News in brief:
Want a job redeeming miles?!
John from the Nightly.travel hotel booking site sent me an interesting job ad that came across his desk.
Seedstars World, an established start-up investor, is looking for a remote working ‘travel hacker’ to book travel for its staff using the frequent flyer miles they collected on previous work trips.
Not sure I like the sound of that as a company policy, and no idea what the job pays, although by definition they seem like they are a bit tight ……!
airberlin adds new Avios routes to the US
How low? When Anika did her review of airberlin business class from New York to Berlin last year, she paid £4 in taxes and charges.
Orlando, from Dusseldorf – five flights per week
Boston, from Dusseldorf – four flights per week
San Francisco, from Dusseldorf – four flights per week
San Francisco, from Berlin – four flights per week
Other US destinations served from Dusseldorf are Fort Myers, Los Angeles, Miami and New York JFK. Other winter US routes from Berlin are New York, Chicago and Miami.
airberlin also serves a number of ‘winter sun’ destinations. Curacao from Dusseldorf is possibly the most interesting, as this Caribbean island is not well served from the UK. Most people fly with KLM, given the close links that the island has with the Netherlands.
PS. There is still no word, before you ask, on the negotiations to sell airberlin to Lufthansa. The sticking point appears to be the high level of airberlin debt which apparently Lufthansa would like the German government to partially take on. Etihad is also believed to be demanding extra access to German airports in return for ‘letting’ Lufthansa buy its airberlin shareholding.
Curve confirms $10m in Series A funding
We cover the Curve Card quite a bit on HFP because it allows you to spend abroad with just a 1% transaction fee AND have the purchase recharged to any other points-earning Visa or MasterCard you own. You can also withdraw £200 per month from an ATM and have it recharged to another credit card as a points-earning purchase. I wrote more about how it work here – the card is free to apply.
The list of investors in impressive and, given that Santander is on the list, raises questions over whether Curve is about to partner directly with major banks.
New investers include TransferWise founder Taavet Hinrikus, Azimo founder Michael Kent, Ed Wray of Betfair, former members of the Google Wallet team, Santander InnoVentures, Investec, Connect Ventures, Speedinvest, Oxford Capital, Breega Capital, Henry Ritchotte (ex Deutsche Bank COO), Gael de Boissard (ex Credit Suisse board member), Alessandro Hatami (The Pacemakers; ex Lloyds, Paypal, GE Capital) and Paul Townsend (Vitesse PSP, Barclays, WorldPay).
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