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News in brief:

Last day to get 1,200 Avios for £30 LEGO spend

Today (Monday) is the last day to earn 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles for spending £30 on LEGO Disney Princess.

This is a Tesco Direct offer.  You will receive 500 bonus Clubcard points which you can convert into 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin miles when you receive your Clubcard vouchers.

This Shopper Points article looks at the deal in more detail.  The full list of available LEGO Disney Princess sets is here.

Level airline seat prices

More information on LEVEL

On Saturday I wrote about IAG’s new low-cost airline LEVEL.  Based in Barcelona, at least initially, it will offer another opportunity to earn or redeem Avios points.

Since I wrote that article I have got hold of some more information about how the airline will operate:

In Flight Entertainment will NOT be free on LEVEL.  It will be free on Day 1 but this is only an introductory offer.  If you’ve booked for a flight a few months out then you might have an unpleasant surprise.

Food will cost a fixed €35 each way which gets you two meals.  Both meals will have at least one hot option.  It seems that snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Avios tickets will not book into the cheapest ticket category (LEVEL).  This means that you WILL receive a free checked bag, free seat selection and food.

There are reports that BA status card holders are getting free seat selection at the moment, probably because flights are being booked via the Iberia website.  In theory, though, you will receive NO status benefits on LEVEL if you have BA, Iberia or any other shiny oneworld card.  There are no circumstances, irrespective of status or whatever ticket type you buy, that you will get you lounge access, fast track security or an additional free luggage allowance.

Here is the bizarre bit.  LEVEL will be part of the Joint Business Agreement on transatlantic flights between AA, Finnair and IAG.  This means that the flights will be subsidised by higher paying economy and premium economy passengers from the other airlines.  Under the Joint Business Agreement, all of the revenue from participating airlines is thrown into one big pot and then divided up based on passenger volumes.  As LEVEL will in theory have cheaper ticket prices than AA or Finnair (or BA or Iberia), it will presumably receive more back from the JBA than it pays in.

Seat selection will cost as much as €67 each way (exit row aisle or window)

LEVEL flights will earn On Business points, although the numbers have not been agreed yet

LEVEL flights will earn tier points but ONLY for Iberia Plus cardholders

You WILL be able to book connecting flights on AA, BA, Air Nostrum and Vueling and have your luggage checked through to your final destination – but only if the connecting flight is an Iberia codeshare

No pets allowed!

No unaccompanied minors allowed

Tickets allow re-routing on Iberia and British Airways in case of disruption.  This offers a degree of security given that LEVEL will only have two aircraft at the start.

My article from Saturday has more information on LEVEL’s airline routes and pricing.

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Comments (44)

  • Concerto says:

    It’s incredible how fast all this crap is going. I honestly thought over the last couple of years airline service in general was rising back up, a bit, in quality. I think there’s only so far down that they can go. Over a certain distance of flight (about 3 hours for me) there has to be some sort of minimal comfort element. I really really don’t like this cheapskate stuff on longhaul.

  • Leo says:

    I can’t imagine going anywhere near this outfit even with a barge pole. I would however consider giving Norwegian a punt using their Premium seat as a cheap oneway to the States. What info do we have on the Level Premium offering – in particular pitch? I saw what I think was a picture but it looked like a wider economy seat – is this all it amounts to? Not good enough – I’ve seen good reviews of Norwegian’s Premium product which in fact provides lounge access (as opposed to not even allowing you to use the status you have already built up with IAG to get similar access). I’m not an IAG basher per se – but seriously this is not an attractive product.

  • rams1981 says:

    OT anyone received the bonus groupon points for the last Iberia AVIOS purchase?

  • Mike says:

    Not sure why they’re bothering with LEVEL, BA is slowly turning in to an LCC for long haul, just wait another year or two and IAG will have one in it.

    More bad press for BA today as well: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/ba-turning-into-ryanair-as-fresh-flowers-latest-victim-of-cuts/

    • Anna says:

      And BA spouting its stock response about passenger numbers etc!

      • Genghis says:

        I think the story needs to be fact checked. Flowers disappeared from F a while ago and didn’t the water cuplets for Y happen much more recently than 2009? Also doesn’t tell the full story of BA flights from STN as is it really “BA schedules flights from London Stansted, selecting to go head to head with EasyJet and Ryanair on their turf.”?

        • mark2 says:

          Expecting accuracy on any subject in any newspaper is the triumph of hope over experience.

  • Ro says:

    OT but looking to book a return flight to europe on BA in economy.
    Looking to book the more expensive economy fare that includes the checked in luggage. After it’s paid for would I potentially be able to pay cash to upgrade into club europe. And if so, would I just pay the fare difference? And will the booked fare class be upgraded too so that i’d earn more status credits and miles

    • Anna says:

      I’m not sure but would it not be easier just to book the Club Europe seat from the outset?

      • Ro says:

        Considering the increase to club europe is only £50 or so I wouldn’t mind paying the extra club europe.
        However, my grant will only reimburse me for economy flights and I have to submit my receipt showing i purchase economy flights. Hence doing it the long way round

        • Ro says:

          apologies for the poor spelling above
          *the extra for club europe
          *purchased

          • Anna says:

            I get it now! I think you can do it through the “Manage my booking” section or over the phone, you’d need to check about status etc.

    • Lumma says:

      It could be worth checking the upgrade on the BA app as well. Going to manage my booking on my laptop my booking to Berlin is offering £180ish to upgrade each way, but on the app it’s £100.

      I still don’t think that’s worth it for club Europe on such a short flight, but might be worth looking at if that’s what you want

    • AndyR says:

      If you do the upgrade as a change to your ticket then you’ll pay the fare difference plus a change fee. However, BA sometimes do ‘limited time offers’ where they offer the chance to upgrade for a special price via MMB. It’s not always offered though.

    • Alan says:

      You may be able to get a discount online upgrade offer, although this will only be available if flying direct to/from London, sadly.

      Also worth checking how flexible your grant folk are – I’m deal with claims for our funds and I’m happy to accept a price quote for economy with a receipt for business (and just pay out economy), but of course not everyone is as in the know and accepting about things 😀

      • Ro says:

        Thanks a lot for the advice guys.
        Wil be flying from london so hopefully will be a good price. Its not really a big deal if it isn’t though
        Good tip Alan although the answer in my case is entirely inflexible 😉

    • Bob says:

      Yes, when you buy an upgrade, via ‘Manage my booking’ or at the airport it will be the corresponding (=new) amount of Avios and tier points.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, for now. I have seen the internal briefing documents and they make clear that this is an introductory offer. Charging will be along soon.