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Bits: BA Tehran suspension, University Arms Cambridge joins Marriott, Singapore Airlines sale

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News in brief:

British Airways suspends Tehran flights

British Airways has announced the suspension of services between London Heathrow and Tehran.

The final flight will operate on 22nd September.  No alternative routings for ticket holders have been announced yet although BA has said that it is exploring options with other airlines.

The University Arms joins Marriott’s Autograph Collection

The University Arms hotel in Cambridge has joined Autograph Collection, Marriott’s successful brand for high quality independent hotels who still want the benefits of working with a major chain.

The hotel has recently had an £80m refurbishment overseen by interior designer Martin Brudnizki and represents an impressive option in a city where genuinely high end hotels are scarce.

As a redemption, the hotel currently costs 25,000 Marriott Rewards or SPG points per night.  This is excellent value given that, looking at a random weekday in September, cash rates are well above £250 per night.

The website is here if you want to learn more.

Singapore Airlines sale

Singapore Airlines sale

Singapore Airlines has launched a new sale from London and Manchester, running until 11th September.

It is worth a look if you are planning a Winter break to Asia or Australasia.  Most destinations have sale fares in Economy and Business.  In general, travel dates are wide open as long as you start your trip after 22nd October.

Extra perks include:

£1 Singapore Stopover Holidays

Receive a S$20 KrisShop eVoucher when you book your flight on

KrisFlyer members who make eligible purchases will be entered into a lucky prize draw, with a chance to win 1 million KrisFlyer miles

Details are on this special sale website.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at this exclusive tour of the new Singapore Airlines A380 First Class that we did a couple of months ago, including a video

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  1. When I looked through the deals it appears that the fares do not accrue KrisFlyer miles. C’est vrai?

    • Would be a bit odd given the competition for KF members!

    • Michael C says:

      When I used to do the BCN-SIN direct, that was certainly the case: lowest fares accrued zero miles.

    • Lady London says:

      I have seen that in the small print on an SQ promotion quite a while back. Maybe it’s something to look out for, with SQ promos. I like SQ a lot but agree with other posters that the promo prices are not really pulling me.

  2. Lady London says:

    OT: if anyone qualifies for a German credit card apparently Amex is now running a 60,000 miles signup bonus

  3. Alastair says:

    O/T – I have just finalised avios reward 241 bookings in First outbound to SJC and back from IAD next July/August. When I look at the BA app it shows no seats selected on the booking but offers me the ability to do it. When I look at manage my booking online on and choose the Seats option it tells me “Seat Choice Available” and “Reserve seats now for free” (both of which would indicate to me that no seats have yet been selected) but when I click through it seems to have already allocated 1E and 1F outbound and 4E and 4F return which are the centre partner seats. Those seats are fine, but since they are not showing earlier in the process or in the app I wonder if they really are allocated to us or not ? I cannot press “Confirm seats”, I can only “Cancel any changes” at that screen. I could try and change them to window seats to make sure but could I then change them back to centre partner seats to make sure (assuming no-one nabs them in the middle of the process which seems unlikely this far out) ? Any advice appreciated.

  4. O/T had an avios booking on hold with AA, which was cancelled as the hold expired.How long does it take to appear again to be able to book it?

  5. I was initially excited to read about the Singapore sale in business but after looking at the prices on the website, it was a bit of an anti-climax 🙁

    Cheapest business fares for London are from £2,055 to Bangkok – Rob is this a good deal? I suspect not otherwise you would have listed some of the fare deals.

  6. Oh, just checked in an UK marriott hotel as a new gold member and they didn’t honour the breakfast… Even the manager said it started 3 days ago

  7. Jason Hindle says:

    I stayed at the University Arms some 19 years ago. It was a bit of a grim affair, back then, albeit with an excellent location. Good to hear they’ve properly refurbished the place and put it under a recognised brand.

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