Bits: new IHG PointBreaks list TODAY, the final BA 767 flight took place last night

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News in brief:

New IHG PointBreaks list launching today – probably!

IHG Rewards Club will be releasing a new PointBreaks list on Monday – I think.

I say ‘think’ because IHG has not been trailing this on social media as it often does, and the ‘Cyber Monday’ hype will overshadow it somewhat.

However, assuming it happens, participating hotels will be bookable from Monday afternoon UK time.  It seems at the moment that we won’t see the list until it is officially published.  I would expect to do an extra post on Monday evening if I have the time.  If you are on our email list you will have to wait until Tuesday morning or pop onto the site on Monday evening.

The 100+ PointBreaks hotels on the list will be bookable for the period 1st December to, probably, 31st January.  The cost will be reduced to between 5,000 and 15,000 points per night depending on hotel.

There is no teaser list this time so I can’t give you any examples of what hotels will be included.  Let’s see what happens.

The last British Airways Boeing 767 flight took place yesterday

At 22.35 last night, the arrival of the British Airways flight from Larnaca marked the final commercial Boeing 767 flight for the airline.

Both remaining aircraft are due to fly out of Heathrow on Monday to the BA maintenance facility in Wales – I’m not sure what will become of them but it seems unlikely they will fly again.  There were originally 11 aircraft in the fleet, with the first arriving in 1989.  At one point the fleet grew to 28 although many ended up being leased to other airlines.

I was thinking of putting together an article on the British Airways 767 fleet but it turns out that it has already been done, far better than I could have done it, in this blog article by a BA pilot.  I strongly recommend you read it if you’re interested in this sort of thing.

In truth, it is being polite to say that the British Airways fleet had seen better days.   The regular random pinging of call bells was a common complaint, something which gets annoying on a four hour flight, as were complaints over water leakage from the galley running down the cabin.  And the broken seats.  And arm rests.  And tray tables.  And the locked-out loos ….

You can either remember them via the picture I used above, or via this picture taken a couple of weeks ago by a friend of mine (click to enlarge):

British Airways Boeing 767

Half of seat 2J has just vanished.  The delights of Club Europe ….

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  1. OT does anyone know if the lounge in Lisbon airport is worth the £20 after using my two free passes with lounge club?

    • Not really. There are not hot food options, just a couple of sandwiches and they do pastel in the morning. The drinks selection is quite poor last time I was there mid-June.

      • Thanks. I’ll just get something in the airport then

        • If it’s the ANA lounge then I wouldn’t bother either. They were turning Priority Pass people away anyway (mid-morning on a Monday in October). I had access via BA status, but wouldn’t say you were missing much.

        • I thought it was miserable and dark tbh.

        • I would expected more from a lounge ran by ANA. Or is that not the airline we’re talking about?

        • It is not run by ANA the airline, but by ANA – Aeroporto de Portugal, a company wholly owned by the Portuguese government!

        • This was all a moot point anyway. I didn’t realise there was a separate terminal for the low costs. Had to make do with a McDonald’s instead

  2. OT: Shangri-La – when booking with corporate rate through work, can you still use your Jade status for free breakfast? Also do they ever ask for work ID? Thanks

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Golden Circle benefits apply even on OTA bookings, I think.

      May be worth checking against Virtuoso as their rate gets you a $100 F&B credit per stay and a guaranteed upgrade to next room category.

  3. OT – First time booking flights through points, will be transferring from amex membership rewards points to baec.

    Have been looking at flight for next summer Heathrow to St Petersburg in Russia. BA is pricing a one way economy flight as 10,000 points + £59.62 – should it not be only £17.50 (as a reward saver flight) + 10,000 points?

    • Prices at £17.50 for me.

      Remember that RFS is only available if your BAEC account has earned or burned in the last year. Has it? I would imagine the transfer in from Amex will do the trick anyway.

    • Yes the Amex points will be valid earnings and correct your fees.

    • If you have enough points/avios you might want to consider trying to route one direction via Helsinki with AY so you can visit there too and experience business class on AY a350.

  4. Hi,

    Any news about PointsBreaks the suspense is killing me!

  5. OT – Tesco have added quite a few bonus Clubcard point offers to my groceries account, including 3 x double points of grocery spend by 31/12. They are clearly after Xmas business, hopefully they have noticed more and more people defecting to Lidl and Aldi!

    • Arrived by snail mail too…will work well in conjunction with Xmas Saver vouchers 🙂

    • I hardly ever seem to get these! Thankfully had a few conditional spend coupons recently at least.

  6. Couple of facts to amend on the 767 article. The last two remaining aircraft flew today from LHR to MOD St Athan where they will be stored. BA 767 pilots over on twitter are saying the aircraft will be scrapped with parts being sold off. St Athan is a couple of miles from the BA maintenance base at CWL.

    Interestingly BA was the launch customer for the 767 powered by RB211 engines. IIRC only BA and a small Chinese airline ended up selecting the RB211 engine.

  7. IHG points break up. Interestingly London Newbury Park is in for 15,000 points but when you click on the link the old price comes up at 10,000 points 🙂

  8. Shoestring says:

    That’s our 180K IB Avios used up – well, short by about 1000 but probably can’t be bothered to mop up, as RFS fee is cheaper so not much in it if I stick with BAEC for a European redemption.

    They get 1 night in a Hilton standard room – anything worth getting signing up thru Plat these days?

    • Status benefits per rule book not given on third party stays, but they may get lucky.

  9. Travel Bunny 1978 says:

    Regarding the 767, yes it was a bit of a dog towards the final few years but what a great plane. We watched it come over us on the outskirts of Reading last night having been on it multiple times.

  10. OT: Sorry, this has probably been asked many times before. I have the exact same offer (spend £250 at Hilton for £50 credit) on my main platinum and its supplementary card. If both cards are used to individually meet the terms and conditions of the offer, will I receive the credit once or twice?

  11. That’s great news, thanks very much.

  12. OT – Does anyone think we will see any new Amex Plat UK benefits within the next year?

  13. C F Frost says:

    OT. The voucher to access a Lufthansa airport lounge with the new M&M card – haven’t yet received – is it for one person only?

  14. Always felt like … a sort of novelty to fly the 767 between Edinburgh and London (getting to ‘turn left’ for CE). But Edinburgh seriously needs to figure out their ground support, so given the 767 was always on a remote stand, it added a good 45mins – 1 hour to the whole process.

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