Bits: Business Traveller charity auction, big Qatar Airways UK schedule increases, Best Western £40-£60 sale

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News in brief:

Business Traveller charity auction now on

As usual at this time of year, Business Traveller is running a charity auction. This year the proceeds go to The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, an independent charity providing care for people living with neuro-disability.

There are many lots available, covering flights, hotels, dining and technology.

In general, with a week to go, the bids are high.  This is great news for the charity but less good if you are expecting a deal.  Your best chance of a bargain is for lots outside the UK, where there is less interest.

You can take a look at the lots available here.

As of yesterday afternoon, the cheapest of the three Air China A350 Pilot Pandas on offer, see below, was going for just £5!

Air China Pilot Panda

Qatar Airways sharply increases UK and Ireland frequencies

Qatar Airways has filed a substantial number of new UK and Ireland services for Summer 2019.  This should in theory lead to improved Avios availability and potentially even improved fare sales as they try to fill the seats.

According to Airlineroute, the following service increases are planned:

Cardiff to Doha – increases to seven flights per week (currently five) from 26th May

Dublin to Doha – increases to 11 flights per week (currently seven) during July, August and September

London Gatwick to Doha – increases to 21 flights per week (currently 16) from 30th June, dropping to 18 flights per week from 30th September

Manchester to Doha – increases to 21 flights per week (currently 18) from 14th June

Best Western Twixmas sale

Best Western launching a Twixmas sale on Boxing Day

Finally, as we don’t publish on Boxing Day, advance notice that Best Western is running a special promotion across 165 UK hotels.

For bookings made between 26th December and 2nd January, for stays from 26th December to 31st March, participating hotels will offer rooms at a fixed rate of only £40, £50 or £60.

The landing page is already live if you click here, but you can’t book until Boxing Day.

Remember that you can now earn Avios with Best Western stays (details here) as well as Virgin Flying Club miles.  You can also get a status match from Virgin Atlantic or any other hotel chain to Best Western Rewards – details in this article.

The special Twixmas sale rates need to be booked here.

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  1. Optimus Prime says:

    OT – when booking a BA Holidays package it says “The payment card used to make this booking MUST be brought to the airport in order to check-in”.

    Is this true? I plan to pay the deposit with a card I will cancel shortly and pay the rest with a different one.

    • Theoretically they could ask for it at check-in, although almost never enforced. Though there’s a story of someone being denied boarding at OTP because they didn’t have the payment card on them. You could just bring the expired card and actual card along in case you need them…someone who’d lost their card asked BA this on Twitter and they said that a recent statement for the payment card would suffice.

  2. I recently booked and paid for a hotel in Alicante with a gold Amex that I subsequently closed before going on holiday. On arrival at hotel they required the card to be shown to verify booking. As this wasn’t possible they eventually accepted that my account was closed when I showed them my Amex app Never come across this anywhere else on my travels. So a good tip is don’t destroy old cards if you have made a travel booking with them, just pop them in the back of you wallet.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I had this once. Never occurred to me that they needed to see the actual card. Most of the time a passport with my name and mug on it matching the booking and another card is enough.

      Find places in Spain are a bit over cautious

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