Bits: Heathrow Rewards adds Asia Miles, Ethiopian Airlines to launch Manchester, win a Heathrow airside tour

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News in brief:

Heathrow Rewards adds a new airline partner with a conversion bonus

Heathrow Rewards has added Asia Miles as a new redemption partner.

This joins Avios, Virgin Flying Club, KrisFlyer, Miles & More, Emirates Skywards, Aegean Miles+Bonus and Royal Brunei Royal Skies as airline transfer options.

The standard conversion rate is 1:1 in multiples of 250 Heathrow Rewards points.

Until 15th June standard members of Heathrow Rewards will get a 50% transfer bonus.  Premium members, who spend £750 per year, will get a 100% bonus.

If you are not already a Heathrow Rewards member, remember that there is still a 3,000 points sign-up bonus (triggered with a £150 spend in one day) which would get you up to 6,000 Asia Miles if you triggered the transfer before 15th June.

Ethiopian Airlines launches Manchester

Ethiopian Airlines to launch Manchester to Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Airlines has announced a new service between Manchester and Addis Ababa.  The flight will be operated by a Boeing 787 with Economy and Business Class cabins (see picture below).

The four-weekly service will launch on 1st December 2018.  This will not be a direct flight as it is transiting via Brussels.

This is highly likely to mean that stand-alone Manchester to Brussels tickets will be available which will allow you to fly between the two cities in Business Class with a fully flat bed!

Ethiopian is a member of Star Alliance so there will be various redemption options available via Singapore Airlines, Miles & More, United etc.  We may be tempted to give it a go.

Ethiopian Airlines launches Manchester

Win a Heathrow airside tour

Heathrow Airport has launched a competition to celebrate Season 4 of the ITV show ‘Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport’.

Six lucky winners can win a behind the scenes tour of Heathrow Airport.

All you need to do to win is answer the question how many people are employed across Heathrow Airport (Google is your friend).

The link to the competition is here.  The closing date is 20th June.

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  1. Aeronaut says:

    Would you take forty winks?

  2. Troll Basher says:

    Ethiopian is an interesting addition to the MAN portfolio. Specifically, it adds to the already impressive tally of Star Alliance destinations available from the northern gateway which, with the rumoured imminent announcement of Thai to BKK, further enhances their position as the dominant alliance.

    It’s becoming increasingly difficult to remain loyal to OneWorld when Star Alliance are consolidating their position of strength.

  3. JamesB says:

    Probably have to appear in the TV show promoting BA…could many HFP readers live that down? Thanks for this, I’m having a go.

  4. Andreas says:

    Any word on Ethiopian having rights to sell tickets for only the MAN BRU route? They are opening a similar route to BCN via MAD but they don’t have rights to sell tickets for only the BCN MAD legs, but maybe because it’s a national route.

    • In Europe these rules are set at EU not national level, so if they are unable to sell BCNMAD then they will be unable to serve MANBRU.
      (Caveat – assuming it’s a rights thing and not a choice one. There are other reasons they may elect not to serve one but not the other even if they have the right to.)

  5. filipino_chino says:

    Really looking forward to this new route, always wanted to go to Addis Ababa and with flights from MAN – hopefully i can get an opening offer…

    Hopefully more airlines will start routes from MAN as it has so much better transport routes than other midland or northern airports.

    • wally1976 says:

      I’ve always said this about my nearest airport, BHX. Train time from there to central Birmingham is 9 minutes and to central London (Euston) it’s just 75 minutes.

  6. mark2 says:

    re Competition
    I had trouble typing post code etc. as the page seemed to be set for right-to-left languages.
    I was able to paste the data however.

  7. S***o says:

    OT/ Do Marriott still honour status benefits on third-party bookings? – any special I need to do?

    • Genghis says:

      I email hotel then booking appears on Marriott bookings

      • S***o says:

        Heathrow Marriott are telling me this inst the case! – I have the T&CS ready for the argument.

        “In order to qualify for the Elite Benefits Guarantee, the Elite Member’s Membership Number, Elite Membership status, and bed type preferences must be included with the reservation. Reservations made through meeting planners, travel agents, wholesalers or other third party sources must include this information in order to be included in the Guarantee.”

  8. James says:

    OT: Just received another letter in the post from MBNA this time for the American Airlines card. Ending 28 July 2018.

    • Boo. Wonder if I’m getting a letter about my Lufty card ….

      • How will you keep your M&M account alive now? MR to M&M?

        • I am in the same boat. You can’t transfer MR to M&M. Also that wouldn’t do as your miles don’t expire only if you hold a M&M credit card. I was thinking that mileage pooling might help, but it was introduced outside Germany, Austria, Switzerland for now. Hopefully, that will come soon enough or at least before the card is closed and my miles expire immediately.

        • Best route is Amex to Starwood to M&M but, as you say, that is only good for a top-up before you empty your account. It won’t stop expiry unless Lufty takes pity on those of us who lose the card for no fault of our own.

          If I was Lufty I would become an Amex MR partner if they are certain they won’t get back into bed with a UK issuer.

        • Sorry it should read that mileage pooling isn’t possible outside Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

        • JamesB says:

          Fly LH and their *A partners.

    • AA forever says:

      So for those of us that want to keep our AA miles alive, apart from crediting a OW or partner flight, how many other ways are there to keep adding to points here in the UK?

      • Buy some AA miles, that will keep activity alive and prolong the account

      • SPG Amex is probably best. 1.25 per £1 converting in chunks of 20k.

      • A quick reply on awardwallet’s blog gets your 5 AA miles. Just did this recently and miles posted after a couple of days.

      • Thomas Howard says:

        Europcar offer 50 miles per day, usually take an age to post though and I often end up chasing them after 90 days.

    • Was just about to post the same 🙁 Such a shame – although stops me having to decide about whether it’s worth paying the renewal fee or not! I only opened it in August though so won’t have had a full year out the card, wonder if they’ll do anything about the annual fee…

  9. ET is consolidating its position in the sub-saharan african market….left KQ a long long way behind!!

  10. Does anyone know if the current 25% Amex to Flying Blue transfer bonus offer applies in the UK?
    I have seen a few articles about it, but I can’t see any information when I look at it on my Amex account.

    • No. Amex UK has stopped doing them. They don’t want you redeeming for airline miles as it literally costs them twice as much as you redeeming for a Starbucks gift card.

  11. Just seen this in the Sun. Has the potential to cause a few problems if people follow the advice. Just pick your luggage up in LHR on the way back, no mention of risk or safety margins on the way out.

    • Thanks. Am dropping the Sun lady a note.

    • Our work web filtering blocks access to the The Sun website, presumably due to “Incidental Nudity”… just about sums it up 🙂

  12. Hi Anika – Is there likely to be a 250 points to £5 voucher redemption this month, same as May last year?

  13. Roger says:

    OT- I know this is repeated many times before. For car hire insurance if the hire company does not accept Amex, Is my platinum car hire insurance still valid?

    • You don’t need to pay with Amex to be covered for the car hire. At all.

      The only benefit is that, if you do have an accident, Amex can see what you were billed so you don’t have to mess about submitting statements from another card company.

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