Bits: see O2 tennis with Emirates or Amex, Delta increases Heathrow services, Caledonian Sleeper upgrade delayed

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See ATP tennis at the O2 with Emirates miles or Amex Membership Rewards points

Emirates Skywards is currently offering standard and VIP tickets to the Nitto ATP tennis tournament at the O2 in November.

The tournament runs from the 11th – 18th November, with both day and evening sessions available.  It is 7,500 Emirates Skywards miles for one standard ticket or 25,000 Emirates Skywards miles per person for the hospitality package.

The VIP seats are described as: “Experience Emirates exclusive hospitality suite in the VIP Village. Enjoy a wide range of international food and beverages and Emirates award winning service before watching the top ATP tennis stars in action from some of best seats in the house.”

You can book your seats via this page of the Emirates website.

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.

ATP tennis London Emirates Skywards miles

Delta increases Heathrow services

Delta Air Lines has announced plans to increase service on two of its US routes. The Heathrow to Portland route will increase from 4 times weekly to daily and the Detroit route will increase from daily to twice daily.

Launching on 10th May 2019, both services will use a Boeing 767-300ER.

The daily flight to Portland will leave Heathrow at 12:30 pm and land in Portland at 3.30 pm. The return leg will leave Portland at 8:08pm, arriving back at Heathrow at 12:05pm the next day.

The newly added daily Detroit flight will leave Heathrow 1:50pm at land in Detroit 5:22pm. The plane will fly back to London at 10:33pm and land at 11:10am the next day.

With Delta being a Virgin Atlantic partner (and 49% shareholder) this opens up new options for spending your Virgin Flying Club miles.

PS. Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

Caledonian Sleeper overhaul delayed until 2019

Travellers preferring overnight trains to planes will have to wait until next year to experience the new luxurious Caledonian sleeper trains on the London to Glasgow / Edinburgh route.

The new Caledonian sleeper trains were set to launch at the end of this month as we wrote earlier in the year.  They have now been delayed for a further six months. This is apparently due to a delay in getting the trains approved.

An official statement by Caledonian Sleepers says that “this is the first introduction of new sleeper rolling stock in the UK for over 35 years. It means the process of testing and gaining the necessary regulatory and operational approval is both time-consuming and complex.”

Tickets for the new trains have been bookable since March and those who booked tickets especially to travel on the new train can either get a full refund or be refunded the price difference between the old and new trains.

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  1. If you didn’t want to risk the Emirates/Amex transfer, you could always transfer the minimum then transfer the rest once you see your tickets are still available.

  2. A 25 minute turnaround for the Portland flight at LHR?

    • Perhaps Rob has edited the article, but the LHR turnaround is 2hr 40m (11:10 to 13:50)

      • That’s Detroit.

        Maybe the planes are swapping routes for some reason.

        Land from Portland at 12:05, leave for Detroit at 1:50.
        Land from Detroit at 11:10, leave for Portland at 12:30.

        Or the same with other routes.

        • All US airlines swap aircraft over London. Take AA for example. There is one single longhaul AA flight from RDU… London on a 777. Either they keep that aircraft permanently on that route, with long turns in each place and no allowance for engineering input, or they route it elsewhere. They don’t need a 777 to go anywhere in the US from there, so they route LHR-RDU-LHR-ORD to integrate it back into their network. United even have crew based in London for operational flexibility.

          It’s not rocket science, and doesn’t require a huge amount of thought to understand, just a little bit of common sense.

        • Non-hub flights need to position the planes using a W routing from an actual Delta hub

    • It probably isn’t going back to where it came from, US airlines like to do complicated things with their scheduling.

    • I was thinking it was a W pattern.

  3. Is the photo of a single berth cabin on a new sleeper train? Looks massive! Like an easyHotel room!

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