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Bits: Virgin launches new food, Priority Pass launches airport shopping discounts, Qatar launches free wifi

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News in brief:

Virgin Atlantic announces new food partnership with Donal Skehan

Virgin Atlantic has launched a new partnership with Irish food writer Donal Skehan.  Selected dishes from Donal will be appearing in the Clubhouse restaurants and in Upper Class cabins this month, following by Premium and Economy in 2019.

Donal is a regular host on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and also appears on various other shows in Ireland, the UK and the US.

Dishes for October include, onboard, an Aromatic Thai Vegetable Stew and Charred Cod with Spicy Mango Salad & Nam Jim Dressing.

Menu items at the Clubhouses include:

  • Spiced Chorizo, Fennel  & Tomato Stew
  • Vietnamese Beef and Mango Salad
  • Super Green Omelette with Goats Cheese, Sun-blushed Tomatoes & Avocado

We will share more details in a couple of days as Head for Points had dinner with Donal on Monday evening.

Priority Pass launches airport shopping discounts

Not content with offering airport lounge access and free meals in airport restaurants, Priority Pass has launched a new offer – airport shopping discounts.

It is very simple.  When you search for an airport via the Priority Pass app or on their website, you will now be shown a list of shopping discounts as well as the lounges available.

There is nothing showing for any of the London airports yet.  If I search for Washington Dulles, on the other hand, deals include:

  • 10% off at Burberry
  • 10% off at Coach
  • 10% off at Duty Free Americas
  • 10% off at Michael Kors
  • 10% off at Montblanc  etc

It is a little fiddly to use.  You can’t show your Priority Pass card.  You need to to press ‘Generate the offer code’, which is a digital 2D barcode, and then show this at the till.

Hopefully some interesting UK offers will appear soon.  Remember that you get two free Priority Pass cards – each of which allows a free guest, so a family of four is covered – with American Express Platinum.

Qatar Airways free wifi

Get complimentary wifi on Qatar Airways flights

Qatar Airways has launched a promotion giving passengers who book their flight online a voucher for complimentary wifi on board.

This offer runs until 14th November in all travel classes and flights must be booked on the Qatar Airways website.

Complimentary wifi will only be available on select flights:

  • London Heathrow QR006 & QR008
  • Washington D.C.  QR708
  • New York QR702
  • Chicago QR726
  • Sydney / Canberra QR907
  • Bangkok QR831

You can find more information on the Qatar Airways website here.

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Comments

  1. OT: Is it possible to book Eurostar on AmEx Travel so as to take advantage of the 200 off 600 spend?

  2. Octopus says:

    OT noticed that Lloyd’s issued Amex will be excluded from the shop small offer this year

    • That’s a shame since we have four cards between us.
      Where did you find that please?

      • Octopus says:

        It was under one of the terms and conditions in the email from Amex promoting the shop small offer

        ‘Offer excludes Lloyds Bank, Corporate and Pre-Paid Cards.’

  3. Does anyone know if the £50 off Hilton thats on Amex atm is actually restricted to specific hotels? It looks like there are only european hotels listed on there, so would using it for US or Asia likely not trigger the £50?

    • Voltron says:

      Click on the AMEX T&C, it has a pdf list of all hotels included

    • Also. does ‘Offer excludes online payments and is only valid on checkout spend’ mean that Hilton ‘ADVANCE PURCHASE’ rates will not qualify?

      Thanks.

      • In theory you should be OK, although I will tell you next week as I have just hit the target on the old version via a prepaid.

  4. O/T has anyone booked an amex travel ba flight mixed cabin? Eg. economy out and premium economy return? Can’t seem to do it online, wondering if its worthwhile calling?

  5. OT – can’t find the Amex offers on my Lloyd’s Avios cc account anymore. Could someone point me in the right direction if they haven’t disappeared? Thanks

  6. Stephen Lee says:

    I see Virgin have a new caterer. When will these people learn that many vegetarians (and meat eaters for that matter) despise goat’s cheese

    The fancy brigade can never stop putting goats cheese in veggie food. It has put me going to restaurants nowadays and as it is usually me who lands up paying they are missing out on loads of non-veggie meals as well.

  7. OT – BA flight today showing as delayed due to late arriving aircraft, at the moment only an estimated 1.5 hour delay to arrival time but that’s been increasing every time I’ve checked. What are my rights through EU regulations (is this considered grounds for compensation based on EU261 if delayed by over 3 hours?). Know that I’m entitled to food / drink but am in J so will have the lounge.

    • Shoestring says:

      In theory a late arriving aircraft is not usually grounds for refusal of EC261, even if the late arrival was caused the other end by extraordinary circs such as bad weather. BA is big enough o make alternative arrangements at its hubs in UK. That’s not so say BA would pay up without a fight, which it would probably lose. The fight is there to deter 95% of claimants, who would walk away.

  8. Shoestring says:

    I guess you’ll only get the email if you previously reserved a lounge with No1, so fwiw:

    New lounges at Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham [No1]
    We are excited to announce the opening of three new lounges and the launch of our latest concept, The House.
    The House (pictured above) has a contemporary and international feel, with a dining room offering a truly global menu. It celebrates some of the best British produce, from award-winning English wines and cheeses, to a variety of London gins, and is now open at Heathrow, Terminal 4. This lounge is ideal for the business traveller or as the start to a long-haul flight.
    On 1st November we open the door to the ultimate pre-flight departure at Birmingham Airport – the Clubrooms. This collection of beautifully designed, interconnected rooms is built in the style of a modern members’ club and is available to guests 12 years and over. It boasts à la carte dining, great airport views and the best access to most of the airport’s gates – ideal for a special occasion, and guests seeking calm and convenience.
    My Lounge brings relaxed, social lounging to Gatwick’s South Terminal from December. This loft-inspired lounge combines bold contemporary design with the laid back feeling of home. It offers a delicious grazing menu and self-serve bar, a games room and airside views from the only outside terrace at the airport – great for informal lounging with friends and family.
    Book your place at any one of these lounges, for travel before the end of the year, to take advantage of our special launch rates.
    As a valued follower of No1 Lounges, use the promotional code THANKYOU5 before the end of October, to get an additional £5 per guest off at each of these new lounges, or 10% of a booking at any of our other lounges.
    If you belong to a lounge membership scheme, you can use the code RESERVE20 to save 20% a reservation at any of our lounges where your card is accepted.

  9. Shoestring says:

    O/T I can confirm that my wife & I both got the £5 off £20 @Amazon statement credit (belatedly) on our Blue cards – this must only have arrived in the last couple of days – we got it on Gold & Plat last week & it definitely wasn’t there on Blue at the time. Must have been a second round of offers.

    Worth a double check —> x6 – that’ll do nicely! 🙂

  10. Hi Rob
    Do you know if Amex can see if an application has been made through a referral link?
    Application approved,card received-no referral bonus
    Applicant wants to know if they’re getting the bonus for being referred before starting spending,I want to know if I get my referral points
    As I know,once application approved,that triggers the referral bonus and do this does not look good
    Amex say that they can not see if the applicant referred and that bonus posting can take up to 60-90 days
    Many thanks

    • Yes, Amex can see it. There have been period recently where posting of bonuses has slowed down although it seems better now.

      • Anecdotal data point – referred a new card holder Monday, card arrived Thursday and referral points posted Thursday too

      • Thanks Rob,phoned Amex a few times,one agent is asking for this applicant info,one is asking to talk to applicant,one can not do anything,once put through accounts team-on hold forever,no manager ever available…Not used to this from Amex,especially as a Platinum customer,deplorable!!Rob,have you got a contact number where I can access this information please,card received by referee on Thursday,no sign of my referral points yet!!What do you advise?
        Many thanks
        Sorry got the late hour,night owl!!

  11. Shoestring says:

    Oo-er! Al Baker (CEO Qatar Airways) interview with Richard Quest on CNN just now – talking about possibly leaving OneWorld! Fed up with being bullied etc

    Worth a listen if you can get it on catch up/ repeat – it was live just now in the Quest Means Business UK 20.00-20.30 slot.

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