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Bits: BA eBay’ing New Orleans flight tickets, LAN deal to Buenos Aires

News in brief:

Bid for BA tickets to New Orleans on a preview flight

British Airways is launching a new service to New Orleans on 27th March as I covered here.

On 24th February, however, there is going to be a one-off trial flight during Mardi Gras.  This may be a test trip to help with pilot and crew familiarisation or a local marketing exercise.

British Airways is selling tickets for this flight via eBay.  Each package offers:

  • 2 x return, economy tickets to New Orleans
  • Three nights accommodation based on one of three hotel options
  • Gig in the sky with a celebrity on board performance
  • Exclusive on board New Orleans cocktails and menu
  • Access to a Mardi Gras parade stand, so you can get into the thick of all the festivities
  • 10% of all auction bookings will be donated to the British Airways charity, Flying Start

The flight departs from Heathrow at 10.00 on Friday 24th February 2017 with return departing at 23.25 on Monday 27th February, arriving 14:10 on Tuesday 28th February.

No tier points or Avios will be given!

There are currently four auctions running.  You can find links to all of them at the BA eBay shop here.

PS.  You can also earn 10 x Nectar points on all eBay purchases until Monday.  Details in this Shopper Points article here.

ebay British Airways New Orleans auction

Good LATAM deal from Spain to Buenos Aires – TODAY ONLY

If you have Buenos Aires on your bucket list, LATAM (the old LAN) has some excellent Business Class fares from Spain at the moment.

Remember that, as LAN is a oneworld member, you will earn Avios and British Airways tier points on these flights.

From Barcelona, the fare is £1,197 return with a plane change in Sao Paulo.  This is on a Boeing 767 where the seating is reportedly not great.   You are probably better paying an extra £4 and flying out of Madrid where you will get a new Airbus A350.

You must book TODAY and start your trip between 1st December and 31st March (28th February to 7th March excluded).  The LATAM site is here.

Hat-tip to Flyertalk.

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  1. OT. Clarification email from IHG

    We recently sent an email about changes to your member benefits that come into effect at the beginning of next year. We’ve realised that some of the details may not have been very clear, and we’re sorry if we caused any confusion. Our intention is always to be transparent with you about our programme. In this instance, we could have been clearer in our message.

    We would like to reassure you that when you book directly with IHG® (, the IHG® App, IHG® brand sites, Central Reservations, or Hotel Direct), nothing will change, and this also applies to corporate business bookings made through your company’s travel agency or travel department. You will continue to receive all the wonderful IHG® Rewards Club membership benefits that you enjoy

  2. I back the suggestion to fly as the A350 its a great new plane. In September I flew an Iberia one Madrid to Montevideo with mains power, USB charging point and large screen IFE – and that was in economy. Did business on way back, similar to BA Club but better food and drinks: Sherry, different wine with each course and Brandy – but no cigar. Assuming LATAM is similar plane lay out to Iberia it should be much nicer than a 767.

  3. Rob, do you know if BA may be having some kind of promo/sale for Black Friday? I recall in past years there’s been a short sale for biz class flights over Xmas/NY, but can’t remember when it was.

    • Yes they are, I have the details, I am not allowed to write about it.

      Suffice it to say that you won’t need much more than £1008 to take part.

      • Ah yeah, I remember hearing about it now – it’s a 2 for £2016 Club World sale, when they’ve done similar before it’s always been advertised as a 2 for £20xx but the fares have been available per person, there’s been no need for two to travel.

        Of course the rules could change this year and they may make it available only if two travel, but based on Rob’s comment I guess they can be bought individually.

        I wonder if my bmi discount will work on these fares 🙂

      • Cheers Rob. Not sure now… This Latam deal ticks all the boxes… Free stopover in Brazil, plenty dates… Aargh!

      • The £1008 fares have been loaded!!

    • Alex Cruz did mention one in a recent interview, but it was for a US based blog so it may be a US only sale.

      However as more and more UK businesses are jumping on this bandwagon then it’d make sense BA did something that day.

      OT: VTEC have launched their own sale – need to book via the special link but some good fares to be had –

  4. The ebay sale is unappealing for most people reading this blog as I suspect most would want to redeem Avios or earn tier points for such a trip. I forgot ebay was a Nectar partner until Rob mentioned it but it makes it rather amusing that you can earn Nectar on this flight but not Avios.

  5. the real harry says:

    sorry it’s £30 spend on my cards at least to get £10 credit

  6. Nick Burch says:

    OT – Eurostar have just launched online gift voucher sales, at . Anyone know if the sales are processed by Eurostar themselves, or an external third party?

    (Those of us with the Amex spend £60 / get £20 back Eurostar offer may well be interested!)

    • I was wondering this too, but on the payment page, the terms and conditions state;

      Voucher Express is not directly linked to Eurostar and can take no responsibility for products and services offered by Eurostar. For the same reason, Eurostar shall not be responsible for services offered by Voucher Express and its associated companies, including without limitation the collection and management of your credit card data and personal information which is collected, processed and managed by Voucher Express.

      The only benefit I can see is they don’t appear to charge you a credit card fee, so perhaps this is a good way to avoid the fee, should you be booking without an offer at a later date.

  7. Sainsbury’s discount works well, only for £25 cards and not £50 ones though and limited to 4 per transaction – charged £95.03 (and earned 95 Nectar points) for 4x£25 cards.

    • What discount is that? Is it on Amex offers?

      • 15% off selected gift cards – was mentioned in the comments earlier today or yesterday, perhaps by Harry??

        Annoyingly the cards don’t seem to work at NS&I as the old Visa w/fee cards did

        • Great. I’ll have a look. Thank you!

        • Still handy for retailers where you can use Mastercard but not Amex, esp as you’re getting Nectar points (albeit a small amount) and being paid a fiver to take ever four of them off their hands! Got me a couple of hundred closer to my spend target on my Nectar Amex card too.

        • I’ve looked through the comments for several days and can’t find the comment mentioned. Tried to buy the £25 shiney new style visa cards but there was no discount added. Is it just on the £25 MasterCards?

        • Sorry I can’t remember what article it was on but yes, only the £25 Mastercard as far as cash cards go, a variety of other cards (Pizza Express, Cineworld, etc) – there was a fairly large ad in the middle of the gift card display in the store I went into.

        • Hello,

          It was me that posted the offer, I originally said it ran until Friday, but this is incorrect, it runs until Sunday.

          You want the “Vanilla” branded pre-paid Mastercard, the offer is only running on the £25 card, which is £25 plus £2.95 processing fee, once the 15% is discount is applied you pay £23.75. Although if you buy more than one, you’ll pay a few pennies more due to rounding.

          The cards I have purchased are designed like a gift, with purple and white stripes and a silver glitter bow wrapped around the card, (printed). They should be ranged on the bottom shelf, near the centre of the gift card display.

          The other gift cards in the offer were Toys R Us, Facebook, Fat Face, Cineworld, maybe 1 or 2 others.

          It appears some stores may not have put the advertising on the gift card display as they thought it was for “Black Friday” only, but the offer started Monday. If in doubt, take to checkout and get them to scan, swipe and total your purchase and the discount will then apply. You can’t purchase at self checkouts.

          The gift cards are merchandised by an external company, therefore if they are out of stock, it’s unlikely they will have anymore.

          Good luck

  8. Sussex bantam says:

    BA about to be on watchdog regarding BOB. Could be interesting !

  9. Gap is so 1990’s keep up

    • the real harry says:

      so harsh!

      the boxer shorts look OK & they’re for my lads so I don’t really care if they are cutting edge when they will cost about £3 each delivered 🙂