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News in brief:

New Tesco Wine bonus code, open to all

Tesco Wine is currently offering 1,000 bonus Clubcard points (2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club miles) with any order of £60 or more.

This code is open to everyone until 5,000 people have used it.  ALL stock is included, even sale items, so you could get a genuine bargain.  As the code has already been floating around for 48 hours I would order sooner rather than later.

The code you need is XXHTYA.  The Tesco Wine home page is here.

Qatar Airways selling £1,000 business class tickets again

Qatar Airways has been selling some exceptionally cheap business class tickets to Asia over the past year.  As Qatar is a member of oneworld, these tickets also earn British Airways tier points – normally 560 per return trip (140 x 4, given the connection in Doha).  That is almost Silver status.

For bookings before August 2nd, there are again some excellent fares out of Amsterdam.  These are for travel between September 1st and June 10th 2016.

You cannot fly out between 10-31 December or 16-28 March.  You cannot return between 31 December – 15 January or 27 March – 10 April.

Sample business class return fares from Amsterdam include:

  • Bangkok €1,385 (£967)
  • Abu Dhabi €1,320
  • Durban €1,765
  • Goa €1,695
  • Jo’burg €1,765
  • Phuket €1,565
  • Singapore €1,420

and many more.  The best thing to do is to head over to and have a play around.

In terms of aircraft, the best seats are on the A380, A350 and B787 aircraft.  The B777 fleet has an older seat but is still fully flat.  Avoid the A330 and A340 aircraft if possible (although, at this price, you can’t complain!) as they usually have sloping business class seats.  My review of the 787 seat is here.  My review of the 777 seat is here.

Mr Selfridge

Gate 365 deal at Selfridges

Gate 365, the online shopping portal run by British Airways, is running an interesting deal with Selfridges at the moment.

You receive 16 Avios for every £1 you spend.  This is a good offer and, if you planning any major purchases, it is worth checking to see if the Selfridges site has them.

The Gate 365 home page can be found here.   Thanks to the two readers who sent this over.  There are also a few promotions running with other retailers at the moment.

Comments (44)

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  • Nick Baker says:

    Cheers pal

  • Mike says:

    Thanks, booked BRU – DOH – KUL return for £1190. Apparently the 340-600 used on that KUL pair has been upgraded to flat bed and it’s a 787 from BRU.
    Plan is then a D7 lie flat to and from Australia (under £500) for a grand total of £1800 including positioning flights and insta-silver!

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Wine code still working as of 6pm on the 31st

  • Peter Taysum says:

    From HNL AA Lounge *coughs* 18:48 local time on 31-Jul-2015, wine code just worked for six (discounted from 130 to 84 pounds) Chateauneuf du Pape for my parents, my Dad’s favourite. 3200 Avios as mine convert at 800 not 600 (plus the 84).

    AAngels lady said, there’s a few of you coming from Dublin to visit us… We chatted about Airmiles and bonuses (I’ve just got Silver – thanks Rob 🙂 Gold when I get back to LHR via LAX, JFK, ZUR, LCY, DUB)

    BA3 was amazing… (But doesn’t clear customs in Shannon, only BA1 does due to them closing at 16:00. The crew expedited some of us through the long wait- wow – amazing and thanks.

    Problem: I want to come back to Hawaii in December (need a sale) and my first Club World on BA3 I don’t want to go back to… “economy” EVER 🙂

    Madeira in April/May was a steal, with Tier Points to help get me to Gold 🙂 Took a good friend who loved it, and found amazing hotel booked through Amoma, cheapest by far AND cash back…

    I wasn’t bad at this hobby before I found Head for Pounts, but this is now another world for me. Yup, I’ll status match with Alitalia and my expiry date is Oct 2016! 🙂

    Thank you Rob, and the many people who post helpful bits and updates (and humour)

    PS In USA they reissued all of my tix, but I kept my transatlantic pass in Business for lounge access. Flying back they WANTED to drop my bag at LCY *rolls eyes* based on max links of four?!?! For me I need it to get me to Gold, and have got Avios reward flights to LHR (club) and domestic anyway.

    PPS Am going to check out above flight offers!!! 🙂

    • Polly says:

      Wow, great report. How was HNL then. We go there next year, on AA miles from SEA . Using our swopped BA 241 F. Worth it? Well done on the TP. You will find a sale, they had one last DEC. but flexibility is the key if you can swing it. Re the current QR ex EU sale, how would it get you to HNL though? Keeps us busy all this planning…

      • Peter Taysum says:

        Honolulu is amazing. I also went to Kona (The Big Island). Although Waikiki is built up, you can walk along the front, with beautiful park and Banyan (sp?) trees. Really beautiful. I’m not keen on the car, but glad I did, to go hiking, and get around a bit more…

        I’m about to get AA2 LAX to JFK in proper First (my First time). I have died and gone to heaven… 🙂

        Yup, I love the planning. I’ve got more insight into how to improve next time. I want AA1 and AA2 and BA1 2 3 or 4 🙂

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