News in brief:
British Airways sale now on
I’m not sure what is going on here – I am guessing that there will be a separate premium sale later on. We know that business class loads are weak but there are no real deals here.
The headline deals being advertised are all in World Traveller:
- New York from £399 return
- New Orleans from £545 return
- Santiago from £679 return
- Los Angeles from £499 return
- San Diego from £577 return
- San Francisco from £499 return
- Dubai from £299 return
- Calgary from £549 return
- Buenos Aires from £699 return
- Tokyo from £677 return
- Fort Lauderdale £379 return
- Oakland £379 return
- Singapore £499 return
- Johannesburg from £570 return
A quick look at the British Airways Low Fare Finder site doesn’t show much of merit in Club World.
New York is no cheaper than £1800, for example. San Francisco is no cheaper than £2075. Buenos Aires is no cheaper than £2639 whilst Dubai bottoms out at a still pricey £1495 – and only if you travel during Ramadan.
The sale home page is here if you want to take a look. All deals must be booked by 31st January.
There are some slightly better deals over at BA Holidays, assuming you are happy to package in a hotel with your flight.
New Qatar Airways amenity kits launched
Qatar Airways – a popular choice with HFP readers due to their low sale fares and ability to collect Avios and tier points – has launched a new range of amenity kits. These are a partnership with BRICS and Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, who apparently are an environmentally friendly olive oil-based cosmetics company.
My first thought was ‘these look cute’. My second thought was ‘no more Armani in First Class’ (I am still working through some Armani goodies I got earlier this year!).
The new First Class kit is pictured above, click to enlarge.
And here is the Business Class one:
The kits include lip balm, hydrating facial mist and City Cream anti-ageing moisturiser in Business Class, with the added night recovery cream for First Class kits.
PS. Qatar now runs 72 flights a week from the UK, according to the press release they sent me. Add in Emirates and Etihad and I wonder what % of BA’s long-haul capacity the ‘Middle East 3’ now have between them?