I got an email recently from up-and-coming travel/hotel review website HolidayCheck.com asking me to partner with them for an upcoming promotion whereby I put up a post about a their September “Help Happy Holidays Happen” promotion (more on that in a moment) and for every person that clicks through this post to write a hotel review on their website I get a small commission. Though it isn’t the focus of the promotion, I also read deeper and found out that they offer free frequent flier miles for reviews! First, though, the promotion:
Every review gets the author entry into a prize raffle, with special promotions for each of the five weeks of the promotion:
September 02 – 08:
Spa Holiday for 2 in Austria
September 09 – 15:
Sports/Winter Holiday for 2
September 16 – 22:
City Break for 2 to Paris/Rome/Barcelona
September 23 – 29:
Escape for Two (Canary Islands/ Balearics)
September 30 – October 6:
Family Trip (2 Adults/ 3 Children) to Mallorca + Flights
I was initially dismissive of the promotion until I started digging a bit deeper and realized something else important: every review earns free airline miles! The earning options per review are: Lufthansa Miles&Smiles (120 miles), AirBaltic (150 miles), and AirBerlin (300 miles). These last two actually represent a pretty cool value, given that AirBaltic redemptions start at 4200 miles and AirBerlin runs promotional rewards as low as 1500. That potentially represents a free flight for 5 reviews if you can catch an AirBerlin promo. Even if not, though, AirBerlin is in the OneWorld Alliance and Lufthansa is StarAlliance so on both you could still use this to top up an account in order to redeem on a partner airline outside of Europe.
(The only catch is that these are limited to 10/month per partner, but I’ll definitely be doing 10 for Sept and 10 for Oct to credit to AirBerlin and AirBaltic. If you don’t already have an AirBerlin account, they’re currently also offering a 500 mile sign-up bonus.)
Hotel reviews on sites like this are, of course, helpful in and of themselves for knowing what to expect out of a hotel and what sort of restaurants/attractions/etcetera are nearby. In filling out reviews on HolidayCheck.com this month, though, you not only get to help out the travelers that come along after you but also get some free frequent flier miles in the process. I’ll for sure be doing a couple to top up an orphaned stash of AirBerlin miles that I’d written off as dead. (And if you win one of those free trips, remember who brought it to your attention in the first place!)
Note that this post is sponsored by HolidayCheck.com, but I do think it represents an excellent value both as a review site and as a way to earn small amounts of frequent flier miles to top up existing stashes. And if somebody I know wins one of the prizes, so much the better!