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Bits: £1000 business class AA fares from Paris, InterContinental London O2 down to 45000 points

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News in brief:

Excellent American Airlines fares from Paris to North America

It is pure coincidence that I am reviewing the Cathay Pacific lounge at Paris today and then this offer pops up as well!

American Airlines is selling business class flights to most of North America from Paris for £1,000 to £1,100 return.

Hawaii (Honolulu) from Paris is £1,107 but the fare also works fine for Paris to New York and pretty much everywhere else in the US served by AA.

Tickets must be booked by Tuesday 3rd May but travel dates are wide open.  You cannot route back via London so you will be flying American Airlines transatlantic direct from Paris or on the British Airways run OpenSkies service.  Stopovers will add €600 so I would forget about that.

You need to be careful about seating with AA so look at which planes are being used and then use one of the seating websites such as SeatPlans to make sure you are getting a fully flat seat.  Remember that AA flights earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points.

You can book on the AA website or Expedia – see which throws up the best routings.

You must book 28 days before departure and stay away a Saturday night.

InterContinental London O2

InterContinental O2 reduced to just 45,000 IHG Rewards Club points

The InterContinental O2 in London, which has only been open for four months, has been reduced in price from 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night to just 45,000 points.

I am hoping this does not reflect trading and the optimistic view that a 400+ room luxury hotel would work in North Greenwich.  I looked at pricing for a random weekday in August and saw rooms at £156 compared to £450 for InterContinental Park Lane.

At this price it is an EXCELLENT value redemption.  This is not just in comparison to Park Lane (60,000 points) but in comparison to the many pathetic Holiday Inn Express etc options in London which can be 35,000 points or more!

I am still hoping that IHG can arrange a review night here as I am keep to get a full tour.

If you have a reward night at the O2 booked, remember that you can cancel and rebook it to save 5,000 points as long as reward rooms are still showing.

The InterContinental O2 website is here if you want to find out more or book a reward night.


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Comments (47)

  • zsalya says:

    AA have a bewildering variety of Business Class seating, from great to undesirable.
    How reliable is the link between waht SeatGuru predicts and what one files?
    Presumably if ‘planes go technical then they will often switch?

  • mark says:

    Wow £800 in Y to HNL, but £1097 in J – don’t need to book, but it’s a great deal.

  • James A says:

    See flyer talk for ways to route to MAN on the return and add cheaper (£200) stopovers!

    Straight returns MAN – USA are circa £13xx at the mo

  • Alan says:

    Stated at the IC for an event I was speaking at recently so I didn’t see the price paid for the.

    Had a nice room upgrade thanks to spite elite. The bar on the top floor is great but very busy when I arrived. The breakfast was very good but it was circa £25 if I remember.

    • Imbruce says:

      I am staying at The Crowne Plaza,Stephenson Quater in Newcastle breakfast is £9:00 if you book at check in or the day before, £16:00 on the morning you are having breakfast.
      I am not sure If that applies to the IC 02 as well?

      • Rob says:

        This is standard IHG practice but I doubt ICs would do this.

        IC Le Grand in Paris is Euro 49 I think!

  • Front Seat Phil says:

    I’ve also started at the IC O2. Nice hotel, good size and well specced rooms (with a desk!), and nice bars at both the top floor and lower down (level 3?).

    Only issues were some missing prices for the minibar and dreadful service at breakfast, but at least there was a great buffet selection.

    Car park was virtually empty, even on an event night, so that might work well for visitors to the O2 if costs aren’t too extreme.

  • zsalya says:

    In order to see whether adjoining days are cheaper in Business (rather than just Economy) it seems one needs to select a non-UK version of their website such as Germany.

  • Chris says:

    At £34 for two drinks and two macarons I can understand why it’s not busy. I don’t mind paying a premium for dining/drinking in an exclusive environment but from the way the report is written they haven’t been sitting slurping cocktails or vintage malts.

  • Ryan says:

    I’m here at the moment to complete Accelerate. Upgrade on check-in (2 categories) which, as I am only a Gold IHG, suggests not too busy. Nothing on at the O2 last night however.

    Very nice hotel, lovely rooms with a great view and ridiculous value for £140 per night, booked on the day.

    • Rob says:

      There is another HFP reader there too, he emailed me earlier!

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