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News in brief:

Five day Flybe sale launched

Flybe has launched a five day ‘Farecracker’ sale which runs until 23rd February.  The fares are valid for travel between 8th March and 21st April.

Remember that you will also earn a handful of Avios when you fly with Flybe.  Full details of the sale fares can be found here.

Flybe Farecracker sale

Up to quadruple Heathrow Rewards points on Apple products

Heathrow Rewards has launched one of its regular promotions on Apple products.

When you buy ‘something Apple’ from Dixons Travel before 29th February, you will receive:

Double points (2 per £1) when you spend £399 – £699

Tripe points when you spend £700 – £999

Quadruple points when you spend over £1,000

Heathrow Rewards points transfer at 1:1 into Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Miles & More, Etihad Guest and Emirates Skymiles.

If you are looking for an iPad, remember that Tesco Direct is currently offering 2,000 Clubcard points (worth 4,800 Avios) on certain models.  This offer runs until the 22nd.

New Priority Pass lounge options in Paris

Finally, Priority Pass – the independent lounge access card – has launched two new options at Paris CDG.

In Terminal 1, you can now use the Star Alliance lounge which includes an outdoor terrace and showers.  In Terminal 2D, you can access the Sheltair Lounge.

This adds to the existing options of the Air Canada lounge in 2A and the Icare lounge in 1.  If you are flying with BA, I think (and I could be wrong) that the Air Canada lounge is the only one you can access given the layout of Terminal 2.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (18)

  • Lawro says:

    Apologies for going OT with the first comment of the morning….4000 cc points appeared this morning on my tesco account-I can only think the Pet Insurance points have come through!

    • Johnnycl says:

      Great, got them too…..description says “TESCO BANK – Tesco Bank Pet Insurance”.

    • Mydogiscalledgeoff says:

      Boom!

      • Moray says:

        On a similar OT note my 20,000 Avios for the Times subscription posted this morning after they sent an email last week asking for an account number (they would also have taken a BAEC or Iberia account by the looks of the email).

  • M.M. says:

    BA use the AA and CX lounge at CDG in Terminal 2A. The CX lounge was the one you and I used in December.

    The T1 option may be interesting for those flying QR from CDG, as the Galaxy Lounge (formally La Premiere) is poor; fortunately, QR are building their own lounge at T1.

  • Alice says:

    Still nothing in terminal 2E or 3 at CDG though, which are the terminals I mostly use there. I’ve been flying from Paris quite frequently in recent months; it’s not my favourite airport, but it has cheap flights.

  • TomTom says:

    Also the Air Canada lounge in 2A is only open until around 1PM to cater for Air Canada departures.

  • Ian says:

    Outdoor showers in Paris? could be interesting 😉

  • bsuije says:

    Just spent the weekend in Paris and flew back from CDG. Used the CX lounge which wasn’t too far from our departure gate for BA (about 5 mins – can’t remember which part of Terminal 2, though) and was very glad we turned up to the airport early! The lounge was lovely and spacious, with a great selection of food (european dishes, as well as a noodle bar for noodle soups made to order).

  • BlueHorizonUK says:

    OT but does anyone know which credit card you can balance transfer FROM a BA Amex?

    Thanks

    • Scottnothing says:

      Didn’t know there were restrictions on transferring balances from Amex to be honest. I have transferred balances from my BAPP Amex onto HSBC (Premier) Mastercard, Barclays (Hilton) Mastercard and Halifax Mastercard in the past.

      • BlueHorizonUK says:

        Thanks. There are some that don’t like MBNA who don’t seem to recognise the 15 digits.

  • Wally1976 says:

    OT – has anyone cancelled their pet insurance poicy yet?

    Don’t fancy the phonecall to be honest – what’s the worst that could happen if I just cancelled the direct debit?

    • Genghis says:

      Best to contact them IMO. Just say that you have found better pet insurance elsewhere.

      • Yuff says:

        Or say what my daughter wants, and that’s to get rid of our 3 cats so she can have a dog 🙂

    • harry says:

      I normally just cancel the direct debit & ignore the letters that will follow. However, in this case I don’t like the way they structured the cost as a loan, so I would phone to cancel. Not paying back a loan can adversely affect your credit record if they decide to play nasty. Luckily that looks unlikely as they said policyholders can cancel at any time.

    • Johnnycl says:

      Just post a letter if you don’t want to have a conversation. Doesn’t need to be any more than “please cancel my policy #1234”.

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