Bits: Etihad Guest moving to variable reward pricing, Amex Esso cashback deal, Cathay Pacific sale

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News in brief:

Etihad Guest moving to variable reward pricing

Just a few months after their last round of reward price changes, Etihad Guest is launching another belt-tightening measure – variable redemption pricing.

From 30th June, the mileage price shown in the redemption charts or the online mileage calculator should be seen as the ‘starting price’.  This is what you will pay if you book well in advance and for a quiet period.  The only exception is First Class where redemption rates will apparently be fixed.

The price you actually pay will be inflated depending on how near you are to departure and how busy the flights are.

You could arguably say that this method could encourage Etihad to make more reward seats available on full flights, although in those circumstances it would usually make sense for them to simply sell the seat instead.  Increasing pricing close to departure only makes sense to the extent that cash fares will be higher too, but if the aircraft is still half-empty then there is no real justification for it.

What we don’t know is the extent of these increases.  It will also be a problem for anyone looking to transfer miles into Etihad Guest, as there is no guarantee that the price will remain the same by the time the miles arrive.

Fundamentally, it is a bad idea.  With regular devaluations it is already difficult to have certainty over what a particular reward may cost you in 12 months time, but I don’t see how taking away the ability to know what a reward will cost in 24 hours is meant to encourage anyone to credit to Etihad.

Full details can be found on the Etihad Guest website here. If you are not already an Etihad Guest member, you can sign up here and receive 500 bonus miles.

Etihad Guest moves to variable pricing

Interesting Amex / Esso cashback deal – and earn Avios

A ‘£5 cashback on a £50 Esso transaction’ cashback deal has appeared on a lot of American Express cards.  You need to look under the ‘Offers’ section of your online statement or in the app.

If you hadn’t read the small print, you might have missed the fact that this deal can be used an unlimited number of times.  You’ll get £5 back on every £50+ purchase by 15th July.

You can earn Avios with Esso via Tesco Clubcard.  I explained how to do it, and it is a bit complex, in this article.

Cathay Pacific economy sale

Cathay Pacific – which is an Avios and tier point-earning British Airways partner – has launched a short Economy flash sale.

Tickets must be booked by 6th June for travel between 1st November and 30th April 2019.  The lead-in fare to Hong Kong is £469 and there are also deals to elsewhere in Asia and Australasia.  Full details are here on the Cathay Pacific site.

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  1. Craig says:

    ^That should say it’s NOT worth me ringing up

    • Craig says:

      Yeah they said they had no record of me calling either. It definitely cancelled though as it deactivated of the supp cardholders Apple Pay.

      • Louie says:

        Given they send me a letter confirming cancellation of the Gold supplementary card, that won’t work with me!

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