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Bits: £750 business class flights to Bangkok, 12000 Avios for Economist sub

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News in brief:

£750 business class tickets to Bangkok

I have devoted quiet a bit of coverage recently to exceptionally cheap Qatar Airways flights to Asia from Europe, often sub £800.  There is nothing available at the moment, however.

Turkish Airlines has stepped into the breach.

For trips completed by December 15th, for departures from Copenhagen, Stockholm or Oslo, you can fly to Bangkok in business class for as little as £750 return.

Turkish Airlines is working hard at the moment to keep up with the Middle East ‘big three’.  Their lounges in Istanbul are meant to be excellent and I have heard good things about their onboard service.  Turkish is a member of Star Alliance so you would earn miles in Miles & More, MileagePlus or a similar programme.

Note that the first leg may be on a short-haul plane, albeit that it is only a three hour flight.  You should also check which planes are used on the long-haul leg and exactly what business class seating you should expect.

In my price tests, Stockholm to Bangkok was coming up as £758.  Copenhagen was £897 and Oslo £822.

The best thing to do is have a play around on the Turkish Airlines website here and see what comes up.

These fares are meant to be available for booking until June 21st.

Turkish Airlines 777 seating

East Coast Rewards points can now be converted to Virgin Flying Club miles

Thanks to @SaveECRewards, I am pleased to say that Virgin East Coast is now allowing you to redeem your remaining East Coast Rewards points for Virgin Flying Club miles.

As I wrote recently, I recently redeemed most of my points for two First Class train tickets but had 36 points left over.  I was faced with redeeming these for (36 x 6 =) 216 Nectar points, worth £1.08.

I can now transfer them to Virgin Flying Club where I can hopefully get double the value.

Obviously in my case the extra value is minimal.  If you have larger balances – or, more relevantly, don’t want a Nectar account – Virgin Flying Club now offers a decent alternative to empty out your balance.

More details are on the Virgin East Coast website here.

Virgin East Coast

It’s back – 12,000 Avios with a subscription to The Economist

Just a few weeks after running an offer for 8,000 Avios, Iberia Plus is offering 12,000 Avios for a new subscription to The Economist.

You CANNOT now cancel a subscription to The Economist for a partial refund.  This makes the offer less good but still not unattractive.

It will cost you £155 for a years subscription which earns you 12,000 Avios points.  If you have the slightest interest in The Economist then this is well worth a look.

Plan B is to order a copy to a random hotel or library in a country with cheaper subscription rates!  This is no longer as good a deal as it was, since countries such as Thailand now only come with 8,000 bonus Avios points.

Full details can be found on the Iberia website here.

You will need to give an Iberia Plus number when you subscribe.  Once your account has been open for 90 days, you will be able to transfer the Avios across to a BA or account via ‘Combine My Avios’ online.

The subscription deadline is June 30th.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (39)

  • Scott says:

    I’ve just transferred my remaining 40 points from the old East Coast scheme to Virgin miles. 240 helps keep my account alive a bit longer (only got 1200+ and they expire in Feb 2016 – not sure what happened to the miles I should have earned back in March from a Newcastle to Doncaster first class ticket as they haven’t appeared)

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      Even though I’m paying using eVouchers purchased back in February (reason: ) I’ve had Virgin miles post promptly for all VTEC trips made.

      One thing to remember is the two Virgin Trains companies are entirely separate (Virgin only own 10% of the East Coast one) and there isn’t even an effort to appear unified. So if you book an East Coast ticket on the West Coast site you won’t receive anything.

      If you’re booking on the East Coast site it should display the earned miles after payment on the confirmation screen. It’s probably worth saving a screenshot in case your miles don’t post. If you don’t have confirmation of miles posting you should call web support on 03457 225111.

  • n says:

    Turkish – can you work in a 24/48 hour stopover in Istanbul with these prices?

  • Matt says:

    If anyone wants to send me their Economist subscription I will be happy..

  • James67 says:

    Etihad also has offer with economist but only 2000/2500 EG miles. Anybody ever seen it go higher?

  • Ant says:

    Off topic – Hilton reward cert – I just received mine and it shows expiry date 28 May 2016! I thought it was valid for 6 months. Not that I am complaining.

    Also do you think I can cancel the Hilton card or should I wait till I use the voucher? I am actually also considering if I want to try and hit the £10k spend for Gold.


    • Nick M says:

      Likewise – nice surprise to have the additional flexibility!

    • mark2 says:

      Just had a look and mine and my wife’s both had six months expiry, but since I used them within six hours I was not too concerned!

    • Rob says:

      Gold would last until March 17 so may be worth a push.

  • xcalx says:

    Don’t know if its my end but I have just received this and the United lounge emails

    • Rob says:

      They went at the normal time – I saw them go as it was lunchtime here. There was a Twitter issue yesterday though.

      Running a site like this is basically whack-a-mole brought to life …..!

  • mark2 says:

    For anyone else whose Iberia Plus account is frozen so that Avios cannot be transferred, they have sent me this link –
    It is a form to complete and return with copy of proof of identity. It is unclear where to send it so I sent them back to [email protected].
    Just an acknowledgement so far but they are quite slow.

  • Nick Piggott says:

    Be careful with crediting TK flights to M&M. Just as fast as TK tries to ape the ME3, LH tries to deter people from flying TK by creating the bizarre situation where award miles depend on booking class, but *status* miles are a fixed 25% of distance flown. So no cheap M&M status miles from TK flying.

    • idrive says:

      thanks Nick. In fact I will get a very poor rate from an excellent cash revenue purchase on Swiss. Though, through my creative routing I have spared more than £200. Hopefully all this will work out nicely and fly me again far away!:-)

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