Bits: BA’s next heritage repaint, extra SriLankan services from London, Hilton launches Signia brand

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News in brief:

British Airways announces its next heritage livery

British Airways has announced the next heritage livery it is bringing back as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations.

Following the critical success of the BOAC repaint on a Boeing 747, the next aircraft will feature the British European Airways livery used between 1959 and 1968.

This is being applied to an Airbus A319 and will be unveiled in March.  This is less ‘authentic’ than the BOAC livery, as BEA never flew the A319 and the original red upper wing is having to be changed to grey to meet current regulations.  It should still be pretty impressive though.

SriLankan to increase Heathrow services

We don’t cover SriLankan Airlines much on Head for Points.  We should do more, because SriLankan is a member of the oneworld alliance, allowing to earn and redeem Avios on its flights as well as earn British Airways tier points.  It also appears to have a decent business class product as you can see below.

If you’re looking to travel to Asia over the Summer, SriLankan is adding additional weekly services from Heathrow to Colombo.  Instead of the existing daily flight, you will get:

  • 21st July to 31st July – 8 flights per week
  • 1st August to 8th August – 9 flights per week
  • 9th August to 29th August – 10 flights per week

….. before dropping back to daily in September.  I’m not sure how much additional reward availability will be made available but it is worth checking.

If you are planning a Maldives holiday, remember that Colombo is only 85 minutes flying time from Male.

SriLankan Airlines business class

Hilton launches the Signia brand

Hilton has announced (another) new brand – Signia.

Signia Hilton, as the hotels will be called, will be new-build properties which are specifically dedicated to the conference and events market.  This means that each property will have a greater-than-average focus on ballrooms, conference rooms and meeting rooms.  They will also have signature bars and restaurants which are able to cope with larger groups, and all will have a large spa.

Three contracts have been signed to date, all in the United States, with the first Signia due to open in Orlando, Atlanta and Indianapolis.

For those of us in the UK, we can look forward to the first Motto hotel from Hilton in Marylebone next year.  This is the complete opposite of Signia – it is basically going to be glamorous hostel!  More details on Motto are here.

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  1. OT Amex Q: BA Black card applied for last year, 241 gained> downgraded to BA Blue card but now nearly at 10k spend again. Can I re-apply (upgrade) for black BA card again and get 241 voucher ?

    • Chris says:

      Yes.just done this myself

      • Great! Thanks for the speedy reply Chris!

        • oh also Forgot to ask, do you know if this has to be done over the phone or can I get my wife to refer me for some extra points and apply online?

    • If you are in a new card year, yes

      • Hi Rob thanks for the reply. This is year two, first year was black card, second year (current) blue. I’m assuming your reply was a ‘yes’ to the referral bonus?

  2. mine starts: 45

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