News in brief:
Luxury Travel Diary auctions
The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its auctions closing soon.
Most of the items offered tend to go for far less than the standard retail price. Interesting options closing in the next 48 hours include five nights in Koh Lanta, Thailand, two nights at a boutique hotel in Paris and three nights in a riad in Marrakech. Not everything will work for you, either in terms of location, length or dates, but you’ll probably find something of interest if you poke around.
New BA strike dates announced
A further six days of strike action by British Airways ‘mixed fleet’ crew has been announced. The dates are:
- 5th – 7th February
- 9th – 11th February
The impact from the earlier strikes has been minimal, with flights on popular routes merged and a few charter planes brought in. BA claims that everyone will get to where they are going on the day they are booked.
Remember that City and Gatwick flights are not impacted at all. At present it is not possible to use the strike as an excuse to change or refund any non-refundable tickets you may hold for those dates. This page of ba.com has up to date strike information.
New Finnair long haul routes announced
We like to cover Finnair on Head for Points because, as a oneworld member, you can earn and spend Avios points on its flights.
It also has an excellent business class product on its new A350 aircraft (I reviewed it here) and often has excellent low fares from London, Manchester and Edinburgh via Helsinki.
With four A350-900 aircraft arriving this year, the airline has announced four new leisure routes to operate over Winter 2017. These are:
Goa – twice weekly from 29th November
Havana – twice weekly from 1st December
Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) – weekly from 30th November
Puerta Vallarta (Mexico) – weekly from 19th November
As Helsinki to Goa is under 4,000 miles, it will be 120,000 Avios in Business Class. This compare to 150,000 Avios with BA on a peak date from London to, say, Delhi as that is over 4,000 miles. You still need to get to Helsinki of course!
(Finnair to Dubai is also interesting for a similar reason. I should do another article on that.)
If any good fare sales emerge I will cover them as they tend to be a good way to pick up British Airways tier points in style. You can find out more about Finnair on their site here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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