News in brief:
50% discount on Avios redemptions from Birmingham
British Airways has launched a 50% discount on the ‘regional Cityflyer’ services which run at weekends from Birmingham International, using the small Embraer 190 aircraft which operate from London City during the week.
The discount is valid in Euro Traveller and Club Europe. If you are considering Club Europe, remember that the Embraer planes are 2 x 2 seating throughout so there is no ’empty middle seat’ in business class. You will benefit from lounge access and improved food and drink. Snacks and drinks in Euro Traveller are still free as the M&S ‘buy on board’ range has not yet been launched on these aircraft due to logistical issues.
The Birmingham routes on offer are:
Birmingham – Florence
Birmingham – Ibiza
Birmingham – Malaga
Birmingham – Palma Majorca
The 50% discount is available on both one-way and return bookings.
You need to book by 30th June for flights before 25th November, although not all routes will operate until that late in the season.
New Regus Express business centre opens in Heathrow Terminal 2
Serviced offices group Regus has opened a new Regus Express business centre in Heathrow Terminal 2.
This follows on from the existing Terminal 5 landside facility, which I have used a few times, and the two centres at Gatwick. There is also one at Birmingham International.
It appears to be very similar to the Terminal 5 site, with a co-working area and meeting rooms. Entrance is free to anyone with a Regus Businessworld Gold or Platinum card. I’m not sure if non-members can book meeting rooms or not.
The lounge is landside so you do not have to be flying anywhere in order to use it.
Regus is also a partner with airport lounge card Dragonpass and if you have one of those it should also be valid at Terminal 2 – it is accepted at Terminal 5. These Regus centres are not really suitable for ‘lounging’, however – the co-working spaces mainly consist of shared table where everyone sits with their laptop. You will get free coffee!
Iberia / Groupon deal returns
Iberia has brought back its regular Groupon offer which allows you to buy Avios points at a discount to the official price, usually around 1.1p each.
I have written about the pros and cons of these offers in the past so I don’t want to repeat myself again. My article on this deal last time it ran is here.
The cheap loss-leading 2,000 Avios package at €19 is sold out. The cheapest one currently available is 4,000 Avios (€59) which is not a bargain in my book. The Groupon site – in Spanish – is here if you want to take a look.
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