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 ……
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.