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Bits: BA Gatwick schedule changes for Summer, free night promo with Starwood & Design Hotels

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News in brief:

Summer schedule changes for British Airways at Gatwick

British Airways has announced some relatively short notice changes to its Summer flight schedule from Gatwick.  The news is only bad if you are flying to Bodrum, Algiers or Tirana.

This is a summary of what is happening:

Bodrum – the Saturday flight in both directions is scrapped from 28th May

Lanzarote – an additional Saturday flight has been added from 28th May (Avios seats should be freely available on this as it has just been added to the schedule)

Alicante / Nice / Ibiza / Faro / Barcelona / Bari / Dubrovnik – 1 or 2 additional flights per week, mainly during August

Larnaca – flights to restart from Gatwick (3 per week for 6 weeks from 16th July)

Algiers / Tirana – flights retimed from a day flight to an overnight flight outbound from 16th July

Starwood launches a free night offer at Design Hotels

Starwood Preferred Guest is stepping up its efforts to get you to book those members of the Design Hotels group that are now available via, including the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green pictured above.

When you stay three nights (separately or in one go) at Design Hotels properties booked via, you will receive a free voucher for any Starwood hotel in Category 1-5.

You must register by 16th May and complete your stays by 31st May.  You can earn up to two free nights.

Registration can be done here.  Existing bookings will count.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (June 2024)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

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You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

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You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (11)

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  • James says:

    Thanks for the SPG/Design Hotels tip however it looks like only some Design Hotels are available via the SPG site.

    For example no German Design Hotels are listed at all.

  • RIccati says:

    Completed a stay with check out at 16th. Gutted!

  • Wally1976 says:

    OT sorry. My wife upgraded her Amex gold to platinum last night (using the link to get 20,000 points for £1,000 spend). It immediately shows as a platinum card in online banking. Does anyone know – if we use the physical gold cards now will it count towards the £1,000 spend or do we need to wait for the physical platinum cards to arrive? Want to get this done ASAP! Thanks.

  • Scallder says:

    OT (ever so slightly) but can’t say I’m sorry in this instance – Starwood have agreed to sell to the Anbang-led consortium rather than Marriott 😀 Hopefully (fingers crossed) this will mean SPG will live on as it currently is…Lovely start to the weekend!

  • barry cutters says:

    Just been told coca cola will be back in the lounges at Heathrow by first week April.

  • Rick MacLeod says:

    Morning Rob …. always find your updates useful, but the heads-up regarding the BA schedule changes was amazing. Didn’t think we were going to get away this summer, already have a couple of holidays planned for 2016, but had a look at the re-introduced LGW-LCA flights for August and managed to get 4 seats out & back using my Avios. OK, only in ET, but for a total of £140 for the 4 of us it is impossible to beat !! Thanks for posting the new routes 🙂

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