Bits: €100 status credit for an Avis rental, Qatar sale extended, airberlin restructuring

News in brief:

€100 status credit with any Avis rental

A reader sent me a link to this new Avis offer.  If you are signed up to Avis Preferred and make a booking in the current Avis sale, for collection at any point up to 6th April, you will receive a €100 Avis status credit.  If you are a regular user of hire cars, this could be an easy way to boost your Avis Preferred status to Plus (€1,000 spend needed) which comes with a free weekend rental voucher.  You don’t get the €100 to sepend as rental credit, however.

The current Avis sale runs until 31st January.

(EDIT: I have rewritten this paragraph as I made a mistake over how the offer worked)

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Qatar Travel Festival extended

Just a quick note that Qatar Airways has extended the huge Qatar Travel Festival sale by 48 hours.  This means that you can still book until tonight.

The best of the availability has gone, unfortunately, but some deals remain.  The highlight was a flash sale to Tokyo last Thursday evening from Brussels or Amsterdam at €630 return in business class.

My two articles on the best deals on offer are here and here.

Remember that all flights on Qatar Airways earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points.  Return flights to Asia from Europe will generate 560 tier points (140 x 4) which is 90% of a BA Silver card.

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airberlin restructuring unveiled

I have run a couple of articles about the restructuring at airberlin.  The airline is now unravelling under its huge debts, despite massive investment from Etihad, and will not survive in its present form.  There are even rumours that Lufthansa is poised to swallow the remaining long haul routes.

Phase 1 of the restructuring has now been unveiled and you can find the route-by-route details here.

What you have is:

a lot of airberlin routes being dropped

a lot of airberlin routes being transferred to its Austrian subsidiary NIKI

NIKI being injected into a three-way joint venture between Tui and Etihad

airberlin will now consist of its long-haul routes from Berlin and Dusseldorf, mainly to the USA, and feeder short-haul flights into those two cities.  It is this rump which may now be injected into Lufthansa.

If you want to take advantage of those outstanding Avios redemption opportunities on airberlin, time is getting short.  Here is Anika’s review of her £4 taxes business class flight from New York to Berlin last year.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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  1. Another OT

    I have booked through Holiday Extras a stay and park at the Thistle Heathrow when we go away. It is very convenient for an early flight and I fancied a ride on a pod which is longer than I had imagined when I looked at the map. The only slight concern was that the reviews were not very good. I noticed that better rooms are available direct but no Amex Statement credit so I spoke to HE on webchat.
    I asked about upgrade and they said ‘you can upgrade the room to a deluxe room it would cost you an extra £12.90 – you would get a newly refurbished room, king size bed, bottled water and a Nespresso coffee machine’.
    So for £188.04 I got a deluxe room with breakfast and 20 days of parking (less 15% statement credit) which would have cost £243.20 from Thistle direct.

  2. the real harry1 says:

    fantastic Vueling sale – £17.98 return flights from various UK airports (Birmingham, Manchester and Luton) to Barcelona in February and March
    plus use code UKFLYNDER for 10 EUR off each passenger

    • Unless they cancel loads of flights after you’ve booked a prepaid hotel, as happened last time I promoted a Vueling sale!

      • the real harry1 says:

        I’d be tempted to take my kids to Spain for a few days at half term if we had a nearer airport & they weren’t so lazy 🙂

  3. That’s how it is. No claims accepted from the date of the network switch, so you will never get paid. No way you can know about the network change (well, I could tell you, but no way a normal person would know).

  4. Hi Liz – thankfully saga #1 resolved in that Hilton transactions from 10 months ago finally paid out! #2 was Amex Plat C/back card – £46.25 c/back that tracked fine for months but then suddenly got declined, apparently as Amex switched their affiliate network in the background and just cancelled all existing transactions! Have lodged a complaint with Amex too FWIW.

  5. BillyBoy says:

    Well first Avis promo rental returned 2 days ago, correct entry on statement yesterday for rental charge but no sign of the promised €100 credit – I will wait for a week to go by then chase them up and report back…

    • FrequentDriver says:

      I am in a similar position – returned car last week, saw normal transaction go through but no 100 Euros… I called CS and the agent insisted that it had been credited, but it certainly wasn’t showing on my statement. So a query has gone off to the Loyalty Team… we shall see !!