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Bits: Behind the scenes on the new BA ad, ‘BA 100’ pin auction ending, Macdonald Hotels closes The Club

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News in brief:

‘Behind the scenes’ on the new British Airways 100th anniversary ad

The new celebrity-filled British Airways TV advertisement to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the airline launched last week.

A 3-minute ‘making of / behind the scenes’ video has now been launched on YouTubeYou can see it here – it has been a bit neglected so far with only 30,000 views.

(If you don’t have kids, you might not be aware of the logistics of YouTube these days.  This guy, for example, simply uploads videos of himself playing video games all day and is beloved by my son.  He has 11 million subscribers, would consider anything less than 500,000 views per video to be a failure and earns multi-millions annually.  Think of that as you sit behind your desk today having spent many years in education and training to end up on about 1% of his income!  A 7-year old apparently made £17m – not a typo – from a YouTube channel last year.)

The BA ‘making of’ video is arguably more interesting than the finished ad itself.  Thanks to Stephen for this.

British Airway 100 years pin badge

Last day to bid on our ‘BA 100’ pin for Flying Start

When I was at the oneworld 20th anniversary event last Friday, I was given one of the limited edition ‘BA 100’ pin badges.  You will see these being worn by British Airways staff this year.  Click on the image to enlarge.

As I know these are popular with many people, I decided to sell this one on eBay.  All of the proceeds will go to the British Airways Flying Start appeal.

As a couple of readers pointed out, I made a mistake by not officially listing this as a charity item in order to avoid eBay listing fees.  I will therefore cover this cost myself to ensure 100% of the sale price goes to charity.  I will also gross up the money to adjust for the Gift Aid I can reclaim on the donation.

The eBay auction listing is here and the auction closes at 1.36pm today (8th February).  Good luck.

Bath Spa Hotel

Macdonald Hotels closes The Club

I wouldn’t want to suggest that the Macdonald Hotels loyalty scheme, The Club, had failed to make an impact, but it appears that it closed on 5th December without anyone noticing.

As per this FAQ page of the Macdonald Hotels website, any existing The Club points you have need to be redeemed by 31st March.  It is also not possible to book reward nights for dates after 31st March.

Macdonald Hotels has launched a new scheme called ‘Instant Rewards’.  This is not points driven, but instead offers special incentives to people who book properties such as The Bath Spa Hotel, pictured above, direct via the Macdonald website.

I once had my shoes stolen at The Bath Spa Hotel when I put them out for a shoeshine, but that is a story for another day.  Thanks to Jynette for this.

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  1. Another OT, I’ve just bought a business class ticket on BA and it’s asking me for £26 to choose a seat? Is that correct, BA charges for premium seat selection or is it a IT blimp?

  2. OT: Has anyone been to Plaza Premium T4 Arrivals recently? Wondered if they fixed their kitchen issues since Nov/Dec because they weren’t serving any hot food then. Wondering whether to go there or T2. Thanks

    • Whizz68 says:

      I did find the service at Plaza premium T4 to be excellent. However, I’m not sure if the the kitchen issues have been fixed.

      • Oh yes the service is second to none there and the menu is great if the kitchen is working. I think it must count as one of the best arrival lounges on Priority Pass.

  3. Shoestring says:

    Promised I would get back on the Phenergan sleeping pills for long haul flight sleep comfort (somebody said give them a go), I got them online a few days ago, basically a few ‘pharmacy questions online (a couple seconds) then over the counter’, no prescription needed google phenergan online pharmacy – arrived fine & a legit operation.

    25g rather than 10g must be the way to go unless you are very slight. They are very effective, got drowsy & off to sleep straight away. Cat yowling to be let out in the night plus taking a leak woke me up twice in the night but I was straight back to sleep afterwards with a drowsy/ heavy head. I got the full 8 hrs sleep in and could have gone on another hour. No hungover after effects for me.

    So definitely worth thinking about if you struggle to sleep on long haul. Excellent resource for big insomniacs like me, surprised they are not prescription drugs actually.

    • Doubt I’ll be needing any of those. Fell asleep on a plane with seat in upright position whilst it was still parked at the gate af SFO, next thing I knew they were asking me if I wanted breakfast … way to fly 🙂

  4. OT – Curve….

    Has anyone’s pending Amex Curve topups that dropped off been put through again yet? It’s 11 days since my topup now and still nothing.

  5. Wisdani says:

    OT: Can you apply for an ‘additional card’ for yourself for BAPP like the Platinum?

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