Bits: Get an extra Hotels.com Rewards free night credit, Germania flying for BA, Clubcard to BA competition

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HFP Exclusive: Get an extra Hotels.com Rewards free night credit on your next stay

We wanted to remind you today of the special deal we are currently running with Hotels.com.

Hotels.com has once again offered Head for Points readers an exclusive promotion code to help boost your Hotels.com Rewards account.

And, unlike many Hotels.com promotions, this one is valid on virtually every hotel on their site – including all branded hotels.

When you make a booking at Hotels.com by 18th February using our special code, you will receive one free extra credit in Hotels.com Rewards.  The minimum stay required is 2 nights, the maximum stay 28 days.  You can only earn one extra credit per account via this offer.

Full details – and the promotional code you need – are in this HFP article.

Germania now flying for British Airways

The flotilla of airlines now operating flights on behalf of British Airways is growing.  BA is struggling with aircraft as it tries to utilise the Monarch slots it recently bought at Gatwick Airport (and which must be used or forfeited) as well as having other aircraft in maintenance for ‘densification’.

As far as we can tell, this is current list of airlines now flying on behalf of British Airways:

From Gatwick:

Germania (no Club Europe, free drinks and snacks in Euro Traveller)

Titan (with Club Europe, free drinks and snacks in Euro Traveller)

BA CityFlyer (an Embraer 190 usually working out of London City with 2×2 seating, with Club Europe, free drinks and snacks in Euro Traveller)

From Heathrow:

Aer Lingus (no Club Europe, free drinks and snacks in Euro Traveller)

The randomness adds a bit of extra excitement every time you book, although the impact services should already be showing at ba.com.

Now Clubcard launches a  BA competition ….. which is best?

A few days ago we wrote about the current quarter’s Clubcard to Avios and Clubcard to Flying Club offers.  BA hadn’t confirmed a special deal at that time but we have more info now.

If you convert your Clubcard points to Avios via a British Airways Executive Club account you can win a trip to Kefalonia.

The prize is two return BA Club Europe flights from London Heathrow and three nights at one of three hotels (the winner can choose between Ionian Emerald 5*, Kefalonia Grand 4* and Avithos Resort 4*).  The winner must be one of the people travelling. The prize is valid between 15th May and 31st August 2018.

Every £5 of Clubcard vouchers you convert gives you one entry.  Auto-conversions get two entries per £5.

The deadline to convert is 31st March.

Should you convert to Avios via BA or avios.com?   Assuming you are bothered about the two competitions, the BA prize is worth around £1,000 – £1,200 I think.  The avios.com competition has a total prize pot of £10,000.  However, the largest avios.com prize is 50,000 Avios which we’d value at £500.  Therefore the question is whether you would like more chances to win a prize (via avios.com) or win the prize with the highest value (via ba.com) ……

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Comments

  1. How many times can you use the hotels.com extra reward night offer? Is it just once per account or can do it multiple 2 night plus bookings?

  2. Hi All, OT, I hope someone can help.
    I have seen an excellent deal to get from LHR – BOM with Gulf Air booking via an OTA. (the fare is circa £1000 return). I believe it may be possible to credit the miles to AA (for which i would to open an account with them) and then subsequently from AA to BA. Does anyone have any experience of this? Many thanks.

    • Lady London says:

      No idea about who Gulfair can book to however you could check wheretocredit dot com.
      For sure though, you cannot transfer miles form AA to BA. Miles just don’t transfer across airlines even in the same alliance.

      • Thank you Lady London, that’s really useful. Disappointing, but not a deal breaker at that price. The cheapest direct on the same dates is ~£2000 p/p with Air India. For two people, on holiday, we’ll gladly forgo the direct flight to save £2000!

  3. O/T Gatwick airport are offering Premium security for £1 each this month! Via their MyGatwick offers – can also book now for about year in advance. Also just hope the MyLounge and No1 lounge are not packed in am peak next week – believe I saw North Terminal “Aspire” one is closing on 19th Feb. (Don’t believe you get the free Premium if using LoungeClub to access them)

    • Thanks John, that’s worth a couple of quid!

    • Scottydoggiom says:

      Im flying Club Europe out of Gatwick in a few weeks time , during the morning rush hour , does a club europe ticket allow you to fast track through security , or should i purchase a couple of these vouchers . Can anyone advise , would get me into the BA lounge faster for breakfast 🙂

      • Yes it does – used Premium Security yesterday and very quick it was, too.

        BA lounge was quite busy downstairs but we had upstairs pretty much to ourselves.

      • Was in the BA lounge for breakfast a few weeks ago. Champagne in ice buckets ready for drinking rather than trying to track down a staff member as at Heathrow.
        And yes, you get to use premium security.

    • For about £5 quid you can pre book and guarantee plus the normal priority pass cost and they chuck in airport security free. I’d rather always fly Na and use the lounges than No1 now.

  4. BA have also taken a Titan 757 which has a dedicated biz class section. Not sure the routes yet although MrCate suggests LGW-ATH-LGW. This would be very interesting for us who don’t like long flights on short haul a/c given Ryan air’s expansion into the middle east.

    Also there is a whisper that BA may be bringing in Qatar again.

    • How is that possible when BA themselves don’t even fly LGW-ATH?!

      And no, they won’t be bringing in QR. They tried that at the start of all this, and withdrew the application because they didn’t want to get objections and be rejected. Nothing has changed here. ‘Operational difficulties caused by trying to expand too fast’ are not sufficient grounds to ignore EU procurement rules and they know that.

  5. ‘As far as we can tell, this is current list of airlines now flying on behalf of British Airways’

    Vueling

  6. OT: Does any1 else have the spend £200 get £50 off american express travel? I only have it only gold card and have already saved. Does any have the offerid for this? Need to have on other card but online chat person refused. 🙁

  7. FIRSTclstraveller says:

    Regarding Germania…

    If you look at booking Jersey to LGW on Sat 3rd March you find the following:

    BA2771 JER LGW 1005 1105 (op by BA)
    BA2777 JER LGW 1005 1105 (op by Germania)

    The price difference between them is incredible, currently £105 for hand baggage on BA vs £26 for hand baggage on Germania.

    Crazy!

  8. OT I have in the back of my mind 500 Avios due to credit to Iberia “no later than February in any case” or some other vague phrase. Appreciate that’s not much to go on but does anyone recall what this was for, and when in Feb the points were due to credit?

  9. O/T but wanted to point out that for all the general griping about BA, using avios for short haul travel is still fantastic value. Living in Germany & Switzerland now, and with the de-facto Lufthansa monopoly on many routes out of Stuttgart and Zurich, the prices are astonishing, with very little ability to reduce the cost using miles (miles and more useless for short haul travel).
    Examples: return ROM – STR this weekend on Eurowings – 380 euros each.
    ZRH – VIE – STR on Thursday – 450 Euros.

    I’m really beginning to miss the executive club!

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