Archives for June 2017

Is BA trying to make you think you’ve given up your EU261 compensation rights?

Regular readers will know that we have given much coverage in recent months to British Airways and its approach to EU261 compensation.  This has primarily been around a perception that the airline is deliberately targeting Avios redemptions, and specifically British Airways American Express 2-4-1 redemptions, […]

This is what you get with InterContinental’s Club Life package

Back in March I wrote about a new product being trialled by InterContinental – the ‘Club InterContinental Experience’ or ‘Club Life’ package. This is aimed at hotels without a private club lounge and is an attempt to offer some of the same benefits despite not having […]

Bits: 35% SPG points discount extended, Heathrow to open a gym, Europcar flash sale

News in brief: 35% discount when you buy Starwood Preferred Guest points extended I had this written as a ‘last chance to buy’ piece.  And then, at 10pm, Starwood went and extended the deal until 14th July! So, in that case, I only need to […]

Thinking caps on – how can you maximise Carlson’s ‘free Fridays’ promo?

Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza / Quorvus chain, has launched a very interesting new promotion. This could be very lucrative if you are prepared to ‘play the game’, although it will require some flexibility in both earning and redeeming. Details […]

Bits: Concorde Room side door reopens, LATAM deals to Latin America, IHG 15-year bonus

News in brief: The Terminal 5 Concorde Room magic door reopens! When British Airways opened The First Wing at Terminal 5 earlier this year (review here), they simultaneously closed the direct entrance into The Concorde Room by the South security channel. (The Concorde Room – […]

My review of the Park Inn hotel, Southend on Sea

This is my review of the Park Inn Palace, Southend on Sea, hotel. I have never stayed in a Park Inn before.  I have ‘stayed’ in a Park Inn, on a mattress run for the purposes of accruing 50,000 Club Carlson bonus points (and you […]

Bits: BA cancelling strike flights from 1 July, Gatwick Express cancelling trains from Thursday

News in brief: British Airways cancelling flights pre-strike British Airways seems more worried about the upcoming 16-day strike by Mixed Fleet crew members than it was for previous strikes.  Perhaps it is the higher summer passenger loads, which make it harder to consolidate two flights […]

UK court ruling may lead to 6 years of refunds for cancelled returns on missed flights

Three years ago we wrote about the court decision in Huzar vs Jet2.  Jet2’s decision not to pay Mr Huzar his EU compensation has turned out to be one of the most expensive mistakes in recent aviation history, since Mr Huzar won in court.  This set […]

My review of the Trump Turnberry hotel and resort in Scotland

This is my review of the Trump Turnberry golf hotel and resort in Scotland. A few weeks ago I received an email from Trump Turnberry – A Luxury Collection Resort, the luxury golf resort in Scotland which is part of the Starwood ‘Luxury Collection’, asking if […]

My review of the Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland (Part Two)

This is part two of my review of Trump Turnberry, Starwood’s Luxury Collection Resort in Scotland.  In part one, click here, I looked at the different rooms and accommodations.  Part two focuses on food, activities and the spa.  Part 1 also includes a short video […]

50% bonus when you buy Avios – worth it?

British Airways has launched (yet another) aggressive ‘buy Avios’ offer. It is a short term deal which expires on Friday 30th. You need to visit ba.com via this page in order to buy. Let’s take a look at the ‘buy Avios’ deal in detail, as I […]

Bits: new Amex cashback deals, triple Accor points in Europe & APAC, Opodo codes correction

News in brief: New American Express cashback deals launched American Express has launched a new wave of statement credit deals.  These offers may or may not be available for you to activate if you look at the ‘Offers’ tab on your online statement or in the […]

LAST CALL: Virgin credit card bonus at 10,000 (White) and 25,000 (Black) miles

Tomorrow, 28th June, is your last chance to apply for the two Virgin Atlantic credit cards with the sharply increased sign-up bonuses. To be honest, because the two British Airways American Express cards continue to have an enhanced bonus, I reckon that Virgin Atlantic will […]

Review: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class on the A330 fleet

This is my review of Virgin Atlantic Upper Class on the A330 aircraft. Coming back from New York 10 days ago, I was legged over – twice – by Virgin Atlantic.  I wasn’t amused. I was booked on VS4, the 6.30pm departure from JFK to […]

Bits: two good Avios / Tesco toy deals, Opodo discounts, HFP Dubai competition winner

News in brief: Two good Avios / Tesco toy deals Tesco Direct is running two decent promotions this week if you need to pick up some toys. Until 28th June, you will earn 500 Clubcard points (1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin miles) when you spend […]