAdvisor
  • PC optimisation tools
  • Apple iMac protection
  • iOS phone and tablet
  • Android phone tablet
  • Social media guard

This package is digitally delivered via email and you will not receive any physical products delivered to your door.


Other McAfee products are also available under the same offer such as Total Protection & Internet Package protection with 50% off at the moment.

There is also the best protection package called Live Safe but this product does not fall within the 50% off promotion, this is £89.99. 

What is 1200 x Avios Points Worth?

Avios offerThe whole “what is an avios point worth” discussion topic in the Airline / Hotel loyalty point arena is very subjective. One person may value 1 x avios point higher than another person depending on what they are using their avios points.

As a general rule, most people place a value of 1p per 1 x avios point. If you use the average value most people place on one point, the bonus offer points would be worth £12.00 making the McAfee anti-virus plus package costing you only £12.95.

Remember that the only regular way to purchase avios points is through British airways in your executive account at a cost of £31.00 per 1000 x avios points, you can now see the value in these bonus point offers when you do the calculations.

One advantage using points over cash for purchasing flights can be in Peak seasons like School holidays. Typically, like all flights and resorts on School holiday times the prices are usually hiked up.

However, if you use Avios Points against a “Peak Time” flight you will require only a small amount more points against a massive cash hike for a paid ticket. You may also find availability using avios against a sold out fare route. 

Opinion / Recommendations 

As explained above, avios points certainly do have their benefits against cash paid tickets in certain circumstances.

The tricky part can be finding enough bonus point deals to redeem against a Business or First Class flight.

To pay £24.95 for a market leading anti-virus protection on a 50% off promotion and receive a stack load of free points, what’s to complain about?

When a decent bonus offer comes along we would recommend to jump on them as soon as possible as some offers are pulled before the original expiry date if popular. 

Please remember to always check prices elsewhere of any products or services you may see on bonus offers first as you may find them cheaper elsewhere reducing their value. It has been known for the price of items whilst on bonus offers to be hiked up in general.

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The Concorde Experience – Brooklands Museum Review 2019

The Concorde Experience – Brooklands Museum Review 2019

Concorde, the Supersonic passenger airliner which flew on the outskirts of space at twice the speed of sound, what is it like to see and feel in person the world’s fastest passenger aircraft?

Back in 2003, Concorde made its last ever flight and shortly after was retired from service. Nowadays, the only way to experience Concorde in all its glory as if you were sitting on its very last flight would be to visit one of the very few Concorde’s still in existence in the UK.

The concorde experience


Concorde Speedbird One, Cleared for Take-Off…

Concorde had a maximum speed of Mach 2 or 1,354 mph at twice the speed of sound, faster than a bullet. The aircraft held seats for 92 to 128 passengers and this legendary plane first flew in 1969 but only entered into commercial passenger transportation in 1976, then continued flying for the next 27 years until retirement in October 2003.

Mostly only the elite got to fly Concorde due to its high fare prices averaging around $8000 per person, return to New york. Travelling on Concorde, you could be seated next to the latest celebrity but every passenger was treated as a V.I.P on board.

Including an a la carte dining menu and an extensive list of the very best wines in the world at the time, this was flying at its finest…

Sadly, there are no commercial aircraft in operation which fly Supersonic like Concorde did back then but you can still experience the Speedbird today in all its glory in the U.K.

How to Experience Concorde Today

There are only six real life examples of Concorde still in existence in the U.K today and one of them can be found at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey (G-BBDG).

Other locations within the UK you can see other examples of Concorde include Yeovilton, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset, Duxford, Cambridge, at the Imperial War Museum, Manchester Airport, Runway Visitor park, East Fortune, Scotland Museum of flight, Filton, Bristol at the Bristol aerospace Centre.

How to Find Brooklands Museuem

Brooklands Museum is based in Surrey on the outskirts of London. Take junction 10 off the M25 and follow signs towards Weybridge between Byfleet. You can also take the A3 London Portsmouth road. 

Brooklands Road 
KT13 0QN

01932 857831

Prices of admission

Adults – £5.00 each

Children – £3.00

Children under 5 – Free

Tickets can be purchased online or directly from the Concorde booking office in building No.1 at the Museum.

Opening / Closing Times 

The Brooklands Museum is open everyday except 24th & 24th December.

Summer – 10am – 5pm

Winter – 10am – 4pm

The Concorde Experience Tour

As we arrived at the Concorde tour entrance we were greeted by a fellow museum volunteer member who explained all the facilities and other attractions we may be interested in which we will cover later on.

Concorde boarding ticket

A complimentary Concorde boarding ticket was provided to both of us which in itself is something to cherish, a great brag to friends and family.

How many people do you know have a Concorde boarding ticket…

This in itself is worth more than the admission price in our opinion.


We were given a few more details and then directed how to follow the official route to the Concorde.

When you see the Speedbird in all its glory, it truly is an awe-inspiring experience. 

The Concorde sitting there in real life with us just looking up at its wingspan and under carriage is breathtaking. It’s kept impeccably clean and the old British airways livery brings back memories for me remembering the Speedbird soaring overhead at 11.30am when i used to live near Heathrow airport many years ago.

We were given a Pre-Flight briefing by a staff Member under Concorde which explained a few facts about the aircraft and what the 35 minute tour comprises of.

Then we made our way to the British airways branded staircase or otherwise known as airstairs as if we were about to board Concorde on a real life flight.






When at the bottom of the airstairs looking up you see off to your right the Concorde cockpit and the magnificent nose of the plane slightly angled downwards.

As we travelled up the airstairs towards the small door to the cabin you can almost think your about to board a real Concorde for a memorable journey of a lifetime. They certainly do details in the Concorde experience at Brooklands Museum extremely well.

Then with great anticipation we entered the cabin but unfortunately not greeted by British airways cabin crew staff, you can’t have everything!

For once recently, we had to turn right and not left to find our seat..

Once inside the cabin we quickly realised how small Concorde’s cabin actually was in real life. It felt inside about the same width of a standard short-haul aircraft like and a320. There were only two seats each side of a fairly narrow galleyway.

Concorde did not have different cabins like First or Business class so everyone on board sat in the same style seat and received the same treatment as everyone else aboard.

We also noticed that the ceiling of the aircraft was lower than normal commercial aircraft today.

We quickly sat down and took it all in, we were finally sitting in a real Concorde seat. There are also real Concorde seats still in existence today in the British airways Concorde room lounge at Heathrow airport accessible if you fly First Class from Heathrow or if you are a BA Gold Member.

Whilst seated you are shown a video on Concorde’s history displayed at the front of the cabin and later on they switched on the speed display boards located both sides of the cabin entrance, we were finally at Mach 2, twice the speed of sound.

To be fair, Concorde seats were comfy but felt smaller than a modern commercial aircraft seat today and the aisle looked narrower in width. The aircraft was designed to maximise space during production.

It must have been interesting if someone wanted to use the toilets whilst the cabin crew service was underway.

We sat in Seats located just above the enormous wings, what a view..

After the video presentation you are allowed to explore the entire aircraft at your leisure.

We sat in our seats for a short while looking at everything a passenger would have experienced in a real flight, then we decided to take a look up the front.

The toilets were small but compact and looked well designed with a small decorative flower in a vase. We believe the flower in British airways toilets used to be standard on Concorde and other Business / First Class flights on British Airways.

Then onto the Cockpit which also was very compact but impressive. The pilot’s door is left open and you can literally touch the controls and look out of the cockpits Windows as if you were the pilot’s in flight. To be in control of such an amazing aircraft must of been out of this world.



Before we knew it, it was time to leave the magnificent bird of the sky. It made us feel that its such a shame that Concorde had to be retired from service and made me wonder how many Avios Points would have it taken to fly in the cabin just once in my lifetime. I have read that some people managed to fly Concorde using the old air miles scheme.

Extra Experiences on offer

The Brookland Museum also offer extra experiences connected with the Concorde on site such as a flight simulator experience, Concorde champagne days on board, Mach 2 afternoon tea, weddings and private hosting.

For more information in these extras, please click the link below.


Opinion / Verdict

If you are interested in aviation, you will love the Concorde Experience at Brooklands Museum. Its been a long distance dream to experience Concorde in real life so to find one still in existence almost thirty years on since retirement and for only £5.00 each was almost a dream come true.

The tour guides are great and the presentation video including the Mach 2 displays on board do make it feel like your on a real Concorde flight.

To be provided a boarding ticket to Concorde now sits with our other flight memory tickets and is a definite keeper for life & all for a fiver.

We would recommend atleast taking a look inside the flight simulator system based on site even if you do not book the full experience.

All in all, its a great day out and comes highly recommended to anyone even if you’re not an AV Geek.

Next on our list of Concorde experiences, we plan to visit Concorde at Yeovilton, Somerset, future review to follow.



Amex Gold Card – 3000 Bonus MR Points for Free

Amex Gold Card – 3000 Bonus MR Points for Free

A little known perk of the American Express Gold Credit Card is that you can add up to one supplementary card holder to your account for Free. This supplementary free card comes with a great perk, you receive a bonus of 3000 MR Points.

American express has been providing all Gold card account holders a bonus of 3000 bonus Membership Rewards Points when they add a supplementary cardholder to their account for free for years now. However, this bonus point offer is not widely advertised and the relevant information is usually buried somewhere within your terms & conditions so do not wait to see the invitation offer arrive in your account or by email, simply follow our instructions below.

gold supplementary card uk

The Bonus 3000 MR Points can be transferred to any one of the American Express partners such as Airline & Hotel brands resulting in you being able to fly or stay in Luxury for Free.

All supplementary card holders spend receive the same spend ratio as the main account cardholder such as 1 x MR point per £1.00 spent, 2 x MR Points per £1.00 spent on Travel related purchases.

You can also add up to an additional 4 x other people on top of the first complimentary gold card. For any Gold supplementary cards after the first complimentary card from your account, these additional cards will cost you £45.00 per card, per year. The additional supplementary cards also do not qualify from the American express travel insurance benefits as per the main account card holder.

Amex Gold Supplementary Card Holder Process

supplementary card application

You can complete an application for a Supplementary Card online in a few, short minutes within your account by clicking the link below.


Before applying, please ask the Supplementary Cardmember to review the Amex Privacy Statement which sets out how American express will use their personal information.

After you reach the American Express Gold Credit Card supplementary card application page by clicking the link above, simply fill in all the required information and submit your application.

Supplementary cards usually take between 3 – 5 days to arrive at the address stipulated on the application form. You will need to activate any supplementary cards online before they can be used for any purchases.

Do not be surprised not to see any email confirmation or communication from Amex about your application for a supplementary card, they best way to find out if your card is on its way will be the credit of 3000 MR Points in the primary account. 

This process will require any additional card holders to set up their own account by submitting a contact email  address and chosen Username & Passwords to gain access to their card details 24/7.


Amex gold

Remember that any charges for spending on the supplementary cards will appear on your gold card account statement and as the main account you will be legally responsible any payments made on your account.

All Supplementary Cardmembers must be aged 18 or over to qualify for the card are subject to approval.

The supplementary cardholder does not need to be earning an income at all, and no credit check is required. This is due all their purchases on the additional card/s are the responsibility of the primary account cardholder.


All spend on supplementary cards earn, as well as your own count towards your 10,000 Membership Reward points Anniversary Bonus when you spend £15,000 per account year. This applies each and every account year.

By adding supplementary card holders to your main account enables you quickly to achieve spend targets for any bonus point offers such as the introductory 20,000 MR points or 22,000 MR points if we refer you (CONTACT US) for more details.

By adding extra card holders to your account enables all card holders to take advantage of and maximise any offers received. As an example, you may provide a family member a supplementary gold credit card who does not live with you or a friend. These additional card holders can spend at anytime at any of the retailers within the offers sent to your or their account/s. 

American Express Preferred Rewards Card Overview

Amex Gold referral

If you have arrived at this page and do not already have an American Express Gold Credit Card, we have outlined the benefits below for you.

When you apply for the American Express Gold Credit Card and spend £2000 in the first three months, you will be rewarded to your account 20,000 Membership Reward Points within a few days of reaching your bonus target.

You can increase that bonus by 10% extra by “Contacting Us” to earn 22,000 MR Points instead of 20,000.

We will send you details by email how to earn an extra 10% points on your Bonus, this can only be done by someone who has already an account set up with Amex.

Please note, that if you have already had an Amex Gold Card in the last 24 x months then Amex no longer apply any introductory referral bonuses.

The 20,000 MR points can be used in many ways, if you transfer that amount to Avios, you will have enough points to redeem for a free flight to various places in Europe from London. You can also transfer your Membership  points to various other airline / Hotel Partners including Virgin Atlantic, Etihad Guest, Emirates, Hilton Honors, Radisson or Marriott.

You can either choose to use your bonus introductory points to use on a free economy flight with British Airways to somewhere within Europe or enough points to redeem for One Free Night in a hotel, that’s the benefit of the points, they are flexible and can be used to pay towards or in full of your chosen travel arrangements.

As part of your cards benefits, you will also receive once a year, two Free Lounge Passes. Generally to purchase lounge access will cost you around £25 each so you receive for Free approx £50 worth of lounge passes per year.

Amex Gold lounge club card

Two Free Lounge Passes are applicable at all lounges in the world if eligible by the company called Lounge Club. Lounge Club provides customers lounge access at various airports around the world for a fee, either per entry or you can buy separately yearly membership. Lounge Club offer you free access to over 700 x airport lounges around the world.

You can use your American express Preferred Rewards express gold card Lounge Passes not just for yourself, but also on a guest so you’re not restricted if not travelling together. You are also able to purchase after you have used up your two free passes additional lounge passes at a discounted rate.

Each and every year you’re a Gold Card member, you will receive through the post two new free Lounge passes automatically.

Amex Gold Card Transfer Partners

Below we have attached a comprehensive list of all the Amex Gold Transfer Partners available.

Click on the images below to expand to view all details.

Our Verdict / Recommendations 

If you have taken out the American Express preferred Rewards credit card and have not added a supplementary card holder to your account, your missing out on a stack load of free reward points.

Just adding one complimentary card holder to your account you can be rewarded 3000 MR Points for Free, it’s as simple as yet.

Unfortunately, Amex do not publicise this regular perk contained within your account so take advantage as soon as you can.

For our full Review on the American Express Gold Credit Card, click > American Express Gold Review

If you would like to earn 22,000 MR Points instead of 20,000 points, simply drop us a line via our “Contact Us” section on our home page.

800 x Bonus Avios Points – Gousto Recipe Food Box

800 x Bonus Avios Points – Gousto Recipe Food Box

Once again, we have discovered another great Avios Bonus Point offer from inside the British airways Avios e-store.

This latest offer is from the Food Recipe Box company called Gousto & involves purchasing for the cheapest rate, a 2 x Person Weekly Food Recipe Box on a subscription basis but can easily be cancelled within the click of a button within your account.

British airways Avios eStore

If you’re not already aware the British airways Avios eStore is a shopping portal provided by British airways located on their main website.

You will need to be a British airways executive member before you can join and access the BA Avios eStore site. 

The eStore allows customers to Shop online and collect Avios points for every £1 you spend on your favourite brands at over 800 retailers.

It works on the same principle as Cashback sites but instead of earning money back on your online selected purchases, you earn Avios Points instead of cash back. 

Earning avios points instead of money back can work out as extremely good value. British airways sell avios points to customers at a rate of 1000 x avios points for £31.00. Buying products through the eStore with bonus point offers attached can be very lucrative at collecting large amounts of points almost for free.

The Gousto Recipe Box

Gousto is one of the many Food Recipe Subscription boxes available to purchase online.

Gousto avios offer

These type of food recipe companies offer a service where online you choose from a wide selection of recipes available, you choose how many recipe ideas you prefer  and you can select the frequency in which you receive them.

In these times when for a lot of people they have little time to shop and cook lengthy meals in the evening, companies like Gousto are a great solution.

The convenience factor of being able to select your weekly meal recipes in advance and have those delivered to your door or whilst at work fits in with a hectic lifestyle.

All recipes are designed by expert chef’s to minimise time and hassle in the kitchen. All recipe boxes arrive delivered with virtually all the required ingredients to make great tasting meals in under 30 x minutes.

Recipes and ingredients also cater for Vegetarians, Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free choices and use only the freshest, high quality ingredients available.

Choose between a range of 40 different receives per week and you can choose from either meals for 3 people or 4 people.

800 x Avios Bonus Points – The Gousto Deal

Gousto ba e Store offer


To be able to collect 800 x avios points by purchasing a product for the same price you would normally have to pay elsewhere is an absolute No Brainer…

To comply with the conditions of this offer all you need to do is click-through the offer displayed on the British airways Avios eStore retailers page, remember if you do not click-through the e Store then you will not receive the bonus points. Direct ink provided below:


Simply sign up for the minimum requirements which would be a weekly subscription box, the cheapest deal we found was based on a Gousto Recipe Food Box for two people, for a week’s worth of recipes priced at £24.99.

Remember also that this price will get you a week’s worth of meals including recipe cards and most of the ingredients required to complete each recipe in full, delivered for Free to your door.

When we analysed the Gousto box towards their competitors, Gousto came out as great value especially as you receive 800 avios points in with the deal.

All you have to keep in mind is to cancel after you receive your first weekly meal recipe box or otherwise you will be billed for the next week unless of course you decide to carry on with the subscription plan. Cancellation is easy to do, you just look for the cancellation button within your account. You are not tied into any contract and you can cancel at anytime.

This avios bonus point offer expires 31/12/2019 but could be pulled at anytime so if your interested it’s probably best to go ahead and sign up atleast for a week’s subscription package.

Usually such bonus point deals are only for First Time users of the subscription package. However, the terms do state that existing customers will receive bonus points but at a reduced rate. Unfortunately, we do not have any idea how much this reduced rate would be but even if it was 50%, your still getting 400 x avios points for something you were going to purchase anyway.

What does 800 x avios points get me?

800 x Avios Points on its own does not get you very far, that’s being honest.

However, if you keep collecting points via different offers highlighted here you could soon have enough points to fly Economy Class on British airways somewhere in europe quite easily as this only requires 15k avios points return.

Collecting enough points to fly in Business or First Class cabins Long haul require a lot of points. However, a smaller amount of points would get you in BA Club Europe Business Class or enable you to upgrade from Premium Economy to Club World Business Class. Read our article on how to use a small amount of avios points to upgrade from Premium Economy to Club World by clicking here > Upgrade BA Premium Economy to Club World

If you have tried the Gousto Recipe Food Box in the past and are not interested in this deal, a similar offer is also on at present by taking out a subscription weekly food box from Hello Fresh. We wrote a review found here > 1000 x Avios Points – Hello Fresh Food Box

Our Verdict / Recommendations

This is one of the very few generous bonus points offers available from the British airways Avios eStore at present. 

When you consider that your paying exactly the same price as you would if you went direct to Gousto for any of their Food Recipe Boxes, 800 x avios points is worth in comparison to buying points direct from BA worth approximately £24.00. Its like someone giving you £24.00 worth of points for nothing. 

If you stack this offer with the Hello Fresh offer and purchased Norton Virus Protection via the BA eStore currently with 50% off, you would already have collected over 3000 x avios points just by taking out three different bonus point offers at present. 

Our recommendations would be to jump in now as offers like this usually reduce in points after a certain amount of customers sign up through the link or they close the offer early.

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