Bits: Earn 25,200 Avios with the Economist (again), Hertz’s new ‘British Collection’, Edinburgh’s three new Loganair routes

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Earn 25,200 Avios with the Economist (again)

British Airways and The Economist have brought back their special offer for taking out a subscription. It is the same big Avios bonus that was offered in January – up to 25,200 points – but the subscription costs have gone up by 20%.

As you can see at this link, you can earn up to 25,200 Avios with a new subscription.

Here are the various variations on offer if you are a UK resident:

Print only or digital only:

1 year: £179 with 10,200 Avios (1.75p per Avios)

2 years: £319 with 16,200 Avios (1.96p per Avios)

3 years: £429 with 22,200 Avios (1.93p per Avios)

Print and digital:

1 year: £215 with 13,200 Avios (1.62p per Avios)

2 years: £389 with 19,200 Avios (2.02p per Avios)

3 years: £519 with 25,200 Avios (2.05p per Avios)

Subscribing to The Economist no longer makes sense just for the Avios bonus. As you can see above, the earning rates are poor and in all cases higher than the 1.6p per Avios when buying directly from BA.

As before, however, there are some better deals when looking at other countries. A print or digital only subscription for a Canadian resident snags you 16,200 Avios at 1.25p per point. Print and digital is slightly higher at 1.32p per Avios, and you could enjoy the digital copy for yourself.

Pricing in the Eurozone is unfortunately poorer than in the UK, with 2.3p per Avios on print-only subscriptions in Belgium, France and Germany.

As always, if you are self-employed you may be happy writing off the subscription cost as a business expense which would sharply reduce your price per Avios.

Earn Avios with The Economist

Hertz introduces ‘The British Collection’

Hertz is introducing a new premium service called The British CollectionIt is primarily based around a varied fleet of Jaguar and Land Rovers and will only be available from the Heathrow, Edinburgh Airport and London Marble Arch locations. The cars come with a make-and-model guarantee, so you can pick exactly which vehicle you want.

Hertz is also introducing a “dedicated lounge” (their emphasis, not mine!) for ‘The British Collection’ customers, including soft furnishings from Tom Dixon, a botanical mocktail from Seedlip, neon light installation by British artist Lauren Baker and an “in-lounge garden installation” from florist McQueens (whatever that means!).

Only one render was provided with the press release – see below – which makes the term ‘lounge’ seem very generous!  However, you don’t necessarily need to use the lounge as The British Collection comes with complimentary terminal delivery and collection for Heathrow and Edinburgh Airport customers, and local pick-up near Marble Arch, so you can avoid the Hertz branch entirely.

To rent a car with the British Collection you must be over 25 years of age (I’m out!).

Hertz British Collection lounge

Loganair launches new routes to Norway and Guernsey from Edinburgh

Three new routes from Edinburgh Airport departed for the first time this week taking the number of Loganair’s destinations from the Scottish capital to 12.   A weekly flight to Guernsey joins Bergen and Stavanger on the new schedule.  The timetable is:

Bergen: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Stavanger: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Guernsey: Saturday

All three routes are operated on Embraer E135 regional jets with 37 all-economy seats.

Bergen is included in the British Airways codeshare arrangement, so you can book Heathrow – Edinburgh – Bergen on ba.com.  You will earn Avios and tier points for both legs.

Note that this is only possible when your Loganair flight is booked to connect to a British Airways flight.  You cannot book Edinburgh-Bergen with an Avios-earning BA flight number as a stand-alone flight.

Stavanger and Guernsey do not seem to be included in Loganair’s British Airways codeshare arrangement, but you can credit them to the Clan Loganair loyalty scheme.  We reviewed Clan Loganair here.

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Comments

  1. The Original Nick says:

    O;T, I’ve just booked a flight via Aer lingus website using Stobart air. Will ib get Avios credited to myth BAEC account if plug in my BAEC membership number?

  2. Spurs Debs says:

    O/T I have outgoing flight in 1st booked, if I call You First customer services number can they book return if reward seat available ?

    Wondering if this is possible instead of calling Japan/USA at 1am?

    • Lady London says:

      Its possible but if it’s a hotly desired route you could lose the seat availability if there is the slightest delay in you doing it that way.

      The real and long established Lady London.

      • Maybe the fake one can be longest abolished.

      • Spurs Debs says:

        Thanks The real Lady of London ! I saw there was an imposter using your name. I don’t know identity theft on a miles blog, what’s the world coming to.

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