News in brief:
British Airways announces two new Greek destinations
British Airways will be operating two new routes to Greece next Summer.
From 30th April, it will fly to Kalamata twice per week (from Heathrow T5) and Chania (from Heathrow T3).
Frequencies to Corfu and Santorini have also been increased. Tickets, both cash and Avios, are available at ba.com.
As usual, because these are new routes, you should still find excellent availability even over peak dates such as Bank Holiday weekends. Kalamata is pictured below.
Etihad Guest launches 25% transfer bonus until the year end
Etihad Guest has launched another 25% transfer bonus. Until the Etihad Guest programme was devalued this year, these were well worth a look. With Etihad redemptions now far more expensive than they were, you may now find that good redemptions are too far out of reach.
This bonus covers pretty much everything – transfers in from Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG etc plus credit card transfers from American Express and HSBC Premier. Heathrow Rewards is also included.
I am assuming that it does not include points earned from day to day spending on the Etihad Guest credit card. Note that Starwood Preferred Guest is specifically EXCLUDED.
The list of transfer partners can be found on the Etihad website here.
Nectar ‘double up’ at Sainsbury
Finally, Sainsbury is offer a 100% bonus on Nectar redemptions for many non-food items until 24th November. This means that you receive 1p per point of value.
Nectar is an American Express Membership Rewards partner. Time is tight, but you may be able to do a transfer into Nectar and then redeem the points electronically by Tuesday. 1p per point would be a very good deal for a Membership Rewards redemption.
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!