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Old Jun 17, 09, 3:40 am   #1
 
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Any Hotel, Anywhere cards 50% off for Australia

Just noticed that they've started offering Any Hotel, Anywhere cards in Australia now and have introduced them with 50% off. http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/pc/...yhotel_au.html .

Given that it only takes 29,500 points for a US$250 card, I'm sure you can do the maths on the value it offers (especially in light of current points earning opportunities ). I guess some people out there might need to consider finding themselves an Australian mailing address.
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Old Jun 17, 09, 3:59 am   #2
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You must have an Oz address for this to work, or your application is rejected. Makes it too difficult for most of us, unfortunately.

No promos on for any other countries - I checked.
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Old Jun 17, 09, 5:13 am   #3
 
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Can this be used anywhere, not just for hotels? Can anyone confirm this? Since now they have the point + pay offer where you are really buying 30000 points for 180USD, and then get yourself 70USD for free?!

If not, then if i get this card and use it to pay for IHG hotels eg CP and HI, does it mean I still eligible for points if I sign up all the promos?
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Old Jun 17, 09, 5:57 am   #4
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You can only use it at hotels, and it is treated like any other credit card. All establishments that accept Amex are coded in the Amex system, and if you try to use the card at an establishment that is not coded as a hotel then the card will be refused. Sometimes it will work in a hotel restaurant if you pay directly instead of adding it to your bill, sometimes it won't. LOADS of posts on this from 18 months ago when they did a global '50% off' promo.

Remember that they are fiddly to use at hotels which bill in a different currency to the Amex card (in this case US$) because you cannot be sure how much to charge to the card before hitting the limit. You will also be hit with Amex's currency loading fee of 3%.

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Old Jun 17, 09, 6:27 am   #5
 
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Just bought US$500 worth of the cards.

And yes, there's a definite arbitrage opportunity here when used in conjunction with PC's new reward nights option. Unfortunately, I dont really need more than US$500 worth of hotel credit at the moment so I'm not going to go crazy.
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Old Jun 17, 09, 6:30 am   #6
 
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You must have an Oz address for this to work, or your application is rejected. Makes it too difficult for most of us, unfortunately.

No promos on for any other countries - I checked.
Yes, but:

"As an Australian resident, you can also redeem your points to order the card as a gift and have it mailed directly to anyone residing in Australia."

Makes for an easy work around
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Old Jun 17, 09, 7:03 am   #7
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... but only if you know someone living in Australia!
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Old Jun 17, 09, 7:05 am   #8
 
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... but only if you know someone living in Australia!
Can't you just temporarily change your address to an Australian one?
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Old Jun 17, 09, 8:12 am   #9
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The card MUST be posted to Australia. As I posted above, perhaps not clearly enough, you can fill in any address you want on the 'recipient' page of the website, but when you click submit it will be rejected if the address is not an Australian one.
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Old Jun 17, 09, 8:48 am   #10
 
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You must have an Oz address for this to work, or your application is rejected. Makes it too difficult for most of us, unfortunately.

No promos on for any other countries - I checked.
Hmmm well thats easy enough. I work for an Oz company so have an address in Oz... Now I wonder.............. hee hee
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Old Jun 17, 09, 10:48 pm   #11
 
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How about coupon connection?

H: $25 Hyatt GC W: Oz residet to send me Any Hotel cards
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Old Jun 18, 09, 12:40 am   #12
 
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I've just purchased some points thru pay + cash, cancelled and then buy 2 cards for 59K points. Now I am waiting to see when it comes. Hopefully it will be here in 2 weeks, rather than 4.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 2:25 am   #13
 
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whats this pay + cash thing?

Also any way to get 3k points with some loyalty bonus or something? (i have no stays till Aug).
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Old Jun 18, 09, 2:39 am   #14
 
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I have an Australian address...

But I do not want to part with my PC points to pay for the card...

Can I just pay for it by credit card ( too lazy to read t & C) ?
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Old Jun 18, 09, 3:35 am   #15
 
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Can I just pay for it by credit card ( too lazy to read t & C) ?
So why should we??
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