Bits: Use Newquay’s lounge for £10, £25 off SWISS to Geneva, South African Airways sale

News in brief:

Use the executive lounge at Newquay for just £10

Cornwall Airport Newquay is currently running a special offer on The Lounge, with entrance just £10 per person.

I have never visited this airport but, given that your £10 includes alcoholic drinks, you won’t struggle too hard to get value for your £10.   Tickets can be obtained from the Information Desk.  Note that children under 12 are banned entirely.

More details can be found on the airport website here.  No closing date is given for this offer.  It is also a Priority Pass lounge if you have one of those.

Newquay lounge

£25 off SWISS to Geneva

SWISS has released an exclusive discount code to online travel sites such as HFP for travel from London Heathrow or London City to Geneva.

The codes is SWISSUKGVA25 and saves £25 on a ticket of £95 or more.  You can book until 30th June and must fly out before 31st August.  All travel must be completed by 30th September.

The code is only valid when booking on the SWISS website here.

Cape Town

South African Airways sale now on

The sale prices to Cape Town in the current British Airways sale are not really sale prices at all – the lowest price to Cape Town in Club World is around £3,000!

Luckily, South African Airways has launched a sale of its own.  Here are the headline prices in Economy and Business:

  • Johannesburg £499 / £2619
  • Cape Town £515 / £2636
  • Windhoek £516 / £2912
  • Durban £522 / £2861
  • Port Elizabeth £522 / £2864
  • East London £622 / £2861

amongst other destinations.  As a Star Alliance member, you can credit the miles from the flight to a number of loyalty schemes including Lufthansa’s Miles & More, SAS EuroBonus and United MileagePlus.

You can find out more on the SAA site here.  You can book for travel until the end of March 2017!

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  1. Tilly71 says:

    I have seen only a few people use this lounge, it’s such a small departure area that if you have a long wait it could be beneficial.

  2. It’s worth checking Amex Offers for the (sometimes) South African Airlines offer too.

  3. Zander says:

    The lounge is pointless, NQY is a tiny airport that rarely gets overcrowded for flights. I still don’t see where the Airport Development Fee is being spent, I must have paid £100s since I started going up and down to see family (I fly down once every two weeks) and I’m yet to see any real change to the airport.

  4. Jen T says:

    Used SAA for our recent trip to South Africa. Booked an economy ticket but used their ‘Step up’ programme to bid to upgrade to business class on both intercontinental flights. Bid relatively low as the cabin was almost empty – rtn trip totalled £1900 after upgrades including cost of original ticket. Only catch is that you own earn miles on the economy ticket booked, but it’s a cheap way for business class travel. Not sure if the cabin will be so empty now after this sale though.

  5. Graeme J Archer says:

    Completely OT – I experimented with Curve this weekend in Salzburg. I withdrew €100 on my Curve card, my Supercard and my First Direct debit card (with First Directory so free withdrawals abroad) on the same day because I wanted to know which was cheaper for travel cash. My Curve is linked to my Diamond Club Amex and the Supercard is linked to a Diamond Club Visa. The costs for €100 were….

    Curve – £80.30 (160 Avios)
    Supercard – £78.16 (78 Avios)
    First Direct – £78.16 (nowt)

    So the 2% foreign cash withdrawal fee on the Curve seems to be working. The £200 cash withdrawal limit scuppers it as a single-card solution for travel, sadly. Annoyingly for me, my three week Summer holiday in Central America starts a month after Supercard close the pilot.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Curve International payments (ATM or standard) are always MasterCard Wholesale rate + 1% then theres a £2 ATM withdrawal charge

    • That is very useful. People did say curve is still better because of better exchange rate and their charges negligible. I still wouldn’t use it even with higher points earnings.

  6. OT re:Amex referrals it seems you can now only refer a friend for cards you actually have so as a Plat and BAPP holder I can’t refer my wife for a gold card as I could previously. Does anyone know a way around this?

  7. harry says:

    OT this kind of selfish behaviour makes me very angry
    Holidaymakers ditch cars and taxis on motorway and WALK to airport after man on bridge sparks traffic jam

    The police should just grab the guy or if they go for grab & he falls, tough.

    Why should innocent people miss their holiday just because somebody had a girlfriend walk out on him/ feels lonely/ is drunk?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Like how the response is its illegal to walk on the Motorway instead of having a proper plan in place to get/keep traffic moving quickly in the first place

      Find in the UK police are generally inadequate in dealing with traffic, how hard is it to have officers direct traffic. Not forgetting the worst of all traffic offenders rubber neckers!

    • Oyster says:

      Since when is a 1 day delay to a holiday more important than a human life?

      • harry says:

        His choice, not ours.

        You’re not equating logically. Theoretical: some idiot could go airside Heathrow tomorrow with a banana in a sock and hold up Burger King for the petty cash. Or various other scenarios probably not worth writing down.

        The terminal/ airport would quickly be in lockdown

        Cost & disruption? £ millions, enormous.

        The police would do the rest of humanity a big favour by trying to Taser him but quickly revert to a bullet to the head if that didn’t work.

        So in answer to your question, IMV 1 human life is NOT worth destroying so many people’s daily lives and stopping life going on normally.

        • Human life is already priced up. It happens every day, eg is it worth putting bypass here to save x lives per year? £1m per life is a rough guide.

          • Genghis says:

            V true. And in the insurance industry for lost limbs etc.

            But could I sell Mrs Genghis for £1m?

  8. Matt E says:

    I’ve been in the Newquay lounge twice, had to switch the lights on both times.

  9. DC Nguyen says:

    I haven’t been able to book my Swiss Air flight due to this message after I input my card information: ‘Your enquiry cannot be processed at the moment due to technical problems. Please try again later. (60001)’. I’ve tried all day. Are you sure this code works?