Bits: fuel surcharges returning to Hong Kong flights, see ATP tennis with Emirates miles or Amex points

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News in brief:

Fuel surcharges returning to one-way Avios redemptions from Hong Kong

Since February 2016, airlines have not been able to add fuel surcharges on flights departing from Hong Kong when the journey originates there.

This has led to substantial tax savings if you were in the position of being able to book one-way Avios redemptions.  It made no difference on British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher bookings because those had to originate in the UK.  It WAS a benefit for anyone with the – now closed – Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card upgrade vouchers, as those could be used on a one-way flight back to the UK.

Here is an example:

Return Club World redemption from the UK to Hong Kong and back – £564 of taxes

Hong Kong fuel surcharges returning

One way Club World redemption from the UK to Hong Kong – £365 of taxes

Hong Kong fuel surcharges returning

One way Club World redemption from Hong Kong to the UK – £34 of tax

Hong Kong fuel surcharges returning

This meant you saved £165 by booking your redemption as 2 x one-way tickets.

From 1st November, this is ending.  As part of a package of measures agreed with the airlines on how they advertise flight prices, the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department has allowed fuel surcharges to return.  This is for bookings made from 1st November so there is still a window of six weeks to make a booking for travel in 2019.

You can read more on the South China Morning Post site here.

See ATP tennis very cheaply with Emirates Skywards miles (or American Express points)

If you fancy a weekend away in Europe whilst catching some top tennis, Emirates Skywards has some interesting packages available.  You can redeem via the Skywards website here.

There are tickets for the Swiss Indoors Basel tournament (22nd to 28th October) and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna (also 22nd to 28th October!).

Tickets for both tournaments start at 7500 miles per pair for standard Centre Court tickets, and 10000 miles (Vienna) or 12000 miles (Basel) per pair for box seats with VIP hospitality.

They also still have football tickets for Arsenal, AC Milan, SL Benfica, Real Madrid, Hamburger and Paris Saint-Germain available, as we have mentioned before.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Emirates no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards miles.

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  1. OT: i am trying to use the Iberia points from the recent promotion. I need flights from Singapore to Kuching with Malaysia. I can see reward availability on BA but i can’t even put in Singapore in the origin on IB website.
    Not sure if i am doing something wrong as not familiar with IB website or i need to call

    • You need to search from the ‘Pay with Avios’ section, as the main search only allows airports which IB fly to themselves.

      From the main front page, put in any old origin, destination and date and then the ‘pay with avios’ option becomes available; tick this and search, and you will be redirected to the correct section.

    • For Avios redemptions on Malaysia Airlines with Iberia Plus, you need to call. Not possible on line.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Remember partner redemptions are not refundable with Iberia

  2. OT: Hertz. When comparing prices for Tahiti a few days ago, Hertz was showing me rates with unlimited km. Now it will only show rates with 0km and a quite expensive cost per km tht will work out a lot more costly.

    Is there any setting or rate code or even any logic to getting unlimited mileage rates or is it just down to the whims of the local agency?

    • Lady London says:

      some people recommend that if you want to change the types of options you are offered with Hertz then searching from a different country site of hertz might throw up a different result.

      personally for tahiti I’d definitely give their french site a go and the australian site has often been recommended. just be sure the insurance level you don’t have covered elsewhere , is there.

      • Lady London says:

        PS you often get better availability if you are logged in when you search as well, and sometimes less restrictive conditions. Logging in to Hertz website can work both ways – sometimes it ratchets up the price but at peak times or if there is some reason cars are being held back or are scarce, logging in may give you an available car that otherwise might not show up.

  3. OT – quick question. Can anyone confirm if your referral allowance ‘reset’ after you upgrade from Gold (it was a charge card) to Platinum. Realise I have 90k allowance on the plat, but I’d done a couple of refs on the gold before upgrading, so not sure if that lands me with on 72k allowance for plat… also understand that the allowances reset at start of calendar year – is that right?

    Thanks all

  4. Aleks Nicole says:

    Apologies if this is an obvious question, but does this mean fuel surcharges out of Hong Kong will also be added on to Virgin Flying Club redemptions like they will with Avios redemptions? If so, do you believe this will also be for bookings made from 1st November?

  5. OT // SPG Amex card.

    Currently having a conversation on ‘chat’ with somebody from AMEX who is telling me my points haven’t gone across as I haven’t told Amex my SPG number has changed?

    Is that really the case? I don’t ever recall AMEX asking us to provide them with account numbers? maybe I’ve been silly to think AMEX and SPG talk?

    • I had the same. It’s hard to believe, but the agreed process appears to be that the customer must (of their own volition, as this hasn’t been communicated) approach Amex and inform them, on a one by one basis, of their replacement account number.

  6. RE: ‘It made no difference on British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher bookings because those had to originate in the UK’ – yes they have to originate in UK but you can book 2 one-ways on a 241 voucher. Book outbound initially with the voucher, then book the return when it becomes available online (at full avios price) then call to have the voucher applied and get half of the return leg avios refunded.

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