Aer Lingus turns down formal takeover bid from British Airways

Aer Lingus

British Airways’s parent company, International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, announced yesterday that it had made a takeover approach to Aer Lingus.  The board of Aer Lingus rejected the offer. The idea that Aer Lingus would make an excellent takeover target for BA is hardly new.  […]

New fare deals: Qatar from Edinburgh, Vueling, Etihad from Paris


A few more fare deals have popped into my inbox.  None are worth pushing on their own but there was a critical mass of them to justify a summary! Etihad – pay for business, fly in first For bookings before July 31st, Etihad is offering a […]

Iberia launches ‘part-pay with Avios’ – and it’s rubbish

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From July 2nd, Iberia is letting you use Avios to pay for part of the cost of a cash ticket.  “All your Avios count and they also discount” is the catchy slogan they are using. British Airways launched a similar ‘part pay with Avios’ scheme […]

Earn BA Avios and tier points with Vueling – and summary of UK Vueling flights


Vueling is the little known sister of British Airways and Iberia.  International Airlines Group, the parent of BA and Iberia, took full control of the Spanish low cost carrier last year. The airline operates a one-class service with a fleet of, primarily, Airbus A320 aircraft.  […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 14 – Using Avios for non-stop flights from the UK regions

Avios Redemption University

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. When British Airways sold its regional operations to Flybe a few years ago, it became an airline with […]

British Airways strategy news from their Capital Markets Investor Day

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Every year, British Airways parent company, IAG, holds an investor day for the financial community to update it on what is happening. The slides from this are always made available to the public, and you can access them here (look under the IAG tab).  It is […]

Using Vueling to fly to Spain with Avios from the UK regions


British Airways is often known as ‘London Airways’ to its detractors, and for good reason.  For a number of years now, BA has not operated a single flight from a UK regional airport that went anywhere except London. As far as Avios collectors are concerned, any redemption flight […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 2 – How to benefit from Reward Flight Saver

Avios Redemption University

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. When British Airways created Avios in November 2011, the one change that came totally out of the blue […]

What airlines can I use Avios points on?


(This post was updated in May 2014) I occasionally get asked for a full list of Avios airlines, or whether there is somewhere online that has a full list of Avios partner airlines. The bottom line is that there isn’t one, because each of the […]

Can you earn Avios points on Vueling?


International Airlines Group, the parent of British Airways, took full control of Spanish low-cost airline Vueling this week.  See the Bloomberg story here.  The cost was €123m to take IAG’s stake to 91%. There are some interesting nuances here.  Unlike Iberia, which is bleeding cash like […]

“How can I use my Avios to fly (direct) from regional airports?”

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Over Easter, I will be answering a number of the reader questions that were submitted via this article.  If you didn’t take part this time, don’t worry as I will be re-running this feature in the Summer.  Feel free to expand on or critique my […]

New Avios redemption option to Florence with Vueling


Vueling is an airline you may not have heard of.  It is a semi-low-cost carrier partly owned by Iberia (and bookable on the Iberia site) operating across Europe. British Airways, as we know, does not operate any flights from outside London.  However, Vueling runs a few […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 4 – How to benefit from Reward Flight Saver

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(This is Lesson 4 in the ‘Avios Redemption University’ series, aimed at answering the eternal question – ‘What is the best Avios redemption?’.  Links to the three earlier articles on upgrading with Avios, redeeming on Aer Lingus and redeeming for hotel rooms can be found here.) […]

More non-London routes for spending Avios


I have been running a few posts to show people how they can travel from the regions via Avios, using BA partner airlines. I have already looked at routes on Vueling here and here. Sun-Air of Scandinavia is a low profile BA franchise airline running […]