Online travel portal Hutchison-Priceline is launching a series of promotional campaigns, including giving free tickets and hotel accommodation to the biggest spenders in the next six months. Based on a partnership with Yahoo! Hong Kong, Priceline announced its Smart Travel Club for Yahoo! users this week. Members' Priceline purchases - the portal operates on a name-your-own-price system - will be recorded and after six months the highest spenders will be rewarded. The biggest air ticket buyers will be offered 12 return tickets from Hong Kong to travel hotspots such as Bangkok, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, New York and London. The customer who spends the most on hotel bookings via Priceline can have three nights of hotel accommodation each month for a year. Alfred Tsoi, Yahoo! Hong Kong's general manager, said the co-branded travel site - which will be officially launched on Monday - was also offering travel information and tips supplied by Priceline customers. Mr Tsoi said he bought two return tickets on United Airlines to Tokyo in June for the World Cup final for HK$4,710, including tax and handling fees. 'I couldn't believe it when I received the tickets,' said Mr Tsoi. 'After the deal, I asked my secretary to check the normal price of a return ticket to Tokyo. I was told it cost about HK$4,000 each.' Ronica Wang, Priceline Asia-Pacific's chief marketing officer, said the company would set up promotion counters at Hong Kong International Airport from August 1. The counters would feature Web site demonstrations, lucky draws and discount offers. 'Our vision is to grow in the travel market, which is to make travel more affordable,' she said. Priceline Hong Kong - a 65:35 joint venture between Hutchison Whampoa and Priceline.com - was launched in April, partnering with 25 international airlines and more than 8,000 hotels. 'We are a transaction site,' Ms Wang said. 'We are happy to partner with Yahoo! because we want to make our booking engine available to as many consumers as possible. When someone comes to Yahoo! there is value-added information there that is very attractive to travellers.' The portal has been doing much marketing work to introduce its name to Hong Kong, which has been a late arrival in the online travel booking business. However, Priceline is confident about its business model, particularly with the lack of competition in Hong Kong. 'We do not see ourselves competing with airlines,' said Ms Wang. 'We are a partner of the airlines. We actually complement them and help them to sell the tickets in another channel. Airlines promote new routes and new destinations. We are purely name-your-own-price savings, which cannot be done elsewhere.'