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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  1. 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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