Bits: cheap one-way Avis rentals, more BA strikes, good safety videos

News in brief:

Save up to £69 with Avis one-way rentals

Avis is currently running a ‘no one-way rental fee’ promotion.  This could come in handy if you want a cheap trip back home from Heathrow.

If you’re driving north from London’s airports this summer, you can save up to £69 which is the maximum standard one-way surcharge.

Your car needs to be picked up from Avis at Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, Luton Airport or Stansted Airport and be dropped off at one of the following locations:

Airports: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Manchester and Prestwick;

Downtown: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Queen Street Train Station, Inverness and Manchester

This offer expires on 12th August and can be booked here.  Thanks to Caroline.

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BA potential mixed fleet strike

British Airways Mixed Fleet cabin crew have announced another two week strike, starting on 2nd August.

If the strike goes ahead, it will be the 11th strike since 2016.

Flights from Gatwick, Stansted and London City are not impacted, and the number of Heathrow cancellations during the current action appears to be modest.

During the previous strikes BA has been cancelling flights to Doha, moving passengers to Qatar Airways and freeing up cabin crew, as well as leasing nine fully crewed aircraft from Qatar Airways.  This means that more of us will be getting the chance to fly on a Qatar Airways short haul plane this summer.

 

Genuinely good safety videos ….

Yesterday we ran a link to new British Airways Comic Relief in-flight safety video.  There is always a huge risk when you try to be funny with these things, especially when people see the same joke week in and week out, and we weren’t sure that the BA one cuts it.

There was some discussion on other favourite videos in the comments yesterday.  For the record, here are our two favourites.

Above is a link to Virgin America, Rob’s favourite, which simply tries to be entertaining and not funny and succeeds massively.

And below is the Qatar Airways one featuring the FC Barcelona squad which is also impressive – but you don’t come off the plane humming it, unlike Virgin ….

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Comments

  1. Genghis says:

    OT. Just called MBNA to cancel my Virgin Black and my wife’s Virgin White. I was offered 5k bonus miles for spending £1k in 90 days but declined as it would mean another £140 in fees. Wife also offered this so we duly accepted. Might be worth calling up today if you were thinking of cancelling anyway…

    • Followed you there Genghis.
      Same offer, apparently will receive a letter confirming the same.

      • Genghis says:

        Nice one! No brainer in my opinion. 5.5% return on £1k and we’ll then call up to cancel…

    • Mr Dee says:

      Tried this and got offered nothing 🙁

    • The Original Nick. says:

      Genghis, make sure you get those 5000 VS miles. I was promised the same but never got the miles so I had to call and get them credited.

      • Genghis says:

        I’ve had problems getting VS miles from MBNA before but it seems the whiff of a formal complaint gets them posted pretty sharpish.

  2. OT. I have just enrolled for Gold SPG status through Amex Platinum, does anyone know how long this takes to reflect on my SPG account?

  3. Andrew says:

    The current BA safety video seems to have lasted forever, indeed, often on domestic flights the media is so heavily degraded that they do full manual version instead. It’s almost as if it’s played back from an analogue VCR.

    I will forever ponder if the woman in the vid is supposed to be Tracey Emin.

  4. the_real_a says:

    OT – feedback on cancelling the IHG creation card

    It seems the agents have received some training on the products, the service today was impeccable. Managed to cancel the card to avoid the annual fee (after anniversary date but before statement creation date), and have a written confirmation that the free night will be posted to my IHG account.

    • They got a kicking this week because I got a reader complaint, sent it to Creation and they arranged a re-briefing.

  5. OT. Thanks to the poster yesterday who reminded us that the Moneycorp Explorer card (with the free money ) is coming up to the 1 year mark where fees are introduced.

    I just tried to clear the balance from a couple of cards but was declined. I had not remembered to add 3% to the total spend and be under the balance.

  6. Really says:

    OT
    Does getting a complementary card (on say the Amex Gold) count against the 6 month churn period? Mrs Really received an offer from Amex of 3k amex points for an additional cardmember. Might as well get a card if it doesn’t count against the 6 months (I’m 3 months away).

    Any input appreciated.

  7. joelyp says:

    Anyone have any success claiming EC/261 compensation for BA strike cancellations? In my case it was 48 hours’ notice for the last flight of the day from Newcastle to Heathrow on a Sunday night, with the alternative flight offered late afternoon Monday (!). I eventually managed to get it changed to the Monday red-eye.

    I submitted via the clunky BA form online, and received a telephone call back to refuse the claim, with the only explanation for why it was “exceptional circumstances” being that “BA has to uphold people’s right to voice their opinion and strike”. I pointed out that the CAA has said it would be very difficult to call an airline’s own strike “exceptional circumstances” (and indeed specifically excludes airline’s own strikes in its list of exceptional circumstances), that BA had a choice of which (if any) flights to cancel, had itself received the statutory period of notice for the strike and it was therefore not a wildcat strike with no notice, and BA had plenty of tools to avoid cancelling (such as bringing in other planes, as it had done from Qatar Airways). Also, as Rob points out very difficult to call something which has now happened 11 time in the last 18 months, “exceptional”.

    BA had been very coy in the press when asked if it would compensate for strike cancellations. It’s now clear why.

    I pointed the above out to BA in a written response, also insisting that they respond in writing as that is required for me to escalate the matter to arbitration if necessary. Receiving a call instead of a written response seems to me to be a new way to frustrate the process.

  8. Does it really matter if the ba one is a misfire? They are at least encouraging people to watch them which has to be a good thing.

    The guy behind me on a recent flight told his young son not to watch it because it was just for people who don’t fly very often, and reminded his son that they had already had 3 flights since Christmas

  9. Managed to get a Qatar replacement plane on our BA flight to Stuttgart just over a week ago. More legroom, comfier seats and complimentary snack.

    We were very disappointed when we arrived at our gate in Stuttgart for our homeward journey only to find BA metal sitting there.