Bits: Qatar launches Cardiff with a 787, last call for 500 Avios with £25 Amazon spend, Charles Tyrwhitt sale

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News in brief:

Qatar Airways to launch Cardiff with a Boeing 787

I must be honest.  When Qatar Airways announced its plans to launch flights from Cardiff, I assumed that it would use a short-haul aircraft.  This is what it does out of some other smaller cities.

This week, however, Qatar Airways announced that Cardiff services will start on 1st May – using a Boeing 787.  It will fly daily.

This is very bullish, because Qatar needs to create a brand new market for long-haul travel out of the airport.  It isn’t just about enticing flyers to switch airlines, they need to change behaviour and stop people driving down the M4 to Heathrow.  They have 254 seats to fill every day.

This is great news for Avios collectors in Wales.   Avios availability should be excellent on this route, at least in the early days as the route builds up.  We will hopefully see some good sale fares as well.

If you want to know about other Avios redemption ideas from outside London, this HFP article looks at Avios flights from UK regional airports.

Last chance to get 500 Avios or Amex points with £25 Amazon spend

Tomorrow is the last day for the fantastic American Express Amazon offer.  It is available for many – but not all – British Airways American Express, Amex Gold and Amex Platinum cardholders.

If you haven’t done yet, check your offers on your online statement page for a combination of:

Get 500 / 1,000 Avios / Membership Rewards points when you spend £25 at before 17th September using your BA Amex / Amex Gold / Platinum card

There are various rules about what you can and cannot buy to trigger the bonus.  The easiest thing to do is buy a £25 giftcard via this link and add it to your account via this link.

If you are making a purchase at Amazon, we are always grateful if you use our HFP Amazon link which is here (click).  We earn a small commission on your purchase which helps keep us ticking over.  Thank you.

12% off Charles Tyrwhitt shirts this weekend – and earn Avios

Finally, shirt company Charles Tyrwhitt is offering 12% off everything – no minimum order – this weekend with code UK12CT.

Tyrwhitt is an Avios partner and you will also earn 4 points per £1 on your shopping.  The site is here and the current clearance offers are here.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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  1. O/T: the EU261 lawyer compensation companies will be rubbing their hands… 🙂

  2. OT:
    We are yet decide where to go for October half term. We have 2 hilton visa cc certificates.does anyone know if they will be accepted for a 2bed villa/apartment in Hilton villamoura in algarve or is it just for rooms? Honors required is 130K. We need that as it is 2A3Kids.

    Secondly I only hear people praising Conrad algarve but it doesn’t have 5 people occupancy options unfortunately.
    Anyone stayed at Hilton vilamoura?

    • The credit card certs are only good for ‘Standard Redemptions’ which means the basic room, unless a hotel is feeling generous. If you email you may be offered a price for an upgrade.

    • pointsarb says:

      Yes our family of 4 has Boi. Booked cheapest room and contacted hotel direct to negotiate diamond upgrade. Ended up with the 2 bed villa you mention and highly recommended.

      One of the best kids clubs I’ve seen too including a zipline suitable for adults who wish to behave like kids for a few minutes!

      • Thanks. That’s encouraging. Will contact hotel and ask nicely…

      • ankomonkey says:

        Also stayed at May half-term quite a few years ago. It was barely warm enough to swim outside and found the food quite average, but agree that the kids club is pretty good.

  3. Completely OT-

    Any recommendation for buying this?

    My 5 year old NAS has died and looking for home server / NAS.
    Not too geeky and something that would work without fiddling too much,

    • I dunno, if you are running a server from your home, I’d build it myself. It’s been about quite a few years since I had time to fiddle with computer innards (learning about premium travel is partly to blame) but is 8GB RAM sufficient these days and has AMD’s reputation improved?

    • Personally I’ve gone for the QNAP TS-451+ and found it very reliable and with plenty of core software/add-ons available – bought it on the back of a PC Pro recommendation a year or so ago. Don’t know anything about the ClearOS on the HP.

      • I have QNAP’s as well for all my storage and then backed up to a cloud service.

        • I have QNAPs too. Good support and range of spec – varying budgets, different drive bays, CPU power etc so unless you’re able to build your own I’d recommend QNAP.

    • We use Synology. Unless you need certain Windows Server features, I would simply go with a NAS…

  4. I am booked on the first arrival into Cardiff. Looking forward to it, and doing it just in case they pull it before I get the chance again!

  5. abe mozes says:

    Forget the 12%! Link below for 3 for £55.


  6. OT lots of mentions of downgrades on the BA 2 for 1 voucher. Anyone ever been upgraded? My return from Rio with my wife has been bumped to first. Amazing surprise. Especially as my silver status is about to expire!

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