Bits: good Amex / Nespresso deal, Vueling sale, BA flights to Tehran resumed

News in brief:

Amex / Nespresso deal

Three people dropped me a note about a new American Express promotion which, to be honest, I saw on my account but dismissed without investigation.  Two readers rated the deal highly, one thought it stunk!

Details of this deal should be under the ‘Offers’ section on your American Express online account. Check under each card you hold.  It should be there for one of them.

This is the deal – you order a specific coffee machine (link removed as broken overnight) which sells at £129 but you pay just £39.  However, you must order 400 Nespresso coffee capsules at the same time which cost you a minimum of 29p each.

Nespresso products are rarely heavily reduced so this is a decent deal in terms of value for money.  Whether you want to commit to buying 400 capsules upfront – especially as you may not be familiar with most of the flavours – is a different question.

Vueling

Major Vueling sale

Vueling is the little known sister of British Airways and Iberia.  International Airlines Group, the parent of BA and Iberia, took full control of the Spanish low cost carrier in 2013 and since then it has expanded rapidly to serve over 160 airports across Europe.

You can redeem Avios points for flights on Vueling as long as you transfer them to Iberia Plus first.  This is good news for travellers outside London who have a wider range of regional Avios redemption options.

From the UK, Vueling flies to (some services seasonal):

Birmingham – Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga

Cardiff – Alicante, Barcelona, Majorca, Malaga

Edinburgh – Alicante, Barcelona, Paris, Rome

Leeds Bradford – Barcelona

Liverpool – Barcelona

London Gatwick – Asturius, Barcelona, Bilbao, Florence, Paris, Rome, Santiago de Compostela

London Heathrow (T3) – La Coruna, Barcelona

London Luton – Amsterdam, Barcelona

Manchester – Alicante, Barcelona, Rome

Newcastle – Barcelona

Until 13th September, Vueling has a major sale with 1 million seats at €29.99 one way.   This could be a decent option for a cheap Autumn break in Spain.  Details of the sale are here.

Tehran

British Airways resumes flights to Tehran

British Airways flights to Tehran resumed last week, opening up an interesting range of new tourist options for more intrepid readers.

The service will operate six days per week with a four class Boeing 777.

British Airways’ only Farsi-speaking captain, Kami Johnson, explains the appeal of Iran for first time visitors in this video: https://youtu.be/QmBBdYB41Ao

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Comments

  1. Do they still serve Nespresso in First? It used to be Capriccio.

  2. OTT what time are reward seats loaded, is it midnight?

  3. Hi all,

    I may have found something interesting. Via below link one can earn 3500 M&M miles for each best western stay. Worthy of a mattress run?

    https://www.miles-and-more.com/online/portal/mam/uk/earn/special_offers/offer?nodeid=1634428578&l=en&cid=1000243

    • Unless you value M&M miles at much more than 1p each, which I think is unwise, a mattress run wouldn’t be viable. Given that it’s a return of about £35, however, it would certainly be worth putting a few stays through Best Western, if the hotels are worth staying at anyway.

    • Looks interesting, thanks.

  4. Some of the ones near me are £35/£45 range.

  5. Glad to see the direct route to IKA resumed. As someone who goes every summer getting there has been a mission with some long stopovers in the old DOH airport. Was booked on BA this summer but missed out as they postponed the start date. Had a comical return journey via ATH. Next time eh.

    Can’t speak highly enough of Iran. A different country to what is displayed in the media with the friendliest people around.