Bits: new BA seat design patent filed, new Jumeirah openings, Marriott starts expiring points, £500 to Oz

Here is some news in brief:

British Airways files another patent for next-generation seats

Skift reports on the latest patent filing by British Airways in relation to new seating.  We have been here before, of course, with a more revolutionary design that was filed last year.  I wouldn’t take these layouts too seriously at this stage, especially the idea shown below:  (thanks to Paul)

New British Airways seat

Two new Jumeirah resorts announced

If, like me, you are a regular visitor to Jumeirah hotels and resorts (and they are spreading rapidly from their Middle East heartland), there are two bits of news to whet you appetite.

Opening in no short order is a (possibly emergency) takeover of the Golden Savoy resort in Bodrum, Turkey, which opened last year.  On May 1st it becomes Jumeirah Bodrum Palace Resort.  It looks pretty good as well:

Jumeirah Bodrum Palace Resort

Longer term, a deal has been signed for a resort on Sa’adiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.  Jumeirah Sa’adiyat Island Resort will open in 2017.  American Express Membership Rewards points can be redeemed for Jumeirah hotels via Sirius points – at very attractive rates – but only by taking out an International Dollar Card and transferring your UK points into the IDC Membership Rewards scheme.

Marriott Rewards new expiry policy

Marriott has announced a new expiry policy for Marriott Rewards points.  It is not totally unreasonable, to be honest.  From February 1st 2016, you need to have account activity every 24 months to keep your points alive.

This policy is being backdated.  If you haven’t done a Marriott stay since February 1st 2014, you need to plan one for this year – or take out the Marriott credit card instead (credit card points count as activity), buy some Marriott points or make a redemption (either for a stay or for airline miles).  Social media points do NOT count – if you took part in the Marriott Twitter and Facebook promotion last year, that is not enough.  (Thanks to Bill)

Cathay Pacific 350

Cathay Pacific offering £500 economy tickets to Australia

Finally, Cathay Pacific is currently offering economy flights to Australia for £500.  This is for travel between 13th April and 12th May, booked by 17th March.

£500 is the price from Manchester, add another £31 to depart London.  Various destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji are available.  See here for details.

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Comments

  1. Charlie says:

    Wow that is cheap, stopovers are allowed in HK for £30 too, pity it’s too short notice for me.

    I wonder if it is upgradeable with miles? Just wondering where best to use my new found Amex MR wealth thanks to the 50K points posting yesterday on the supplementary card offer (thanks Raffles!).

  2. OT: Just realised my Amex gold posted quintuple points for the charge of Doubletree Amsterdam: 1xWelcome Bonus, 2xTravel Bonus and 1xOutbound spend. I’ve been receiving lots of triple points before but was still shocked when I saw this figure -_-

  3. Re the patents. I am not sure that the configurations themselves are novel. Is it possible that BAs monopoly is really about the innovative floor fastening. This means to things – greater flexibility for BA reconfiguring aircraft but not necessarily a new seat layout and nothing to stop competitors using the illustrated seat layouts with the old fixing methods.

    Tim

  4. Any water parks, in Abu Dhabi, near where the Jumeirah hotel will be built?

    • Yas Waterworld is the big one, which is one a different (but close) manmade island. Biggest waterpark anywhere in the UAE.

    • Stephen says:

      Yep, Yas Water World on Yas Island is great and isn’t too far away. There’s a free bus between the Park Hyatt and St Regis properties on Sa’adiyat Island, and the water park and Ferrari World on Yas Island. Only costs a few quid in a taxi too. We were at the Park Hyatt in October.

    • richie says:

      Get an entertainer book for buy one get one free vouchers if you are there a few daysd

      • Are there any hotels, in Abu Dhabi, that have waterparks attached to them( walking distance) that are included with the hotel?

  5. The_Real_A says:

    OT – it would seem Manderin Oriental has confirmed a hack of its payment systems. Credit Card numbers have been stolen.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31753935

  6. Wesley says:

    Slightly OT, but with my BA Amex Platinum card, it automatically transfers my MR points to BA Avios every month. Is there a way to keep them as MR points and stop the auto transfer, or is this just part of the cards rules.

    • Scott Miller says:

      The BA Amex gives Avios, not MR points, unlike, say, the Amex Gold Rewards card. This is why they transfer automatically into your BA account.

  7. Metatone says:

    Random thing that maybe you already know.
    Just booked on Virgin East Coast and was given the option to collect Virgin Atlantic points instead of nectar. 2 points per pound. Not great, but better than nectar for me (we don’t have a Sainsbury or Homebase close by…)

  8. OT – just been advised BMI Card is being devalued. No bonus for BA booking payment. Another nail in the coffin

  9. Kilburn Flyer says:

    Here’s a question. With BA Bronze (oneworld Ruby) and above you can select exit seats at no extra charge on Cathay Pacific, however the “Economy Save” fare bucket that this falls into doesn’t allow you to normally pre-book seats. Would this still apply if you are a Oneworld elite?

    • I was able to select seats at time of booking on CX cheapest economy tix after adding a QF Silver number (= BA Bronze)

  10. John F says:

    Hi

    Unable to access contact site elsewhere , but info received today re Avios earning through BMI Diamond Club “Grandad” Mastercard

    Thanks for great site,

    Just to let you know that my “Grandad” BMI Mastercard Diamond Club earning capacity is to be cut from 2 to 1.25 from 31/03/15 and no double points on booking BA flights, (Avios reducing another nice little earner, thought they would catch up on that one )might be worth a revisit of credit card collecting for avios

    Informed by standard letter received today, wife got the same letter as well

    All the best
    John Flanagan

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