News in brief:
New British Airways CEO starts today
Today is the first day in the job for Alex Cruz, the new Chief Executive of British Airways, who replaces Keith Williams. He is obviously easing himself in gently, starting on a Friday.
Cruz was previously CEO of Vueling, the budget Barcelona-based airline also owned by IAG. He has done a good job of growing that and we can only hope that his easyJet-style experience with Vueling does not colour his approach to BA.
10% off Etihad economy flights
Etihad has launched its first ever discount code today, offering 10% off economy flights departing from the UK and Ireland.
You need to book on the Etihad website here and use code ETIHAD10.
Flights must be booked by 7th April for travel by 30th June. As I am writing this before the code is live, it is not clear if it discounts the entire fare or just the non-taxes element.
Jamie Cullum and I ….
Last night my wife and I were at the new St Regis hotel in Dubai to meet the annoyingly talented Jamie Cullum and see a small, invite-only concert.
I paid just 9,000 SPG points for the tickets. To put that it context, the sign-up bonus on the UK Starwood credit card is 10,000 points. It turned out that the tickets also included as much Bollinger champagne as you could physically consume and a wide range of canapes.
A raft of new SPG Moments offers are available for Europe at the moment. These include:
- ELO at the O2 in London in the SPG Suite
- The Harlem Globetrotters at the O2 in London in the SPG Suite
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the O2 in London in the SPG Suite
- Visits to Illy in Trieste, plus accommodation
- Il Divo at the O2 in London in the SPG Suite
- ‘Dinner in the Sky’ in Athens, plus accommodation
- Barry Manilow at the O2 in London in the SPG Suite
These can all be booked at the SPG Moments website.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)
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 usually 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.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus 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.)