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News in brief:

Ten new routes launching new Club World food on Thursday

British Airways has confirmed internally that ten new routes are due to get the new Club World trolley-based food service from 1st February.  These are:

  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Montreal
  • New York (Newark)
  • Philadelphia
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC

There have been some tweaks to the service since it launched as I outlined in this article.  You won’t be getting the ‘3 in 1’ bread roll in the photo below for a start!  If New York JFK is anything to go by, you can expect a potential three hour meal service as crews get used to the new system although it should accelerate as the weeks go by.

New British Airways Club World food

£1460 business class tickets to Australasia

Air China has brought back its annual German super-sale weekend.  I have no idea why Air China offers such low prices for one weekend a year but it does offer exceptional opportunities.

Full details are on the Air China German site here.  Prices are astounding, although I have no experience of Air China’s business class seat or service and I recommend doing some digging before booking.  For the money, I doubt you can go far wrong.

As a member of Star Alliance, you can credit the flights – as long as the relevant booking class is valid – to Miles & More, United MileagePlus, SAS EuroBonus,  Singapore Airlines Krisflyer or one of the various other options which are easier to operate than Air China’s PhoenixMiles scheme.

Here are typical prices from Frankfurt (you can also choose Dusseldorf or Munich), return in Business Class:

  • Sydney €1807 (£1585)
  • Auckland €1664 (£1460)
  • Melbourne €1692 (£1485)
  • Brisbane €1707 (£1498)
  • Bangkok €1433 (£1257)
  • Hong Kong €1306 (£1146)
  • Tokyo €1352 (£1186)
  • Singapore €1354 (£1188)

Travel dates are:

  • 9th – 15th February
  • 16th March – 1st April
  • 1st – 13th May
  • 1st July – 24th August

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency.  This is because the transaction triggers the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

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Comments

  1. Andreas says:

    Great, I’m of to HK in CW in May, looking forward to it even more now! If they could just change the blankets as well……!

  2. Concerto says:

    I also think it takes time to change the meal service because there are existing contracts in place and they have to run their course.

  3. OT: Off to Antigua in May and have realised I need to renew my passport as it won’t have the required 6 months validity. Does anyone know if you can use Amex to pay for it? Potentially at the Post Office using their check & send service?

    • I would have thought you can use it at the post office.

      Very envious. Husband and I loved Antigua when we were there in November. Wish I was still there.

      • Yeah I’m looking forward to it a lot! Any recommendations would be most welcome. We’re staying in the Jolly Harbour area…

        • The helicopter tour to Montserrat was fab! Also really enjoyed the catamaran trip round the island. Had a tour of the island by land and whilst booked onto a small group tour ended up with private tour which was just amazing!

  4. Just to confirm – no chance of anything exciting on the 380 to Singapore early March? Not even new amenity kit, pillows or food?

    Proving a hard sell to the wife!!

  5. Nigel Henderson says:

    In reference to the Air China flights from Germany…
    My wife and myself managed to get the Malayasia Airlines deal with Expedia last year for £1500.00 each, routing LHR-KUL-SYD. Did the trip November 28th, returning to the UK 22nd Dec. Still can’t believe we managed to get that deal. BIG thanks to HFP for that otherwise we would never have spotted it !!!

  6. The Australia fares are a bargain here, but the Air China fares to SE Asia aren’t that great if you’re starting in London.

    OTAs have LON-HKG & BKK for around £1375.

    I also see that the GulfAir fare LHR to BKK is back – £1009 sample dates 19/3-26/3 via kayak.co.uk

  7. Ben Jones says:

    For the Germany – Australasia deal has anyone managed to book it? The AirChina Website is dreadful – I can’t seem to actually pull up any of the fares when entering my dates etc

    • Bill Carson says:

      I managed to book FRA MEL okay for early July, but yeah the website is terrible. I did try to do it when it was available last year but their payment system refused to work, CC company hadn’t even seen the request for money so it wasn’t their fault. Layovers are pretty bad in PEK but as my in-laws live there me and wife can pop out and see them. Also avoid the 747 if you want a flat bed.

  8. I’ve flew with AirChina before, to Tokyo via Beijing. This was 10 months ago. I have to say, please be wary of the connection because they need you to go through the security, and it was really awful. The queue took 2 hours (no business priority queue) and by the time I’ve cleared it, it’s time to board. This happened on both ways, and I spoke to their guy. He’s exasperated because it’s not AirChina’s fault, this lies with the military (they’re in charge of security remember?)
    Forget about the lounge. The food on board is so-so. However the seats are really nice. So it’s a bit of give and take.

  9. Wonderful!

    I just booked 🙂
    Positioning flight from LGW to MUC and Air China from MUC to PEK for late March – latter was €1543.52.

    I saw a VA crediting option but went with United. I should be on Air China’s A330-200 out and 777-300ER in.

    I was going to move AmEx MR to Virgin Atlantic to redeem but this seems much better!

    Now… to find a hotel in Beijing and keep praying I left enough time for transit on different tickets!

    Beijing tips welcome!

    • Genghis says:

      We liked the Jinshanling part of the Great Wall of China. Very quiet compared to the other parts. Walking around the hutong rather pleasant. Good restaurant in Lost Heaven. Avoid the Summer Palace. We paid cash for the New World hotel, a short walk from Tiananmen Sq. Excellent lounge and food offering in the evening. Apart from that, we didn’t really like Beijing.

    • Waldorf-Astoria is good (see my review on here) with a great location for the Forbidden City and shopping – although whether you want to be 60 seconds from Gap etc is another matter. There was a Novotel next to the W-A which will be cheaper but still in a good spot. The W-A is impressive though and Beijing is not as pricey as say HK.

      • Thanks Rob,

        If I need 2 bedrooms I’ll probably go with the Marriott suites… shame it doesn’t have a UK credit card (I can signup to) or it will be a toss-up between W-A; W and St Regis.

        Let me know if an Air China Biz review or hotel review would be worthwhile.

        • The Starwood Amex gives double points for spending at Marriott properties.

          Might well be interested in an Air China review as long as the Virgin 63k / 75k deal is still there.

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