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Bits: Big BA Gatwick economy sale, Marriott cuts points cost of VIP ATP tennis tickets, Finnair boosts Lapland flights

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News in brief:

British Airways launches a flash sale in Economy from Gatwick

British Airways has launched a flash sale on short-haul economy seats from London Gatwick.

Over 200,000 seats have been reduced to £30 or less, for travel until 29th March 2020.

The lowest fare in the system is just £24 for a one-way trip to Nice or Verona.  This really is very low and puts BA firmly into ‘low cost carrier’ territory in terms of price.

Other routes which BA highlighted as offering the cheapest fares were Venice, Amsterdam, Geneva, Turin, Cologne, Faro, Dubrovnik, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Jersey.

You need to book by Tuesday 5th November.

The lower flight fares have also driven lower prices at BA Holidays, and it worth comparing ‘flight and hotel’ packages via this page – the price can often be genuinely cheaper than booking each element separately.

PS.  Remember that the brand new Club Aspire lounge is now open in the South Terminal at London Gatwick, which is the one used by British Airways.  This is accessible with a Priority Pass (free with Amex Platinum or buy one here) or Lounge Club (two FREE passes with Amex Gold) cards.  Our review of the new Club Aspire lounge at Gatwick South is here.

Marriott Bonvoy cuts the cost of its ATP Tennis VIP packages at the O2

Two weeks ago, I told you that VIP tickets for the ATP tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London next month had appeared on the Marriott Bonvoy site.

This is the traditional ‘end of season’ event where the top ranked players play for the notional title of ‘annual champion’.  London has lost the rights to hold this tournament from 2021 – it will be moving to Turin – so this is one of your last chances to see it.

When I wrote my earlier article, packages started at 75,000 points for two tickets.  As I value a Marriott Bonvoy point at 0.5p when used for a hotel room, you were giving up £375+ of free nights by redeeming for this.  I said that “I personally think this is a little high” and it seems Marriott agreed.

The ‘buy it now’ VIP packages now start at 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for two tickets.

All tickets are for the Marriott Moments suite which we have reviewed various times in the past, eg here.  It is fully catered with a hot buffet and an open bar.  It is on Level 3 so you are quite high up – you can see the suites in the picture above.

At 50,000 points, I think this becomes more interesting.  You’re still trading off £250 of free hotel room, but you will be seeing the top tennis players in the world.

The remaining Marriott Moments packages can be found here.

Finnair flights from London Gatwick to Lapland

Finnair boosts Lapland flights to fill Thomas Cook gap

Finnair has always run special flights to Lapland over Christmas, but from the UK the market was dominated by Thomas Cook who offered direct services.

With Thomas Cook now out of the picture, Finnair has upped its services for families looking to visit Santa this winter.

The capacity increase means there will be up to three extra flights a day between Helsinki and top resorts in Lapland – Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Ivalo.

These services will run between 20th December and 5th January.  You can fly to Helsinki on Finnair from Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh or Dublin, or on BA from Heathrow, before changing aircraft.

Finnair also runs direct services to Lapland from London Gatwick.

Flights to Ivalo run from 8th December to 22nd March while flights to Kittilä operate from 15th December to 8th March.

As Finnair is a oneworld member, you may be able to find Avios redemption seats on these flights.  You will also earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points if you book these services for cash at finnair.com and credit them to a BAEC account.

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Comments

  1. Being a Marriott ambassador member I was invited with a guest to the Friday Evening ATP session. I understand this offer was sent out to London based ambassador tier members. Something I dont think I would have even used 55k points to see, but happily take it for free.

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