News in brief:
British Airways launches three new European routes
British Airways has announced three new routes for next Summer:
- Biarritz (photo of Hotel du Palais below) – twice weekly from 1st May
- Mahon, Menorca – four times weekly from 29th April
- Palermo, Sicily – twice weekly from 30th April
All will depart from Heathrow Terminal 5. Avios and cash tickets should be available soon on ba.com if they are not already there by the time you read this. Remember that availability for Avios will be excellent as it always is with brand new routes, even for peak dates.
In other news, Hanover is moving to Terminal 5 from Terminal 3 on 27th March.
Excellent Osaka deal with KLM / Air France
Travel between 1st December and 29th February and your ticket will cost just £1,050! This is the cost from your local UK airport served by KLM or Air France – you don’t need to position yourself in Europe first, although of course you need to change planes in Paris or Amsterdam.
The cheapest fares are from London City. Departing from Heathrow, Manchester etc seems to add another £50. No Avios to be earned – you would be crediting to the Air France / KLM Flying Blue programme, which lets you book across the Skyteam alliance.
You can even cancel your flight if necessary, subject to a £300 fee. Full details on the KLM website here – click on ‘Osaka on Sale’.
Remember that Japan Airlines is a oneworld member so you could use Avios to connect to Tokyo or elsewhere. Thanks to David.
1,000 Avios with any Kaligo.com booking
Finally, hotel booking service Kaligo.com is offering 1,000 bonus Avios with every hotel booking made this month. This is on top of the standard Avios you earn.
This isn’t as good as some of their recent offers, but if you are making a hotel booking – especially a low value one – this could work out nicely.
Remember that you won’t get points or stay credit in a hotel loyalty scheme for rooms booked via Kaligo.com so it is best to choose a booking where you would otherwise have no status or would not collect points anyway.