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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 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

Air France and KLM, until Thursday, have an excellent business class deal from the UK to Osaka in Japan.

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.

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1,000 Avios with any booking

Finally, hotel booking service 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 so it is best to choose a booking where you would otherwise have no status or would not collect points anyway.

Full details on at this special registration page.  The offer is open to new and existing customers and you must book before 26th October.  Remember to register here

Hotel offers update – August 2022:

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? Hilton Honors is offering an 80% to 100% bonus when you buy points by 18th September 2022. The annual limit is doubled to 160,000 points plus your bonus. You can buy here.

Comments (75)

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  • Idrive says:

    Ohhhh BA i love you !!!!!!! thank you Rob you made my day!!! a new era for me!!! I know need to get Silver asap! If only i knew this 3/4 days ago i would have jumped on any CW deal just to get it straight away ( i should have done it in anycase but did not know when/where etc)

  • Volker says:

    A flight to Hannover was the last BA departure from terminal 1, they currently leave from T5 and soon it will be terminal 3. Does anybody know BA’s criteria for allocating flights to Heathrow’s various terminals? Flights to probably significantly more important destinations like e.g. CPT, LAS and MIA leave from 3 as well.

  • Rohan says:

    On another note , I contacted propeller travel yday for help with an iteinary starting this Sunday at Mallorca . Although my email was a bit broad apart from the original automated response I have had no acknowledgment . Should i wait some more or book something ?
    any ideas on hotels in Mallorca would be deeply appreciated

    • Daniel @ Propeller says:

      Dear Rohan,

      We are slower than usual over the past week with the general queries (eg personal queries who do not have a dedicated corporate agent) and are working hard to resolve this (two people on extended sick leave). Can you let me know the request number you received in the automated response? I could be reached personally on danielk at propellertravel dot com

  • alex says:

    I found proppeler whilst very polite and pleasant to deal with, incredibly slow and when I finally get costings it’s no better than booking direct with said hotel, also emails with quotes have been ambiguous at best leaving me to decipher rates that make no sense.
    I have them 3 chances over different holidays.
    Shame really!

    • Brian says:

      You say it’s ‘no better than booking direct with said hotel’ – are you factoring in the benefits you get by booking via propeller, or are you merely comparing prices?

      • Rob says:

        That’s what I thought. The point of Propeller is NOT to beat other prices but to give valuable additional benefits such as breakfast and in-hotel spending credit.

        If you expect them to undercut other prices you will be disappointed.

        • Tom says:

          I tried, but sadly didn’t get anything better than was offered direct at the Shangri-la Kowloon..

          • Rob says:

            Probably correct – Shangri- La does not have a chain wide deal with luxury travel agents, unlike FS, MO, RC etc.

  • alex says:

    Apologies for the typos damm smart phone!

  • wetboy1uk says:

    Slightly off topic but an observation on hotel tonight app. I had an email yesterday saying I had earned £15 from a friend referal and the voucher had been credited to my account. Upon looking, this had not been added to my two existing credits of £30 but included as a seperate voucher within the promo codes section of teh app. I emailed hotel tonight to find out what had happened and was told that under the new terms and conditions this is what happens. Any referral credit you get is added as a promo code from now on. BUT, these codes are not stackable and can only be used on bookings of over £75 compared to the previous promo codes being stackable and as far as I was aware usable on any booking. It appreas that hotel tonight have brought in these new terms and conditions on referral credits without making any of their members aware of them (unless of course I am mistaken). This would appear to be a significant reduction in the use of the referral codes and makes the hotel tonight app even less useful than it was before – eg the Holiday Inn in cardiff for next Monday nght is £144 on the app (non refundable) whilst the lowest rate on holidayinn being £119 – hardly worth using the app. Raffles – perhaps you have some views on this – firstly I would like to know if they should have made some attempt at notifying the members of the new terms and conditions before implementing them!

    • Rob says:

      This is news to me! Currently sat by a Dubai pool but will check later – app is not on my phone.

      • Brian says:

        It’s a hard life running a points blog…

        • Rob says:

          I do well over the normal 40 hours per week keeping this ticking over!

          • Grimz says:

            Good on you Rob, I am also sitting beside a pool in Hilton Head Island and your posts are great news to us to plan our next trip!

          • Brian says:

            My comment was tongue-in-cheek! :))

      • wetboy1uk says:

        Ok thanks. Would like to know what you manage to find out as it makes tha app almost worthless to me.

      • wetboy1uk says:

        WAs your Dubai hotel booked with hotel tonight as just had an email saying they have arrived in Dubai lol. Would like some info on these changes if possible though – can’t seem to find anything myself

        • Rob says:

          No, I have a very complex Jumeirah booking which involved moving UK Amex points to an International Dollar Card Amex account and then onto Jumeirah Sirius, a transfer which is no longer possibly since May 2015 anyway!

          Hopefully they are in Abu Dhabi as I need a room there next month.

          • wetboy1uk says:

            Ok. Any news yet on these changes in terms and conditions? As far as i am concerned thia is more of a devaluation to me than any flying club one i have seen. Would just like some views as to what exactly they are doing .

          • PeteT says:

            Hotels in Dubai don’t show The Flintstones, but the ones in Abu Dhabi doo!

    • xcalx says:

      If correct a BIG blow to bloggers who refer in the hundreds unless they have a deal with the booking agents.

      Uber now do a similar trick all referrals show separately at £10 and no stacking.

      Never rated Hotels tonight, had a £35 credit that ran out because of the small time frames linked with the over priced hotels. Could never find a hotel from the limited options where the £35 credit worked in my favour.

      • Rob says:

        Uber is not an issue really as £5 to £15 is our typical bill!

        HT is different as few hotels at £15! Not really an issue for HFP as I have shifted to doing unique HFP promos with HT as you will have seen recently.

        • wetboy1uk says:

          and the minimum price is £75 so the cheapest you get a hotel for would be £60

        • wetboy1uk says:

          Also forgot to mention that the new credits are only valid for 120 days and not a year as were the old ones

      • Lady London says:

        I checked Hotels Tonight for a hotel needed within 36 hours earlier this week. They came up with the best price of all the apps (£60). Nearest was a membership-only special rate code that few would have qualified for, on the IHG website at £68. Rack rate £119. Maybe Hoteltonight is best for short notice.

        I’ll definitely give Hoteltonight a few more tries in the future. I know they are excellent for mid-range Hilton brands in Florida. I was even advised by Hilton staff there to use them!

        • wetboy1uk says:

          Hotel tonight only do short notice (within a week). Perhaps they are good for florida hotels but living in the uk i would not risk leaving a lonng haul holiday booking until the week before and the best prices early are non refundable. You could have just been lucky.

  • idrive says:

    that is strange, the headline pricing on the BA site for one of these new routes does NOT include taxes, there is a writing below though about it…but isn’t it against the rules? i thought the pricing should be final all inc under UK regulations, am i mistaken?

  • Rob says:

    You’re right, historically this was specifically stated to be the case. It is possible they quietly dropped this rule and I assumed, in the last iteration of this deal, it still worked that way.

    • Liz says:

      It would appear that they have changed the rules. Previously you were allowed the £50 + 5% bonus + £5 + 5% refer a friend bonus giving you a total of £57.75 to transfer to Tesco. On my account they have paid out £48 + 5% bonus and £5 refer a friend + 5% bonus = £55.65. Now they won’t let me pay out any more to Tesco as they say I have exceeded the £50 limit. Another reduction in earning Tesco Clubcard points!

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