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Bits: Norwegian launches Buenos Aires, two Avios wine deals ending, Virgin / Waitrose over?

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News in brief:

Norwegian launches Buenos Aires from Gatwick

If you follow our Instagram feed, you’ll know that Anika is currently in New York testing out Norwegian’s Premium cabin.  We should get that review up in the next couple of weeks.

If it turns out well, you may be tempted to try out Norwegian’s latest route launch – Buenos Aires. 

The service is due to launch in February 2018.  There will be four flights per week on a new Boeing 787, and the lead-in economy fare is £299 each way.

This will be the second non-US route for Norwegian from Gatwick following the recent announcement that flights to Singapore will begin in late September.  It takes their total number of long-haul routes from London to nine.

Perhaps the British Airways paranoia about Norwegian is not entirely misplaced, although the airline is still losing money (albeit you would expect that as new routes take time to build up) and it remains to be seen how it would survive a return to high oil prices.

Norwegian 787

Two Avios-earning Laithwaites wine deals about to end

Both British Airways Executive Club and are running generous Avios-earning deals with wine group Laithwaites at the moment.  Both deals end on 30th June so you need to jump in now if you want to take advantage.

The deals are slightly different depending on what freebies you want!

The deal is here.   You receive:

A 12-bottle wine case, chosen from seven options between £52 and £58

2 Dartington wine tumbers worth £15

1,000 Avios points (250 Avios points if you are an existing Laithwaite’s customer)

Free delivery

The British Airways Executive Club deal is here.  You receive:

A 12-bottle wine case, chosen from seven options between £52 and £58

3 free bottles of rioja worth £36

1,000 Avios points (250 Avios points if you are an existing Laithwaite’s customer)

Free delivery

The only difference is whether you take the free rioja or the free tumblers.  Remember that you’ll need to give a BAEC number if you take the rioja and an account number if you take the tumblers.

Either way, there is one snag you need to deal with.

By ordering, you are signing yourself up to Laithwaite’s Wine Plan.  Every 8-12 weeks they will automatically send you another 12-bottle wine case.  It is very easy to stop this happening – simply amend your account online or give Laithwaite’s a call to cancel your Wine Plan membership, there is no penalty – but you must trust yourself to remember.

Waitrose Virgin Flying Club miles

Virgin Flying Club / Waitrose deal ended?

The in-store miles earning deal with Waitrose and Virgin Flying Club appears to have ended as mysteriously as it appeared.

There is now no reference to the deal on the Virgin Atlantic website and the old home page for the deal now brings up an error.

It seems a little odd for the promotion to end so quickly, especially as Virgin went to some effort to promote it.  It had only been running for three months.

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Comments (55)

  • rams1981 says:

    OT what’s the easiest way to sell those HP cartridges bought from the Tesco offer?

    • Rob says:

      ebay, in bulk. Don’t sell them as singles – it increases your workload and costs you more overall in postage.

  • jay tee says:

    I flight to South America every year with my family and rarely pay more than £500 return.
    These include food and checked bags (and even wifi when I fly KLM)
    These Norwegian prices to BA are terrible value for money. I doubt it I will ever use them on this route

    • Rob says:

      I must admit, ‘headline’ fares on £600 plus food and baggage (which is pretty much compulsory on such a long trip) don’t seem hugely cheap to me. Let’s see.