Bits: Aer Lingus launching two new long-haul routes (bookable on Avios), free Luxury Travel Fair tickets

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News in brief:

Aer Lingus announces two new long-haul routes

Aer Lingus has announced two new routes to North America.

It will fly direct from Dublin to Montreal and Minneapolis–Saint Paul from Summer 2019.

Full details are on the Aer Lingus website here.

Montreal is due to start on 8th August 2019 with an Airbus A321neo. Minneapolis–Saint Paul launches on 8th July 2019 and will be operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft.

Montreal is, I think, the first route to be confirmed with a new Airbus A321neo long-range version.  Aer Lingus has 12 of these aircraft on order for delivery between 2019 and 2022.

They are capable of flying non-stop to the US and Canadian eastern coasts.  What isn’t yet clear is how passengers, especially business passengers, will react to using a single-aisle aircraft normally found on short-haul routes.  The business class will be fully flat.

Both of these flights will be available for Avios redemption.  This HFP article explains the rather complex process for redeeming Avios on Aer Lingus.  You CAN still book via even though your account may have been closed – this HFP article explains how.

You can find out more on the website here.  Thanks to Jon for this.

Free Luxury Travel Fair tickets

The Luxury Travel Fair is back at Olympia in London from 1st-4th November.

To be honest, this is not a hugely exciting event.  It is essentially just a lot of high-end hotels and travel agents in booths.  You don’t, for example, get airlines bringing along their latest business class seats to try out.

The fact that they actually charge for tickets is a bit cheeky.  However, until 18th September you can order free tickets via their website using code LTFTWO in return for a £2.50 handling fee.  If you live nearby then it is worth popping in.  We don’t recommend it at the standard price of £20.50, although that also includes entry to the Spirit of Christmas Fair which takes place in the other half of the venue.

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  1. OT- my virgin money reward + card statement posted without the bonus 6000 promotion miles. Anybody else had this, or have a timeline of when to expect them? I signed up for this promotion via a link I received in the post, not via email. Simon

    • They should come on your second, third and fourth statement assuming you met the qualifying criteria in the previous month.

    • Mine have been arriving at the same time as the standard points each month.

      • Not had my 6000 bonus for spending £1000 with my first months bill.. comments have suggested it on the second.

        Did get the 15k sign up.

    • Got 1st lot of bonus points on my statement today which was the 2nd month I reached the spend target so ties in with the idea that it is done a month in arrears.

  2. OT: Staying at Gatwick Hilton paid for with Iberia points. Any point adding my Hilton Honours number for charged to room spend? Could do with extending the life of my points stock.

    • Well they upgraded me as an Amex Gold even on a 3rd party booking so worth it in any event. Impressed.

  3. OT Has anyone cancelled an IB award booking which used the Iberia promo avios and did the avios go back into the account. I understand avios will be refunded to IB account if cancelled before 1 December. Is this correct, I can’t find the TCs from the original article the link takes me to the main Iberia page. Thanks.

  4. Does spend on my supplementary BAPP go towards the main card holders 10k 2-for-1 trigger? Just double checking.

  5. Sorry couldn’t edit my previous post to add this.
    I don’t have a SPG membership, I guess too late to open one? Anyway can I use my Platinum card to receive status directly with my Marriott account?
    How do I do it?

    • and fill in the online form giving your Marriott number. Do NOT let Amex open a Marriott account for you.

  6. OT: My curve (before I’d hit limit) would allow me to pay my amex bills, but now I have a new Curve card for family member, it won’t let me pay down my Amex bills, ways gets declined. I have used the card normally in shops so I know it’s working. Any ideas?

  7. Does one still get 5k bonus points on the first platinum supplementary card?

  8. OT bits – warning for Curve users – ATM withdrawals may no longer be free as underlying transaction details now being passed to the funding card…

  9. DUB to YUL should be a nice short flight, so a single aisle aircraft will work. I’d certainly rather be on an A321 neo than a ratty old 757 to MSP:.

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