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  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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  1. OT – could someone please confirm for me, if I booked an Avios ticket for points + £0.50 and want to cancel, do I get all the avios back and only lose 50p? Until when can I cancel? Thanks!

  2. Julian says:

    Does anyone still read The Economist?

    The last time I looked at one was while studying A level Economics in the very early 1980s. Never looked at one after that, even while studying Economics and Politics at University.

    • Eeh, yes. It’s an excellent magazine.

      • +1, and most UK residents can access the digital version on mobile devices or desktops for free via their local authority library subscription. Seriously hope Julian isn’t reading the Sun 🙂

    • mark2 says:

      Yes, I read 90% of it every week (for more than 20 years.
      The quality has gone down and it has moved its political views sharply leftwards.

  3. OT: 4500 Miles&More miles for 3 stays at Best Western before 30 June.

  4. Lost+confused says:

    OT Can anyone recomend a reasonably priced hotel in Dubai for a holiday with a 3 year old? Looks like a lot of the kids clubs start at 4 y/o?
    I’ve got amex plat and and the associated hotel statuses. Only about 40k points in each of miles and more avios and amex rewards so looking at cash bookings. Travelling end of May/beginning of June.

  5. Wongster says:

    Hi folks,

    This is probably a most routine query that gets asked most often. I currently have an Amex BA blue with just 2 months remaining to the anniversary date. Have spent £10k on it. If I were upgrade to BAPP now, would I get the voucher immediately, and then pay another set of £195 in two month’s time when the new year starts?

    Also how do I best upgrade my BAPP? by phone request or applying online?


    • That’s exactly what happened to me.
      Triggered 241 straight away.
      Fee charged on next statement.
      Voucher has 1 year expiry I had to call to change.

  6. OT: if I cancel my Amex how is the pro-rats refunded? Is it by month/week/day?

  7. Louise says:

    OT Hilton Amex offer:
    Hotel I have made an advance booking for this morning haven’t charged card yet. Should
    I chase this today or is it something that may get charged overnight?

    • Just call and ask them to charge it now, they might even do it during the call.

      • Louise says:

        Rang them, have to ring between 9-5 for the reservation team to charge, luckily tomorrow is last day

  8. Nigel says:

    OT – does anybody know: if using BA app to upgrade short haul flight for cash, is it possible to upgrade just one passenger on the booking or must it be bought for all? (Only need TP for one person to hit status target)

    • Sorry I don’t have the BA app, so don’t know if this is possible using the app. However, as far as I know, the booking first has to be split into two linked bookings – one for the person to be upgraded and the second for everybody else, so it may well have to be done over the phone.

  9. OT. I have a IHG ambassador voucher which says it expires July 2019. Does it expire at the end of Juky or the 1st?

  10. OT: I now have enough Bonvoy points for my trip ahead but as only gold elite, I won’t be eligible for breakfast – it’s going to set us back £500pp! Does anyone have any tips or know whether there’s absolutely any way around it? Many thanks

    • Eat someplace else, hotel buffets are so uncivilised anyway.

    • Where are you staying, are there no other cheaper places to eat breakfast nearby? We’ve got a points booking at the Weston Grand Cayman next Easter, breakfast would be around £100 per day for 3 of us at these kind of properties so we chose a hotel with a reasonably priced diner across the road but will also be taking some drinks and snacks!

      • Sorry Anna I’m not sure how to get notifications when a response comes in so I missed this. It’s Saudi Arabia and as its Ramadan the meals are at premium rates and with two children it will be tough to have to go elsewhere daily for this.
        Incidentally however I managed to get the hotel to agree to 50% discount on F&B as a courtesy for being gold. I’m glad as that will save me £500! Perhaps you can reach out directly to the hotel concerned too and see if there could be some wiggle room?

    • Binks says:

      Lol 🤣

  11. AndyGWP says:

    OT – Apols if mentioned over the past few days, but got my Platinum card today (did upgrade last week), and it arrived in a cheap flimsy folder, and doesn’t appear to include luggage tags anymore (not for me… for ebay!)

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