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Bits: £50 Marriott cashback offer via Amex, new BA codeshare deal with Malaysia Airlines, PremiAir now covering 32 airlines

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News in brief:

Get £50 Marriott cashback via American Express

For what I think is the first time, Marriott has teamed up with American Express for a cashback offer.

It seems widely available.  You may see it under the ‘Offers’ tab on one, none or all of your online American Express statement pages.  Remember to check for each card you have.

You will receive a £50 statement credit when you spend £200+ at selected Marriott hotels in Europe by 31st December.

The key word is ‘selected’ – the full list is here (PDF).  It runs to eight pages, however, so there is a good chance that your preferred hotel is on.

There are two things to remember:

for non-UK stays, you will be paying a 3% FX fee for paying with your American Express card which, assuming you have a 0% FX fee card in your wallet, means you’re losing at least £6 

it is not clear if the deal is cumulative or not – when these offers run with Hilton, they are based on cumulative spend

We should find out from readers within a couple of weeks whether cumulative spend works or not.

Marriott has still not launched its Autumn promotion, unlike the other major chains (our main article today rounds up all of the current offers), so you need to bear that in mind too.

British Airways Malaysia Airlines codeshare

British Airways launches a codeshare deal with Malaysia Airlines

British Airways has announced a new codeshare deal with its oneworld partner, Malaysia Airlines.

It does NOT include the Malaysia Airlines flights between London and Kuala Lumpur.  It does, however, include:

  • Malaysia – Alor Setar, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Kuantan, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Penang, Sibu, Kuala Terengganu, Sandakan, Kota Bharu, Bintulu
  • Australia – Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth
  • New Zealand – Auckland
  • Indonesia – Denpasar-Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya
  • Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cambodia – Phnom Penh

This means that you can book a ticket on to any of the destinations above, flying British Airways to Kuala Lumpur and then connecting to a Malaysia Airlines flight which will carry a BA flight number.

You will also earn Avios and tier points for the connection, although this is nothing new as Malaysia Airlines is a oneworld airline anyway.  You may earn more Avios than before depending on any BA status you may hold and which ticket type you have (cheaper economy and business tickets will earn a little more than before).

For clarity, you cannot book these flights with a BA flight number on their own. They will only show in conjunction with the BA flight to or from Kuala Lumpur.

This is a reciprocal deal, with Malaysia Airlines adding its flight code to BA services to Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle via London Heathrow.  Subject to regulatory approval, Malaysia Airlines will also be codesharing with BA on Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Vienna, Brussels, Geneva, Hamburg, Lyon, Toulouse, Paris and Zurich.

PremiAir airlines Manchester

Manchester Airport expands PremiAir to 32 airlines

On Monday, we told you about the launch of PremiAir, the new VIP terminal at Manchester Airport which can be used by the public for a modest fee (£50 to £100).

As of Monday, the airport was only advertising eight airlines as PremiAir partners.  On Wednesday we were told that the list had now swelled to 32.  Either Manchester Airport did the marketing job of a lifetime during Monday and Tuesday, or someone forgot to update the original list.  You decide!

Anyway, here are the 32 airlines which will allow you to arrive or depart via the PremiAir terminal, bypassing the main terminal entirely:

Aegean, Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat, American Airlines, Aurigny, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, Finnair, Hainan Airlines, Icelandair, Iraqi Airways, KLM, Loganair, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Oman Air, Pakistan International, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Saudi Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Vueling

Noticeable by its absence is Virgin Atlantic and its sister company Flybe.

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  1. Eddie Davies says:

    Thinking of using my 241 to fly to KL then to Ho Ch Min and the back from Phonom Pen. Will I be able to book straight through or will I need to spend time at KL and change planes/carriers each time? How easy is it to redeem to KL in Business Class? TIA.

  2. Anyone verified if the Marriott offer is £200 in one go or can be multiple transactions?

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