Bits: Etihad business class sale launched, fake BA emails, BA Gold dining at Dallas / Fort Worth

News in brief:

Etihad launches business class sale from £1,688

Etihad has launched a short business class sale from the UK for anyone who can book by Friday night.

You can fly from Manchester, Edinburgh or London for travel between 10th January and 30th June.

In general, you are looking at around £1,600 – £1,800 to pretty much everywhere in the Middle East or Asia, and just under £3,000 to Australia.

I was hugely impressed by my Etihad A380 Business Class Suite last year – see my review – and if you can get that to and from Abu Dhabi then you will have a great flight.  I checked and the A380 flights are included for travel in this sale.

Full details of the fares from the various UK departure points are here.

Etihad 350

Fake BA emails circulating re your Avios points

A HFP reader sent me an interesting spam email he had received which claimed to be from British Airways.  It said:

Congratulations! You won a 10,000 miles British Airways gift card.

A gift card has a value that you can use in full or part payment of a flight booking with British Airways. In order to claim your gift card simply click the link below and register into our Customer Relationship Management program.

Having not clicked through, I’ve no idea if the email is after your Avios account information or is trying to get you to pay some sort of ‘processing fee’ for your prize.  In any event, it should obviously be avoided.  Thanks to Eric.

AA flagship dining

New ‘Flagship Dining’ for BA Gold members at Dallas / Fort Worth

Finally, American Airlines has recently opened a small Flagship Dining section in the D concourse AAdmirals Club at Dallas / Fort Worth airport.

This is open to British Airways Executive Club Gold cardholders, even if they are travelling on a US domestic flight.  It is apparently relatively small but you can at least get some free food in there (see photo above).

Note that you need to pick up an invitation at the lounge front desk in order to enter.

That said, the general view is that, if you have an American Express Platinum card, the American Express Centurion lounge at Dallas / Fort Worth is easily the best lounge in the airport and you should head there instead!  Thanks to Jonathan.

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Comments

  1. Bits O/T

    Just topped up my wife’s TAG with Amex, I’m sure that option is new.

  2. When I was at DFW last month I couldn’t get into this part of the lounge because it was too full! They were taking names at the door and then calling them out when a spot came up – I had to wait 45 mins, they had only just got to my name when I needed to leave the lounge… A bit disappointing!

  3. Those Ethiad fares have been there for a while, I saw them on Kayak while looking to go to Vietnam in March, Qatar was also very good, I mean, £1700/1800 too. I hope it comes back soon :)

  4. “The American Express Centurion lounge at Dallas / Fort Worth is easily the best lounge in the airport and you should head there instead!”

    I hope its better than the Miami Centurion lounge I had a few hours to waste at MIA so decided to go over to concourse D to checkout this lounge (due to the hype our US cousins have given this lounge) I found it to be dirty, overcrowded and really loud. There looked to be a decent hot food offering but the area was covered in spilt food. One odd sight was the sprouts were between the apple crumble and some other dessert. After one quick drink I headed over to the BA/Iberia lounge in concourse E for a couple of coronas, the lounge was very peaceful with under a dozen guests, a far better option than the Centurion offering.
    Time of visit was a Tuesday at 8pm.

  5. jimmyjimmy says:

    Anyone receiving similar from Iberia

    “you have won a domestic Summer Flight!”