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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.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

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

  2. 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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