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Bits: our NYC competition winner, Cobalt Air to launch Heathrow-Larnaca, £60 off flight + hotel with ebookers

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News in brief:

Announcing our NYC competition winner!

Earlier this month we asked for your help in working with an airline on a research piece which we linked to a competition.

The airline was interested in what airline you would fly with – in economy – if price was not an issue and airline miles or elite status benefits were not an issue.  In order to get a genuine result the prize was two economy flights to New York on the carrier the winner had said was their favourite.

We can now announce the winner!

Nick G. and a friend will fly to New York on his choice of preferred carrier, Virgin Atlantic.  Well done Nick.

We are not going to say if Virgin was the airline who sponsored the competition or not, as we might be doing something similar (but bigger and better) in the near future given the fantastic response we had.

Cobalt Air to launch Heathrow to Larnaca flights with new business class seat

Cobalt Air has announced daily flights between London Heathrow and Larnaca, Cyprus from 27th March 2018.

This adds a further daily flight to Cobalt’s current flights from London Gatwick and Stansted.

The outbound flight will leave London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 at 17:20 arriving in Larnaca at 23:50 and the inbound flight will leave Larnaca at 12:45 arriving in Heathrow at 15:45.

The Terminal 3 departure means that there are two good lounges for economy passengers if they have the right card – No 1 Lounge, reviewed here, and the new Club Aspire, reviewed here.  Cobalt will almost certainly do a deal with one of these for its business class passengers.

Flights will be operated by an A320 with 12 business class seats and 144 economy seats featuring Cobalt’s new business product as shown in the picture below.

Larnaca is one of the longest BA short-haul routes and there are occasional rumours, increasing recently, of it switching to a long-haul aircraft.  The Club Europe seat on a Boeing 767 really is not acceptable for a flight of 4 hours and 40 minutes.

I think this looks like an impressive alternative to BA on this route.  You can find out more on the Cobalt website here.

Cobalt Air Business Seat

£60 off flight + hotel with ebookers

ebookers has launched a new money off code for ‘flight + hotel’ package bookings as its sale reaches its end.

Until 31st January you will get £60 off a ‘flight + hotel’ booking of £500+ when using the code LASTCHANCE60 at checkout.

The stay period for this offer is 24th January until 31st October.

Whilst this offer sounds generous, note that most branded hotels are excluded from the offerthe full list is here.

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  1. Will we see the percentage entries by carrier choice or is that for the sponsor’s eyes only?

    • Raffles says:

      Virgin won comfortably. We are not publishing the full split it or the reasons behind it because it would be unfair to the company that funded it.

      • Intentionally Blank says:

        I’m not, obviously, privy to the results, but the fact that a mainly BA readership chose a different airline speaks volumes about the level of service on BA

      • Surely it would only be unfair if the funding company was near the bottom of the list? If Virgin funded it they’d love to have the results published.

    • Vasco Alves says:

      I didn’t win, but I picked Virgin too.

      • So did I – Virgin Atlantic has consistently invested in Economy so as to upsell happy customers to Premium and Upper Class while BA patronises World Travellers implying it’s all about low fares.

      • I didn’t win either but I picked Virgin too.

  2. Catalan says:

    BA’s mid-haul fleet would fit perfectly on the Larnaca route.

    • True – it’s just a shame that a few of those ex-bmi A321s have been/are being converted to standard short haul configuration.

    • They’ve used it for the early flight on summer Saturday’s before.

  3. OT – Air France Premium Economy sale is on Book by 21/02/18. I find AF PE quite acceptable for long haul holiday travel seat not bad at all, fast track in airport, priority boarding and option to pay to enter AF lounges. Whole package much better than BA PE. Plus a lot easier from the regions as you fly via Paris rather than have to get to Heathrow.

    • My partner tried it last year and and was quite impressed, only criticism was very poor sear recline. On paper, I think it looks the best of all PE offerings unless NZ PE is still kicking around but then that’s not going to be of much use to many people here.

      • AH, NZ PE that used to be great! The food was just the J food too. I think it declined a bit when they introduced the funky (space?) seats and it’s own food, still much better than BA’s offering tho. Not been on it since the latest revamp. I miss going to NZ [sigh]

        • NZ was my favourite airline ever, I used to fly to LAX in Business First or whatever they called it, crew were awesome. My last flight with them was about 2012 I think, just beforebtgey dropped their 744s. I would still fly them if they would bring back HKG.

  4. “We are not going to say if Virgin was the airline who sponsored the competition or not”

    I’d truly be amazed if it wasn’t…

    • Eli Goldberg says:

      I voted virgin,
      Anymore readers wanna share who they voted for?

      • James A says:

        Virgin also here. I doubt BA or any of the US airlines would run this kind of data collection competition, it must be Virgin.

        Fancy sharing the results Rob even if you don’t want to share who commissioned it?

        • Prins Polo says:

          Virgin as well – just like 95% of the posters here.

          Isn’t it sad and ironic on a blog where 95% are BA Executive Club members?

    • I chose BA 🙂

      There was a reason, I’ve never flown long haul economy with BA before and thought if it was free it would be worth a try. On longhaul I’ve only flown Club World or First.

      I have actually flown economy on Virgin Atlantic before, back in the days that my bmi gold card would give me Clubhouse access. I wouldn’t fancy T3 without lounge access. Before I had status I found T5 a much more pleasant experience than T3.

      Another benefit of BA would be their frequent schedule, there’s probably not much difference in economy products so the schedule means you’re more likely to find a convenient flight time.

      If the prize had been business class tickets I would have chosen Virgin Atlantic as I’d like an excuse to visit the LHR Clubhouse again and I’ve not tried their Upper Class product.

      I can’t remember what the other options were, I think they were only direct options so KLM, AF, etc wouldn’t be an option. I may have opted for KLM to see how they’ve changed since the days I used to fly them regularly..

  5. Chris L says:

    Here’s hoping BA will be forced to up their game LHR-LCA, and preferably by Easter 😉

    • Fabrice B says:

      Hi, whats the rumoured replacement aircraft then? i’m wanting to do this route for a mileage run but if they’re going to upgrade the aircraft to something with flat beds i’ll wait!

      • Chris L says:

        I’ve heard rumours of a 777 but that’s partly wishful thinking on my part 🙂 I’ve also heard A321neo when they arrive which would be disastrous, with their Easyjet seating!

  6. I voted Virgin.

  7. Cobalt have seen off Aegean on this route despite A3 having one of the best soft product offerings for business class in Europe. Cobalt have far better flight times as well, the 3am arrival into Larnaca was very painful.

  8. Deenesh says:

    I’d like to see the breakdowns and selection of reasons for choosing. Personally I chose DL simply because they are the only airline I’ve not flown longhaul out of the choices available and wanted to experience a new airline. Boring but a simple and genuine reason for my choice.

  9. OT – I’ve made a flight booking via by phone and received an email confirmation but can’t see any sign of the booking on the website. Can I check in via BAEC or will it appear on at some point?

    • Thanks Ghengis, you’ve been a star this week! I was having horrible thoughts of having to check in at the airport!

    • I do wish that would show the flights you’ve booked with them. Every other site you book a flight on will show you a record of your bookings and upcoming flights.

      • I know, it’s bizarre! It shows all your other avios transactions, this seems a really odd omission.

  10. OT
    just received email from Amazon about £10 off £50 purchase with code BIGTHANKS.
    Gift cards excluded and has to be sold by Amazon but not delivered electronically.
    Things that I order are rarely sold by Amazon.

    • Use both the prime and seller filters to search for amazon alternatives. Often the seller fikter does not appear until some other department filters are chosen. I agree though that amazon options are sometimes very limited.

    • Sussex Bantam says:

      I don’t believe this is targetted – it appears on the front page of my Amazon site. T&C as Mark2 says but only valid until tonight. Time to stock up on dishwasher tablets !

    • Gin and Tonic Please says:

      Unlike the last one of these, this time it’s available on alcohol… 🙂

    • It is also worth noting that Morrisons are currently selling £50 Amazon vouchers with a 5,000 More Points bonus, on top of the 1,250 you get as standard. 5,000 points triggers a £5 Morrisons Voucher, so this effectively equates to getting £50 Amazon vouchers for £43.75 each

  11. Cobalt Air also fly from MAN to Larnaca!

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