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 must book 28 days before departure and stay away a Saturday night.
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.
IHG One Rewards update – October 2022:
Get bonus points: You will earn bonus IHG One Rewards points on stays between 13th October 2022 and 31st December 2022. You can choose between 2,000 points for every two nights or 10,000 points for every four nights (not cumulative). Read this article for full details. You can register here.
New to IHG One Rewards? Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.
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