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    News in brief:

    citizenM hotel flash sale – today only

    We don’t cover citizenM hotels much on Head for Points, since they don’t offer a loyalty programme or miles in any airline scheme.

    The chain is growing strongly, however, and it now has 20 hotels including three in London and one in Glasgow.

    Those who use it seem to have a level of enthusiasm which is rare amongst hotel brands. We reviewed citizenM New York Times Square as part of our ‘My Favourite Hotels’ series a few weeks ago.

    citizenM is running a flash sale. It started yesterday and ends at 10am UK time on Wednesday.

    London and Glasgow rooms are as low as £62 per night. Note that all bookings are fully flexible up to 6pm on the date of arrival.

    You can find out more on the citizenM website here.

    Bookings must be completed by 30th December.

    Earn 2,500 Avios with a long-term Avis car rental

    Avis, unsurprisingly, has a lot of cars sitting unused on its lots at the moment.

    To get some of these vehicles back into use, it is has been offering long-term (multi week) rentals. There is a good Avios deal attached, but it ends this week.

    If you book an Avis long-term rental before 30th September, for rentals up to 31st December 2020, you will collect AT LEAST 2,500 Avios when you include your British Airways Executive Club membership number in the booking.

    In reality you will earn more.  You earn at the standard rate – 3 Avios per £1 spent, minimum 500 Avios – plus 2,000 bonus Avios on top.  A one-month rental will cost at least £500, for example, so you’re looking at 3,500 Avios.

    You can find out more on this page of the Avis website.

    Hyatt Regency Malta

    Good points deals at new Hyatt in Malta

    Hyatt is gearing up to open its first hotel in Malta.

    Hyatt Regency Malta is due to open on 10th October. Situated in St Julian’s, it is a new-build with 151 rooms, three restaurants, an indoor pool and an outdoor rooftop pool. It overlooks St George’s Bay.

    Malta is open to UK visitors and no proof of a coronavirus test is required as far as I can tell. You will, however, be required to quarantine for two weeks on your return to the UK.

    You can find out more about the hotel on the Hyatt website here and a photo is above.

    As a World of Hyatt redemption it is a Category 2, which is 8,000 points per night.

    Given my 1p per point valuation for World of Hyatt points, this makes it good value even at the depressed €99 November rates.

    For Summer 2021, when I can see cash rates as high as €200 per night, it is excellent value for points.

    It’s worth noting that you can currently buy World of Hyatt points with a 25% discount until 30th September, which would represent a big saving on Summer rates.

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