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