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Primera Air quits Birmingham International Airport with all short haul routes closing

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Low-cost short-haul and long-haul carrier Primera Air has announced that it is quitting Birmingham International.

The short haul routes will be closed, with Palma and Barclona ending first on 3rd September.

Other routes such as Reykjavik and Malaga will close on 29th October.

The long haul routes to Boston, New York and Toronto had already been suspended, with Boston and Toronto scrapped before they were even launched.

Comments (75)

  • Gareth says:

    OT staying at a Hilton tonight booked via due to 10 night reward voucher running out next week- is there any advantage to adding my honors number to booking when I check in? Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Probably not but does no harm.

    • Pangolin says:

      I’ve had benefits recognised (eg free breakfast) at various places when adding my HHonors number to OTA bookings, so worth doing although you obviously won’t get the points.

  • jkei says:

    I am doing a Marriot new member stay 2 get 1 free, the rules are: Make two paid stays at any participating hotel in the Marriott Rewards program between 6/27/2018 and 10/28/2018. Get a free night certificate that you can redeem at any participating Category 1–5 hotel. Any one knows whether this will be honoured after the merge?

    • Adam says:

      I cannot see any reason why it would not be honored.

    • Lyn says:

      Thanks for the reminder. I had forgotten about this. The Ts&Cs are still on their web-site, so it should be. I suppose the question is which new level the certificate will map to.

  • Lady London says:

    The Businessweek article could have been written about Accor and Fairmont. Or on a smaller scale about Kimpton and IHG. Accor is still on the acquisition trail it seems – seen several over the past year including Moevenpick Hotels have just gone to them.

    • BJ says:

      Village Hotels will probably get snapped up by somebody I imagine.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Also acquired a 10% share in Bayan Tree who will participate in Accor at some point.

  • Kinkell says:

    Anyone having trouble a seeing their offers on their Amex cards?Mine have all disappeared across my cards. Looked on our main computer at website and on my Amex app on iPad. …Zilch. Chat with agent is investigating but I’m not overly hopeful.

    • Graeme says:

      Nothing visible on my cards either.

    • Steve says:

      Mine have disappeared from all 4 of my cards overnight also.
      Hopefully just a glitch and will be back again quickly.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Yep nothing on mine too (posted on other topic)

      • Kinkell says:

        OK, thanks all, must be a glitch. I expect it will be sorted soon

  • Olga says:

    O/T. Need a bit of advise on crediting Qatar Airways miles after their recent major devaluation. I will be flying Qatar in business every month for the next three years so will have a decent amount of miles coming my way. However, not sure at where to credit them. Is the a major difference between, for example, crediting them to BA or Iberia (given that the miles can be moved between the two)? Or Amercian Airlines perhaps? I currently have no status with any airlines/alliances and no stack of miles anywhere either… I also live in Ukraine and mostly fly with Europe (but usually not through London) and occasionally to the US. Any advise would be really appreciated.

    • Alex W says:

      Olga, consider status benefits, including additional miles and how quickly you will get promoted. This should be easily possible with those flights. Note with BA you need to do 4 flights on BA planes (or Iberia?) per year to get status. Don’t think you get extra status miles with BA partners though?

  • Roger says:

    OT- Anyone looking for cheap Y flight, there seems to be decent option on GF on AM
    To Lima, for a family of four in Feb half term for £2K

  • Roger says:

    I am crediting my QR on AA, only due to their use on Indian subcontinent

  • Ian m says:

    Off Topic….

    I recently did the Hilton Diamond status match, I’m currently in the Hilton in Sydney. This is my 5th stay since getting the Diamond status and I’ve discovered just how tough it is to get late checkout. The best I’ve had so far is 2pm. I checkout of here tomorrow and the best they could offer me as a ‘complementary late checkout’ was 1pm! So if I pay more I have later. Which tells me they obviously have availability.. I only needed 2pm checkout. What’s the crack here, I thought late checkout was a perk of Diamond status..subject to availability. Has anyone got any tips on how to get a late checkout or should I just go back to Marriott/Starwood whenever I need late checkout

    • sunguy says:

      Im not sure what it is with the vast majority of Hiltons – but “late” checkout never seems to be very easy to get – even as a Gold/Diamond…..1pm us usually the limit, much later and its always a hassle – yes, sometimes, it works….but, in general not so much!

      TBH, Ive often found Hamptons the easiest to get very late checkouts in….

    • BJ says:

      Ask again in the morning of departure. Tbh, if you only need an hour relax in the lobby with a newspaper and a coffee.

    • Rts says:

      I think it is subject to availability but if they are offering you a paid late check out then clearly there is availability…. You should make them aware that you are a diamond member and that since late check out is available they should honor it.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      I was at the DT in Manchester this week and asked for a late checkout, they offered me 1pm and I asked for any more as I had an interview to conduct (and couldn’t do that in the lobby really). Hold Gold status with them. Eventually checked out at 1:45pm

    • Genghis says:

      At least it’s one thing ICs do right for AMBs

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Yes this is a a real perk

        Hilton are shocking with late checkout but Tbh no one has ever kicked me out of the room at 1:30 etc when 1pm has been offered.

    • Alan says:

      Always tricky with Hilton, although most properties should be fine with giving you Exec Lounge and health club access for the day. Mind you not all are like that – the Hilton Frankfurt Airport gave me a 10pm late checkout when I had a late flight to catch – plus free upgrade to a suite!!

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