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Bits: my Hertz President’s Circle card arrives, Lufthansa to take over airberlin short-haul

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News in brief:

My Hertz President’s Circle card arrives

In late July, exactly two months ago, I wrote a piece about the new status match launched between Le Club AccorHotels and Hertz.

Many HFP readers are Accor Platinum members due to the (now discontinued) American Express Platinum member benefit. This means that you are eligible to receive top tier President’s Circle membership with Hertz.

If you look at the comments to the article above you will see that this was a fairly confusing promotion.  To be honest, I had forgotten I ever signed up.  Yesterday, however, my President’s Circle membership card dropped through the letterbox.  Your card should be on the way too if you applied.

Lufthansa’s Eurowings to take over much of airberlin short-haul

Lufthansa has now confirmed the story that I covered a few weeks ago – that its Eurowings subsidiary is to acquire all airberlin routes which do not touch Berlin or Dusseldorf.

The only change to the rumoured position is that the deal will not begin until 31st March 2017.

The deal is a ‘wet lease’.  The planes and crew remain with airberlin but Eurowings will pay a fixed fee to lease them.  Eurowings will keep all of the revenue from the services and therefore takes all of the economic risk.

40 planes are involved, of which 35 will be branded as Eurowings with the other five passing to Austrian.  airberlin is also having discussions with TUI about the NIKI operation based in Austria.

This is, in theory, a six year deal although it is difficult to imagine the operation of the routes ever passing back to airberlin.

Whilst I accept that airberlin has been losing large amounts of money on these services, it is sad to see them go as they provided interesting Avios options.  I saved a four figure sum using Avios to fly from Palma to Innsbruck this summer.  Taking the same trip next year will be expensive.

You can read more details on the deal here.

Comments (25)

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  • Londonbus says:

    Today of course is the last day for earning Diamond Club points. Any spend which hasn’t posted by close of play to the relevant Diamond Club card won’t earn.

    My statement is due on Tuesday – once paid up I shall close the account. Where next?

  • Simmo says:

    OT/ – Iberia Express Sale

    Book by 31 October 2016 to receive 50% off Avios in Economy and Business classes on selected Iberia Express routes from the UK to Spain and Canary Islands departing up to
    30 November 2016*

  • Kinkell says:

    OT Bits: I vaguely recall getting an email from Amex a few weeks ago about getting a bonus 10000 avios if you spent £10k between now and November. Can anyone tell me if it was a targeted email and required registering for ,or was I dreaming?.

    • Rob says:

      Targetted but did not require registration.

    • Nick M says:

      I emailed and asked a couple of days ago – they were happy to add it to my account.

      I just need to work out whether I’m better focusing on spending £4K for SPG/Marriott Gold, £5k for bonus 5000 avios, or applying for Virgin/Nectar cards… Could be an expensive couple of months!

  • JP says:

    Air Berlin..

    If I use Avios from BA EC to book the DUS-CUR (Curaçao) service for next year, what are the chances that this route will be still operating ?

    If the service was cancelled what would BA do ? would they reroute me on BA/AA via MIA ?

  • Genghis says:

    OT. 1k Virgin miles for turning on Tesco auto convert for me and wifely stes recently. Now to turn it off (and back on probably if promo same next Qtr).

    • Alan says:

      Ditto, mine have posted now too 🙂

    • Tilly71 says:

      Is this from the last Q auto convert as we still have 3 weeks until the end of the next Q and last time it took them about 4 weeks to add mine?

      • Genghis says:

        After vouchers were sent last time (August I think), I turned on auto convert. Now got the 1k bonus miles they offered and turned off auto convert before next Qtr end so my points don’t auto convert to Virgin miles.

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