News in brief:
500 Avios with your first LOVEtheatre booking
On Thursday I wrote about the new avios.com partnership with LOVEtheatre.com, which allows you to earn 3 Avios points for every £1 you spend via their site. Established in 1991, LOVEtheatre is a totally reputable ticket agency with access to seats for a wide range of events.
Until 31st May, you can earn 500 bonus Avios points with your first purchase of £50 or more.
There are three hoops to jump through to get this:
You must book via the link on this page at ba.com (or similar pages at avios.com and iberia.com)
You must book by 31st May for an event before 31st December
You must spend £50 or more
New Qatar Airways ‘Super Business Class’ seat on the way
Australian Business Traveller has exclusive news on the new Qatar Airways ‘Super Business Class’ seat which is due to roll out in November 2016. It will initially debut on a Boeing 777-300ER and then new Airbus A350 deliveries, which a retrofit plan converting the existing fleet at the rate of three aircraft per month.
The new seat is meant to be a halfway house towards the sort of fully private suites now seen in First Class on many airlines (but not Qatar!) and a traditional business class seat. It will feature a closing door and, in the middle seats, will apparently have the option of being set up as a double bed.
There are no pictures yet but you can read the original article here.
In the meantime, we await the launch of the new Emirates seating at the ITB travel show in Berlin next week.
My own private first class transfer bus
Last year I wrote about the Qatar Airways First Class transfer bus – the more elegant way to be driven to or from a remote stand.
On Thursday night, I got it again. And this time, as you can see from the picture above, I had it all to myself! All of the other passengers had to use a second, standard bus. It was a little silly but I could hardly send the bus away.
More amusing was the outbound, when the ramshackle transfer bus at Ras Al Khaimah picked up me – and only me – to drive me the full 100 feet to the terminal building, before turning around and going back to pick up everyone else.