Bits: final British Airways retro livery revealed, credit card in the pipeline, KLM scraps duty free

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British Airways reveals its final retro livery

The 4th and final British Airways aircraft to be repainted as part of the 100th birthday celebrations is currently in the Dublin paint shop.

A Boeing 747 is getting the ‘Negus’ livery, which was the first one used by the modern-day BA after the merger of BOAC and BEA in 1974.  It will retain the livery until the aircraft is retired in 2022.

British Airways Negus livery gearing up to launch a UK credit card

We have mentioned before that appears to be planning a UK credit card.

Plans seem to be progressing, with a job ad currently running for a Senior Marketing Manager to drive the project.  See here.

There is no clue about how the card may work.  I am not very enthusiastic because I struggle to see how you can integrate Rewards (a free night for every 10 nights you stay, based on the average price paid) and credit card spending.

It may end up as something very bland – perhaps 0.5% of total spend returned as credit, with a higher level of 2% or so for spending at itself.  That said, if the company felt it could offer something higher than 0.5% back – which is the current benchmark for rewards on free cashback and shopping voucher credit cards – I would get interested.

The job ad also says that the card “leverages a world-class rewards program” so perhaps there will be a way to earn free night credits from your spending.  Let’s see.

KLM drops duty free

KLM drops duty free

Dutch airline KLM has announced that it is dropping inflight duty free sales.

The service will be suspended on European flights in July and on long-haul flights from next January.

British Airways has already stopped duty free sales on European flights using its new or refurbished short haul aircraft, since there was no space in the galley for storage.  It continues on long-haul although whether it justifies the cost of carrying the trolley must be debatable.

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  1. OT: BA flight cancelled to Istanbul on 5th April as they make the move to the new airport. Had to rebook two days earlier and kids will need to meet school. Booked using miles so BA saying no compensation for extra hotel cost. Is that right? Taxes were paid using a Platinum supplementary card. Would Amex compensate? Have a long haul flight from Istanbul so had to go earlier to be safe.

    • *sorry miss school not meet

    • the_real_a says:

      Yes they would not be able to account for a points transaction, so you are effectively asking them to reimburse you the cash equivalent to the points which i dont think anyone would do (your loss is points not cash). Would have been better to pay cash in this instance, maybe its not too late to do that?

    • Shoestring says:

      ie you’re all flying 2 days earlier & there’s therefore extra hotel cost

      no, there’s no duty of care or obligation on BA to pay for the extra 2 nights in the hotel – Amex won’t step in, either

      you could have refused the earlier flight but not much good to you if you ended up missing days of holiday

      it’s a tough one on you

  2. On the somewhat OT subject of Amex churn and referral, if I receive a link for an Amex gold, but sign up to the SPG/Bonvoy card, does a) the referrer get the referral bonus and b) do I get the extra 3,000 points for using a referral? (Referrer is Amex gold, not plat.)

  3. Alex D says:

    OT; Not sure if everyone would have been it but BA has realeased a few teaser pictures of the new BA Club World seat on social media. Instagram seems to have the most detail(which is still very little) but it looks like very good quality

  4. OT – I have Amex Platinum Charge and BA Credit Card. I am supplementary for SPG and Gold. IF i refer myself for the Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card – would that be ok to get the 18k referral points?

  5. OT Looking to book a Hilton stay through a Tesco voucher. Do I still receive points for the stay, including the current 2000 points / stay bonus? Will the hotel recognise my status with free breakfast etc.

    • Yes, my understanding is that they are treated as standard stays and you get status benefits (you are booking direct with Hilton after all).

  6. OT Re the Virgin Money Life Insurance offer that I took out last summer, points still not awarded. Called them up today as its 2 weeks over since the 6 months + 60 days and they are going to contact the marketing dept to chase it up. He could see that I used the correct code when taking the policy out. I know others reported that the points appear back when you took the policy out. Nothing in my VS account.

  7. Benylin says:

    OT: If you trigger the 2-for-1 / upgrade via Virgin credit card spend (20k on free card), is this the line item I should see on my Flying Club Statement: “VIRGIN ATLANTIC REWARD CREDIT CARD – REWARD QUALIFICATION”?

    Also can you use th voucher online or over phone only?

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