Good Avios deal with The Gourmet Society for just £4.49!

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Tucked away in the latest issue of BA’s The Club magazine is an interesting offer from ‘dining discount’ group The Gourmet Society. Despite the posh name, The Gourmet Society is effectively a plastic card which gives you discounts at a huge number of restaurants (6,500!) […]

Sign-up bonus on the Emirates credit cards doubled – worth a look?

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MBNA has brought back a special sign-up promotion for its two Emirates credit cards.  This is not as good as the offer which ran last September and is the same as the one they ran in June 2014 – which was the first time this […]

Adios … Virgin Little Red status match over, using pre-paid Visa with NS&I over

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Two good deals have just bitten the dust: Virgin Atlantic status match closed For well over a year, Virgin Atlantic has been offering a status match to your British Airways Executive Club card if you took a flight with Little Red. This was a great offer […]

Hilton to offer free wi-fi to everyone – and how it compares with the competition

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Hilton HHonors became the last major international hotel group this week to announce that it will begin offering free wi-fi to all guests.  Well, almost all guests …. From August, wi-fi in all Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria etc properties will be free if you are a […]

Double Avios from Flybe in March & 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus returns

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Flybe has launched a new Avios promotion for March, offering double points on all flights booked and taken during the month. As a reminder, these are the standard earning rates with Flybe: Just Fly – 2 Avios per £1 Get More – 2 Avios per […]

Can we arbitrage an ‘Aer Lingus Gold Circle miles to Avios’ conversion?

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The on / off takeover of Aer Lingus by International Airlines Group, the Iberia and British Airways holding company, is still in the balance. The Irish Government, with its 25% shareholding in Aer Lingus, is yet to be convinced that the precious Aer Lingus slots […]

EXCLUSIVE: Negotiations for Priority Pass lounge in Terminal 5 ‘well advanced’

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When I wrote about the opening of the Plaza Premium arrivals lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2, I mentioned that the Plaza Premium CEO publicly stated that he was in discussions with Heathrow about opening an independent lounge in Terminal 5. Things appear to be moving […]

Bits: BA hand baggage fares, sale, 4000 free Alitalia miles, Finnair starts Dublin, Virgin sale

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My inbox continues to exceed the space available for full length articles!  So here is a summary: British Airways makes ‘hand baggage only’ fares less attractive You will probably have received an email from BA yesterday regarding ‘hand baggage only’ fares.  Introduced two years, initially […]

Hilton ‘Double Your HHonors’ promo for March-May now active – combines with Avios and Virgin offer

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Hilton HHonors has announced that it is cutting back on global promotions and spending more effort on individual targeted deals for specific customer segments.  The slightly clumsily executed ‘100,000 free points for some but by no means all Diamond members’ offer was part of this. […]

Reminder: Short-haul Avios redemptions now often cheaper when booked as 2 x one-ways

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(EDIT:  I have rewritten this piece to reflect the fact you can see the discounted fares on but only at the payment page) A few weeks ago I wrote a long piece about British Airways removing fuel surcharges from short-haul flights and how it […]

Europe is the big winner in the Starwood Preferred Guest category changes

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Starwood Preferred Guest has announced its annual category changes, This PDF document contains a list of all the changes. Most are straight one category moves and, to be fair to Starwood, there are as many properties going up as are going down. Don’t underestimate the size […]

250 free Flying Blue miles for completing one survey (and more for more)

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Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM scheme, has launched a new partnership based around completing online market research surveys. We have been here before, of course, with e-rewards. You can earn 750 free Avios in for signing up with them and completing one […]

My review of the Etihad A380 Business Studio – the bar and food (part 2)

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In Part 1 of my review of the Etihad A380 Business Studio yesterday I looked at the seat and service.  Today I want to look at the food and drink options. You can read more about the Etihad A380 and the new business class product on […]

Bits: more free coffee, Malaysia devaluation, Best Western sale, Regus thefts

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Here are a few more pieces which nearly slipped through the net this week: We’ve done coffee for points …. now try coffee for free! Last Saturday I ran a piece about how to use Nectar points for drinks at Caffe Nero, how to use American […]

Premier Inn becomes the latest hotel chain with free wi-fi

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Budget hotel group Premier Inn has, with immediate effect, implemented a ‘free wi-fi for all’ policy in all of its hotels.  This replaces the previous policy of only offering 30 minutes for free. Over the past couple of months I have reported on how Starwood, […]

My review of the Etihad A380 Business Studio (part 1)

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This is a continuation of my Abu Dhabi review series.  My previous reviews covered the Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 hotel and the Etihad lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4. London was the launch route for the Etihad A380.  When I flew it in late January, the aircraft […]