News in brief:
Book Jumeirah Frankfurt for €55 for one day only
The Jumeirah hotel in Frankfurt is generally regarded as the best in the city and is arguably the best business hotel in the country.
The hotel is five years old this September. To celebrate, it is selling weekend nights for just €55. This is how it works:
You can only book today, 5th May
You can only book for 55 minutes between 5.55pm CEST to 6.50pm CEST. That is 4.55pm to 5.50 pm UK time.
You can only book on jumeirah.com
You can only book one night at this rate
Frankfurt is not the most attractive of cities but there is definitely enough to see to fill a one-night weekend break.
Etihad removes free spa treatments for business class passengers
Over the weekend, Etihad quietly rolled out a sharp reduction in the lounge benefits offered.
Business class passengers will no longer receive a free treatment in the lounge spas at Heathrow and Abu Dhabi. They already had to pay for treatments in the Style & Shave salon in Abu Dhabi.
First Class passengers and Etihad Platinum tier members will receive one free treatment, either in the spa or Abu Dhabi’s Style & Shave salon. You could previously have one free treatment in both.
If you have paid $20,000 for the A380 Residence one-way, you still get two free treatments!
To be honest, I can see business in the Heathrow spa dropping to pretty much nil under this model. With only 9 First Class seats on an A380 there won’t be much free demand (I didn’t bother when I flew the First Apartment recently) and I can’t see many Business Class passengers paying. Let’s see how this pans out.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (September 2022)
Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card. However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.
Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 10,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.