Bits: Cathay Pacific sale, book HEx tickets inflight with Virgin, Shangri-La conversion bonus

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News in brief:

Cathay Pacific flash sale

Cathay Pacific is running a three day flash sale this weekend, albeit only in Economy. 

You can’t argue with £469 to Hong Kong, however.  Bangkok is the same price and Manila is just £439.  Auckland is £749, not bad for Economy although you’d be mad to book that when yesterday it was £1,300 in Qatar Airways Business Class (that sale is now over).

Full details are here.

You need to book by 13th November for travel by 19th June.

Book Heathrow Express tickets in the air with Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic will soon become the first European airline to offer wi-fi on 100% of its aircraft.

In a new deal with Heathrow Express, which I can imagine will soon be emulated by hotel and car hire groups, you can access the Heathrow Express website for free in-flight in order to book tickets.  Access to Virgin’s wi-fi is usually chargeable, with passes starting at £2.99.

Shangri-La Golden Circle

Shangri-La Golden Circle conversion bonus

If you are sitting on any Shangri-La Golden Circle miles which are due to expire on 31st December, you can currently get a 25% bonus if you transfer them to selected airline schemes.  Asia Miles is offering a 50% bonus.

The minimum transfer has also been reduced to 1,000 points, which makes it easier to empty your account.

Participating airlines are Air China, Air France / KLM, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Lufthansa, Singapore, United and Virgin Australia.

Remember, though, that you can also turn your points into vouchers for food and drink at Shangri-La hotels.  If you are in London, it means that 1,000 points gets you a $100 voucher which you can spend in their hotel in The Shard.  This is CLEARLY better than taking 1,250 Avios instead!

Details of all Golden Circle redemptions can be found here.

If you stay at Shangri-La hotels on a regular basis, remember that you can get instant mid-tier Jade status in Golden Circle by taking out an American Express Platinum charge card.

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  1. Iberia are also running a mini sale too. Yesterday I priced up 2 return biz class seats to Pudong for around £2,000 cash plus…..wait for it…………350,000 avios!!! Don’t all rush at once….

  2. Steve O'Hara says:

    O/T – apologies

    With a companion voucher, is it possible to open jaw it from London to SFO then SFO to NYC? Ie not return to the UK with it?


    • Must be flown on BA metal, so no not poss from SFO to NYC, am afraid…unless somebody else knows better!

    • Not possible, have to rtn to UK on BA, but if you visit the US frequently you could save the rtn for a few months later?

    • Prins Polo says:

      Has to be BA metal and SFO-NYC is not served by BA.

    • Quite apart from anything else, this would not count as a valid open jaw, as the distance NYC-LON (the open jaw) is greater than one of the sides of the jaw (SFO-NYC).

      If suitable flights were available for use with the voucher (i.e. BA flights SFO-NYC) then it could be viewed as a oneway. But you will have problems with the lack of BA flights.
      So, just do a one-way to SFO, then book SFO-NYC separately.

      Anyway, the main point I was making was that would not be a valid open-jaw.

  3. O/T sorry
    How do you refer from blue amex to premium plus amex?
    I spoke to amex agent a week ago who gave me avios bonus info and said could not be done over phone has to be done online.
    Now i’m trying to do it online and does not seem poss.
    So I phoned amex who now say you can only refer blue to blue .
    Please can anyone help as have urgent spend to put thru on prem plus card.
    Many thanks

    • Don’t mind that agent. You send the referral link from your blue to who ever. They then open that link and apply. See the the drop down box that gives them the choice of both cards. Just chose the BAPP, and you are done. And hope it gets approved of course….

  4. You would be mad to save £550 because you’re not so precious that you have to fly business everywhere?

    • For that length of flight though you’ll arrive in a much better state to enjoy your holiday from the first day and also reacclimatise quicker on your return. Personally I find it’s almost like adding a day or two to my holiday so definitely worth that difference in price. The difference in the amount of Avios (let alone TP earned) also can’t be discounted – even if you never wanted to use them for flights you could get a hotel at 0.5p per point so clearly the price difference is significantly reduced.

      • Weren’t the Qatar flights ex-Europe? So there is the extra hassle and potential hotel night cost to also factor in. From memory, Cathay economy is also one of the better products (if they are still 9 across)…

        • I believe so, although if I can get a good option from AMS or OSL that makes little difference to me when flying from EDI – nice to avoid LHR! Obviously different for folk leaving from London.

        • Oh of course, forgot you’re in Scotland Alan. The ex-EU fares are perfect for those in the regions… Saving money to avoid heathrow on a better product is a triple bonus.

          I have still not used any as I just don’t like changing if I don’t have to, let alone collecting bags etc. I remember coming back from Sing/Bali one January and there was a big saving on flights involving a long layover in Paris. Thought it may be quite nice to spend a day in town… Who doesn’t like Paris? But it was bitterly cold, a lot of things (eg Louvre) were shut (maybe because it was just after new year), and after a couple of hours I just wanted to be home! Never again.

    • It’s 27 hours! I think club europe is a waste of money and nobody is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to go to new zealand

  5. OT – one of my Amex cards has the Amazon offer again (spend £25, get 500 bonus membership points), but the T&Cs state “Offer not valid on purchases made with Amazon Prime or subscriptions to Amazon Prime.” Does anyone know if that means any purchases that are eligible for Prime discounts/free shipping wouldn’t qualify? I’ve made the purchase and got the email saying I’ve used my offer, but curious about whether the points will actually show up. Can’t remember if that condition was listed in previous versions of the offer.

    • Prime subscriptions excluded but fine for purchases – otherwise they’d be disadvantaging existing Prime subscribers.

  6. O/T – recommendations for Free Friday Night stay at Club Carlson Hotels in London? I was thinking of Raddison Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury. Our plan (wife and me) would be to check out a matinee show the next afternoon on the West End.

    I triggered two vouchers from the promotion over the summer and want to redeem one in January in London. Comments and recommendations appreciated – many thanks.

    • The Covent Garden one always looked decent, not sure what the name is.

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        Seven dials? Nice enough, entry level rooms on the small side though.

    • We love the park plaza Westminster Bridge and pay the £50 for exec lounge upgrade for drinks/nibbles in the day time, a few pre theatre drinks, and breakfast, all with a view.
      Perhaps not the best location for the theatre but pros/cons.

      • It is a nice hotel, there is a review on HFP.

      • Stayed there on my first trip to Conrad Rangali in 2015, also paid the upgrade. Gets a mention in my review (click on my username)

        • All, thanks for the replies. I have booked a night at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. The £50 upgrade to executive lounge, including breakfast, is well worth it. Now to see if I can get an upgrade to a room that doesn’t face the interior atrium…


  7. O/T: My Hilton Diamond is expiring end of March ’18. My husband recently became Hilton Gold through Amex Platinum. We are planning to go away in April ’18 and I am planning to book from his account. I just wanted to check his membership won’t expire at the end of March ’18 too. Is it usually valid for 2 years? Thank you in advance.

  8. Michael C says:

    Re. Cathay – do they ever ever have Business Class sales ex LHR?!

    • Yes they do …. if you click the Cathay tag under the article you’ll see some old articles. Never crazily generous though as they know they have a better product than BA with tier points and Avios too.

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