Bits: buy cheap Avios from Groupon Ireland (in English!), 20% off a BA kids backpack, Virgin drops 2nd Jo’burg service

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Buy cheap Avios via Groupon Ireland (in English!) from 1.05p

Yesterday we covered the return of the ‘cheap Avios’ promotion run by Groupon Spain, in association with Iberia Plus.

A smart-eyed reader let us know that Groupon Ireland is also running this deal.  The pricing is almost the same, but all of the instructions are in English and not Spanish!

Click here for details.

The only price difference is that the €429 package comes with 35,000 Avios via Groupon Ireland.  You only got 34,000 Avios via Groupon Spain.

There is no ’90 day’ rule with Aer Lingus.  Unlike Iberia Plus, you can open an Aer Lingus AerClub account and immediately move your points to British Airways Executive Club.

As I said yesterday when covering the Spanish deal, the Avios are not a steal at these prices.  There is no longer a ‘super cheap’ teaser package and the prices for the other packages are higher than they were a year ago.

On the upside, Sterling is currently stronger against the Euro than it has been for a while.  More importantly, if you have any issues redeeming your Groupon voucher, it will be easier to deal with AerClub and Groupon Ireland than Iberia Plus and Groupon Spain.

This is the deal:

  • 2,000 Avios for €29 (1.25p)
  • 4,000 Avios for €59 (1.27p)
  • 8,000 Avios for €109 (1.17p)
  • 15,000 Avios for €199 (1.14p)
  • 20,000 Avios for €259 (1.11p)
  • 35,000 Avios for €429 (1.05p)

You will need an Aer Lingus AerClub account to redeem your Groupon voucher, which you can open here.  You can then use ‘Combine My Avios’ via avios.com (your AerClub account details work at avios.com) to move them across to British Airways Executive Club.

The page to buy if interested is here.

My 1st Years British Airways backpack

Save 20% on the British Airways kids backpack for Black Friday

Over the Summer we highlighted the My 1st Years mini backpacks.  British Airways was giving them away to children passing through Gatwick and Heathrow on selected days as part of its 100th birthday celebrations.

My 1st Years is also selling them directly to the public.  You get FREE personalisation which is a nice touch.

As a Black Friday offer, My 1st Years has reduced the price by 20% to £20 until 2nd December.  You can order one for a child in your life via this page of the My 1st Years site.

Virgin Atlantic drops 2nd Johannesburg service

Virgin Atlantic drops its second Johannesburg service

When Virgin Atlantic announced its 2nd daily service to Delhi recently, it didn’t mention where the aircraft was coming from.

Now we know.  Virgin Atlantic is dropping its 2nd daily Johannesburg service from 29th March 2020.

The upside, which we already knew, is that the remaining flight is being switched from a Boeing 787-9 to an Airbus A350.

This means that the route will have the new Upper Class Suite which we reviewed here, and which is a major improvement on the current seat.  You’ll also have access to the new ‘The Loft’ social area onboard.

The 2nd Johannesburg flight will only have been operating for six months.  In fact, it is only four weeks since it launched (28th October), filling the gap left by South African Airways move to drop one of its two daily Jo’burg to Heathrow services.

The problem is that the flight is a massively inefficient use of a very expensive aircraft.  It leaves Heathrow at 18.55 and lands in South Africa at 07.55.  It then sits on the ground earning nothing for the next 14 hours as the return flight to Heathrow does not leave until 22.20.  It arrives back in Heathrow at 07.40.

Virgin Atlantic clearly feels that it can make better use of the plane.  After all, in the 37 hours between leaving Heathrow and arriving back it could have completed two return flights to the US East Coast.

It is possible that we see the flight back for the Winter 2020 season, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

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Comments

  1. Secret Squirrel says:

    OT:
    100 IB Avios for recent compo now in.

  2. OT: any hotel recommendations for Madrid?
    I will be in the IC for fri-sun on ambassador weekend but need a Thursday night stay. I wanted to try something else.

  3. Spaghetti Town says:

    Seems to me Virgin used this flight as a slot sitter waiting for something more profitable to roll around

    It’s not shocking me the flight is being dropped as it is the low season. Probably no need to keep both flights going

  4. OT: First time going Japan

    1) 13 night itinerary recommendation for which cities to stay? Landing in Osaka, leaving from Tokyo. Going in mar/Apr

    2) any good Hilton hotels going during this 50% sale? Hilton Tokyo Odaiba any good, c£150

    • Amazing Japan, looking forward so much to go back!! for first time visitor I would do:
      4 nights in Kyoto
      1 night in Myajima
      2 nights in Kanazawa
      1 night in Jigokudani (snow Monkey park)
      5 nights in Tokyo (day trip to Nikko)
      when you are moving for 1 or 2 nights you can send your luggage directly to the next destination with their takuhaibin service, https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2278.html, in the japan-guide you will find a lot of useful info
      enjoy

  5. Spaghetti Town says:

    Will there likely be a Hilton promo for January at some point?

  6. OT:
    Mobiles.co.uk selling iPhone Pro 256gb for a total over two years of £1252. Get 60gb of data, unlimited minutes and texts a month with Vodafone. To buy the handset outright costs £1199.

    Very doing it for £999 for the handset if you take credit. But you’d need a sim only contract for £10 a month to beat the Vodafone deal over 24 months and that’s not easy considering the data.

    Can anyone beat this Vodafone price or think there will be a better deal this week?

  7. OT. HSBC is having another 25% avios transfer bonus in December.
    https://www.hsbc.co.uk/content/dam/hsbc/gb/pdf/cc-avios-offer.pdf

  8. Groupon Ireland Avios – I’ve tried purchasing 4 times now, and every time the order gets cancelled and refunded after about five minutes. Tried various cards and PayPal as suggested in their cancellation email, and it’s a new Groupon account (didn’t have one before), so no idea what the issue is. I guess it’s not meant to be!

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