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Berlin-based airline Germania goes bankrupt

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Whilst it shouldn’t impact many HfP readers, it is worth knowing – as a sign of the parlous state of European aviation – that Berlin-based airline Germania filed for bankruptcy on Monday.

Originally a charter airline, it had moved heavily into scheduled services in recent years.  Whilst it did not fly to the UK, you may have seen or even flown on one of its aircraft last year as British Airways was using the airline to operate some BA flights from Gatwick over the Summer.

PS.  Head for Points in Vera

Finally, if you are taking a Virgin Atlantic flight during February, there is a profile of Head for Points in the current issue of in-flight magazine Vera.

Start reading from the back as it is virtually the last thing in it!

Comments (184)

  • Alan says:

    Bits OT – some chat on LL about IHG Ambassador only offering the standard $200 new-user sign up option for those trying to renew just now (ie no $150 or $200 w/15k and 10% rebate options). Hopefully just a temp glitch but would be disappointed if this was a long-term change.

    • Steve-B says:

      LL is not correct with this. My renewal has just come up – literally just checked and I’m being given choice of:

      A) “Renew for $200 USD and receive 15,000 IHG® Rewards Club bonus points plus a 10% rebate on Reward Nights”. OR

      B) “Renew using 40,000 points”

  • Jllibee3 says:

    Have an Amex Plat and trying to refer someone for a BAPP – Amex seems to have closed this loop as I can only see other MR cards in the ‘Other Cards’ section.

    Does anyone know of a workaround? Is this a permanent thing? If so would be quite bad news….

    • Grant says:

      I can still see all the cards in a referral from my Gold account and succesfully referred my wife for SPG yesterday.

      • Jllibee3 says:

        Worked. Had to use a different browser (was trying incognito with Chrome but it wasn’t enough).

    • TripRep says:

      Working for me, just click on the big f’off “Other Cards” button, I took Harry’s advice and did a self referral for SPG from Amex Plat while it’s open still.

      • Grant says:

        Wonder if there was a spike in SPG applications yesterday on the back of that post?!

  • Oh Matron! says:

    OT: I have both an 8% cash back at Hilton & Doubletree by 28th March, globally, excluding ME, Africa and Turkey, as well as 8% cash back at ANY Hilton property in ME, Africa or Turkey by the 30th May on my Santander cards

  • BlueHorizonuk says:

    Port Authority of NY/NJ announce that BA is consolidating with AA and moving to T8 at JFK

  • illuminatus says:

    Am I correct that even on BA Economy Basic tariffs in Europe I can select a seat in advance if I am on a Bronze tier? (Sorry for double-posting and thank you marcw for replying yesterday, just want extra-confirmation if possible).

  • Pangolin says:

    My Marriott Promotions consist of a picture of hot air balloons.. and diddly squat.

  • Munch says:

    OT When waiting 6 months for Amex churn is it the cancellation date + 183 days? Don’t want to mess up the bonus.

    • Shoestring says:

      Add on the highest of (6 months + 3 days) or (183 days + 3 days), counting from the cancellation date you got in your cancellation letter

    • Peter K says:

      6 calendar months +1 day. I usually leave it a couple extra of days to be certain.
      EG if cancel 6th Feb you can reapply to get another bonus on 7th August but I often leave it until the 8th or 9th.

  • Qwerty Bertie says:

    I received over 10k HH points for a one night stay that was £110 total spend, which struck me as far too many points even with my bonuses and promotions. Investigation showed 5k extra points were awarded, and described as Visa platinum introductory stay, or some such. This makes no sense to me as not only did I pay by Amex, but I don’t even hold any Visa credit cards. I have Visa debit cards that sit in my safe and only used once in a blue moon to withdraw cash from a machine, so I can’t imagine I should have received these points and wonder if Hilton have accidentally put all users on this promotion…not that I can see any relevant promotions.

    Anybody else received them?

    • Tom H says:

      Yep same for me. One night in Helsinki, and 10k points posted as gold. (Also got an excellent suite upgrade)

    • BJ says:

      Anybody know if people are getting this visa platinum bonus for multiple stays or one stay only?

      • Qwerty Bertie says:

        This stay was last weekend, and my most recent one prior to it was early January & didn’t get it. My next stay won’t be for a couple of weeks.

        Shame there are no 5k hotels here to test your idea on as I’d try it right now just for the night credit.

        • BJ says:

          What O am not sure about is whether people are still getting this bonus
          Most of the comments over the last few days refer to stays last weekend IIRC.

      • guesswho2000 says:

        I had two stays in the past week, the first posted the Visa Platinum bonus (was a reward stay), the second didn’t.

        Wasn’t expecting them, so was a nice 5k bonus. I often find Hilton posting random bonus points, which is nice.

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