Bits: We won 3 BTJA awards!, BA drops three routes, 30000 Nectar points with their Amex card

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News in brief:

We won three Business Travel Journalism Awards!

As you may have guessed from the picture we ran yesterday, or our social media feeds, we won three awards at the 2017 Business Travel Journalism Awards on Thursday night.

This saw us fighting it out with, depending on category, Business Traveller, the travel sections of the national press, the B2B business travel titles and in-flight magazines.

We won:

  • Business Travel Editor of the Year (Rob)
  • Best Newcomer to Business Travel or Meetings and Events Journalism (Anika)
  • Best Digital Strategy

We didn’t get Scoop of the Year, but 3/4 was way beyond our expectations.  Anika had to beat five other shortlisted writers in her category.

Here is Anika picking up ‘Best Newcomer’.  The judges said:

“The judges felt that the winner’s article was ‘interesting, engaging, on point and humorous.‘The author’s style was ‘really enjoyable’ with one judge claiming, ‘this was the one feature I remembered long after I’d read it’.”

…. and ‘Best Digital Strategy’.  The judges said:

“Of the winner, the judges were impressed with this website describing it as ‘refreshing’, ‘something I hadn’t seen before’ and ‘a website that I would use as a travel booker and as a traveller’.”

…. and ‘Editor of the Year’.  The judges said:

“Our panel of judges debated for a very, very long time about who should win this award. After much toing and froing, the winner was described as ‘a trailblazer’, someone who has ‘broken new ground’ and someone whose ‘leadership and entrepreneurship makes him a natural winner’.”

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on here or social media, we appreciate it.

British Airways cancels three short haul routes

British Airways has announced that three ‘Summer only’ routes will not be returning in 2018.

The routes impacted are:

  • Kos
  • Montpellier
  • Biarritz (photo above, the plans for Four Seasons to take over that hotel have recently collapsed)

If you are already booked to one of these cities for next summer, you should contact BA to discuss your options.

30,000 Nectar points with the Nectar American Express card

We normally leave Nectar points discussion to our sister site Shopper Points, but it is worth highlighting this limited time offer on their American Express card.

Until 1st November, the sign-up bonus is increased from 20,000 Nectar points to 30,000.  You need to apply via the Nectar website to get this deal.

30,000 Nectar points is worth at least £150 off your Sainsburys bill, and potentially £300 if you hold on to them until a ‘1p per point’ offer comes along (although they are getting rarer).

The card is FREE for the first year and you can get the bonus irrespective of what other Amex cards you currently hold.

Full details are in this article.

(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. pointsarb says:

    Congrats guys, very well deserved indeed!

  2. the_real_a says:

    The awards are very much a great achievement! Well done.

  3. rams1981 says:

    Congrats both. It’s a wonderful site with so many great articles and contributions from everyone. So much to learn and already learnt.

    Unfortunately work now block me posting on websites so no posts during the day anymore so I’m more of a lurker 🙂

  4. Well done! Keep being unbiased and fair without succumbing to the “click-bait” links of almost every other travel site and you’ll continue to win! Congratulations and well deserved!

  5. Stevie in Glasgow says:

    A big congratulations well deserved, Stevie

  6. Congrats on the rewards! Very much deserved. I’m learning so much from this site 🙂

    Quick one – does the AMEX Nectar card enable you to keep your AMEX rewards account running? Thinking of cancelling the Gold AMEX charge card and getting this instead, before cancelling all and resetting the 6 month clock…

  7. Congrats Rob and Anika. Great job keep it up.

  8. Just to double check. I cancelled my amex gold beginning of September awaiting 6 month to reapply. If i get the nectar is that classed as another amex and reset the clock?

  9. Hi Ronster,

    Any chance you could tell us which large tesco you saw that clubcard gift card offer for tesco gift card top ups? I tried in my two local large stores but no sign of the offer.
    Thanks in advance.

  10. Congratulations on the awards!

  11. Congratulations. This site is awesome!

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