News in brief:
2,400 Avios with a new Tesco Mobile phone
If you’re looking for a, possibly spare or second, mobile phone, Tesco Mobile has a new offer. Buy any of these six phones and you will receive 1,000 bonus Clubcard points, worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club miles.
The phones start at £69. I’m not an expert on this but there might be some eBay resale potential here too. Full details are in this Shopper Points article.
Qatar Airways to launch services from Cardiff Wales Airport
Qatar Airways had promised the announcement of a “ground-breaking experience for passengers” at Arabian Travel Market this week, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for something this ground-breaking.
Qatar Airways is launching services from Cardiff Wales Airport in 2018. Cardiff joins San Francisco, Kiev and Lisbon among 12 new cities earmarked for services. There is no word of whether the Welsh Assembly has oiled the wheels with a route support deal or what aircraft type will be used. Qatar does occasionally use short-haul planes for connections from second-tier airports.
Qatar Airways is, of course, a oneworld partner airline which means that you can earn and redeem Avios points, and earn British Airways tier points, when flying with Qatar.
Anyone expecting exceptionally cheap deals may be disappointed though. The Qatar / British Airways partnership deal, under which the two airlines share the revenue from services on both airlines between the UK and Doha, may well restrict the ability to discount to the levels we have seen in Europe.
If you want to know about other Avios redemption ideas from outside London, this HFP article looks at Avios flights from UK regional airports.
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