Bits: redeem your Groupon Ireland vouchers today, BA suspends Oakland and Fuerteventura, Gulf Air sale

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

News in brief:

Redeem your Groupon Ireland vouchers from today

A quick reminder that if you bought any cheap Avios through the recent Groupon Ireland promotion, you can redeem your voucher from today at aviosvouchers.com.

In theory you can only credit these to an Aer Club account.  You might want to try crediting them to British Airways Executive Club – if it works (EDIT: it doesn’t!), it will save you the trouble of using ‘Combine My Avios’ later.

If it doesn’t, you’ll need to credit to Aer Club (you may be able to give an avios.com account number anyway, the numbering system is the same) and then use ‘Combine My Avios’ on ba.com to move them across.

British Airways cancels Oakland service

British Airways suspends Oakland and Fuerteventura

British Airways has announced a couple of additional route suspensions.

The underperforming Gatwick to Oakland route – which was only set up in the first place to annoy Norwegian – is now suspended for Summer 2019, ie from late March.  It was already suspended for the October to March Winter season so it is fair to say that this one can now be treated as permanently cancelled.

You can either rebook on a BA San Francisco service or fly British Airways to Seattle and connect to an Alaska Airways flight to Oakland.

The Gatwick to Fuerteventura route is also cancelled from 25th November.

You can choose to be rebooked on Aer Lingus, routing Heathrow to Dublin (BA only) to Fuerteventura.  Plan B is to use Brussels Airways, routing Heathrow to Brussels on BA.  Note that Aer Lingus and Brussels Airways do not have a business class cabin.

Gulf Air sale deals

Gulf Air has launched a couple of interesting business class deals from Heathrow to the Middle East and Asia.

Prices are, in theory, £1149 return to Bangkok, £1149 return to Dubai, £1279 return to Muscat and ‘from’ £1149 return to various Indian destinations.

These fares do not seem to be bookable on the Gulf Air website, so you need to use Expedia, Opodo or similar.  Expedia is pricing about £60 higher than what I quote above.  Trailfinders, if you have a branch near you, is advertising them at the exact prices I mentioned.

London to Bahrain will be on a brand new Boeing 787 with fully flat beds in Falcon Gold business class.  You should check the seating on your connecting flight.

Gulf Air is NOT in a major alliance but you can credit your miles to an American Airlines or Cathay Pacific account. (EDIT: AA just dropped Gulf Air, see the comments below)

Travel dates are 6th September to 31st December.

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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Bits: Virgin Atlantic drops Dubai, Hainan selling Edinburgh-Dublin, new InterCon resort in Vietnam
Iberia receives its first A350-900 - and test flights from Heathrow to Madrid still bookable
Click here to join the 14,000 people on our email list and receive the latest Avios, miles and points news by 6am.

Amazon ad
About Head for Points

We help business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Visit every day for three new articles or sign up for our FREE emails via this page or the box to your right.

Comments

  1. Rob

    Unfortunately you can no longer credit Gulf Air to AA

    https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/partner-airlines/gulf-air.jsp

  2. Annoyingly I keep getting “The code ‘XXXXXXX’ has already been used” when trying to redeem a voucher to my AerClub – anyone else in the same boat please?

  3. Matt Snell says:

    Under the combine my Avios on Avios.com or ba.com theirs no option to transfer from Aer Club to BAEC?

  4. Matt Snell says:

    Just an option to transfer British Airways or Iberia Plus under combine my Avios page.

    How do add Aer Club?

  5. AndyR says:

    Sorry OT – has anyone spent £14k on the Lloyds Avios credit cards in 1 year to see if a 2nd upgrade voucher triggers? I vaguely remember someone on here saying they did get 2 in 1 year.

    • Have never heard of that – only of people receiving two vouchers in 12 months due to the anniversary date of their account (which is perfectly do-able if you trigger towards end of one year and early in the next year).

    • the_real_a says:

      Sadly i can confirm It does not trigger.

    • AndyR says:

      Oh well thanks guys 🙁

      • Bigsi says:

        I had an argument with them a few years about the different terms for the card and managed to get a second voucher out of them as I had spent over 14k.

  6. Simon says:

    I had similar IT issues as Nick’s when redeeming some Groupon codes for Iberia Plus a couple of months ago. Best to contact Groupon if the codes don’t go through as they were able to sort out, in one case by refunding the cash. Clearly I’ll be using up the IB Avios points for redemptions this week before next week’s bunfight begins…

  7. Nick M says:

    Completely OT – potentially looking at flights SEN-MAN rather than driving with the children… how long do you think we’d need to allow at the airport? Need to allow more than “normal” for contingencies and checking in carseats, but presumably considerably less than 2 hours? (Admittedly we did get a final call at T5 last weekend!)

    • It’s is a small and not very busy airport – at least 18 months ago when I was there – so 90 minutes should do it, as long as you are sure the traffic to the airport won’t whack you.

    • the real harry1 says:

      Depends if you have a connecting flight onwards from MAN…and which airport you mean by ‘how long to allow at the airport’…I have to assume you mean you are connecting onwards ie SEN-MAN, MAN-XXX (otherwise not sure why you would ask the question). In this case the usual caveats apply, ie on 1 PNR, you’re not risking anything much so 90 mins, on 2 PNRs considerably longer for peace of mind + travel insurance

    • Nick M says:

      Thanks Rob.. will allow a little extra time for the drive to the airport as will be going over the Dartford crossing, but good to know I shouldn’t have to double-count the “in case of delays” time!

      Harry – no additional flights, just SEN-MAN… didn’t want to hang around at SEN for longer than necessary but travelling with 2 children means you can’t rush quite as much, so need to allow for a bit of slippage time!

    • Lady London says:

      There is a train that stops at the airport, it goes from Liverpool St station I think.

  8. Thanks for the reminder!!

  9. Aisak says:

    About the axe on LGW-FUE it’s quite weird to make passengers use LHR for rebookings and even put them on SN BRU-FUE…. IB Express LGW-MAD and MAD-FUE could have kept passengers within IAG.

    If the LGW-FUE comes with a connection from EDI GLA, NQY, JER…. Then the EI option via DUB might make more sense

    • Maybe all the MAD flights were booked up after the recent Avios promo 🙂

  10. Omair says:

    O/T: BA exec reward bookings have been a pain recently, I tried to book a reward flight on Srilankan (oneworld), it shows availability but online booking fails, on calling them they reserved it but can’t take payment for taxes over the phone, gave me 3 days to go to the airport in person and pay at ticket desk, that’s a 3 hour time waste trip to heathrow or gatwick for me, annoying in this day and age they can’t sort technology! Even taxes were £50 more than ITA matrix…. anyone else here asked to go pay in person?

  11. dicksbits says:

    Was FUE underperforming too? Answers on a postcard…

Please click here to read our data protection policy before submitting your comment.