News in brief:
BA trialling improved ‘cash for Avios’ EU261 deals?
I don’t have a problem with the concept, far from it. The problem was that BA was offering such a pitifully low number of Avios – you were effectively paying 1.33p per point – that it seemed like it was playing on the potential ignorance of the claimant.
Things may be changing. A reader just sent me details of an “enhanced compensation package” he had been offered for a short-haul EU261 claim.
He can take €250 (£216) in cash or 20,000 Avios points.
At this level I would be on the fence. My spreadsheet of my last 5 million Avios points redeemed shows I got 1.22p of value based on what I would realistically have paid for the same flights. Most people do better than this because I have so many points I tend to use them irrespective of the value I get.
This ‘enhanced compensation offer’ means our reader is paying 1.08p per Avios point. It’s not a no-brainer but, for a lot of people, it will make sense.
This is also likely to prove a sensible move for BA. It is better to offer a generous Avios package which a lot of people are likely to accept rather than a greedy package which any sensible person would refuse.
Etihad launches A380 from Paris
You’ll have to wait a couple of weeks from my review of my 2nd trip in the Etihad A380 First Apartment. If you decide to give it a try – American Airlines miles or Etihad Guest miles are the easiest ways – there is now a new route.
After what was presumably an unsuccessful run on the Abu Dhabi to Mumbai route, Etihad is switching the aircraft onto one of its two daily Abu Dhabi – Paris services instead. It will allow it to compete better with Qatar Airways which also runs an A380 on the Paris route – you can read my review of Qatar’s A380 First Class here.
Qatar’s A380 First Class redemptions are far easier to get via Paris than via Heathrow. Reward availability on this new Etihad route will hopefully also be as good. The Paris service is only currently scheduled for May to October.
How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (June 2021)
Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card. However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 20,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Etihad Guest miles
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 5,000 Etihad Guest miles. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.
Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent).