Bits: HEx and Airbnb cashback deals, buy Etihad miles, AA Heathrow slots

News in brief:

£10 back on £50 Heathrow Express spend and 2% back on Airbnb

A new cashback deal has appeared on many American Express accounts offering £10 back on £50 Heathrow Express spend.

It isn’t clear if this is cumulative.  These deals often pay out for cumulative spend but the rules are not clear on this occasion.  To see if you are targetted, look in the ‘Offers’ section on your online American Express account.

Remember that Heathrow Express is better value than it was due to the new Advanced Purchase fares and the fact that children travel free.  Full details of how to get the best Heathrow Express deals are in this article.  If you are paying full price for tickets, make sure you book via this link to earn Avios points on top.  The deal runs to 23rd July.

Airbnb has launched a similar deal although it is less generous.

Assuming that you can register for the offer on your account, you will see that you get 2% cashback on all Airbnb transactions until 19th July.  This would stack with the free £30 Airbnb credit that you can get by using our refer-a-friend link here.

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You can now buy Etihad miles

Via View from the Wing, Etihad Guest has introduced the ability to buy miles.

The link to buy is here.

The cost is a flat 2 US cents per mile.  The annual cap is 100,000 miles with a maximum single transaction of 60,000 miles.

This gives you another option if you are looking to accumulate enough miles to try out the A380 Business Class Studio (review) or First Class Apartment (review).

With Etihad currently offering 15,000 miles on its free credit card and also being an Amex Membership Rewards transfer partner (the free Amex Gold would get you 20,000 Etihad miles), there is an opportunity to run up some miles fairly quickly.

Remember, though, that you should not buy more than 75% of the miles you need.  Etihad has a very generous ‘part cash part miles’ option and will sell you the final 25% you need for just over 0.5p per mile, as I explained here.

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American Airlines behind SAS’s slot sale

Via Business Traveller, American Airlines has confirmed that it was behind the $75m purchase of two Heathrow slot pairs recently.

The seller was Scandinavian airline SAS.   The airline has retained the right to use the slots for three years so it may be some time before AA launches any additional services.

Given the BA / AA / Finnair / Iberia joint venture with governs transatlantic flights, this is a slightly surprising purchase.  Any revenue that AA earns from these new flights will be shared with IAG and Finnair which must have made the economics of the purchase look tricky.

Meanwhile, I would expect that Etihad remains on the lookout for a way of boosting its three existing Heathrow services, and it remains possible that Emirates would be interested in slots to move over its Gatwick services to pick up more high margin premium traffic.

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Comments

  1. Talay says:

    OT re American Airlines miles and 40% off

    Max 150k miles is $2655 = £2042 or £2103 if you pay 3% FX fees.

    How much is Etihad LHR-BKK on American Airlines miles ?

    • Roger says:

      Shouldn’t you have bought SPG points two days ago?

      I bought 30K SPG points for £585 using AMEX card. Already had 10K SPG. If I was to convert this 40K SPG to AA, I will end up with 62.5K AA miles (40K becomes 50K and add 25% bonus for hotel points conversion.
      Similarly if you were to buy across two accounts​ SPG points I reckon you could be much better off even getting Marriott travel packages which also includes bonus miles for AA.

  2. Mrs_Fussy says:

    Totally OT but would anyone know BA’s policy regarding upgrading an avios booking using at
    Cash at the airport. We recently upgraded our avios CW ticket to F by paying ££. Do we receive any tier points ?

  3. Roger I says:

    Harry, I took out the Radio Times subscription you mentioned on 1.5.17, even though it looked to be too good to be true – £49.99 RT subscription + £50 John Lewis GC for £49.99. :)

    The website was suspiciously clear of exclusions or T+Cs. At face value, it’s a continuing offer when paid by direct debit: RT sub + JL GC every six months. I’d be surprised and delighted if this were to be the case.

    I’m debating with myself whether to calendarise a d/d cancellation or just plough on expecting the best. What do you think?