Bits: Virgin launches codeshare to Mexico City, BA launches new Split service, new Edinburgh Airport hotel opens

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News in brief:

Virgin Atlantic launches codeshare with Aeromexico

Virgin Atlantic has launched a codeshare deal to and around Mexico, in association with Aeromexico.

This is what it means to you:

You can book flights between Heathrow and Mexico City on virginatlantic.com – these will be Aeromexico flights carrying a VS flight number

You can fly beyond Mexico City to other domestic destinations on Aeromexico flights carrying a VS flight number

There will also be options to route via the United States.

There is no news yet on whether you will earn Virgin Flying Club miles and tier points on these flights, although it would be very surprising if you couldn’t.  Redemptions are also likely to be available.

Details of the Aeromexico codeshare are on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.  As Aeromexico flights depart from Terminal 4, you won’t have the opportunity to visit the Virgin Clubhouse lounge in Terminal 3.

Virgin Atlantic Aeromexico codeshare

British Airways launches new Split service from London City

British Airways has announced a new route from London City Airport to Split for Summer 2019.

Services will run from 21st June to 6th September, departing on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

BA also announced two additional Greek flights for next Summer – an extra Friday flight to Skiathos and a Tuesday service to Mykonos.

Flights are bookable on ba.com.  This is a good opportunity to snap up Avios reward availability to Split which in many cases will already have been exhausted on the existing Heathrow services.

New Hampton by Hilton opens at Edinburgh Airport

A new Hampton by Hilton hotel opened at Edinburgh Airport this week.

The 240 room property is not, technically, at the airport but is apparently a very short walk – the official distance is 0.1 miles!  I am generally positive about Hampton by Hilton properties which tend to have attractive modern designs and come with free breakfast.

You can find out more on the hotel website here.  Rooms in January are around £70 or around 20,000 Hilton Honors points.

A Moxy (Marriott’s budget brand) hotel is also scheduled to open early in 2019.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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Comments

  1. OT
    Just had a fraudulent charge made to an Amex card caught up in the BA hack, but now cancelled. Amex sent me an email to let me know about the charge not being processed. Is there any point letting them know it was fraud as the card is already cancelled?

    • Decided to give them a call. They have sent the info onto the fraud team and have put a “hard block” on the card. Not sure whether anything significant had been achieved by ringing but thought I’d let people know.

  2. Raving Shoes says:

    Channel 4 right now, programme on new Singapore Airlines offering.

  3. ankomonkey says:

    Trained falcons or owls should be used to tackle problematic drones.

  4. O/T but fairly urgent

    My OH has Amex Platinum and I am a supplementary card holder. We are booked on a Sunday evening BA departure from LGW to MLE in Club World (using Avios and a two for one voucher). I paid the taxes and charges using my BA Amex.

    Can anybody confirm definitively whether I am covered by the Amex Platinum travel insurance for disruption etc, given that I didn’t book using that Amex Platinum card.

    Rob’s article on Amex Plat seems pretty clear to me that it only has to be any Amex you use to pay, not necessarily the Amex Plat, but the policy documents I’ve found all seem to talk about it being booked using “the Card” (i.e. the Amex Plat card). See for instance

    https://www.americanexpress.com/content/dam/amex/uk/staticassets/pdf/card-products/platinum-charge-card/UK_Platinum_Charge_Insurance_Documentation_v1_0.pdf

    Is anybody able to confirm definitely either way?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Look at the definition of “the card”.

      • Thanks Rob.

        “the Card” seems to be defined at Page 3 of the document within the body where it says

        “This Policy Summary contains some important facts about
        the insurance provided with The Platinum® Card from
        American Express (the “Card”).”

        Also at Page 3 it says:

        “The following benefits are dependent on use of the Card:
        • Cancelling, Postponing and Abandoning your Trip;
        • Cutting Short Your Trip;
        • Travel Inconvenience;
        • Personal Belongings, Money and Travel Documents;
        • Purchase Protection;
        • Refund Protection;”

        Am I looking in the wrong place? “the Card” doesn’t seem to be defined differently in the Definitions section, either.

        • It’s pretty clear in Definitions section…

          ““Card” means any card or other Account access device issued to a
          Cardmember (or a Supplementary Cardmember) for the purpose
          of accessing the Account.”

          and

          ““Account” or “Card Account” means your consumer and small
          business cards issued by American Express in the UK, excluding
          corporate cards and any American Express Cards issued by bank
          partners.”

          So your BA Amex is fine.

  5. Thanks Rob.

    “the Card” seems to be defined at Page 3 of the document within the body where it says

    “This Policy Summary contains some important facts about
    the insurance provided with The Platinum® Card from
    American Express (the “Card”).”

    Also at Page 3 it says:

    “The following benefits are dependent on use of the Card:
    • Cancelling, Postponing and Abandoning your Trip;
    • Cutting Short Your Trip;
    • Travel Inconvenience;
    • Personal Belongings, Money and Travel Documents;
    • Purchase Protection;
    • Refund Protection;”

    Am I looking in the wrong place? “the Card” doesn’t seem to be defined differently in the Definitions section, either.

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