Some news in brief:
£1,000 Premium Economy fares to Sydney ex-Dublin
Reader Paul dropped me a line to say that he had just booked a very competitive £1,015 Premium Economy fare to Sydney. This was on British Airways, starting the journey in Dublin.
For some reason I was unable to replicate this fare on ITA Matrix so I could not pull up the fare rules, but it definitely exists! If you are looking for British Airways Club World fares to Sydney, Oslo or Bergen remain the cheapest European starting points at around £2,100 return.
Luxury Travel Diary auction bargains
The Luxury Travel Diary site has another wave of its luxury auctions closing this week. These are often worth a look as there are often deals to be had.
The current auction includes a large number of Hyatt and Park Hyatt packages in cities as diverse as Palm Springs, Goa, Shanghi, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Singapore and Jakarta.
This package at Finca Cortesin in Spain, which has an exceptionally good reputation, is also worth a look – the bid was £68 at 10pm last night.
Nectar falls into loss
I don’t cover Nectar much on HFP because it is not hugely relevant – although you should always remember that the Nectar e-store is the only place to get cashback when booking easyJet.
Reader Thomas sent me a link to this Telegraph article which states that the company saw profits drop to £14m. The reason? People redeemed their points!
This presumably explains the ‘Hive’ product which Nectar trialled – and cancelled – earlier this year. It paid you 10% interest if you agreed to leave your points untouched!
This page on our sister site Shopper Points shows the best value Nectar redemptions – ie everything which gets you more than the standard 0.5p per point!
Expedia and hotels.com 72 hour sales
Finally, both Expedia and hotels.com are running 72-hour sales this week (again ….). I can’t promise you that you’ll find a genuine bargain but, if you’re booking a hotel, you might as well take a look.