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News in brief:

Amazon Prime Day – big discounts for today only

Today is the 2nd Amazon Prime Day.  This is a day when Amazon makes certain items available at big discounts to anyone who is an Amazon Prime member or who is happy to sign up for a free 30 day trial.  They don’t mind if you do this, they reckon there is a good chance you’ll stick with it.

I was one of very few people to be given advance notice of the deals yesterday.  Full details, including how to join Amazon Prime for a free trial, and some sample offers can be found here at Shopper Points.

The best general offer is a £5 gift card (valid until 27th August only) when you buy a £30 Amazon gift card.

Anika will have picked out a few deals of her own over at SP.  Whilst not strictly travel related, the following deals looked interesting from a ‘middle aged bloke’ point of view and will be available all day today:

  • Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Intense Eau de Toilette – 125 ml  £19.62 (was £53)
  • Fire TV Stick Streaming Media Player  £19.99 (was £35)
  • Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player with 4K Ultra HD  £54.99 (was £75)
  • Up to 45% off RRP on B&O Speakers and Headphones
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-Inch Tablet with Pen (Silver)  £749 (was £960)
  • Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect – 3 Game Value Bundle  £229  (was £314)

There are also lots of Lightning Deals available which will last for four hours only.  I am not allowed to give out pricing details on these so you’ll have to look at the Amazon Prime Day site to find out.  As an example, between 12pm and 4pm you’ll get a very good deal on Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne (gift boxed, 75 cl).  Cardhu 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is on offer between 1pm and 5pm.  There are plenty more.

If you do decide to buy anything, if you visit Amazon via this link then HfP gets a small commission and you can consider your annual HfP subscription paid …..

Amazon Prime Day

Qatar Airways files record profits

I don’t normally focus on airline financial reports, but it was interesting to see that Qatar Airways publicly released its financial results for the year to March 2016.  You can download them here.

There is a view that the Middle Eastern airlines are massively loss making, creating unfair competition for established players.  The truth is that pretty much anyone could make money running an airline with a hub that is 8 hours flight for half the worlds population, can operate 24 / 7, uses new fuel efficient aircraft and is not bogged down by a £3.7 billion pension deficit a la BA.

That isn’t to say that the ME airlines don’t enjoy some advantages.  Finance is marginally cheaper when you have implicit Government backing, for example, but aircraft loans are very keenly priced for everyone.  Planes are commodity products and if you have to repossess an A320 you can resell it by the end of the day – and probably at a premium, given the current waiting list.

Qatar’s operating profit was QAR 3.0bn (£630m) on revenue of QAR 35.2bn (£7.4bn).    British Airways (not IAG, just BA) made £1.3bn on £11.3bn in 2015 so had a superior profit margin – but then BA isn’t selling £800 return business class flights to Asia and buying up a large % of the world supply of Krug …..!

Comments (46)

  • Erico1875 says:

    Of course Qatar do not have to worry about EU261 compo for many of their flights

  • Paul says:

    A certain broadsheet has naughtily published a list of lightening deals along with their own referral links in the article. They claim Moet will be £23.99.

    The robot Flymo is tempting, but I have yet to get a PowerPoint installed outside so maybe next year/Black Friday/Christmas.

    • Rob says:

      Naughty. I should, but won’t, show you what we had to agree to before they would give us the data ….

  • Stu R says:

    I, for one, am happy to be a contributor to Qatar Airways profits, although I doubt they’ll be making much profit from me on a 16.5 hour biz class flight to Auckland for £1070!

    Much rather this than waste any money on penny pinching IAG!

    • Robman says:

      Hi Stu R, is this deal still being sold or was it from a previous sale? I’d be all over this given the chance?

      • Stu R says:

        Sadly from the deal earlier in the year – I think this was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity!

        • PeterC says:

          Stu you will also be getting the miles. I see from their accounts that unredeemed award flights are valued at c£115 million

          • Stu R says:

            And to add to that, I just had an email from Avios saying I was one of the lucky winners of 9,000 Avios for exchanging Clubcard vouchers for Avios back in May, RESULT!

  • Doogie says:

    One of the deals all day is buy a £30 or higher gift voucher, receive £5 promotional credit. Just follow Rob’s affiliate link, click on prime day and the banner should be there to activate the promo before purchase. If you look in the gc store, you can choose an email voucher and send it to yourself 🙂

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Thanks, bagged myself a free £5. Needs to be used by Aug 27th but suspect it will be used by the end of the day in most cases

  • John says:

    If you already used up your free trial, you’ll need to make a new account.

    • Genghis says:

      You get a new free trial every 12 months

      • John says:

        Oh do you? I guess I used my free trial less than 12 months ago…

        Well I have 2 accounts now so I’ll get a “free trial” every 6 months

  • @mkcol says:

    I really hope you don’t get “lightening” through Amazon…. 😉

  • Tilly71 says:

    To use baec avios miles on qatar, is the only way to do this to call BA CS?

    • Rob says:

      Assuming ba.com is still being ‘buggy’ and giving error messages when you try to complete the booking, yes. You can see availability on ba.com though.

      • Tilly71 says:

        Using BAEC account search tool, it doesent find the destination. If i go to BA site under using partner airlines search it finds it?
        Looks due to IT bugs i would have to call CS. I take it Qatar miles are the same amount as BAEC avios miles?

        • Tilly71 says:

          Thanks, but just like the other baec search tools, it doesent pick up my destination.

  • Sussex Bantam says:

    Argos also offering free same day delivery today for orders placed before 6pm…

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