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Primera Air drops flights from Birmingham to North America

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Primera Air’s attempts to operate low-cost transatlantic flights from the UK have not gone to plan, partly due to delays in receiving the planned aircraft.

A slug of short notice cancellations in Birmingham have now been announced:

Birmingham to Newark is cancelled from 20th June

Birmingham to Toronto, due to start on 23rd June, is cancelled

Birmingham to Boston, due to start on 22nd June, was cancelled a few weeks ago

You can read more on the Birmingham Mail site here.  It is worth noting that the airline says it had a 70% load factor on the Newark flight.  It tries to spin this as good but it is actually very poor, especially for a budget carrier which is reliant on volume.

Primera Air Birmingham cancellations

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Comments (122)

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  • Joe says:

    OT: I have a small amount of Lufthansa Miles&More points about to expire on 1 July. Any ideas on how best to extend the shelf life, transfer to another programme, or easy spend? Thanks all.

    • meta says:

      Depends on how small. You can’t extend validity unless you have a M&M credit card (unlikely) or status. You can cash out for Heathrow Rewards voucher (from 7500) or buy some tat from Worldshop.

    • Rob says:

      In the worst possible scenario you can book a hotel via their portal and get a discount for your miles. Heathrow Rewards better though, because hotel bookings via portal don’t earn points or status benefits.

    • HAM76 says:

      If small is less than 3000 there isn‘t really a lot to do (read: I have not come across anything for less yet). Anything from 3000 you can donate, if you don‘t find anything on the M&M site.

  • Diydegsy says:

    Hi any advice on how best to proceed? I have Amex platinum and I wanted to refer my husband for one and cancel mine . He has got the gold preferred reward card and a BA Amex. What is the best way to do it to earn the most points please?

    • Rob says:

      He won’t get a bonus for Platinum as he currently has Gold. You would get the bonus for referring him though. You can find your referral link on your online statement page.

    • the real harry1 says:

      use the 20,000 point upgrade link Gold —> Plat

      • Alan says:

        Assuming his Gold preferred reward card isn’t one of the new credit cards.

        • Louie says:

          Though you might have to fight for it, judging by recent comments. The MR points transaction taking hubby over £1,000 posted today without any bonus, so looks like we might be one of those in that category.

        • the real harry1 says:

          It’s not instant

  • LR says:

    Re bastille Anyone know what the format/timings of this type of event are? Have a complicated babysitting/travel logistics to sort out, don’t want to miss the main event but not so fussed about getting there on the dot if there’s hours of small talk before hand…

  • AndyK says:

    A bit off question. I need to buy air tickets for in-laws who will fly from Poland. The cheapest option is Lufthansa and naturally charge is in polish zloty. Is it worth using my Amex to get double points and hitting the spend target? Or am I better off using 0% FX card with no rewards?

    • Doug M says:

      Avoid FX charges. Any points unlikely to be as valuable as paying 3p each for them.

      • Lumma says:

        If you’re struggling to hit a spending target then it would be worth it. If not you’re paying 1% if valuing the amex points at 1p each.

        If the in-laws are paying you back, and depending on how much you like them, you could ask them to pay the GBP amount on your card account 🙂

      • the real harry1 says:

        @ Doug M – you might have missed my exposition demonstrating that paying for stuff abroad on Gold Amex with the 2.99% charge is not exactly painful if you’re one of the people who keep their Gold card for 12 months to earn the 10,000 bonus for £15K spend.

        Simple maths – spend £1000 abroad, get 2000 MR points plus 2/3 point per £1 on top due to the annual bonus.

        So you’re effectively only paying 0.33% charge for using your Amex Gold card abroad. Hardly something to get riled about, methinks. Might help you hit a points target for a redemption as well.

  • Wivus says:

    Waiting for the HIlton Private Nick Cave gig in my living room. When announced three lucky HFP readers can join me.

  • ankomonkey says:

    I won’t be there as no interest in Bastille – Hilton should offer a drum & bass rave next time – but the conversations with the Hilton people could be interesting:

    Hilton: So, what’s your history with Hilton Honors? Are you a member?
    Me: Well I’ve been Gold for many years, but never earned it the hard way. Many of my points came from manufactured spending on the Hilton Barclaycard and I’ve generally redeemed them in places where I can maximise them and hit the hotel lounges pretty hard. Never actually pay cash for a stay. That would be silly. Do you know any loopholes I can exploit?

    • Rob says:

      The Hilton Honors team was in the room when I gave a speech at a credit card conference in February explaining why every attendee should get the card immediately but never spend on it, and then put up three slides to show my workings explaining why 🙂 Jackie is a good sport though.

      If you follow Hilton on Flyertalk, Lauren will also be there. Not sure if Mark-the-boss is coming or not this year.

      • Michael Jennings says:

        Well, it was then closed to new applications, so people can’t do that anymore, although those of who still have it can still spend on it. Should I blame you for this?

        • Rob says:

          Doubt it, since they told me the same day they were planning the new card.

  • Roger says:

    Anybody tried 10% off eBay to buy GCs?
    Assume should work for discounts buying supermarket GCs too.

    • the real harry1 says:

      You could have got 20% off Ebay yesterday if you used the American code, see deals site. Yep I see the 10% off UK code (top deal today). Wouldn’t buy Avios there, no.

      • the real harry1 says:

        Combines with 5% off today only on another site we know and love

        So 15% off virtually anything on Ebay

        Points angle anybody?

        • Alex W says:

          I’ve got a load of Lego and Now TV boxes you can buy on eBay Harry?

  • Mark says:

    O/T: Does anyone have any experience of how long Hilton pool transfer points takes? Some people say instant but I’ve been waiting since yesterday. In fact my MR transfer turned up first.

    • Genghis says:

      Did it last week. Took a few days. Nothing to worry about

    • john says:

      Just over 24 for me or I think it could occur at a specific time of day so depending when you request can vary it a bit.

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