Bits: BA 2-4-1 Premium Economy deal to Jo’burg, Etihad’s 2-4-1 sale, Helsinki gets a new Priority Pass lounge

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News in brief:

British Airways 2-4-1 Premium Economy deal to Jo’burg

As part of its occasional ‘Dream Tickets’ promotions, British Airways is running a 2-4-1 offer on Premium Economy tickets to Johannesburg.

Full details are on here.  You must:

book by 17th February

travel between 1st-31st March or 1st May-31st December

both passengers must travel together at all time

Availability seems to be slim.  If your dates work, you will be paying £1,350 for two tickets.  I got it to price up over 7th to 14th March for example.

Note that only the base fare on the 2nd ticket seems to be reduced to £0, not the taxes and charges.  In reality you are paying £1,350 instead of £1,800 so it is not strictly ‘2 for 1’.

Full details are on this page.

Etihad 2-4-1 sale

Etihad running a 2-4-1 sale from Manchester and London

Etihad is running a 2-4-1 sale at the moment which continues until tomorrow night.

You can travel until 30th November.  Deals are available in all classes and include (per person, based on two travelling in Business Class):

  • Abu Dhabi £1,506
  • Bangkok £1,533
  • Singapore £1,765
  • Hong Kong £1,737
  • Phuket £1,734
  • Seychelles £2,111

Availability seems OK.  Even over October half-term (out 25/10, back 3/11) I could find Abu Dhabi at £1,572.  Remember that you need to search for 2+ passengers and that the price shown by the Etihad website is for all of you, not per person.  I was confused by that at first ….

My review of the impressive Business Studio seat on the A380, which is what you will get flying from Heathrow, is here and is pictured above.  There is also a dedicated page on their website here which explains it in more detail.  The Etihad UK offers page is here.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Etihad no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

Aukio Helsinki Airport

Helsinki gaining a new Priority Pass lounge

Helsinki Airport opened a new extension last week, called Aukio.  This first stage is primarily a commercial development, with 11 shops and restaurants being created around a new plaza.

Of most interest to me was the inclusion of a new Plaza Premium lounge.  This is scheduled to open in late February or early March.

The only existing Priority Pass lounge at Helsinki is in Terminal 1 and is only open to international passengers.  The new Plaza Premium lounge will be open to all passengers and, given their usual high standards, should be substantially better than the existing VIP lounge.

It is virtually certain that the new lounge will be in Priority Pass (free with Amex Platinum, or buy one here).  We need to see if it also accepts Lounge Club (two free passes with the free-in-year-1 Amex Gold).  It will definitely be accessible to Amex Platinum cardholders in any event, as Plaza Premium has a global deal with American Express to accept Platinum and Centurion cardholders, plus a guest, for free.

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  1. rams1981 says:

    OT curve linked to IHG. Is spend limited to small amounts? Tried to put through £1k and was rejected

    • Would a £1k transaction mean you are bouncing off daily / 30 day / 365 day limits?

      • rams1981 says:

        No, comfortably within limits. It is to top up an isa so i guess it could be being viewed as a cash transaction?

        • TGLoyalty says:

          If it’s viewed as a cash like transaction nothing more than £300 at a time and I think only a couple a week.

    • Depends what kind of transaction IME.

      For payments to Brighton based firm then yes anything over £200 generally gets rejected but normal spend is fine in larger amounts (assuming not busting curve limits)

  2. OT Am trying to sign up for aer club so can credit an imminent (Friday!) United flight to something useful for me but despite being able to sign into my Aer Lingus account every time I try to then join aer club I get a message “this account has already expired”. I’ve tried all the advice on Flyertalk but still no further forward. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks

  3. The BA 2 for 1 to JNB seems to have been extended to book by 3 March 2019. How do you find availability as I can’t seem to get any? Do you have to keep trying different dates or is there a way to see when the promo is available?

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