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News in brief:

British Airways launching two new routes to Bremen

It is ironic that British Airways runs a major call centre in Bremen but did not fly there.  All of this will be fixed from 31st October when BA franchise SUN-AIR launches new services from London City Airport and Manchester.

Using a 32 seat Dornier 328 aircraft, there will be 10 flights per week from London City and 11 per week from Manchester.  Ticket sales were due to begin yesterday but there seems to have been a delay.

If nothing else, this would make a good Avios redemption to visit the famous Christmas market:

Bremen Christmas market British Airways

£100 off £800 Emirates spend

A new American Express cashback offer has popped up on a lot of accounts.  To see if you have it, log in to your online statement and click on ‘Offers’.

You will receive £100 cashback when you use your American Express card to spend £800 with Emirates before 6th November.  Flights must depart from the UK and be booked on the UK Emirates site here.

This should work when paying the taxes on an Emirates Skywards redemption as well as buying a standard cash ticket.  Thanks to Rosina.

Emirates A380

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Comments (80)

  • Gavin says:

    O/T – if I buy £300 of gift cards at Tesco does it matter if they aren’t all in increments of £50?

    • Rob says:


      • Brian says:

        Hold on – it may do – i.e. each gift card doesn’t have to be £50, but you must be able to divide them into groups of £50 to maximise the bonus club card points. So if you bought 15 £20 gift cards, you would NOT maximise the bonus points, since that would be 5 lots of £60, rather than 6 lots of £50.

        • Rob says:

          Is this still the case? I have seen examples where it didn’t apply which is why I have stopped mentioning it.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Nope not the case bought a loads of mixed denominations of gift cards which wouldn’t split into £50 chunks of cards

          its just 150 per £50 spend

          • Brian says:

            Interesting – the last time I did it (I think I bought 5 £20 cards), I only got the one lot of points, so 150. Naturally, I haven’t tried it since – and wouldn’t risk it now, if I could help it.

          • Gavin says:

            Points credited as expected so panic over – bought 2 X 20 and 4x 15 to make up £100, mixed with some £25s and £50s

  • Andy says:

    An RFS redemption from Manchester that isn’t going to Legoland? Hallelujah!

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