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Bits: World Cup Avios seats available, 400 Avios with Spain’s Uber-clone, 25% off Priority Pass

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News in brief:

World Cup 2018 Avios seats available

The 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia on 14th June next year which means – as it is now less than 355 days away – Avios reward seats are available.

Although, if you’re planning to fly out to watch England in the final on 15th July, you still have to wait three weeks to book …..!

British Airways flies to both Moscow and St Petersburg and availability for Avios looks OK.  Oddly, some flights with no cash seats – presumably due to block bookings – are available for points.

You should also remember that S7 Airlines (legally PJSC Siberia Airlines, headquartered in Ob, Novosibirsk Oblast!) is a oneworld alliance member.  This should make it possible to use points to fly domestically inside Russia.

And, on the – admittedly unlikely – chance that England does not make the final, you’ll be able to cancel your Avios redemption and get your points back ……

World Cup 2018

Iberia Plus launched partnership with Cabify

Cabify is an Uber-style ride hailing app which operates in Spain and could be handy for your holiday travel this summer.   It currently operates in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilabao, Vitoria, La Coruna, Malaga, Seville and Tenerife.  The app can be downloaded from the Apple and Google stores.

Cabify is now offering Avios points, in either Iberia Plus or British Airways Executive Club.

Full details can be found on the Cabify website here.  A Q&A, in English, is here.

You will earn 400 Avios for your first trip and 1 Avios per km after that.  The ‘first ride’ bonus will be applied if you take a ‘Lite’ or ‘Executive’ vehicle and do not use any other sign-up code during registration.   Thanks to Michael for this.

Priority Pass

25% off Priority Pass

Finally, airport lounge access card Priority Pass is offering a 25% discount until 14th July.

Details can be found on their website here.

If you travel with other people, you may find that it is a better deal to get an American Express Platinum charge card – and you’d get 30,000 Amex points (converts to 30,000 Avios) for free as well.  This comes with two Priority Pass cards and each lets two people into a lounge for free – so a family of four is covered.  Oddly, Priority Pass itself does not sell a version of the card which allows a free guest.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club lounge – see the list here

The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list.  Additional visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  There is no annual fee in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (104)

  • sohan says:

    Totally OT:
    Heathrow Rewards: I’m short 23 points for a redemption and won’t be in Heathrow anytime soon. Any advice for a quick way to top up?

    • Rob says:

      Ring and ask nicely. Often works.

    • AVM says:

      if any of your family/friends will be there soon – ask them to buy smth and quote your number (or give them your card to swipe).

  • JamesB says:

    OT: Anybody here have any knowledge or experience of the club1 hotels booking company?

    • Rob says:

      We looked at it when it launched and it was a complete shambles. We were offered a substantial four-figure sum to promote them and turned it down. I was approached last week again about doing something with them, on the grounds that they are now less of a shambles, so I need to take another look. They are not actively ripping people off AFAIK, it is just a scrappy looking site and business model.

      • JamesB says:

        Thanks, I had never heard of them and then ran into them twice today via Etihand and Ethiopian. The latter selling membership in conjunction with 10k or 20k sheba miles and a rebate voucher.

    • Lawro says:

      Signed up last year when they were offering a year’s free membership. Haven’t actually dared book anything through it partially because the prices seem a little too good to be true and also because I have seen very little coverage of it since all the fanfare regarding free membership last year.

      • Rob says:

        That fanfare was based on fat payments per sign up by the people involved, not any objective view of the business.

        • Lawro says:

          Right, as was clearly evident from the sheer amount of coverage and number of promotional posts from the majority of US bloggers at the time.

      • JamesB says:

        That was my impression when I discovered it today too. Sometimes it’s possible to run into problems at independent hotels even with the more well established names so I would be very hesitant using this. That said, if they are now tied up with major airlines they are likely generating at least some business.

        • Rob says:

          Ironically I got a sign-up offer for Club1 via the internal WeWork network last month. They certainly have some serious money to burn on building a customer list, it is a shame they didn’t put more of it into building a decent website.

          • JamesB says:

            If you have the time you should maybe give them a hearing. They might have good intentions but lack the know how. They are not the first nor will they be the last to have a trashy website, BA and virgin to name but two. All they need is a simple but beautiful app like Hilton. However, the more fundamental question is whether the business model is sound.

  • Optimus Prime says:

    OT – if I book an Economy flight with AA for 2 passengers and later on I want to upgrade to Business with points, can all the points come from just one passenger or does each passenger have to provide their own points?

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Just spoke to them and the answer is yes I can use just one account 🙂

  • MARCELO C CORREA says:

    The code MD9ANOS gives 30% discount to priority pass. Website of the promotion: prioritypass.com/melhores-destinos