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Bits: British Airways drops Bristol and Birmingham Summer services, great new Marriott O2 concerts

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British Airways drops Summer 2019 services from Bristol and Birmingham

British Airways appears to be pulling back from its Summer regional flights.  In recent years, the airline has been using its Embraer 190 fleet from London City Airport – which has nothing to do at the weekend when London City is closed – to run flights from the regions to ‘Summer sun’ destinations.

In theory, the 2019 programme should be the biggest ever as a number of new Embraer aircraft are about to be delivered.  However, reservations for the following services have been closed:

Birmingham – Florence
Birmingham – Malaga 

Birmingham – Palma Mallorca 
Bristol – Florence 
Bristol – Malaga 
Bristol – Palma Mallorca 

All flights were due to start on 18th May.  There are no other Bristol and Birmingham services scheduled.  Routes from Manchester etc remain on sale.

British Airways drops Birmingham and Bristol routes

New Marriott Moments O2 concerts launched

Marriott Rewards has launched some new concert tickets for their suite at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.

The catered box at the O2 is not a bad place to see a concert, as my review here shows. The food and drink on offer is excellent, albeit you are some distance from the stage.

This is a list of the concerts available as of last night.  The first few listed have been around for a while, but there are some good new options for November onwards.

  • BTS, 9th October (60,000 points for two tickets)
  • BTS, 10th October (60,000 points for two tickets)
  • Jeff Lynne’s ELO, 20th October (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Bluesfest presents John Fogerty, 25th October (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Bluesfest presents Robert Plant and Van Morrison 26th October (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Bluesfest presents Zac Brown Band, 27th October (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Bluesfest presents Counting Crows and Alison Krauss, 28th October (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • David Byrne, 29th October (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Andrea Bocelli, 2nd November (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Childish Gambino, 4th November (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Jess Glynne, 20th November (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Florence + The Machine, 24th November (60,000 points for two tickets)
  • Florence + The Machine, 25th November (60,000 points for two tickets)
  • Nitro Circus, 24th November (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Ennio Morricone, 26th November (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • The Four Tops & The Temptations, 27th November (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics, 30th November (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, 2nd December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Lauryn Hill, 3rd December (60,000 points for two tickets)
  • Years & Years, 5th December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Def Leppard, 6th December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Mariah Carey, 11th December (60,000 points for two tickets)
  • Josh Groban, 12th December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • The War on Drugs, 13th December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Madness, 14th December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds, 15th December 2018 (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Nile Rogers & Chic, 19th December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big, 28th December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big, 29th December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big, 30th December (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • The 1975, 18th January (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • The 1975, 19th January (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Snow Patrol, 26th January 2019 (45,000 points for two tickets)
  • Davido, 27th January (45,000 points for two tickets)

Marriott Moments suite London O2 Arena

The SPG Moments home page is here. The Marriott Moments home page is here.  The same concerts appear on both sites.

Remember that the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card comes with a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points. Many of these tickets will sell out before your bonus comes through, but you would have the points ready for when the next wave of tickets is released.  Our review of the card is here.

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Comments

  1. @shoestring Thanks, I’ll give it a go!

  2. Shoestring says:

    O/T Did your flight get delayed more than 3 hrs because of the BA ‘in-house’ strikes? Claim your compo. CEDR finding against BA.

    Relevant:
    6. I am mindful that, in this case, the strike was not a ‘wildcat’ strike, but was pre-planned and based on grievances for which the airline entered mediation with the Mixed Fleet’s union representatives. I am satisfied that the strike cannot be considered an extraordinary circumstance as the management of staff is inherent in the normal activity of the air carrier. Additionally, where the airline has it in its power to reach agreement with the union, the strike could not be said to be outside of the airline’s actual control. I have not been provided with any information as to how the issues were resolved, however I find that it is not necessary to investigate this as the strike relates to staff relations that are within the normal activity of the air carrier.

    7. In view of this, I find that the airline has not established that it has a defence of extraordinary circumstances in respect of the cancellation of the Flight or the replacement flight. I therefore find that the passenger is entitled to the sum of €600.00 in respect of the Flight and I direct the airline to pay this to the passenger.”

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