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Bits: 15% off Iberia flights from UK Sun & Mon, craziest trip report ever?, Aeroplan devalues

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News in brief:

15% off Iberia flights for 48 hours

Iberia, BA’s sister airline, is offering 15% off all Iberia flights from the UK.

This deal is only available for 48 hours, today and tomorrow (Sunday and Monday).  It is valid on Iberia, Iberia Express and Iberia Regional departures.  I don’t have the small print so I don’t know if it applies to UK long-haul flights with a Madrid connection or just short-haul departures to Spain.

The Iberia discount code you need is WTD15GB (knowing my luck this won’t work, fingers crossed!).  Your flight must be booked with a departure date before December 18th.  The booking page is here.

Iberia A330 350

The craziest trip report ever?

Whatever you may have done to collect miles and points in the past is probably nothing compared to this fantastic trip report which appeared on Flyertalk recently.

To take advantage of an offer of 5,000 SAS EuroBonus miles for an Avis car rental, our man decided to rent 37 Avis cars.  Over a period of two days.

Since that wasn’t complex enough, he decided that the best way of doing way was to fly from his home in Sweden to Madeira in order to do it.

The full story is here and is well worth a look.  Thanks to Rich.

Air Canada

Aeroplan devaluation announced

Aeroplan, the Air Canada loyalty programme which is part of Star Alliance, has announced a devaluation of its international awards from December.

I won’t dwell on it here as it will only concern a few HFP readers.  You can find out more at Canadian Kilometres here.

Comments (39)

  • Pommyboi says:

    gutted about the Iberia code. We spent £600 on two flights to MAD yesterday to link up with a flight to Cuba we booked using points (thanks to Rob). Still I think it was only £40 in charges for a business seat plus Avios for the Cuba flight at a peak time of year so it’s not a bad deal.

  • harry says:

    Quite clear MR —> Avios will be devalued UK as well, timing uncertain.

    No point leaving MR points unconverted.

    • Brian says:

      Unless you want the flexibility of being able to convert to different programmes. If you are only interested in Avios, then maybe you’re right.

    • Rob says:

      No it won’t.

      The US devaluation was done for a specific reason – to make the official BA Amex, issued by Chase, more attractive than having an Amex and converting MR points.

      This is not an issue in the UK, because a) Amex issues both cards and b) the BA cards are already better deals than either Gold or Platinum – because of the annual fees – if you want Avios.

      • ABC says:

        This is nonsense. First off Chase issues BA card is by Visa.
        Second, BA is selling Avios. One would assume that BA increased the price per Avios. You now only earn 1avios/$ spent rather than 1.25 Avios/$ on Chase issues BA card. Approximately the same reduction as seen with the new MR to Avios conversion rate in the U.S.

        • RIccati says:

          Not quite the nonsense. You described the same story. If US BA Card (Visa) earns 1 Avios/USD (was 1.25 Avios/USD), then presumably, BA requested change to 5:4 for MR/Avios transfers (perhaps in the interest of Chase). Otherwise MR way would be more attractive than BA-branded credit card (in the US).

          It seems AMEX agreed to that. They have quite a leverage over the airlines because they are paying cash for points but they also need to offer a similarly attractive option, compared to airline credit cards.

          If the MR-to-airline rate is unfavourable then people stop transferring (and start spending on airline-branded card). Perhaps that is why they were so careful setting the rate as 5:4 (250:200) as opposed to 3:2 and things are approximately equal between US Amex MR and Chase BA Visa to acquire Avios.