News in brief:
Latest British Airways cost-cutting move announced
I ran the latest list of British Airways service cuts for August recently. This followed on from the long list of service cuts that were imposed in July.
The first service cut for September has now been revealed.
From 1st September, newspapers will no longer be offered at the gate on short-haul flights returning to London.
They will continue to be available for outbound flights.
New Etihad 10% discount code
Etihad has launched a new 10% discount, SPORTUK.
This is valid on bookings made before 21st August for travel between 1st September and 31st May. There are black out periods around Christmas and Thanksgiving.
It is valid for London, Manchester and Edinburgh departures in Economy and Business.
It only discounts the base fare, not the taxes, which means that the actual discount will be under 10%. Flex tickets are not included in the offer.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (September 2021)
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. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes. 30,000 points is a special offer which expires on 10th November 2021.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Etihad Guest miles. 60,000 points is a special offer which expires on 2nd November 2021.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
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.
Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent).