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Bits: Air New Zealand Skycouch just £199, 5% off Qatar fares, how to dispose of old credit cards

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News in brief:

£100 off the Air New Zealand Skycouch to LA

Regular readers will know that we gave away a flight to Los Angeles on the Air New Zealand Skycouch last year.

The Skycouch, which I reviewed here, allows two people to pay a supplement to reserve a row of three economy seats.  These are special seats, however, as the base flips up to create a bed!

As long as you fly to LA before 22nd June, Air New Zealand will let a group of two passengers book the Skycouch for £100 off – just £199 extra (in total, not each).  Even if you aren’t bothered about making it into a bed, this is a bargain price to guarantee a row of three seats to yourselves for 13 hours.

Full details can be found on the Air New Zealand website here.

Skycouch 2

5% off Qatar Airways flights

Qatar Airways has launched a short-term discount code worth 5% off Economy and Business Class flights from the UK.

Remember that the new Birmingham service is now up and running!

The code in FLYFIVE and is valid for bookings until 18th April.  You must travel by 15th December.  Full terms and conditions and the booking link are here.

However, a warning.  Some heavily discounted Qatar business class flights are now being sold in ‘R’ booking class.  At present, British Airways is not recognising ‘R’ and will not award any Avios or tier points for such flights if taken today.  Recent reports on Flyertalk, from BA sources, say that ‘R’ class WILL earn in BAEC from early May.

Qatar A380

Using up old credit cards

Finally, reader Mark dropped me a line to say that he had just had a clear-out of all of the travel credit cards which he had applied for recently and now no longer needed.

Like a good boy, he cut them up neatly before disposing of them (click to enlarge):

Thanks Raffles

Comments (39)

  • mark2 says:

    OT
    H anyone had any news on their Hilton status match yet please?
    If so was it until 2018 or only 17?

  • idrive says:

    what a joke! the 5% QR discount is on the base fare! which means saving £2 on the quote I just had!

  • Genghis says:

    Very OT – but 4k Tesco cc points hit my account after having applied for the Tesco Home Insurance offer online and entering the code (at the time others were put off after HfP advised only available if you call up)

  • James says:

    Id love to know where to find these “heavily discounted” fares!
    I flew the 787 and A380 to BKK ex AMS and back recently and I was blown away. The seat, the food, the staff, IFE, everything top notch!

  • Timothy Arnold says:

    Sorry for hijacking…

    If you’ve already got a Gold card, BA Premium (already hit 2-4-1) and the wife has a BA Premium with a very low credit amount, and you’ve got the ability to spend £7.5k in the next month or so in one hit… what’s the best card to put it on? existing gold card would mean I get an extra 10k bonus points but could take out another card…. ?

    • Genghis says:

      It depends what you value. Could your wife get her BAPP limit increased? Can the 7.5k be split payments? You could refer your wife for an Amex gold for total of 31k MR points (better than putting it on your Amex). Or if you value status could take out Hilton Visa and then be 75% towards gold status…

      • Genghis says:

        Or as I’ve said above, perhaps refer wife for Amex platinum for total of 53k MR points, spend the £7.5k (and perhaps apply for all of the hotel bens) before then cancelling for hardly any cost?

  • Kirill says:

    What about the lloyds card with raffles referral and companion voucher?