Bits: ‘Buy Avios’ bonus, more on Kimpton / Accelerate, new JAL London service

News in brief:

Up to 30% bonus when you buy Avios

Iberia Plus has launched a new ‘buy Avios’ promotion which runs until 30th July.

The offer is:

10% bonus when you buy 2,000 to 15,000 Avios

20% bonus when you buy 20,000 to 80,000 Avios

30% bonus when you buy 85,000 to 100,000 Avios

At the top end, you will be paying €1,800 for 130,000 Avios.  Given the weak £, this works out at 1.22p per Avios based on £1,593.  You would need to add a 3% foreign exchange fee to this price if your credit card has one.

I would not usually be a buyer at this price unless I had a very specific redemption in mind which I knew would be worth more than I am paying.  Don’t forget that BA had a 50% flash sale just three weeks ago and such offers appear to be more common than they were.  I don’t see why a 20% bonus – which is what most people would get given the price ranges – is too exciting.

The exact rules for who can buy Iberia Plus Avios are always confusing.  You MUST have been an Iberia Plus member for 90 days before you can transfer Avios from Iberia to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.  I think you also need to have earned at least one Avios point in your Iberia account before you can buy points although that may have changed.  Thanks to Andrew.

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More on Kimpton Amsterdam and IHG Accelerate

I wrote yesterday that IHG Rewards Club was denying credit for their Accelerate promotion to guests at the new Kimpton De Witt hotel in Amsterdam.

Whilst every other Kimpton hotel globally is part of the Kimpton Karma scheme, De Witt Amsterdam is part of IHG Rewards Club.  You can earn and redeem IHG points with the hotel, so it was bizarre that it did not count towards the major Accelerate promotion this quarter.

IHG has now told me that this is a mistake and that it will be corrected.  My Accelerate home page has not yet updated, but I will give it time.  You don’t need to start moving bookings away from Kimpton De Witt due to the lack of Accelerate credit.

This means that my stay in Paris next week will trigger 11,200 bonus Accelerate points for ‘staying in two overseas countries’.  Which is nice.

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New Avios redemption option to Tokyo

Japan Airlines, a BA partner in the oneworld alliance, has announced a second daily flight from Heathrow to Tokyo from 29th October.

The flight will depart Heathrow at 09.30, landing at Haneda at 06.25.

JAL has said that the service will feature the new Sky Suite product in Business Class, pictured above.  This uses the herringbone layout favoured by Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and – on refurbished planes – American Airlines.

You can redeem Avios points for flights on JAL although you cannot use a British Airways American Express 241 voucher.  You should also remember that partner redemptions always charged at peak day pricing, irrespective of whether BA is charging peak or off-peak prices at the same time.

That said, if you are redeeming for just yourself and on a British Airways peak day, I would be very tempted to seek out this new JAL seat over a British Airways Club World service.  I am guessing that the cabin is not as dark as the PR photograph implies ….

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Comments

  1. Crafty says:

    OT: Closing in on a first ever Avios redemption. Looks good value on the dates I need, LHR to JFK for about 120,000 Avios plus £1,000 cash for the 2 of us using a companion voucher – out in CW, back in F.

    Before I pull the trigger – any obvious “newbie mistakes” you wish you hadn’t made that first time? Alternatives I ought to consider or things I should watch out for? Thanks very much ahead of time.

    • Alex W says:

      You might want to consider which aircraft you book on. I think that route has A380, 777 and 787 although the latter seems predominantly to Newark. It’s all much of a muchness on BA I find, though.
      Personally I think I would prefer to sleep in CW overnight and enjoy F when awake.

    • Alex W says:

      You might want to consider which aircraft you book on. I think that route has A380, 777 and 787 although the latter seems predominantly to Newark. It’s all much of a muchness on BA I find, though.
      Personally I think I would prefer to sleep in CW overnight and enjoy F when awake.

    • What factors led to your decision to go J outbound and F inbound?
      F outbound would allow LHR Concorde Lounge – if you are interested?

  2. Guys, I am looking forward to book 2 ine ways – Lon-Tokyo and Tokyo-Lon on around late mar 2018 and return in between April 9-11th 2018. I have app 92k avios and expecting 40k avios in next 2 months. After moving my head around for too many times I think I may have to settle down with one leg on business class and another leg on Prem eco or eco. Lon -tok bus class with jal is 90k avios +£245 and Prem eco is 56k avios + £140. But Tokyo to Lon business class is 90k avios + £88, and Prem eco is 5650 avios + £44. Please can you suggest which leg leg I should choose bus to get the best possible experience and enjoyment? if I book onward in Prem eco and return on bus, costs goes down but avios used will be same. I am bit confused as I never flew jal before.
    Thanks guys and any help is much appreciated.