Bits: 1700 Avios with an Avis car rental, InterCon Ambassador benefits, Aer Lingus A321LR launch info

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News in brief:

Get 1,700 Avios with an Avis car rental

Iberia has launched a special car rental deal with Avis.  This will get you 1,700 Avios on rentals up to 30th April, which in most cases is more generous than the ‘3 Avios per £1’ you get when booking Avis cars via BA Executive Club.

Here is the small print:

You must book by 31st March

You rental must end by 30th April

Rentals over Easter (14th April to 21st April) do not count

You must rent for at least 3 days

You must rent a Group C car or higher

You must book via,,

Your rental must take place in the Spain mainland, Balearics and Canaries, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands or United Kingdom

Not valid on Corporate AWD rentals, Prestige rentals, Chauffeur Drive or Van rentals

Full details are on the Iberia / Avis website here.  You still receive the free additional driver that BAEC offers when booking via Iberia.  You won’t get the 250 additional bonus points for paying with a British Airways American Express card however.

If you need a car over Easter or need a smaller Group A or B car or are renting for under 3 days, take a look at the Enterprise / Virgin deal we covered yesterday.

Changes to InterContinental Ambassador benefits on reward nights

Ambassador is the dedicated loyalty scheme for InterContinental hotels, operating separately from IHG Rewards Club.  It has its own website here.   It is not your usual loyalty scheme:

  • you need to pay to join ($200)
  • the benefits are guaranteed, and include a free weekend night certificate

Ambassador is changing from 1st March as we covered in this article.  Here are the new benefits:

  • Platinum status in IHG Rewards Club
  • An “up to” $20 per stay food and beverage credit
  • Free weekend night certificate
  • Free mineral water
  • Guaranteed room upgrade
  • Guaranteed 4pm check-out

One annoying issue with Ambassador is that benefits were not guaranteed on reward stays, except for the 4pm late check-out.  To be fair I have never had any problems getting upgraded on reward stays but I know that some hotels in the system stuck to the rules.

From 1st March, the $20 food and beverage credit is guaranteed on InterContinental reward nights for Ambassadors.  You will continue to get the 4pm guaranteed check-out and mineral water.

The only part of the new benefits package that you are not certain to get is a room upgrade.  You are better off to the tune of $20 per reward stay, and hopefully most properties will continue to honour the upgrade too.

The Ambassador terms and conditions from 1st March are here.

Aer Lingus A321LR business class seat

Aer Lingus confirms first A321LR route

Aer Lingus is about to receive the first of 14 single aisle A321LR aircraft.  Whilst these look like standard European short haul planes, they have been adapted to have the capacity to fly transatlantic.  They are ideal for Aer Lingus which sees them as a way of being able to launch flights to smaller US East Coast cities which could not justify an A330.

The first plane has now appeared in the timetable from 1st July.  It will operate between Dublin and Hartford, in Connecticut.

I would expect to see the aircraft being rostered for some European flights during June to allow pilots and crew to get familiar with it.  It will have fully flat seats in Business Class as you can see from the image above.

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  1. RussellH says:

    Brief note re Hartford Connecticut. Not sure the the official name of the airport has changed, but all those years ago when I used a few times it was known as Hartford-Springfield (Springfield MA). The airport is well placed for eastern Mass – Berkshire hills etc and southern Vermont is only an hour away too.
    I fancy a trip back to New England sometime fairly soon, and this route is very attractive – I just wish that it had been operating back in the 1970s!

  2. Qwerty Bertie says:

    Regarding recent 5k Hilton points for ‘Visa platinum APAC bonus’ – the points and any trace of them have vanished, as if it never happened!

  3. OT – I did my first MR transfer to Virgin last night but the points haven’t arrived yet. I thought it was meant to be instant? Or does the first one normally take a bit longer?

    I had pre-linked the accounts a couple of days ago.

    • Should have been instant if the accounts were showing as ‘verified’ after the linkage. If the link was not confirmed it might still be slow-ish.

  4. Flew this route last year in Y, the 757s operating it ATM are pretty decrepit. I’m sure the A321 will be a massive improvement.

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