News in brief (we’re a bit behind after spending two days at the Business Travel Show last week):
A new way to spend expiring Emirates Skywards miles
I get a lot of emails from HFP readers concerned about some Emirates Skywards miles which are approaching expiry.
Your options are fairly limited. There is no way of extending their life so you need to spend them before they expire. For small amounts your options include:
- Tickets to Arsenal, either in the stands or in the Emirates suite
- easyJet flights
- transferring them to Heathrow Rewards, albeit the points are ring-fenced for Heathrow shopping vouchers and cannot be transferred to Avios
There is now a new option. Thanks to a new partnership with Rocketmiles, you can now redeem Emirates Skywards miles for hotel rooms across the world. You can combine miles and cash – as long as you have at least 5,000 miles – so this is a good way of using up your entire expiring balance.
You can also earn Emirates Skywards miles on hotel rooms booked via Rocketmiles.
Full details can be found on the Emirates website here.
BA to remove therapeutic oxygen from short-haul flights
In an interview with Skift last month, British Airways CEO Alex Cruz said “If one particular day we don’t come up with an idea to reduce our costs, then we’re not doing our job.”
And so it came to pass on Friday that BA announced it will no longer provide therapeutic oxygen on short-haul flights departing after 1st February 2018.
Customers requiring therapeutic oxygen on short-haul flights are being told to make their own provisions. You need to receive medical clearance from BA before you can bring your own therapeutic oxygen onboard, and it must be from a list of acceptable providers.
British Airways will continue to provide therapeutic oxygen on board long-haul flights.
Etihad offering a free repeat holiday if it rains!
Etihad is pushing its Etihad Holidays packages at the moment with an interesting guarantee.
If you book a break in Abu Dhabi, and there is more than 5mm of rain during your stay, Etihad will provide you with a free replacement holiday up to the same value.
The small print is confused, however. The website for this offer mentions ‘1st May to 30th September’ but the small print talks about stays between 1st June and 31st August. This is a major difference as your best chance of a downpour is obviously in the shoulder season, primarily May. That said, the chance of a payout is slim in any event.