Bits: TAP one-ways UK to US, more BA Nashville services (with Avios seats), my Clare Smyth lunch

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News in brief:

Good one-way Business Class fares to the US from London for 2019

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the excellent TAP Air Portugal one-way (and return) fares to the United States from Dublin.  There were as low as £600 one-way in Business Class.

You can fly to New York, Boston or Miami.  The only snag is that you need to fly after 31st March 2019.

TAP has now extended this offer to London departures, via Lisbon.  For example, Heathrow to Boston on 15th May is £729 one-way in Business Class.  You can also fly from Gatwick and London City.

For £860 you can buy a fully refundable one-way ticket which could be a back-up if you are waiting for Avios seats to open.  Note that the deal does NOT work in the other direction, flying from the US to London.

Return fares are also available for around £1300.

It is definitely a good deal for anyone unsure when they will be coming back, although you MUST book a random cancellable Avios return ticket home to avoid any problems with US immigration.

This is also worth a look if you have the ‘£200 cashback for £600 spend at Amex Travel’ offer showing on one of your American Express cards at the moment.

A free stopover of up to five days is possible in Lisbon.  If you book on the TAP website this is offered to you during booking.

TAP Air Portugal is a member of Star Alliance so your flights will earn miles in any Star Alliance frequent flyer scheme.   You can find out more on the TAP website here.

TAP one way fares to USA

British Airways increases flights to Nashville

British Airways has announced that the new Nashville service, launched in May, will be moving to daily operation from the Summer 2019 timetable.

There are presently five flights per week, but this will increase with the addition of a Thursday and Sunday flight.  All flights will use a 3-class (no First) Boeing 787-8.

The first additional flight will be on 31st March.  Seats are now bookable – if you tried and failed to get Avios seats for next summer, it is worth looking again as there will be seats available on these new services.

British Airways increases Nashville services
Marriott Rewards / Clare Smyth lunch

A quick ‘hi’ to the HFP readers I met at the ‘Core by Clare Smyth’ Marriott Rewards lunch.

This was the definition of a ‘money can’t buy’ event – except you could buy it from 30,000 Marriott Rewards points, which is the sign up bonus on the SPG American Express card.

‘Core by Clare Smyth’ already had a huge waiting list to get a table, but demand went through the roof when the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars last week, just 14 months after opening.  Being able to buy seats (for points) at a private lunch, exclusively for Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest members, was a privilege.

Here is a photo of me chatting with Clare.  Don’t ask why I’m pointing – we’d all had quite a bit to drink by this point …..

Those who had stumped up 75,000 points for the cookery masterclass seemed to have had an excellent morning, kicking off with breakfast and then working with Clare and her team to prepare parts of the meal.

There is, as I like to stress on HFP, a lot you can do with your points outside of more flights and more hotel rooms.  Hilton, Marriott / SPG and Emirates all offer excellent ‘experiences’ packages for points, and we feature the best of them on HFP as they come up.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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  1. Shoestring says:

    Damn. I could check in OK for tomorrow but my son got the dreaded ‘Cannot check in online’ notice, I guess he has been random picked for the ‘careful check’.

    • My OH got that in August, but he was only barred from ONCI at LHR. So they obviously weren’t bothered about him being up to anything nefarious on the connecting flight!

      • Shoestring says:

        Yep but it probably means he’ll be in a rubbish toilet row seat, I got 9A. Still 1 exit seat free, maybe we can grab that if we get to check in @ T-3hrs (sometimes in Economy they let you check in slightly earlier, but not a lot. Raffles said you can check in T-4 or earlier in CW, I guess that’s right?)

        • From 5am in Club Europe (at Heathrow or Gatwick) ….

        • Shoestring says:

          I wonder what the lower age limit is on getting these special security checks – my son’s only 17! – sounds like a SSSS but we’re not going to the States, is it getting common on flights to Europe as well?

        • No. It’s not a security issue, it’s a sync issue between different parts of the booking/ticket. One hint that works some of the time is to remove your APIS and start again, that often does the trick.

        • Shoestring says:

          APIS? How would I remove it? Not got a clue what APIS is

        • Shoestring says:

          Advanced passenger information?

          But then – how can he check in online?

        • Shoestring says:

          Cheers Nick, got him checked in – 10D so not too bad or far away from me. No toilet seat this time! 🙂

          Had to change his passport number with 1 digit change (to wrong number), check in, change back passport to correct number.

          Bad news is: all Exit seats have gone, so no freebie tomorrow.

          But worry lifted, what a strange system.

        • Shoestring says:

          All good – they let us check in T-nearly 4 hrs, no problem. Here’s a one – whilst there were no exit seats available (all gone, but I could have had them for free if they were available) – my check in agent said there were another 22 seats available to switch to but that I couldn’t because of my lowly status/ RFS redemption basis (not that she said it so bluntly). Theoretical seating at work. Got 2 good seats anyway so no problem – and I guess a few are CW. Not sure if self check in @ machines in LHR would have freed up all the ET seats, quite possibly.

          Anyway, sitting in No1 T3 (no £5 reservation), if anybody wants to say hello. Pretty full.

      • Shoestring says:

        Just briefed a guy about claiming compo on his cancelled TATL Virgin flight (the Trent engine issue) – he was happy enough with his lounge pass & glass of Champers until I told him about the MCOL cases & EUR600 🙂

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