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Bits: see BA’s new BOB menu, 25% off Radisson Blu and Park Inn, BA / Avis deal renewed

News in brief:

Changes to BA’s buy-on-board menu

British Airways has made changes to their short-haul economy buy-on-board menu – and, if you click the link, you’ll see they don’t look great.

There is a new tapas meat and cheese platter with a couple of crackers, a new roasted falafel and spinach wrap as well as a turkey sandwich. But several (healthier) options have been taken off the menu and if you are avoiding wheat or gluten, you’ll have to be happy with cashews and crisps.

The couscous salad and the fruit salad have disappeared without a decent replacement. You can’t get olives any longer and the sweets selection has been reduced from 12 items to 5.  Yoghurt seem to have disappeared  too.  Basically, if it was at risk of going off, it has gone.

If you want to know what the menu was like before, here is a link to our buy-on-board article in January.

The new menu can be found on this page.

British Airways short haul food menu

25% off Radisson Blu and Park Inn

Radisoon Blu and Park Inn have launched a half term offer aimed at families.

Club Carlson members can get up to 25% off during the Autumn holiday, free wifi, kids under 16 stay for free in the UK and Ireland and kids under 12 eat for free.

This offer is valid for stays between 16th October and 27th October in the UK and Ireland and stays between 13th October and 12th November in Belgium and France.

The Radisson Blu page to book is here .

The Park Inn page to book is here.

You must book by 24th October to get up to 25% off.  The offer is also available at Radisson Red and Quorvus Collection.

Avis Budget renews British Airways IAG deal

IAG renews its exclusive Avis / Budget car rental deal

Avis Budget Group has renewed its car rental partnership with IAG.

The brands will remain the exclusive car rental partners of British Airways, Iberia and Iberia Express, with Aer Lingus to be added later.  The two brands will also remain the only car hire brands to earn points in any of the Avios loyalty schemes.

In general, I think the Avis partnership has worked well.  It does offer good benefits via including a free second driver .   The ability to earn bonus Avios by paying with a British Airways American Express card is a rare example of partner brands working together.

Regular Hertz renters will have to stick with crediting to Virgin Flying Club, although their 1,000 miles per rental deal is attractive.

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  1. jfduncan says:

    Slightly off topic – i have a BA Charter flight to Rhodes next week.

    Last year meals were included – has anyone any experience of a BA charter since they brought BoB in? Do i need to stock up before?



  2. Quote:- “This offer is valid for stays between 16th October and 27th October in the UK and Ireland and stays between 13th October and 12th November in Belgium and France.”

    Most Scottish kids go back to school tomorrow now that the “tattie howking” holidays are over…

    Which is a massive benefit to anyone in England who doesn’t mind flying from EDI or GLA – even if it means double-backing on themselves through Heathrow. You can save £1000s on a holiday.

  3. andijs2000 says:

    BoB, what a complete joke!

  4. the real harry1 says:

    O/T pls confirm I’ve got it right

    1. Get BAPP, annual fee is charged immediately
    2. hit spend target & bank the points
    3. downgrade to blue on the phone (keep for Shop Small) & the fee is refunded pro rata

    • Genghis says:


      • Genghis says:

        As an extra little tip, get yourself a supp in the main card holder’s name for an extra SS card (Mrs and I have six BAPPs between us)

        • the real harry1 says:

          thanks both

        • Genghis says:

          Hat tip to @Alan for sharing that a while back

        • Haha thanks, can definitely be handy for both ShopSmall and splitting costs.

          BTW now you’re expanding your UK tips, Genghis, have you looked at Cardiff too? Had a couple of excellent trips there in the summertime.

        • Barry cutters says:

          Sorry if I’m being stupid , but to confirm – I can get a supp card -in my own (main card holder) name . This would be brilliant for me when splitting expenses and personal spend . Reporting back – the groupon offer posted and my Iberia account is now fully working. About to book Lima flights for Machu Picchu in early summer – bargain at 85k.

        • Genghis says:

          @Baz Cutters. Yes. I use it to split personal and work as it serves for an easier tick back exercise. Pleased Iberia account activated rather easily. Enjoy!

        • Also for Lloyds cards, but not MBNA where sup card has same number.

        • Genghis says:

          I had an excellent holiday when at university visiting South Wales and camping on the Gower. Was early thirties. Beaches were fantastic. It could equally have been freezing so we were v lucky.

        • six, between 2? 3 each then? one main & one supplementary each…whats the third card?

        • Genghis says:

          @Jimmy. One main, one supp for partner and one supp for the main card holder x 2.

        • If you get a supplementary card in your own name do you then get a bonus if they offer one?

        • Genghis says:

          @Tom. No idea. Give it a go and report back.

    • Yes, works

  5. wonder how long before BA stop you bringing food on board

    • I’m surprised Ryanair haven’t done this yet so I wonder whether there is something in the regulations that mean they can’t?

      • UN Convention on the right to access food. Not all states are signatures but the UK are as I believevare Ireland.

        • the real harry1 says:

          BA are also perfectly OK about you bringing your own booze on board – this is legal & permitted

          they won’t be OK about you getting sloshed on half a bottle of Scotch

          however, a few beers or perhaps a bottle of decent wine should be acceptable

          unfortunately the real issue is supply airside – not at all difficult to get spirits in Duty Free – but spirits will be frowned upon/ very quickly removed from your possession for the duration of the flight

          if you go for wine, then white will be unchilled so a bit desperate – red would be OK but try finding DF outlets that sell it by the bottle plus you’ll need a corkscrew

          don’t think you’ll find beer in DF but you might find a bar that will sell you a few tinnies for the journey

          I’ve pondered this problem since BA introduced BOB – obviously pinching something from the lounge would be an option but possibly not a very honest one if done in quantity

        • the real harry1 says:

          coming back to UK doesn’t always present such a problem – eg our airport back from the place in the sun sells chilled premium beers for under £2/ half litre in the convenience stores, airside

          shame UK airports don’t do this

        • @TRH1 miniature bottles like Gin are actually fine to get through security, if you don’t mind placing them in the plastic bag along with toiletries during the security scan. Judging from the reactions of the security personnel it doesn’t happen often, though.

        • the real harry1 says:
        • Genghis says:

          They’re actually quite reasonably priced. Difficult to get tonic water airside though? Lemon is easy but precut (otherwise where’s the knife coming from?)

  6. Jason Hindle says:

    I still keep the faith that one of these days BA will make a change that turns out to be an actual improvement for the paying customer.

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  8. Anthony Dunn says:

    Remarkably straightforward: if I am flying in the Economy section, I buy my own food and drink and before I get onboard. That way, I choose just what I want and have the drink of choice. Most UK terminals have a pretty wide choice of food and drink offerings airside these days.

  9. Andrew-A says:

    OT slightly but just did an Edi-Lgw then Lgw-Tfs in CE using a 2 4 1. On the Edi flight down we randomly got upgraded to CE , my wife has just hit bronze so not sure if that had any bearing on it. Once seated however we were informed that they had only catered for the original CE passengers so could only offer breakfast if anything was left over. This wasn’t a problem for us as we had 4 hours to wait in gatwick and had planned to eat there anyway ( ate at Grainstore using PP cards which was good) then into BA lounge.
    On the way back from Tenerife on Saturday they ran out of champagne within the first half hour of the flight so some people didnt even get the chance of a glass. Food was ok though on both CE flights.
    To summarise our BA experience was fine, just a bit inconsistent.

    • Must say it didn’t look great on recent LHR-EDI flight. Crew seemed surprised I didn’t want any of the delectable food or indeed anything to drink, but hopefully anyone that was upgraded to the cabin got it instead!

  10. Flew to Turkey last week. Had eaten in the airport, so just ordered a couple of drinks and a packet of Percy Pigs ! Delivered swiftly and instant payment with contactless card. I actually think the food and drinks prices are ok and comparative with other airlines. No complaints from me.

  11. We have had good results using the avis and ba but why is the avisba website so appalling?!