Bits: Telegraph article, bonus for bookings, want to buy 6 x A380s?

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News in brief:

The Telegraph endorses credit card churning!

In one of the more interesting personal finance article on travel credit cards, The Daily Telegraph published this on Thursday.  What is interesting is that it actively endorses credit card churning.

For a bit of fun, read the article and score 1 point for every factual error you find ….

Iberia A330 350

1,500 – 2,000 bonus Avios for a booking on

You may have received an email from Iberia offering you bonus Avios if you book a flight on by May 5th.  I didn’t, but when I log in at I am shown that I would receive 2,000 bonus points.

The key point here is that this bonus appears to pay with any cash flight booked on the Iberia site.  A HFP reader who has booked a few of these in the past told me that it triggers with a Vueling flight, for example.  It also triggers if you book a British Airways flight to Spain via the Iberia site.

If you are planning to book an Iberia flight, a BA flight to Spain or a Vueling or Iberia Express flight before May 5th, you should log in at and see if they will give you a bonus for booking there.

Malaysia A380 350

Malaysia Airlines puts its six A380s up for sale

Following the tragic events of last year, which essentially bankrupted the company, Malaysia Airlines has put its six Airbus A380 aircraft up for sale or lease. The story is here. If sold outright they would fetch around $1bn.

This will be a very interesting one to watch.

The main selling point of the A380 – the ability to pack more passengers into a plane – has been compromised by the willingness of some airlines to move to previously unthinkable levels of density in economy on existing aircraft.

Few base airports would even have the capacity to handle six new A380 aircraft at once. British Airways, for example, would not have enough A380 stands at Terminal 5 to manage them.

Airbus failed to sell a single A380 last year (although the order book is full for a few years) and Emirates is pushing for the development of a more fuel efficient version before it will commit to another major order. However, Qatar and Etihad have been dipping their toes in the water and have (or are getting) new airports which could easily handle them. Turkish may also be interested.

As Malaysia Airlines is a oneworld partner, some of you may be booked on an A380 redemption from London or Paris to Kuala Lumpur. You should keep an eye on your booking. All other long-haul Malaysia aircraft do NOT have fully-flat seats in business class. There is no need for immediate panic as only two of the A380s are being offered for immediate delivery – the other four will not be released until 2016.

Malaysia is also selling six Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 aircraft. It will be left with A330 and the remaining Boeing 777 planes for long-haul operations and will essentially refocus as a regional carrier.

There may also be two long-haul slots at Heathrow coming up for grabs for anyone with $30m each to spend …..

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  1. John says:

    Ex-Aer Lingus CEO Christopher Mueller’s recovery programme for Malaysia is clearly underway. Don’t envy him his task, but he did well in Dublin.

    Supposedly Willie Walsh’s bid for EI is coming to a conclusion:

    He’ll need to convince the unions that the number of better paying new jobs being created through transatlantic expansion will substantially out number back office redundancies as EI’s admin moves to London.

    The incentive for Walsh if he can ramp up EI transatlantic flights (with US immig pre-clear) is that he can stop worrying about Heathrow expansion, as Madrid and Dublin become London’s third runway for IAG.

    Shane about the avios hike for EI business flights though.

  2. Mr(s) Entitled says:

    “Emirates is pushing for the development of a more fuel efficient version because it will commit to another major order.”

    HfP 1 point v’s Daily Telegraph 3,284 points

  3. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Seven points 🙂

  4. Choons says:

    So many mistakes that it is painful to read.

  5. Rich says:

    Malaysian seem good at expanding and then contracting again….

  6. Nick says:

    I didn’t get past the 2nd paragraph before stopping.

  7. Goglobalnz says:

    £91000 spending to earn 100,000 avios? I must be doing something wrong!

  8. sideshow bob says:

    So according to the well researched telegraph article the new off peak avios redemption for New York in club world is lower than the old pre-28th April rate. Not sure what all the fuss was all about then.

  9. OT but the recent Amex offers are now on the amex cardmember offers site if anyone wants to sign up a supplementary card.

  10. Haha that article made my laugh!
    Shame I didn’t know about the 2,000 bonus on Iberia, i just booked a flight with Vueling yesterday. They have some really cheap flights from Italy to Greece.

  11. The MAS A380s are the only planes they have fitted with a first class, wonder if they will fit out some 777s with it instead or just abandon first completely. Their First class lounge at KUL won’t be of much use.

    MAS never had a proper strategy when they purchased the A380s, they were trying to keep up with their neighbours in Singapore. Cathay Pacific have done well flying their 777s long haul, no need for A380s.

    The MAS 777 business class seat is an angle lie flat and one of the most uncomfortable seats i have been in when trying to get some sleep. It would be unwise to try and sell tickets for that for a 12 hour flight from LHR to KUL with that seat.

  12. Lady London says:

    Not sure of the t’s and c’s of this offer this year but am pretty sure I booked a LON-PRA on IB website last year and qualified for a bonus offered for making a booking on there.

  13. althani2 says:

    Nothing wrong with A380s.

    Our strategy is more complicated than you seem to say.

    People love luxury and space when they travel by air.

  14. Nicks says:

    oT, but my ba prem plus Amex card is coming up for renewal at the end of May. I’ve just earned by companion voucher in the last week.

    Should I downgrade to the free BA Amex, and then signup up for the premier version again in 6 months to hopefully get 25000 avios.

    If I cancel without downgrading, so I keep the companion vouchers? (I have a plat charge card too which I am keeping). Thanks!!

    • Idrive says:

      I don’t think you can have both at the same time so you would need to cancel to make sure you got the voucher you need to be able too see it on your executive club profile. Check on the blog many discussion about it (cancel and keep, book and cxl etc) do it at your risk though.

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