Bits: Flybe launches London City to Newcastle, do a tandem skydive with Hilton, IHG removes promo points cap

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News in brief:

Flybe launches London City to Newcastle

Flybe, via its franchise partner Eastern Airways, has announced a new route from Newcastle to London City Airport.

Starting on 7th January, flights will leave Newcastle at 08.05 and 17.50, with return services from London City at 09.45 and 19.30.  There is no service on a Saturday and a single evening service on a Sunday.

You can earn Avios on these services at the standard Flybe rates.  I am not sure if, due to the franchise nature of this route, it will be available as a redemption – nothing is showing at the moment.

Flights can be booked at

Eastern Airways launches Newcastle to London City

Do a tandem skydive with Hilton!

If you have been thinking that the current options of spending your miles and points are a bit, well, dull, Hilton Honors has the answer.

Via their Hilton Auctions platform, you can bid to do a tandem skydive:

Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush as you jump from 15,000 feet – the highest you can skydive from in the UK. After 20 minutes instruction, you are ready for the rush of freefall and a 5 minute canopy ride. Tandem skydiving allows you to experience the thrill of freefall skydiving without any extensive training as you will be accompanied by an experienced instructor who will also be your own personal cameraman to film and photograph your experience.

This package for two (2) includes:
– Tandem Skydive Experience, including 20 minute instruction
– Video and pictures of your skydive experience
– Dinner at The Grill Restaurant
– One night stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort (Yorkshire) including breakfast

There are no bids so far!  The minimum acceptable bid is just 45,000 Hilton Honors points.  Place your bid here.  The hotel website is here.

Hilton Honors Skydive

IHG Rewards Club removes the cap on its current double points promotion

IHG Rewards Club is, until 31st December, running a promotion offering double base points on every stay, starting with your second stay.

Our article on the IHG double points offer is here (ignore the closing date which has now been extended to 31st December) and you can register here.

The offer was capped at 15,000 bonus points over the course of the offer.  However, the IHG home page now says:

Double Points now UNLIMITED!

Now earn unlimited double points for stays at IHG hotels until 31/12

The registration page still mentions the 15,000 points cap, but it seems safe to say that this will be corrected ASAP and that heavy stayers can continue to book IHG hotels knowing that they will receive a bonus.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

British Airways has released more than 50,000 extra Avios seats in Club World!
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  1. BlueHorizonuk says:

    BA just dumped 50,000 extra Club World seats into availability – book by December 2

    Additional reward seats will be available on direct one-way and return British Airways operated flights in the Club World cabin only, for travel between 16 December 2018 and 31 March 2019

    between London Gatwick and Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando Las Vegas, San Jose (Costa Rica), New York JFK and Mauritius and between London Heathrow and Abuja, Accra, Amman, Atlanta, Austin, Bahrain, Baltimore, Bangalore, Beijing, Beirut, Boston, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Calgary, Cape Town, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Moscow, Nairobi, Nashville, New Orleans, New York JFK, New York EWR, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, CA, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Seychelles, Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tokyo NRT, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.

  2. OT: Morrisons Christmas vouchers – 11,250 More points for £150 spend in each of the next 4 weeks.

    Terms say excludes purchase of gift cards. Has there been any evidence to the contrary, e.g. in previous years?

    • Gift Cards definitely won’t work – they can see what you are buying (unlike the CC companies), so it is easy for them to exclude them.

      • Ok, thanks. Will likely bin these then, have much better inducements from their competition!

  3. OT – Qatar last minute sale until midnight today

  4. I asked Amex this when I had the offer, and phone bookings won’t trigger. The offer is for online bookings. Unless the terms have changed this time around?

    • Nope…T&C still say online…but I was wondering if there was a loop hole and telephone bookings would still trigger it

  5. Thomas Howard says:

    Curve community has a posting saying beta testing of Amex acceptance will begin on 20 November and has a BA card in the example.

    • Is the community/testing open to those who are lucky to be invited or public?

      • Thomas Howard says:

        It says there will be a link in the Curve community on 20/11. I got my invite to the community today, hadn’t heard of it before.

        • Graham Walsh says:

          Same here. Invited today and signed up to stuff. Their roadmap is public i think via the trello link.

  6. Shoestring says:

    O/T stressing about MCOL (Money Collection Online) when BA fails to give EC261 compo.

    I’m not surprised people stress about this. I’ve never had to do it but yesterday I got the welcome news that Amazon Guarantee had forced a seller to refund me £20 for something not delivered, after pursuing the case for over 2 months. Basically I ordered 2 but the seller only sent me 1. They’d paid postage for the weight of 2 items (so they said) but only 1 got packed & sent to me. My case got rejected twice before I won it on my second appeal.

    Anyway, I was on the point of going down the MCOL route – but it was a bit stressful thinking of all the hassle etc & all for £20. I got to the MCOL registration stage and that was bad enough. You start thinking: is it even worth it? & you can’t bill for your time.

    Anyway, I quite understand if people get stressed up at having to issue a MCOL claim against BA to get their rightful compo. If you fall into that camp, remember Bott & Co will take on your case if it has legs and do everything for you, I think their cut of the compo is about 30%.

    • Sometimes I don’t care about the money, it’s the principle. Depends how hard done to I feel.

  7. Shoestring says:

    Raffles – HfP promoted the IB 90K deal. I think you need to remind people about the 1st December deadline, it’s only a couple of weeks away.

    • Already done for tomorrow 🙂

    • Seriously, you think people need a reminder? Didn’t even do it and I’ve had a reminder on HFP at least twice a day since the promotion launched 🙂

      • Shoestring says:

        Maybe in comments. 1% of HfP users who comment?

        Now BJ don’t let your failure to jump on board & benefit from 180K @ 0.2p Avios prejudice you in any way 🙂

        • Shoestring says:

          1-These Avios cannot be transferred or combined with Avios from other programmes or accounts, and they will expire on December 1st 2018 if not used by that date. All Avios from this promotion not redeemed by then will be withdrawn from the customer’s account on December 1st 2018.

        • Ok ok. At the time I was happy with my decision, spent £200 on IHG promos instead and tripled it with 3 nights IC redemption. At the time it was a better option than doubling it on hotels with IB+ which was most peoples game plan. Of course I could have done both but didn’t. If you are looking for an admission of regret or failure, yes I admit it now, a little bit, given the way it worked out so there you have it 🙂 However, cash required in addition to avios for my zone 7 redemptions is now such that I need to rethink my whole strategy, even with a 241 exINV in CW I am no longer managing 1ppa value.

        • I regret ‘not’ doing the IB offer, as much as I regret ‘doing’ the Tesco Christmas saver – haha

          (If either of you have any pointers, I’d be ever so grateful if you could drop me an email – it’s my handle on here “”) 🙂

  8. Neil Vernon says:

    I can’t see how it is possible to complete the “Double Your Stay” challenge on the IHG Q3/Q4 Accelerate to get the bonus for completing all the challenges.

    Do I just have to wait for time to go by?

    Or do I have to actually earn the 15,000 bonus points that was the original maximum (I am almost there but would prefer to direct my remaining stays this year to Hilton)?

    Does anyone have any guidance?

    • Do you have a ‘complete x of y targets for bonus’ type of challenge? I don’t, just 4 independent ones so nothing depends on how many double points I earn.

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