Bits: BA A350 and Club Suite for Tel Aviv, 12% Hilton cashback with Visa Offers, BP leaving Nectar on 31st May

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News in brief:

British Airways adding Tel Aviv as the 3rd Club Suite destination

British Airways will make Tel Aviv the third destination to receive the new Club Suite business class seat.

A brand new A350, with the new Club Suite seat, will launch on the route in December.  It is already showing on ba.com on the overnight outbound flight from Sunday 1st December.

It replaces a Boeing 787-8 which, as the A350 is larger, means additional capacity in Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller.

This is, no doubt, a spoiler aimed at Virgin Atlantic which is launching its own Tel Aviv service in September 2019.

The other routes currently confirmed as getting Club Suite are Toronto and Dubai.  The exact start dates will depend on when the aircraft are delivered from Airbus, and it is possible that the 1st December date for Tel Aviv will slip.

You can find out more about Club Suite in our full review here.  Thanks to Moishe for this.

British Airways new Club Suite

12% Hilton cashback available via Visa Offers

Not many people know that Visa offers a similar programme of cashback offers similar to those run by American Express.

The problem is that, because Visa is not integrated in the same way as American Express, it is often hard to know if your bank offers them.  A Google search for ‘bankname Visa Offers’ may bring it up.

HSBC customers can find them at hsbcuk.visaoffers.eu.  The selection is usually rubbish, to be honest, but some people (not me) are seeing 12% cashback on Hilton bookings over £75, valid until 14th June.  See the screenshot below.  It is worth a look if you’ve never checked them out.

Hilton Visa cashback offers

BP confirms it is leaving Nectar on 31st May

As we covered in this long article back in March, there are major changes in petrol station loyalty taking place this Summer.

Shell Drivers Club is closing to be replaced by a new scheme called Shell Go+.  This is NOT points based and so you cannot earn Avios.  The last day to collect Avios from Shell Drivers Club is 30th June.  Learn more on ba.com here.

Esso is withdrawing from Tesco Clubcard.  The exact date is not known but I assume it will be 31st May.

BP is withdrawing from Nectar.  The date for this is now confirmed as 31st May.  You will not be able to earn or spend Nectar points at BP from this date.

Once this is done, Esso will be signing up with Nectar on 1st June – a move that I genuinely cannot understand, since Nectar has about as much traction with the public as a greasy pole.  You can already register your Nectar number via the Esso app.

In terms of points collection opportunities:

Avios collectors can only collect at Tesco filling stations, via Clubcard conversions.  You will no longer be able to earn via Shell Drivers Club or Esso.

Virgin Flying Club collectors can only collect at Tesco filling stations, via Clubcard conversion.  You will no longer be able to earn via Esso.  The Texaco / Virgin Atlantic partnership ended last year.

Nectar collectors cannot earn at BP from 30th May but will be able to collect at Esso from 1st June.

We will cover this again in more detail nearer to the time that Shell Drivers Club closes.

You can learn more about the end of the Avios / Shell partnership on this special page of ba.com.

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Comments

  1. OT – applied for First Direct visa for the balance transfer facility. The applications dept called me and asked why my credit record showed me closing so many cards recently. I told the CSA about the Amex changes and she laughed and approved my application.

  2. O/T – I have booked some nights in the HIE Mongkok (25K points per night) for next February but didn’t have enough points to book all the nights I need. Just rechecked availability and it is now 30K points per night. Do IHG often put up the required points for a hotel when they aren’t doing a widespread announced increase?

  3. AmexNoMore says:

    O/T i Just tried calling to downgrade, who said that they can’t downgrade on the phone. I need to apply for new green card online, then call to merge MR accounts and then cancel Platinum… Have others had to do it this route? Seems convoluted!

    • Not exactly the same but that’s what I had to when I wanted a rewards credit card to keep my MR balance alive but not pay for gold second year. Apply for new one and then close gold. Seemed a waste of a credit check when they’re both credit cards

  4. Huge fan says:

    OT Rob your doppelgänger was at the refinery regents place this evening, I almost asked for a selfie

  5. OT Does spend in Dixons at T5 and World of Duty together count towards the Heathrow Rewards 3000 bonus offer when spending £150 or is it just World of Duty – I can’t remember if there are spending rules.

    • Any combination of participating merchants totalling over £150 in a single day. Hold on to all your receipts.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yep anywhere in LHR as long as they participate plus services like parking.

      Usually you can only use the money off spend vouchers in WoDF

  6. O/T I’m about to book a Qatar airways flight from the UK to Australia – does anyone know of any discount codes? There have been so many in the past, including on this site… (Or any knowledge about a sale around the corner?) Seems worth asking. No Amex offers that I can see, sadly.

    • Shoestring says:

      try code TAXDAY in the promo box

    • AndyL says:

      This sounds unbelievable/unlikely but worked for me with QR…. Buy something / anything from Argos / Trainline dot com and on the receipt page click on “ I want to save £16.87 of this purchase… then sign up for complete savings dot com ( and yes I know its £15 pcm subscription but bear with me ) Then amongst many other retailers one can click on Qatar airways and have 10% refunded when one books via ones complete savings dot com account.

      It even worked for me ex EU during a sale to Asia !!

      Of course one needs to upload a suitable receipt once every month to claim the £15 subscription back and it can be a pain … but surely this method (if one has the time to make the initial Argos online purchase )

  7. I haven’t seen anything on here, but is there a Hilton UK sale on right now?
    I’m getting sale prices coming up on the site.

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