Three quick deals in one post today:
Etihad is currently running a number of aggressive deals out of Dublin in both economy and business class.
You need to book by August 4th for travel by 30 June 2015 – although I’m pretty sure there are black out dates on particular routes at particular times.
The headline business class fares are pretty aggressive. These are in Euros, remember, so knock off 20% to get to £ figures:
Abu Dhabi €1,920 (cheaper to add on a side trip to Bangkok!)
…. plus many others.
From Dublin, Etihad flies a Boeing 777W and an A330-200 which both appear to offer fully flat seats in business.
Etihad is also currently promoting a 10% discount code for travel in September – you may have seen the ad pop up on HFP. Code GRIP002 gives you a 10% saving on the base fare, excluding taxes, on ANY Etihad flight.
It will combine with the special deals above. However, you need to book via the Etihad home page here instead of via the special offers page, as the latter does not give you a box to enter the discount code.
The Bangkok fare comes down to €1,642 return, which is excellent. I have no idea how long you can book with the GRIP002 code but travel dates must be in September.
Half-price Priority Pass
Amazon Local has brought back their ‘half price Priority Pass’ deal for a few days.
Priority Pass is a network of 600 airport lounges across the globe. Some are run independently whilst others are ‘official’ airport lounges which are happy to sell seats to the general public.
In the UK, the lounges run from dire (Servisair Terminal 1 at Heathrow) through to fantastic (the No 1 Traveller lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 and Gatwick North and South, and the new United Club in Heathrow Terminal 2).
If you are an American Express Platinum member, you receive 2 Priority Pass cards – each admitting two people – for free. These cards also allow unlimited lounge visits.
For everyone else, there is the option of buying a Priority Pass card and then paying for individual lounge visits. The standard cost of a 1-year Priority Pass is £69, but via this Amazon Local deal you pay just £34.
This does not include the cost of your lounge visits, of course. You will still need to pay your £15 per visit, per person.
(Amazon is also offering a £49 version of the deal which includes one free lounge visit. This is absolutely no different in total cost to buying the £34 version with no visits!)
Whether this makes sense for you depends entirely on what airlines and airports you use. The biggest users of Priority Pass, I think, are companies who gives passes to their employees as a trade-off for having to fly economy.
For an individual, it might make sense if you did – say – 15 visits over a year. This would amortise the cost per visit, including the card fee, down to £17. Only a small number of lounges would be worth that, however – and the more stays you do, the more sense it makes to get an Amex Platinum to get a free Priority Pass. It is also worth remembering that the No 1 Traveller lounges at Heathrow and Gatwick are ‘pay to enter’ for anyone, albeit for more than £15.