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Bits: BA resuming Oakland next April, Etihad drops Edinburgh and Perth, Blacklane update

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News in brief:

British Airways to resume Oakland in April 2019

We recently covered the suspension of flights by British Airways to Oakland in California from 20th October.

According to Airlineroute, Oakland is showing again in the GDS booking systems from 1st April 2019.  Because only lets you book 355 days in advance, the first service will not be available until midnight tonight.

Loads have been very weak according to first hand reports and this may be a good option if you want multiple Avios seats to the US for next Easter.

To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at or via BA Holidays.  You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.  Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.

British Airways Oakland resumes 2019

Etihad confirms the suspension of Edinburgh and Perth

Etihad has confirmed the rumour we published last week by suspending its services from Edinburgh from the 30th September.  It currently flies five times per week using an A330.

It has also dropped its Abu Dhabi to Perth route, which was not expected.

Etihad drops Edinburgh and Perth

Blacklane update

We recently wrote about a 10% discount for first time users with airport chauffeur group BlacklaneTheir website is here.

When you book, Blacklane lets you earn miles with:

  • Asia Miles (2 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Flying Blue (2 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Miles & More (2 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Qatar Privilege Club (1 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Enrich (Malaysia Airlines) (2 per £/$/€ spent)
  • Singapore Airlines Krisflyer (2 per £/$/€ spent)

We decided to give Blacklane a try in Johannesburg yesterday.  Anika’s hotel was very slow in replying to our request for a driver and when it did reply it wanted £47.  By then we had already given up and booked Blacklane for (after the 10% first user discount) £38 for a similar black car.  The ride will also earn me 108 Miles & More miles.

Anika’s feedback was excellent.  She was met at arrivals and walked to the car where the driver was waiting.  Water and cold towels were in the vehicle and the driver was keen to chat about the city.

You clearly can’t guarantee the same service globally but we would happily use it again.  The online booking system is very easy – I don’t know how it does it, but virtually every building, street and hotel in every major global city is there and pops up when you start typing.  You don’t need to know the exact address of where you are going.

The 10% first ride discount code is BL10.

Blacklane has a slightly odd way of entering promotional codes.  You will be presented with a page asking for your credit card details.  After you type them in, there is an additional screen which asks if you have a voucher code.  Add BL10 on that page and 10% is deducted from your quote.  Your card is not charged until after the ride and you can cancel until 1 hour before pick-up.

You can book, create an account or find out more about Blacklane on their website here.

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  1. Need to book airport transfer from SJC to SF, I was looking at Redtie transportation, but Blacklane is about the price with 10% off. Has anyone used Redtie before? We will need a child seat for our son, are they family-friendly? Thanks.

  2. Flew 4 x Etihad flights in the last couple of weeks and boy are the planes showing their age.

    The 777s from AUH to BKK are like something out of the ark and even the A380s are looking tired. I have photos of sticky tape holding things together and the arm on my seat simply fell off as the screws had unwound from the underneath. The plane wasn’t clean either.

    Spirits downgraded again to “Russian standard” or whatever crap that is supposed to be, wine must be sub £5 a bottle now, mezze offering is shocking compared to what it was years ago and overall the offering is going to the dogs.

    Even staff are now (presumably cheaper) East Europeans who try but are out of their depth and ill trained. Worse, the A380s are severely understaffed and more than once I had to go walkabout to find someone when my light went unanswered.

    An honest opinion is that they now need to be a significant discount to Emirates or Qatar to retain business and that is going to mean even more cuts.

    Are they doomed ?

  3. @mkcol says:

    Shame BA didn’t think ahead to announce that OAK was becoming a summer-only service when they pulled the winter schedule. Seems awfully short-sighted.

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