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Bits: Queens Club tennis with Emirates, access some Lufthansa lounges with Amex Platinum, Carlisle Airport delayed

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News in brief:

See Queen’s Club tennis with Emirates Skywards

Emirates Skywards is offering tickets for the Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London.  This is the traditional mens event which runs immediately before Wimbledon.

It runs from Monday 18th June.  Standard tickets are priced from 7,500 Skywards miles to 10,500 Skywards miles per person but most had gone when I looked yesterday and there may be little this morning.  VIP hospitality packages (for sale for cash by Keith Prowse for £1,200 inc VAT for two) were still available on most weekdays.  The mileage cost varies by day.

Unfortunately you cannot see availability without having the necessary miles in your account so I wouldn’t risk making a speculative transfer from Amex.

If you were moving points, transfers from American Express Membership Rewards to Emirates Skywards are usually instantaneous.  Mine was yesterday.  However, your accounts must already be linked for this to happen.  American Express states that transfers take two days so you don’t have any come-back if they do not instantly appear in your Emirates account (you need log out and log in again) and you miss out.

Full details are on the Skywards website here.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Emirates no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards miles.

Queens Club tennis with Emirates

Access Lufthansa lounges with American Express Platinum

American Express has added further Lufthansa lounges in Germany to its American Express Global Lounge Collection.

From now on Platinum and Centurion Card holders can enjoy complimentary access to selected Lufthansa lounges at Frankfurt Airport.  It covers the three Business and Senator lounges in Terminal 1 Concourse B.

Lufthansa lounges in Munich were added in October last year.  This is only for the Business and Senator lounges in the Terminal 2 satellite.

This deal will run until at least 31st March 2019.

More information about the American Express Lounge Collection can be found here.

Carlisle Lake District Airport opening delayed

With remarkably little notice, the launch of scheduled air services from Carlisle Lake District Airport, planned for Monday 4th June, has been postponed until 3rd September.

The airport blamed this on “the growing global shortage of qualified air traffic control staff available to meet training and regulatory deadlines”.

The airport will be able to handle general traffic, as this requires a lower level of ATC cover.

Passengers booked on the Loganair routes to or from Carlisle Lake District from Belfast City, Dublin or London Southend will be offered refunds or alternative flights from Manchester or Glasgow.

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  1. OT So my renewal for Amex plat has happened. Just wondering what to do. Keep it, churn it? Got 1 referral left (if its calendar year or is it card year?) so I could take out say the Nectar card, also just holding the SPG card from Amex. Do I keep it for PP and Plaza lounge access, worth say (£159 for PP with 10 visits). Plaza is worth £40 a visit.

    • Memesweeper says:

      Well, it’s your call. How much time do you spend in airports? Or at hotels where the status helps significantly? I’ve just canned mine. I’ll take it out again just before the next time I’m planning to be out of the U.K. for leisure.

      • Time in airports of 50/50 in terms of lounge usage. Also Oslo has no lounge where I travel to a fair bit. I’ll get to keep the hotel status, plus is seems the SPG status will be binned anyway come August.

    • the real harry1 says:

      Taking out Nectar would give you about 6 months of cost recovered, plus lounge passes and insurance for free.

    • Calendar year

  2. Andrew says:

    O/T Just been looking at Virgin Atantic flights for a quick trip to the US this summer. I was thinking about a hand-luggage only (Economy Light) fare, but decided against it when it would cost £420 less to go Economy Classic and take hold luggage.

    • Sometimes pricing doesn’t make sense so it’s always best to look at all options! Just ordered some suncream from Ocado where it was 1 for £12 or 2 for £10. Go figure!

  3. rams1981 says:

    OT esso offer. Have people been receiving their confirmation emails? Just tried at 3 different Essos and no emails at all (one for petrol and 2 for gift cards)

    • Mark2 says:

      mine arrived while still on premises

    • I bought from one on their list of nearby stations on Saturday evening and didn’t get an e-mail or statement credit showing on account yet.

  4. OT bits – not sure if you’re planning on covering tomorrow Rob but there’s been a big devaluation of the Air France Flying Blue Promo Awards. Now hardly any business options and massive increase in cost for connecting flights – for once those in London affected too as only CDG or AMS would be free of a connection. OMAAT covered it today –

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