Bits: BA ‘Buy on Board’ coffee goes up!, Iberia rolls out Premium Economy, see a concert in Berlin with Marriott

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News in brief:

British Airways ‘buy on board’ tea and coffee prices up!

British Airways has put through some inflation-busting price increases for its ‘buy on board’ tea and coffee.

The new menu is online here.  The January 2017 menu is in this HFP article here.

Tea and coffee have gone up from £2.30 to £2.45, an increase of 6.5% in 18 months.

Avios pricing has jumped up even more.  Tea or coffee is now 350 Avios, up 17% from the old price of 300 Avios.  The value you get per Avios will fall from 0.77p to 0.7p.

To be fair, other pricing generally remains unchanged.  It looks as if the plan to roll out free tea and coffee to British Airways Executive Club status members, which was trialled on a handful of flights earlier in the year, has been dropped.

British Airways buy on board

Iberia rolls out Premium Economy to Havana and Johannesburg

Iberia has announced that Havana and Johannesburg will feature its Premium Economy seating from Summer 2019.

This means a 5cm wider seat, 15cm of additional seat pitch and 40 degrees of recline.  Premium Economy IFE is via a 12 inch screen compared with the 9 inch version used in Economy.

Premium Economy is already available on Iberia flights to Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Lima, Panama City, Quito, Santiago de Chile,and São Paulo in Latin America, plus Boston, Chicago, Miami, and New York in the United States.

You can learn more about Iberia’s Premium Economy cabin on their website here.

In other news, Iberia has announced an additional three weekly flights to Lima for Summer 2019 taking it to 10 weekly services in July and August.

Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin Marriott Moments concerts

See top concerts in Berlin with Marriott / SPG

We have covered the Starwood suite at the O2 arena in London numerous times.  Marriott Rewards / SPG makes tickets in the suite available for top concerts, all of which come with full hospitality.  The latest list is here and they make an excellent night out if you are looking to do something different with your points.

Marriott Rewards has recently added a new redemption option – the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin.  If you live outside London, going to Berlin for a concert is not much trickier than going to Greenwich and you get to make a short holiday out of it.

There are only a few options available today – Maluma, ELO and BTS – but they come and go (U2 was available recently) and it is worth keeping an eye on the Marriott Moments site.

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  1. Wildly O/T: Marriott NFL game and free weekly Marriott points—any news from the ether as to whether this game will make a return now that week 1 of the season has already been and gone? I assume not, but I’m a huge fan of wishful thinking. ????

    • I think Marriott has more to worry about at the moment, given ongoing integration issues with the two schemes.

  2. Shoestring says:

    Just got 1000 points for a free BA Amex added supp

    • Nice. Was that a free card or Premium Plus and did you have to apply through any particular route? Am awaiting my Premium BA card and thankfully didn’t opt to get a second card when I applied, so some extra points would be good.

      Also O/T but are secondary card applications for Amex Gold currently getting extra points too? And if so is there any specific route to ensuring you get the MR points?

  3. the_real_a says:

    Surely with the current concern on plastic waste, BA should be giving away free tea and coffee if you bring your own cup…

  4. To be fair Ryanair are charging £3 for tea or coffee! Hadn’t heard about the trial of free tea or coffee for Exec Club status cards. I remember BM used to do that. And with a free sandwich thrown in!

  5. Any Premium Economy experts on here? Which airlines really are worth the “premium”?

    I’m specifically trying to decide whether Singapore Airlines will be worth an extra £200 over Lufthansa in PE (for 3 of us – single leg SIN to FRA). Others were also advocating paying an even bigger premium for Cathay but I’m unclear why.

    • Singapore is for definite but pls not BA! Don’t know about LH though – maybe if it is a codeshare with SQ or TK

    • Axel Heyst says:

      Always worth double checking Virgin if they have a cheaper codeshare on the SQ flights.

      I would put SQ and LH on a near par in premium. LH flight crew do have a robotic behaviour which gets annoying.

    • Air France is easily the best all round PE since the demise of the superb ANZ offering. However, I would expect you could find business class for similar price or not much more, especially if you were prepared to go to BKK and then connect. Try KLM, Turkish, Finnair, Vietnam Airlines, and Sri Lanka,

    • Qantas – the service in Qantas PE is more like business class than economy, unlike BA. The seats, however, are definitely better than economy but still closer to economy than business.

  6. O/T any update on Amex SPG monthly point transfer, I haven’t received mine from last month

    • No. Mine were specifically promised for the “9th or 10th” of this month and haven’t materialised. I’m getting quite pissed off with having to phone multiple times and get a different answer every time.

  7. Shoestring says:
  8. OT: 1000-13000 Miles&More bonus miles for €100-1200+ for a first booking by 30 September at Hotels and Cars by Points page.

    • That’s not massively attractive to be honest. Last year my wife and I got 7000 miles each for a €250 booking with a ‘first time booker’ promo – that was more like it!

      • Yes, I remember that but this one could still work out nicely for somebody who needs a non-chain hotel and some miles.

  9. o/t BA Amex 241.
    I have BA Free Amex card currently and approaching £10k spend. intend to upgrade to BAPP to trigger the 241. (I had a BAPP originally, downgraded thinking I wouldn’t spend £10k, and have since spent more than I planned).
    Once I have done that, I think I am right in saying I can cancel the BAPP once the 241 flight is booked, without jeopardising the flight booking.
    If I then cancel the flight for any reason, do I still get the 241 voucher returned?

  10. OT: Just tried to refer somone from Platinum card to Ba Blue, and what he can chose is only Membership cards and some Bussiness ones, no other posibility to chose Ba or Spg or other credit cards.
    Anyone notice these? Hopefully is just a temporary issue. Thanks

    • Had the same problem a few days ago trying to refer from BAPP to Platinum and can only see basic BA card.
      Advised to try a different browser and it worked!

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