Bits: £1080 business to Bangkok from London, Tesco cuts hotel partners, Rip Off Britain

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News in brief:

£1080 Garuda business class deal to Bangkok

Garuda Indonesia is currently offering an excellent business class fare to Bangkok via Jakarta.  Unlike many of the deals we feature, this involves departing from Heathrow and not positioning yourself in Europe.

The cheapest price seems to be on the Garuda website.  You are looking for days showing £630 outbound and £450 inbound.  I cannot replicate the fare via ITA Matrix so I can’t access the fare rules regarding booking dates, but the deal is there – try 15 March out, 26 March back for example.

My review of Garuda business class is here albeit that is based on a short hop between London and Amsterdam back in the days when they stopped off on the way.

Garuda is a member of SkyTeam so you can credit your flight to Flying Blue, Delta or one of the other SkyTeam programmes if you don’t want to earn miles with Garuda.

Garuda Indonesia

Tesco quietly dropping some hotel redemptions from Clubcard

It is taking a while to piece together the changes to Tesco Clubcard as the company is not making it easy to find the data.

We have covered the change in many redemptions from 4x face value to 3x value on Shopper Points in three articles, which sit at the top of the home page.

There are also changes to some of the hotel redemptions.  The good news is that the main ones – Hilton, Mercure, Novotel, Warner Leisure – are unchanged.  The following partners will cease to accept Clubcard vouchers over the next few weeks:

  • Classic Lodges
  • Hastings Hotels
  • New Forest Hotels
  • Select Hotels of Ireland

This HFP article explains how to book Hilton hotels in the UK via Clubcard.  Despite what Tesco tells you, it is possible to book and search availability online if you know the right corporate code.

Some package holiday companies are also leaving Clubcard and are listed in this Shopper Points article.

Rip Off Britain on Avios

Rip Off Britain on Avios

If you’re not at work at 9.15am tomorrow, Rip Off Britain on BBC1 is running an episode devoted to reader problems with airlines.  This will include the segment on Avios that I filmed for them in Manchester last Autumn.

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  1. rams1981 says:

    OT as ambassador spire at an intercontinental what can I expect?

    • Steve-B says:

      In Porto last year we got a lovely room upgrade and complimentary breakfast (which was a surprise), whereas in Budapest last month we got a decent room upgrade but nothing else (other than the usual stated benefits). AMB does drive a ‘genuine’ room upgrade, whereas Spire does very little/nothing (in my experience).

      • rams1981 says:

        Thanks – that doesn’t include an upgrade to a club room does it?

        • No – since late 2016 you are not supposed to benefit from the “Club Intercontinental Experience” as part of any upgrade even if AMB and you get a better room. In this respect it is different from a Hilton upgrade where if you are upgraded to the executive floor you get into the lounge too.

        • rams1981 says:

          Cool thanks.

          I was upgraded in Johannesburg to a corner room, welcome points and late check out of 4pm. So can’t complain then.

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