Bits: Etihad 10% World Cup discount, Qatar puts an A350 on Manchester, Finnair launches with AirPortr

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News in brief:

Etihad offering 10% World Cup discount

Etihad is offering a special 10% World Cup consolation discount to anyone booking before 15th July.

You need to fly from Manchester or Heathrow, in any class, between 1st September and 31st March 2019.

You need to use promo code WORLDENG on the Etihad booking site here.  Note that the discount only applies to the base fare, not taxes, and so will have a small overall impact on Economy tickets.  Business fares will probably see an 8%-ish discount on the gross fare.

Blackout dates apply: no outbound travel between 10 December to 24 December 2018 and no inbound travel between 1 September to 12 September 2018 and 29 December 2018 to 13 January 2019.  Multi-city bookings do not qualify.

PS.  The BA £66 World Cup fare discount I wrote about yesterday is valid until 14th July and not 14th June as I originally wrote

Etihad 10% fare discount from Heathrow Manchester

Qatar Airways adds an A350 from Manchester

Qatar Airways has announced that most – but not all – of its Manchester to Doha services will be operated by a new A350-900 from 28th October.  This replaces a Boeing 787-8.

If you booked the amazing £1360 Manchester to Auckland business class deal earlier this year, check your bookings as you may want to change your seat selection.

The latest deliveries of A350-900 aircraft are coming with QSuite installed (the business class private seat with its own door).  The first batch do not.  Both have 36 seats in Business Class so Qatar Airways may decide that it can easily mix and match – if you’re lucky, you might get it.  That said, the herringbone layout on the other A350-900 in Business Class is pretty good too.

Qatar Airways is also increasing its Manchester services from 16th September, going from 16 to 18 departures per week.

Finnair Airportr

Finnair partners with AirPortr to offer at-home luggage delivery and collection

Finnair has launched a three-month trial with AirPortr, the luggage collection and delivery service.

Finnair customers from Heathrow can now arrange for their luggage to be picked up at their home or office and checked in for their flight on their behalf.  This allows you to head straight through airport security on departure without having to queue to check your bags.

Arriving at Heathrow, passengers can arrange for their bags to be picked up at the airport and delivered directly to their home, hotel or office.

You can book at airportr.com/finnair or via the Finnair website.  Anika gave AirPortr a trial 18 months ago – you can read her review here.

Remember that AirPortr also offers a similar service to British Airways customers at Heathrow and Gatwick and to American Airlines customers at Heathrow.

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Comments

  1. Moloko says:

    Do you like my tight sweater?

  2. I’m travelling back to Manchester on 29 Octet. How can I tell if the plane has QSuites?

  3. Along with 10% off, you should have probably written about EY starting to charge for seat selection.

    • I think most UK residents would be more surprised they weren’t doing it already, given BA, Virgin, Norwegian etc …

  4. Helen says:

    How can I tell if the flight has QSuites?

    • I am guessing, as Qatar is not promoting QSuite, that it will be scheduled as the old model but might (or might not) get switched at some point as more QSuite A350 planes get delivered.

    • I use the expert flyer seat alerts app.

  5. Roger says:

    Is keeping one card (say any AMEX, no fee card) for long term – years is still valid for credit rating, customer relation etc.?

    • Yes. Makes sense doesn’t it? Someone with no credit cards over 12 months old must look less secure than, say, me who shows an Amex since 1999.

    • Doesn’t have to be an Amex. Also a long-standing current account probably has similar effects.

      • Presumably that’s why they ask how long you’ve been with your bank on the Amex application form.

  6. Judge says:

    Does AirPortr no longer cover London City?

  7. Richmond says:

    Yesterday, I got change of time for flights on MAN-AKL, but didn’t notice change of planes. My seats look the same, probably similar setup to previous plane. I would love to get refitted 777L on DOH-AKL route.

    • Richmond says:

      OK, got 350-900 on return DOH-MAN but got the same seats and plane looks identical inside.

    • Same for me. I got an alert from CheckMyTrip but didn’t notice the change of plane, but looking today it has changed. Sadly not showing Qsuites but I will keep checking as at least there is now a slim (probably still very slim) chance that we might get Qsuites.

  8. A lot of people have reported upgrade vouchers dropping into their accounts this week, so MBNA seemed to have triggered a lot even when the spend target was not hit. For clarity, under NO scenario whatsoever will spend after 7th July count towards one.

    • It hadn’t occurred to me to take a look at my account before posting which seems a bit silly in hindsight since the vouchers went in on July 6th.

      • Roberto says:

        And the virgin miles due for the billing period up to the 6th of July hit my account today too…

  9. Troll Basher says:

    ” If you booked the amazing £1360 Manchester to Auckland business class deal earlier this year, check your bookings as you may want to change your seat selection.
    The latest deliveries of A350-900 aircraft are coming . The first batch do not. Both have 36 seats in Business Class so Qatar Airways may decide that it can easily mix and match – if you’re lucky, you might get it. That said, the herringbone layout on the other A350-900 in Business Class is pretty good too.”

    It’s infuriating that an increasing number of HfP articles aren’t proof-read to ensure that all sentences are complete and that relevant links are inserted.
    Come on guys.

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