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Bits: BA schedules its final Boeing 767 flights, Aer Club / SuperValu transfer bonus, new Amex transfer partner

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News in brief:

British Airways schedules its final Boeing 767 services

Airlineroute reports that, subject to any further extensions, the final Boeing 767 (the two aisle short/mid-haul aircraft) will leave the British Airways fleet on 25th November when it returns from Larnaca.

From the start of the Winter timetable on 28th October, the 767 fleet will operate:

London Heathrow – Amsterdam 5 weekly until 6th November
London Heathrow – Athens 6 weekly until 2nd November
London Heathrow – Edinburgh 1 daily until 31st October
London Heathrow – Larnaca 1 daily until 25th November
London Heathrow – Rome 1 flight on 3rd November
London Heathrow – Stockholm Arlanda 4 weekly until 31st October

It’s fair to say that these are not the most modern aircraft in the BA fleet – the regular random pinging of call bells is a common complaint, something which gets annoying on a four hour flight, as are complaints over water leakage from the galley running down the cabin.  And the broken seats.  And arm rests.  And tray tables.  And the locked-out loos ….

SuperValu

50% bonus on SuperValu transfers to Aer Lingus AerClub Avios

Whilst Tesco has a major presence in Ireland, AerClub has teamed up with supermarket chain SuperValu.

You earn one Real Rewards point for every €1 you spend in SuperValu.  You can convert Real Rewards points or Money Back vouchers into Avios at the rate of 1:1.  This makes it roughly half as generous as the Tesco partnership which gets you 2.4 Avios per £1 spent.

Aer Club and Real Rewards have teamed up to offer another transfer bonus, although this is the smallest one we have seen so far.  Until 5th September, you will get a 50% bonus when converting Real Rewards points into Avios

This means 1 Real Rewards point is worth 1.5 Avios.   (A year ago they were offering a 3x bonus rather than a 1.5x bonus!)

The minimum transfer level is 50 Real Rewards points or a €2.50 Money Back Voucher.

Full details can be found on the Avios Ireland site here.

American Express Membership Rewards Aer Lingus Aer Club transfer partner

New useless American Express transfer partner!

Good news – American Express is bringing in a new Membership Rewards transfer partner

Bad news – it could not be less interesting

The new partner is, erm, Aer Lingus Avios.  Yes, someone went to all the trouble of negotiating a transfer deal with Aer Lingus – even though you can already move your Amex points to British Airways Executive Club and move them across to avios.com / Aer Lingus from there.  Well done.  Your parents are proud of you.  Why don’t you get on the ‘phone to Hyatt instead and arrange a genuinely useful new transfer partner?!  🙂

The only possible upside I can see here is that there may be a transfer bonus to launch this new partnership, which would allow us to move our Membership Rewards points to Aer Club with an uplift and then across to British Airways Executive Club.

The partnership launches “imminently” in the US and “later this year” for those of us in the UK.

You can see the list of current Membership Rewards airline partners here and the current hotel partners transfer list here.

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Comments

  1. OT – i’ve just been through my MBNA United credit card statement (RIP), and checked that the miles on my United account match my MBNA statement up to the posting date of 20th July. they do !

  2. “Why don’t you get on the ‘phone to Hyatt instead and arrange a genuinely useful new transfer partner?! ”

    Replace Hyatt with ANA! Especially since they’re already a partner in the US, but not here!

  3. OT: Anybody had a bonus recently for adding a BAPP supp?

  4. bossman81 says:

    Hi – sorry if I’m asking a question that’s been answered elsewhere…
    The current Amex statement credits for Hilton spend – I’ve got £100 back for £500 spend at US hotels – do we know whether they would be triggered by £500 spend across 2 stays? Or does it need to be a single transaction?
    Amex live chat agent just told me the latter, but I believe previous promos have worked across cumulative spend.

  5. Crafty says:

    OT: Sent another frustrated email to Iberia today, saying if I don’t have the points by tomorrow, I’ll do a credit card chargeback.

    I know I shouldn’t laugh at somebody using their second language for customer service (I couldn’t), but couldn’t resist posting this rather abrupt instruction they gave me in response, as it made me chuckle…

    “Dear Mr. XX: First of all, apologize to Iberia for the inconvenience caused.”

    The customer is always wrong!

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