News in brief:
More British Airways routes get a 787 – check your bookings
It seems that Kuala Lumpur flights are also moving to a 787.
If you are booked into Club World on either of these services, it is worth looking at your seating choice again. Whilst BA usually has 2-4-2 in Club World, the 787 services are 2-3-2 as you can see below.
As we had previously booked a block of four for the family, I had to reallocate us to two pairs of seats in the front cabin.
British Airways has a dedicated website for the Boeing 787 which you can find here.
£30 off Air New Zealand services to Los Angeles
I spent most of yesterday at Heathrow as the guest of Air New Zealand, learning more about their product, touring their Boeing 777 and discussing a potentially very exciting Head for Points promotion.
The tour was particularly interesting. The picture below is something you have almost certainly never seen before – the pilot rest area. It has two seats (with an IFE screen as well, out of shot) and behind the curtains are two beds.
You will be seeing more from ANZ on Head for Points after the Summer. In the meantime, if you are looking to visit Los Angeles, you can save £30 on any class of ticket on ANZ with code 30OFFLA. You need to book by August 30th for flights from August 18th to March 31st.
Current LA pricing can be found here on the ANZ website.
My evening with Daniel Boulud via SPG Moments
This was arranged by Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty scheme for Le Meridien, Sheraton, St Regis, Luxury Collection, Westin, W etc as part of its SPG Moments programme. This lets you redeem your points for ‘money can’t buy’ experiences.
This one, it is fair to say, was definitely ‘money can’t buy’! It was in a private room at his Bar Boulud restaurant in London.
This was not a freebie from SPG – I redeemed my points for it like the other attendees.
Quick ‘Hi’ to HfP readers Andrew and Rachel who were also there.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (May 2022)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)