News in brief:
Qatar Airways and Etihad launch UK sales
Both Etihad and Qatar Airways have launched sales from the UK in both economy and business class.
Neither of these sales are exceptional but if you have been looking to lock something in for the short term then you might want to commit rather than gamble on better deals coming along.
Headline Etihad deals include, in Business Class:
- Abu Dhabi £1,846
- Mumbai £1,914
- Bangkok £1,919
- Manila £2,148
- Perth £2,770
The Qatar Airways deals include:
- Dubai £1,509
- Singapore £1,919
- Perth £2,499
- Hong Kong £1,919
- Bali £2,109
You can find more Qatar Airways UK offers on this page.
15% off Starwood hotels in New York
Flight searches for travel to the USA have taken a well publicised dip since the election and this is starting to filter through into hotel promotions.
Starwood has launched a new promotion offering discounts on its New York hotels. 1-night stays are reduced by up to 10% with 2+ night stays reduced by up to 15%.
Participating brands include Sheraton, Westin, W, Element, St Regis, Four Points, Aloft and Le Meridien amongst others.
You need to book by 30th June via this link for stays before 31st August.
Ibiza lounge joins Priority Pass
You may remember Anika’s review of the Cap des Falco lounge in Ibiza last month, photo above, in particular their desperate attempts not to let her in despite having a valid ticket.
The good news is that, as of 10th February, the lounge has joined Priority Pass (for American Express Platinum cardholders, or buy one outright) and Lounge Club (for American Express Gold cardholders). This is particularly good news for British Airways passengers as BA, unlike Iberia, does not have a deal with the lounge to allow premium passengers to get in.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (August 2022)
As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.