Bits: BA CityFlyer food, Charles Tyrwhitt / Avios discount, if you liked the Radio 4 documentary

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BA CityFlyer food continues to excel

I have mentioned the good London City food before but after a pleasant flight on a recent Friday I thought I would flag it again.

I flew back from Berlin into London City on BA CityFlyer. Club Europe food on City Airport flights is very good.  Even for short hops such as Berlin, you get a menu and a choice of two hot main courses.  My meal is pictured below (click to enlarge) which was ‘salmon with pumpkin tortellini garnished with asparagus on a seafood bisque’.  It was a little overdone but generally tasty.  The other option was ‘pork teriyaki garnished with rice and red pepper slice’.

The reason the food is good, of course, is that the other Club Europe benefits are minimal.  You don’t get an empty middle seat flying into London City as the aircraft are 2×2.  Flying outbound, you don’t get lounge access at London City because there isn’t one.

BA cityflyer food

Charles Tyrwhitt / Avios discount

Shirt maker Charles Tyrwhitt is offering a 10% discount on all online orders until 3rd April using code 10OFFMARCH.  There is no minimum spend.

Tyrwhitt is an Avios partner and you will earn 4 Avios per £1 spent via their website.  You can also claim Avios if purchasing in-store although the 10% discount does not apply.

The Charles Tyrwhitt home page is here.  It is also worth checking out their clearance offers which are here.

Charles Tyrwhitt Avios

If you liked the Radio 4 documentary ….

Two weeks ago Radio 4 broadcast a 30 minute documentary about frequent flyers and their pursuit of elite status, which included a contribution from myself.  If you missed it you can listen here.

If you enjoyed it, I also fully recommend “Frequent Flyer – The Video”.  It has been about 7-8 years since Gabriel Leigh made it, I think as a graduation project in the US, but it remains a fantastic piece of work.

It is a 20 minute piece about collecting airline miles, in particular the people who do it.  Rather like the Radio 4 programme, it primarily focusses on mileage running – taking very cheap or multi-segment flights on crazy routings in order to accumulate miles or status points very cheaply.

The production quality is outstanding, as good as any documentary made for the cinema.  It includes a segment with Steve Belkin, talking about how he infamously hired disabled Thai rice farmers to fly between Bangkok to Chiang Mai all day, every day, in order to take huge advantage of a Star Alliance promotion! (Belkin is the first person you see talking when the video starts.)

 

The link to the video is here on Vimeo if it is not showing above. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again – it is worth it for the quality of the film making alone.

A planned feature length version of ‘Frequent Flyer’ which was the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign seems to have hit the buffers, which is shame.  Enjoy this 20 minute taster version.

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Comments

  1. As for the Amex to Iberia transfer: received my miles on the 10th, but haven’t received a bonus yet.

  2. AndyGWP says:

    OT – I’ve had a Revolut card, but unsure if there’s a fee for topping it up with a credit card? (specifically I want to top up USD with my Creation IHG card). App seems to indicate there’s a charge but unsure what it would be, and also unsure whether Creation would count it as a cash advance. Anyone know? :/

  3. HFP often fails to appreciate that the BA CityFlyer flights operating out of what Londoners call ‘The Regions’, what 87% of us call ‘The UK’, are the last remaining sensible use of Avios.

    The Embraer 190s are the poor-man’s Concorde. They are almost the same size and layout internally. In business class, there is champagne and better food than available on any other airline operating those routes.

  4. sunguy says:

    I see what you did there Rob…. as LCY is next door to the EXCEL centre and thats primarily where cityflyer go from ! 😉

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