Bits: Luxury Travel Diary auctions, new BA strikes, new Finnair long haul routes

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.

BA A380

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 has up to date strike information.

Finnair A350

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.

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  1. Kilburnflyer says:

    *BA Strikes in February*

    Has anyone with affected flights been contact by British Airways yet?

    I am due to fly back from AMS-LHR on Sunday (5th Feb) but nothing has come up in manage my booking yet and no notice on the homepage regarding strike as of yet.

    • I’ve not heard anything yet buddy; keep tweeting them as I’m flying LHR – ORD on the 5th for an extremely important meeting on the 6th, and it’s a confirmed MF crew.

      Tempted to call the travel agent and rebook if I’m honest as they’ve not published their contingency plan as yet.

      • Now midday and still no update on my flights either on 5FEB. ARN-LHR-SFO.

        • Kilburnflyer says:

          Cool, thanks for the feedback guys. Will let you know here as soon as I hear anything

        • BA have now updated the web holding page on the strikes:

          [from BA]
          We can confirm the following details:

          All flights to and from London Gatwick will operate as normal
          All flights to and from London City will operate as normal
          All long haul flights to and from London Heathrow will operate as normal
          The vast majority of short haul flights to and from London Heathrow will operate as normal

          As part of our contingency plan, we will be merging a very small number of short haul flights to and from Heathrow.

          This will mean some customers will travel slightly earlier or later in the day than their original booking.

          Customers affected are being contacted with the options available for them.

        • Damn, on LHR-EDI return trip on the 2nd weekend affected – can almost guarantee they’ll start shuffling and merging them round!

        • the real harry1 says:

          How’s the skiing?!!! 🙂