News in brief:
Last day to get 1,200 Avios for £30 LEGO spend
Today (Monday) is the last day to earn 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles for spending £30 on LEGO Disney Princess.
This is a Tesco Direct offer. You will receive 500 bonus Clubcard points which you can convert into 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin miles when you receive your Clubcard vouchers.
This Shopper Points article looks at the deal in more detail. The full list of available LEGO Disney Princess sets is here.
More information on LEVEL
On Saturday I wrote about IAG’s new low-cost airline LEVEL. Based in Barcelona, at least initially, it will offer another opportunity to earn or redeem Avios points.
Since I wrote that article I have got hold of some more information about how the airline will operate:
In Flight Entertainment will NOT be free on LEVEL. It will be free on Day 1 but this is only an introductory offer. If you’ve booked for a flight a few months out then you might have an unpleasant surprise.
Food will cost a fixed €35 each way which gets you two meals. Both meals will have at least one hot option. It seems that snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase.
Avios tickets will not book into the cheapest ticket category (LEVEL). This means that you WILL receive a free checked bag, free seat selection and food.
There are reports that BA status card holders are getting free seat selection at the moment, probably because flights are being booked via the Iberia website. In theory, though, you will receive NO status benefits on LEVEL if you have BA, Iberia or any other shiny oneworld card. There are no circumstances, irrespective of status or whatever ticket type you buy, that you will get you lounge access, fast track security or an additional free luggage allowance.
Here is the bizarre bit. LEVEL will be part of the Joint Business Agreement on transatlantic flights between AA, Finnair and IAG. This means that the flights will be subsidised by higher paying economy and premium economy passengers from the other airlines. Under the Joint Business Agreement, all of the revenue from participating airlines is thrown into one big pot and then divided up based on passenger volumes. As LEVEL will in theory have cheaper ticket prices than AA or Finnair (or BA or Iberia), it will presumably receive more back from the JBA than it pays in.
Seat selection will cost as much as €67 each way (exit row aisle or window)
LEVEL flights will earn On Business points, although the numbers have not been agreed yet
LEVEL flights will earn tier points but ONLY for Iberia Plus cardholders
You WILL be able to book connecting flights on AA, BA, Air Nostrum and Vueling and have your luggage checked through to your final destination – but only if the connecting flight is an Iberia codeshare
No pets allowed!
No unaccompanied minors allowed
Tickets allow re-routing on Iberia and British Airways in case of disruption. This offers a degree of security given that LEVEL will only have two aircraft at the start.