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Bits: new BA routes, Osaka in Business for £1050, 1000 Avios with Kaligo.com

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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 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.

Biarritz

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.  Thanks to David.

Kaligo 350 2

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.

Full details on Kaligo.com 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.  Thanks to Rob.

Comments (75)

  • harry says:

    bits the wine deal is good at the moment http://www.bawineclub.co.uk/recruit.aspx?xhtml=xml/ba/xhtml/offers/recruit/pxv1c.html&cid=RECR|PXV1C&mrc=PXV1C&club=BA&brand=ba

    Order today and you’ll receive:
    • Save up to £50 on the 12-bottle case of your choice from this brochure.
    • A FREE Lever-action corkscrew normally £25
    • A FREE Classic Dartington decanter normally £40
    • A FREE pair of Dartington Crystal stemless wine glasses (normally £14.99).
    • FREE informative tasting notes for every wine.
    • FREE standard delivery direct to you (normally £7.99).
    • You will also receive 1,000 Avios with your first order.
    • Save 10%: automatically on any future Laithwaite’s Wine Plans case you buy in future.
    • Perfect Mixes: Changing the wines in your Laithwaite’s Wine Plans wine case is as easy as calling us or going online.
    • Flexible delivery: We’ll reserve your choice of recommended case every 12 weeks, but you only take delivery when you’re good and ready. Delay delivery to suit you or miss a case altogether. Just let us know.
    • Freedom: Come and go as you please. There’s no obligation to buy another Laithwaite’s Wine Plans wine case (but we’ll do our best to tempt you!).

  • harry says:

    bits Amex Shop Small promo due in 4-5 weeks, don’t go cancelling spare Amex cards just yet.

    £5 free/ statement credit on £10 spend.

    • Rob says:

      Are they doing that this year? They have pulled out of supporting it in the US for 2015.

        • harry says:

          good call Brian

        • harry says:

          Following Brian’s link, confirmed by Amex as kicking off 5th December 2015, should be better than ever.

          Last year we got £5 off haircuts, many rounds of drinks, lots of food etc.

          Does anybody remember if any Amex cards were not included? (MBNA definitely WAS included.)

      • Nick M says:

        By coincidence I asked the Twitter team if they had any info last night – very noncommittal reply… “The specifics are yet to be confirmed but please look out for communications within the coming weeks. Many thanks ^G”

      • Alan says:

        Seems to be happening in Oz this year – hopefully for once it’s just the US that are missing out (although knowing our luck they’ll get some even better version of the promo the following month! :D)

  • harry says:

    bits H/T MSE, they don’t mention the 3000 Virgin Miles lol, just log in to your a/c first & go through the Wines link.

    12 bottles of wine £56 delivered (full-price £113)*
    MSE Blagged via Virgin Wines subscription. For newbies only

    Ongoing
    We’ve blagged a Virgin Wines* deal (for Virgin Wines virgins only) to get 12 bottles of wine for half the usual price, but this requires a subscription (that you can cancel). As that can be a bit of a pain, we’ve also arranged a second deal with no subscription, but with only 10 bottles.

    There are 1,000 cases available. Both offers are for new customers only and only one case per household. Please be Drinkaware.

    Offer 1: 12 bottles for £56 via a subscription

    Newbies joining Virgin’s subscription-based Discovery Club get their first case of 12 bottles of wine for £55.87 (£47.88 plus £7.99 delivery) via this special link*. It works out at £4.66 a bottle and at full-price without the club membership, a case is £112.87 with delivery.

    The case contains five white wines, six red wines, and one bottle of Cava. See ‘more info’ below for the full list.

    Warning: After the first case, you’ll be automatically billed for a case EVERY THREE MONTHS at £89.99 plus £7.99 delivery (£8.17 a bottle) unless you cancel – which can be done at any time – but do wait until you’ve got your case. You’ll be sent an email letting you know the date your next case will be dispatched, at which point you can either cancel your membership or skip the individual case.

    To cancel, call 0843 224 1044 or email [email protected]. Discovery Club membership is a decent offer if you’re a regular wine quaffer and happy to be automatically billed for wine every three months.

    Offer 2: 10 bottles for £58 – no subscription

    Here, you’re just buying it straight, with no monthly commitment. You’ll get 10 bottles of wine* for £57.98 (£49.99 plus £7.99 delivery) instead of the full-price £110.89 with delivery (five reds, five whites, see ‘more info’ below for the full list).

    This is the option to go for if you want a straightforward, one-off deal and are concerned you may forget to cancel a subscription. It works out as £5.80 a bottle instead of £4.66 a bottle above.

  • Waribai says:

    Slightly OT, with Hilton it seems to let me book using points two different hotels on the same night. In terms of qualifying for status would I get credit for both hotels of course provided I checked into both!

    • harry says:

      Sounds like a yes. Why would they bar you, even if they were cute enough to know? – which I doubt.

      You could be booking in a brother etc.

    • Rob says:

      No, you can’t get credit for stays at 2 properties on the same night, cash or points.

      You cannot even book 2 rooms at the same hotel because you only get stay credit for one of them, although (for cash bookings) you’d earn points on both as long as the bills were merged.

      Starwood is better for this – you can stay credit for 3 rooms per night.

    • Waribai says:

      Thanks. Yes, I thought it would be a no go. Useful to know about Starwood though!

  • M says:

    Another OT, How many amex issued cards can a person hold?

  • Fadi says:

    New customers only.

  • Waribai says:

    No worries. Just cancelled!