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Bits: new Aspire lounge opens in Edinburgh, 25% TopCashback to Avios bonus, Asia Miles / Heathrow Rewards bonus

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News in brief:

New Aspire lounge in Edinburgh open

The new Aspire lounge at Edinburgh Airport opened roughly on schedule this week – a remarkable feat given how often such projects are delayed!

Now that this is open the existing Aspire lounge at Gate 4 will be refurbished in the new year. Once it re-opens, Edinburgh Airport will have two Aspire lounges.

We will be reviewing the new lounge in the next few weeks.  Some early-bird readers have already sent us some photos of the space, however.  The new lounge is in what I understand is a new part of the terminal. It is near Gate 16, on an upper floor next to the new No 1 Lounge which we reviewed here. It looks very classy:

new Aspire lounge Edinburgh airport

There appears to be an extensive range of different seating areas:

new Aspire lounge Edinburgh airport and

new Aspire lounge Edinburgh airport

… although apparently the food is the same as in the existing lounge.

Thanks Allan and Jim.  We’ll do a more in-depth review soon.

The lounge is already available via Priority Pass. You can see more on the lounge website here. It is open from 04:30 until 21:00.

new Aspire lounge edinburgh airport

25% bonus when you convert TopCashback funds to Avios

Cashback shopping site TopCashback is offering a 25% bonus if you convert your earnings to Avios.

Until 15th December, you will receive 1.25 Avios for every 1p of cashback you convert.

Be clear about the maths before you do this.  You are basically buying Avios at 0.8p each compared to taking the cash.

This IS a decent deal, and it would be hard to lose money on this basis given that HFP readers should be getting well over 1p per Avios when they redeem, but think it through.  Cash is flexible and not prone to sudden devaluation, Avios are not!

Topcashback Avios conversion bonus

Heathrow Rewards offering a 50% bonus to Asia Miles

Talking of transfer bonuses, Heathrow Rewards is currently offering a 50% bonus when you transfer your points to Asia Miles.  This is the Cathay Pacific loyalty programme.

You can find details on this page of the Heathrow Rewards website (log-in required).

You will receive 375 Asia Miles for every 250 Heathrow Rewards points you transfer before 18th November.

Both standard and Premium members of Heathrow Rewards can take advantage of this offer.  Both tiers receive the same rate.

As 250 Heathrow Rewards points would otherwise get you a £2.50 Heathrow shopping voucher – if you wanted to turn your points into pseudo-cash – you are ‘paying’ 0.66p per Asia Mile which is a good deal.

Whilst this is obviously not of major interest to most HFP readers, what is more important is that Heathrow Rewards has clearly not given up on transfer bonuses.  This is the first one we have seen in 2019 and many people thought they had gone for good.

Hopefully we will see an Avios or Heathrow shopping voucher transfer bonus back before too long.

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  1. OT but conversion related. Is there any chance of a conversion bonus to Avios from the CoT cards? I have decent chunk accumulated. Although I am not in any urgent need to transfer, it might influence whether I decide to keep the card once it can no longer be used for direct payments to HMRC.

  2. Another O/T – re Holiday Inn Express at T4.

    Thanks for the review, Rob, along with the Crowne Plaza. Also thanks to commenters for advice about the TfL train from T4 to T4.

    We were surprised at how pleasant the hotel was. Really good, helpful customer service and a very quiet room on the 6th (top) floor with a better view of plane activity than from any airport lounge.

  3. OT, Does anyone know if it’s safe to move Avios into AER club via after the recent delays? I want to move some out before I book a flight but I don’t need a delay getting the Avios back into BA household account.

    • guesswho2000 says:

      No ongoing delays afaik – there was an outage, and then’s CMA website died, but you could still pull Avios from using BAEC, just couldn’t push them (that’s how I moved mine over, so first hand experience or it working).

  4. ayearinmx says:

    OT: just flown the Evelop LGW-JFK replacement planes…. not a great experience. Old planes with 18 total movies and six TV series. Had the annoying (for me) foot rests where in the up position, they bash your shins and in the down position they are just too short.
    The only benefit for me was they swapped the 3-4-3 into a 2-4-2 and that meant me and a friend could get window/aisle seats as opposed to middle ones.

  5. Paul Anderson says:

    Was in the new Aspire lounge at Edinburgh airport this morning. At 5am there were only 4 other people in the lounge. I doubt that will last long and it will soon get busy. Breakfast was the same as the older lounge with bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs and beans all available as the hot options. Fruit and cereals for the cold option. Both the new Aspire and the No1 lounge say they have runway views, which is technically true, but there are so many walkways and the new arrivals hall in front of the windows that the views are mostly obscured. Good comfortable seating and a much more contemporary vibe than the traditional Aspire lounges you find in airports. Good to have loos inside this Aspire lounge as well.

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