Bits: British Airways drops Tallinn, 40% bonus buying Hyatt points, Iberia Latam changes

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News in brief:

British Airways drops Tallinn

British Airways is cancelling its relatively new route to Tallinn in Estonia.

This is a bit of a surprise as it seemed to be proving popular, as was the new Hilton Tallinn Park hotel which we reviewed here.

The final flight will be 29th March.  Rebooking is available via Stockholm or Copenhagen, connecting to SAS.

airBaltic continues to fly from London Gatwick to Tallinn on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Finnair had also, before BA launched its service, run aggressive deals via Helsinki which earned Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points.


40% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points means a good Mallorca deal

Until 27th November, Hyatt is offering a 40% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points via this link.

This is as big as World of Hyatt bonuses get.  It is also the most generous, with the full 40% bonus kicking in with a purchase of just 5,000 points.

The deal is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if considering a stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as the ones in Paris or Sydney, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

At the top end, you are paying $1,320 for 77,000 points (55,000 plus a 22,000 bonus).  That works out at 1.71c – or 1.33p – per point.

Park Hyatt Mallorca is a great way to use this

The relatively new Park Hyatt resort in Mallorca is a location where buying points may make sense.   Prices for cash are still a little scary – rooms from Euro 484 (£430) in August 2019, or Euro 523 (£465) if you want a cancellable one.  A redemption at 20,000 points per night (£266) would be a great deal.

£266 per night for a 50 sq m room in a brand new 5-star resort in Mallorca in August is an outstanding deal.  The Park Hyatt is actually fairly cheap for cash at £465 per night because it is still new – the St Regis Mardavall is €800 (£700) per night for a cancellable room in the same week.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

Save 50% of Park Hyatt Mallorca by buying points

Iberia adds new Latin America flights

Iberia has announced a number of frequency increases for next Summer which may make it easier to use your Avios to get to Latin America.  

It is also worth remembering that taxes on Iberia redemptions are very low – usually well under £200 for business class long-haul flights from Madrid.  The new Iberia A350 business class seat which I reviewed here is good and being rolled out as the new planes arrive.

Here are the key changes from July 2019:

Madrid – Rio de Janeiro increases to daily, with new Tuesday and Sunday flights

Madrid – Montevideo increases to daily, with new Tuesday and Saturday flights

Madrid – Quito increases to daily, with a new Friday flight

Madrid – Lima will see an additional Saturday out / Sunday back flight in July and August

In other changes:

The seasonal Madrid to San Francisco service will return for a second year, from 12th April to 27th September, with flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Premium Economy will be introduced to the Havana and Johannesburg routes from April 2019

Play Marriott’s ‘daily win’ game

Finally, don’t forget to click here to play the Marriott Rewards ’29 Ways To Stay’ daily win game today.  You should win at least 50, but hopefully more, Marriott Rewards points.

(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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Comments

  1. Really OT and as no bits today, just a reminder that if you’re flying with Level you can’t pay for stuff on board with Amex.

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