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Bits: use Newquay’s lounge for £10, £25 off SWISS to Geneva, South African Airways sale

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News in brief:

Use the executive lounge at Newquay for just £10

Cornwall Airport Newquay is currently running a special offer on The Lounge with entrance just £10 per person.

I have never visited this airport but, given that your £10 includes alcoholic drinks, you won’t struggle too hard to get value.   Tickets can be obtained from the Information Desk.  Note that children under 12 are banned entirely.

More details can be found on the airport website here.  No closing date is given for this offer.  It is also a Priority Pass lounge if you have one of those.

Get £25 off SWISS to Geneva

SWISS has released an exclusive discount code to online travel sites such as HfP for travel from London Heathrow or London City to Geneva.

The codes is SWISSUKGVA25 and saves £25 on a ticket of £95 or more.  You can book until 30th June and must fly out before 31st August.  All travel must be completed by 30th September.

The code is only valid when booking on the SWISS website here.

South African Airways sale now on

The sale prices to Cape Town in the current British Airways sale are not really sale prices at all – the lowest price to Cape Town in Club World is around £3,000!

Luckily, South African Airways has launched a sale of its own.  Here are the headline prices in Economy and Business:

  • Johannesburg £499 / £2619
  • Cape Town £515 / £2636
  • Windhoek £516 / £2912
  • Durban £522 / £2861
  • Port Elizabeth £522 / £2864
  • East London £622 / £2861

amongst other destinations.  As a Star Alliance member, you can credit the miles from the flight to a number of loyalty schemes including Lufthansa’s Miles & More, SAS EuroBonus and United MileagePlus.

You can find out more on the SAA site here.  You can book for travel until the end of March 2017.

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Star Alliance miles from UK credit cards (July 2024)

None of the Star Alliance airlines currently have a UK credit card.

There is, however, still a way to earn Star Alliance miles from a UK credit card

The route is via Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty points convert to over 40 airlines at the rate of 3:1.

The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is via the official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. It comes with 20,000 points for signing up and 2 points for every £1 you spend. At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 airline miles per £1 spent on the card.

There is a preferential conversion rate to United Airlines – which is a Star Alliance member – of 2 : 1 if you convert 60,000 Bonvoy points at once.

The Star Alliance members which are Marriott Bonvoy transfer partners are: Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Singapore Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines.

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

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Comments (22)

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  • DC Nguyen says:

    I haven’t been able to book my Swiss Air flight due to this message after I input my card information: ‘Your enquiry cannot be processed at the moment due to technical problems. Please try again later. (60001)’. I’ve tried all day. Are you sure this code works?

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