Bits: Last day for our Marriott exclusive, Air India drops Heathrow to New York, BA A380 to Dubai

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News in brief:

Last day to get 10,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points via our exclusive offer

Over the last two weeks, Marriott has been running a special promotion exclusively for Head for Points readers.

To celebrate the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest into the new (still unnamed!) loyalty programme, Marriott is offering a special points bonus if you book a long weekend in Europe this Autumn.

This offer runs in addition to the current Autumn bonus points promotion (article is here and you can register here).  This special HFP bonus is on top of your standard points, any elite status bonus AND the 2,000 bonus points you would earn from the ‘MegaBonus In More Places’ offer.

For bookings made by tonight (Tuesday), you will get 10,000 bonus points when booking a two night or longer weekend stay – which must include a Thursday night or a Monday night – at select hotels in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Florence, Geneva, London, Milan, Nice, Paris, Rome, Vienna or Zurich.

The special booking page is here.  You must book by tonight, 9th October, and complete your stay by 31st March 2019

We would value 10,000 bonus points at £50+ so this is a generous rebate, especially as you receive all of your standard and promotional points too.  Our original article on the deal is here.

Air India Boeing 787

Air India drops Heathrow to New York, adds Bangalore

One of the more obscure ways of getting from London to New York is on Air India.  The airline flies the route three times per week as a continuation of a flight from Ahmedabad to Heathrow.  You could redeem miles for this via any Star Alliance programme.

Air India’s Heathrow to New York service will end on 16th November.  The airline will use the landing slots to launch a new service to Bangalore, starting on 17th November.  The existing Delhi and Mumbai services from Heathrow will continue as usual.

British Airways A380 heading to Dubai

British Airways to run an A380 to Dubai during the runway closure

Dubai International Airport is undertaking another major runway maintenance project next Spring which will involve closing one of runways entirely.

Many airlines, including BA, are having their slots reduced temporarily.  To cover this, British Airways will be running an A380 to Dubai between 16th April and 4th May 2019 on the 12.55 service, replacing a Boeing 777 service.

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  1. bumper31 says:

    It seems VS have a economy miles sale to Miami running, 9300 miles.
    Time to break out the PE upgrade vouchers

  2. barry cutters says:

    Hi OT But related .

    i am flying to Dubai next month, just looked at the booking to see my BA flight says -operated by Air Belgium. I didn’t even think air Belgium was in one World. Also its definitely a direct LHR>Dubai in club. Its an A340, are Ba doing what virgin did with the air Berlin planes due to same 787 problems…..?

  3. Sam Butler says:

    Apologies if this has something that has been dealt with on here already but I couldn’t find anything. Has anyone else struggled to log in at all to SPG accounts?

    I was approved for the SPG amex on 27th August, and despite getting emails from SPG with a member number, have never been able to log in. Even trying ‘forgot my password’ is coming back with ‘Please ensure the information you provided matches your Member account information’.

    Any ideas, or do I need to call them?

    • Do you have a Marriott account as well which uses the same email address? If so, clear your cookies and use a different browser to access each account. There were a lot of problems with that when they first merged. Wouldn’t surprise me if they haven’t sorted that either!

      • Sam Butler says:

        Tried this, no luck on different browsers or even on the app. Thanks anyway for the suggestion.

        I’ve sent a strongly worded email in the forlorn hope that they can fix it and see fit to compensate me for not being able to access my points for months.

  4. Just seen a tweet from Curve saying that amex support is coming ‘soon’

  5. Marriott CS truly woeful. Queries about travel packages or points redirected to SPG, Twitter team promise follow-up and then do nothing. Shame they haven’t spent this promotion money on providing proper customer service…

    • SPG cannot yet attach TP AFAIK but happy to be corrected as it’s weeks since I booked. I wanted W Leicester Square but no joy. Subsequently got them to attach an old Cat 7 to County Hall despite the certificate now only being supposedly worth category 5. Are these certificates getting converted to new certificates at time of bookin? I don’t know whether to shut up, show up and hope for the best or cancel the reservation and use on a cat 5 hotel I don’t need to worry about.

  6. OT – See Curve Instagram. Suggestion AMEX linkage may return “soon”….


    so get your cheap tier points and silver status now while it lasts people!

    • Thought this sounded just like a threat not actually leaving at this point.

    • I thought they were only threatening to do this? Where have you seen it confirmed?

    • Memesweeper says:

      This has been suggested before. Any swift exit from Oneworld by Qatar would not be too bad for UK collectors/frequent fliers, as there is a deep and deepening partnership between Qatar and BA which I’m certain will continue.

  8. Have just had an email from Virgin, they’ve increased reward availability and reduced the miles needed by 25%, not sure if it all classes and seems it’s from London only to New York and Florida book by end October.

  9. OT: Is there an equivalent to BA Redemption Finder for other airlines that take Avios as a currency? If not, what’s the best way to search for availability?

    For transparency, I am looking for availability on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Hanoi (and will also be interested in other Avios reward flights around Asia, as we are doing a 3-month trip!).

    • The Qantas website may be useful to you: it shows CX flights and will show you about a month at a time, but you may have to join the programme.

  10. OT- Tesco Xmas Savers,leave it 24hrs after activating on account before trying to top up in store, I had a wasted journey today as it’s not showing on their tills yet

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