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Bits: Avios-earning Finnair sale, ANA InterContinental Tokyo update, TAP to launch City to Porto

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News in brief:

Good Asia sale deals on Finnair

Finnair has launched its Winter sale.

There are special Business Class fares to Asia from the UK via Helsinki, valid until 15th January for travel between now and 31st October 2018 (dates vary by route).

What makes this sale attractive is that:

  • You can start from London, Manchester and Edinburgh
  • Finnair flights earn Avios and British Airways tier points
  • Finnair is flying brand a new A350 aircraft on many routes with excellent business class seats

Compared to the Club World seat the 1-2-1 configuration is a major improvement. You can read Rob’s review of the Finnair A350 business class seat here.

During the sale a return flight to Beijing in Business Class starts at £1,428 and return flights to Tokyo start at £1,999 (about £500 cheaper than during Finnair’s Summer Sale).

Click here to see the prices out of London, Edinburgh and Manchester in both business and economy class.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

ANA InterContinental Tokyo

New Club rooms at ANA InterContinental Tokyo

During my Tokyo trip last year I stayed at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo and didn’t have the best experience.  My room was mouldy and the hotel overrun by cherry blossom tourists …..

However, after my rather negative review it is only fair to mention that InterContinental has been working on improving the Club rooms. A total of 59 Club rooms have been refurbished and the result looks promising as you can see in this Japan Today article.

Hopefully the rest of the hotel will also get a bit of a revamp ….

You can find out more on the hotel website here.

Porto Portugal Tap LCY

TAP to launch London City to Porto

After adding twice daily weekday flights from London City to Lisbon last October, TAP has announced the launch of a six times weekly service between London City Airport and Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport.  This is well worth a look if you want to try somewhere new this year.

Starting on 25th March, the Embraer E190 will depart Porto at 12:05pm and return from LCY at 2:50pm.

TAP is a member of Star Alliance if you are considering earning and redemption options.

I got to spend a couple of days in Porto last Summer and highly recommend the city as a weekend destination. There is an InterContinental in Porto which has very good feedback, but I stayed in a lovely Airbnb.  The TAP website is here.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

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Comments

  1. IHG – just noting that I did in fact stay a Spire after buying AMB but only having 20 nights in 2017, so it worked as a pseudo-renewal.

  2. Has anyone received the 10k IHG points for taking out ambassador?

  3. the real harry1 says:

    used the gov.uk new passport online service today – passport renewal for my 2 sons

    cheaper than Post Office check & send – I guess the only bit you are likely online to get wrong is the photo acceptability

    seemed quick & easy

    anybody else used it? I think it came online last year

    • Mark1980 says:

      Harry, I used it in September for our new born. It said it could take up to 3 weeks and we were flying in 19 days so left it a bit tight but the passport arrived within 3 days – was v.impressed!

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