Bits: Club World £1060 Dubai fares, BA stops awarding Avios and tier points for airberlin flights

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News in brief:

£1,060 British Airways Club World fares to Dubai

About 10 years ago, for no logical reason, Lisbon was the holy grail of cheap British Airways Club World tickets.  You could be pretty certain that, wherever you wanted to go, the cheapest route would be by booking a flight out of Portugal.

As a one-off, this deal is back (hat-tip to Flyertalk).

You can currently book a Club World return flight from Lisbon (or Porto or Funchal or Faro) to Dubai for €1,152 (£1,060).

There are very few restrictions:

you cannot travel before 1st November

you need to stay away for a Saturday night and

you need to book by 21st September.  

That’s it.  You can book as far in advance as the schedule allows, ie 355 days, as long as the cheapest Club World fare is not sold out.

For flexibility, due to the multiple departures per day, Lisbon is the easiest starting point.  Lisbon flights also go into Heathrow which is where the Dubai flight will depart from.  However, Funchal (Madeira) is 80 tier points to London compared with 40 tier points for Lisbon, Faro or Porto.

This fare will earn (40 + 140 + 140 + 40) 360 tier points if you start in Lisbon, Faro or Porto and (80 + 140 + 140 + 80) 440 tier points if you start in Funchal.

For €100 you are allowed a stopover in London.  On the way to Dubai, this will prove expensive because it will also trigger long haul premium class Air Passenger Duty. On the way back, it will only trigger short haul Air Passenger Duty back to Portugal.  You may want to build in a stopover on the way back and use the last leg for the first part of a weekend away in Portugal at another date.

On the outbound, you can have up to 24 hours in London from your landing time from Portugal without triggering Air Passenger Duty.  You could, for example, land from Lisbon at 21.20 on a Friday, go home (if you live nearby) and then return the next day with your suitcase to catch either the 12.35 or 20.40 flights to Dubai without triggering APD.

This is clearly a bit of a faff but if you are after a cheap fare, tier points, a pile of Avios and fancy a short break in Portugal it is worth a look.  Pop over to and have a play around.

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British Airways no longer crediting Air Berlin flights

With Air Berlin and its loyalty scheme, Topbonus, in receivership, it seems that British Airways has decided to cut its losses.

Presumably on the grounds that they will never be paid for the points, you can no longer earn Avios or tier points in British Airways Executive Club from Air Berlin flights.  The only exception would be an Air Berlin codeshare carrying a BA flight number.

Whilst the airline still shows as a BA partner on this page of, you should ignore that.  This page of explains the new position.

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  1. the real harry1 says:

    O/T split ticketing

    just getting my kids their season tickets for this half term (train to school) – splitting the ticket in 2 is saving £20 off £120 each – saving us some £240/ year

    did HFP ever eventually run an article on split-ticketing?

  2. OT. anyone ever have probs in removing “a friend” from an avios family a/c. are checks carried out?
    thx. sam

  3. Sgt Major says:

    Could you someone please kindly confirm if car rental insurance is only valid for Amex Plat if paid with Amex Plat? Could you pay with another card? Thanks in advance!

    • There was no requirement to pay with the Platinum (or any Amex for that matter) when I checked earlier this year. I’d check the T&Cs before you go, from memory it was pretty clear when I read them.

      • Sgt Major says:

        Many thanks! I read T &Cs and didn’t see anything about paying with Amex but just wanted to double-check! 🙂

    • Any card is fine, but I always pay with it just for simplicity – if you have an accident, Hertz will charge your Platinum card. As Amex can see the charge on your card, I always assume that it helps get the claim processed. I could be totally wrong of course ….

      • Must say I follow the same process – I know I don’t need to put it on the Amex but feel it will be easier if a problem!

  4. OT: Anyone know how long it takes for the bonus 3000 avios for adding a supp BAPP card takes?

    • *to hit the BAEC account. I really wasn’t concentrating….

      • Scallder says:

        It should hit your Amex account within a week of the card being all approved and then get swept over to your BAEC account in the monthly sweep (usually 4-5 days before statement date)

    • Is there a specific link to apply through, in order to obtain this 3000 bonus?

      Also is there an equivalent link for the regular BA Amex card? or the Amex Plat?


  5. Scallder says:

    Do you get CC points buying Tesco gift cards?! I know you don’t on branded ones but interesting to know if you do on their own ones…

    • the real harry1 says:

      not in Tesco stores afaik – but this was a way to get similar value, unfortunately despite the image on the T* site, it looks as if T* have just made Tesco gcs unavailable

  6. Tony Kay says:

    A bit of info on Topbonus Gold (Sapphire) and seat selection, as I booked some BA CW reward flights using Avios a couple of days ago, then went to the Finnair website to replace my BAEC number with my Topbonus number on the booking. There isn’t an option from the drop down menu any more for Topbonus, although all of the other OW frequent flyer options are still there. Not wanting to give up, I rang BAEC and they manually added my Topbonus number and removed my BAEC number. I was then able choose seats for free. Wonder how much longer that will last!

  7. BA also offers London to Abu Dhabi in First for £1648

  8. Looks like only MC/Visa (and with a 0.3% fee)… I didn’t know this existed though so will bear in mind in future.

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