Bits: BA launches its BOAC 747, Osaka deal, £100 Emirates / Amex credit, 20% bonus buying Etihad miles

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News in brief:

BA’s repainted BOAC Boeing 747 takes off

British Airways launched its first repainted aircraft yesterday, one of a handful of classic liveries that will be applied to selected planes this year as part of BA’s 100th birthday celebrations.

It uses the livery of the British Overseas Airways Corporation.  This is one of two airlines that merged in 1974 to create the current British Airways.  This livery was used between 1964 and 1974.

I have slotted photos from the launch yesterday throughout this article.  The plane will retain the paintwork until it is retired in 2023.  Its first flight will be BA117 to New York today.

And, it has to be said, it looks good.  Given the improvements in painting technology in the last 50 years, I am sure that the livery never looked as impressive when it was originally used.  Click on any image to enlarge:

British Airways 747 in BOAC livery

British Airways Club World deal to Osaka

BA is offering a £1,999 deal on Club World seats to Osaka, but with very restricted dates.  You need to travel between 1st and 15th April and book by 11th March.

British Airways 747 in BOAC livery

£100 Emirates statement credit from Amex

A chunky offer of a £100 Emirates statement credit has appeared on many American Express accounts.  You need to check the ‘Offers’ tab of all of your cards to see if any have been selected.

The £100 refund is triggered when you spend £800 at before 31st March.  It is only valid against flights departing from the UK.

British Airways 747 in BOAC livery

Up to 20% bonus when you buy Etihad Guest miles

Finally, Etihad Guest has launched a bonus when you buy miles.

The bonus is staggered:

Buy 6,000 – 20,000 miles = 10% bonus
Buy 21,000 – 40,000 miles = 15% bonus
Buy 41,000 – 60,000 miles = 20% bonus

The offer runs until 5th March.  You can find out more and buy at this page of the Etihad site.

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).

British Airways 747 in BOAC livery(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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  1. OT: Had the Gold charge card, upgraded about 10 months ago via the link to Platinum. 1Y coming up so will cancel. I’ve ended up putting quite a lot of spend through the card, anyway to downgrade to Gold Charge / Credit and take benefit of the spend 15k to trigger end of year bonus of 10k MR? Any experience in this?

    • Shoestring says:

      1. I presume you can’t downgrade to Gold credit card (same as you can’t upgrade from Gold Credit to Plat).

      2. Are they allowing ‘new’ Gold charge cards? – that is the question. (I think not.)

    • I am in same position having upgraded Gold > Plat and done five referrals in 2018 for 90,000 MR without ever paying £450.
      I assume that you mean cancel Platinum and apply for Gold. You will not get the new card bonus if you apply within six months of cancelling Plat (same MR currency).
      As my fifth referral in 2019 before cancelling Plat (I shall probably pay a month) I shall refer my wife for Plat giving me 18,000 and her 35,000 + 5,000 for my supplementary.
      If this is not possible refer yourself for another Amex card.

    • Not possible

    • I have just upgraded, now I already had a supp on the Gold card – so they added to the plat, do I miss out on the 5000 bonus for adding a supp or would adding another do it?

  2. O/T – Marriott / SPG

    Can I just check my understanding on various points drawn from different articles or comments to make sure it fits with my strategy (as a relative newbie)?

    I can self-refer from Amex Gold to SPG?
    The points will post as soon as I reach the target spend (not at end of promo period)?
    I can book Marriott reward nights even if I don’t have enough points, without status?

    On this final question – is the reward night guaranteed at time of booking provided I eventually reach the points target? I don’t want to find that reward availability has disappeared in the meantime and the booking is no longer available for points.
    According to the Marriott description of the process, the status of the booking seems a bit ambiguous until the points are deducted.

    Thanks all.

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Yes, you can self refer from Gold to SPG.

      Points will post to your Marriott account a few days before statement date (at least this was my case).

      Reward booking is guaranteed.

    • Booking is confirmed, no risk.

    • On a related SPG point – am I ok to close card in month 2 after I’ve hit £1,000 spend and bonus and spend points have transferred out to Marriott account?

      • Shoestring says:

        sure, check the points actually arrived first!

        • Great. I’m assuming points get shifted at statement date, or thereabouts, so if I wait for first statement to arrive and then check points have credited to Marriott then I should be ok?

        • Shoestring says:

          just check your Amex a/c, when points get swept away to Marriott, wait a couple more days & log in to Marriott to check they arrived

  3. Shoestring says:

    O/T the free £4 from Amazon for creating a Wish List for the first time works fine – it just takes 3-4 days for them to email you the £4 code (off £25)

    check eligibility here

  4. Lost+confused says:

    OT re amex platinum car rental cover. Does it include roadside assistance? Record go in Malaga just charged me for there Fast cover at 38 euro to provide roadside assistance, but I’m not convinced I need it. I’m not leaving the airport for a coupe of hours so could get it removed if i don’t need it. I’d appreciate knowing what the collective wisdom says ?

  5. Any sign of them getting rid of the “amusing” safety video?

    • Lost+confused says:

      It was on my flight today

    • It’s so bad, just terrible. Did they think paying a load of stars a boat load of cash would save a few mins of the cabin crew? Why not invest in some better seats. 2-4-2 in CW is just terrible

  6. Time to get the popcorn out: Arizona airline Mesa swoops with bid to ground Flybe ‎deal

  7. Has anyone had issues with getting charged months later by Curve? I’ve been charged today for a transaction that took place back at the beginning of December. I’m sure I got charged for this back then but Curve don’t want to know and my credit card company have told me they can’t help. Its £200!!

    • Can’t you look back on your statements

    • Look at the statements, you can’t guess and expect them to cough up without verifying.

      Sounds like Curve to delay charges due to tech difficulties, happened with arm once

    • I had a charge hit a card 4 months late recently. It was a restaurant bill taken on a wireless terminal and I guess there was an IT issue.

  8. Can the Emirates deal be used twice, ie £100 off each flight for a couple?

    Guess the other option is to save the offer to both the main and supp card and buy the tickets in 2 separate transactions?

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