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Bits: more daft BA PR with the ‘moon’ BAEC Gold card, lastminute ‘Top Secret’ London hotel sale

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News in brief:

More BA PR silliness ….

It is that time of year when the newspapers are desperate for coverage to fill their pages during a quiet Summer.  British Airways is doing its bit with this story – one which involved creating a brand new British Airways Executive Club Gold card design from scratch.

To celebrate 46 years since Neil Armstrong landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, British Airways has surprised one of its most loyal customers who has already flown enough miles to get there and back.

​Sandra Reid from Kingston-upon-Thames, who was the most recent member of the airline’s loyalty programme, the Executive Club, to fly the 477,710 miles, was presented with the equivalent number of Avios points at Heathrow Terminal 5 ahead of the anniversary of the landing this week. 

The 55-year-old marketing executive clocked up the miles visiting destinations ranging from Corfu, to Cape Town to Amsterdam.

Mrs Reid said: “I know I fly a lot, but I was really quite shocked when British Airways contacted me to say I’d reached the moon and back. It’s a really lovely way to be thanked for my loyalty and I’m now deciding where to go next with the Avios they gave me – they tell me I can get a first class return ticket to Australia or take the whole family to New York. Either way, I’ll be staying on this planet!”

James Hillier, from British Airways’ Executive Club, said: “We are always looking at ways in which we can thank our most loyal members and personalise their travel experience, so we’re delighted to surprise Mrs Reid. It’s no mean feat given that you need to spend 40 days or 955 hours in the sky to hit this landmark.”

However, Mrs Reid still has a long way to go to catch up with one very local BA jetsetter who has flown 6,741,868 miles alone – the equivalent to 23 return trips to Australia. ‘Top Secret’ hotels sale for London

Until 10am today, is having another sale on its ‘Top Secret’ hotels in London.  It is not as good as the last deal, where they had rooms for £29, but there may be value to be had.

The offer page is here.  You can often work out the hotel by pasting parts of the description into Google.  Alternatively, do a dummy booking – options for booking restaurant tables etc are often given during the booking process which give the game away.

Hotel offers update – December 2023:

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.

Want to buy hotel points?

  • IHG One Rewards is offering a 100% bonus (some members may see less) when you buy points by 30th December. Click here.
  • Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 30% bonus when you buy points by 20th December. Click here.

Comments (23)

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  • M says:

    Pretty sure, I personally know the individual with 6m+ miles. BA @ JFK weren’t very accommodating to him at JFK and wouldn’t even let him bring 2 guests into the Concorde room!. Having only been a humble Silver member I was thoroughly disappointed. However, he did receive a letter from the CEO and receives regular invites to board meetings.

  • Alan says:

    OT (hence in bits and relevant article now closed to comments!) but my Alitalia status match has finally come through – took three weeks and bout five emails (with different attempts at card scan/statement/screenshot in BA app) but finally matched to March 2017. Just thought might be handy to know for those still trying to get it sorted!

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