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Bits: Look at BA’s first Boeing 787-10, last chance for bonuses buying Hyatt and IHG points

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News in brief:

First images of the British Airways Boeing 787-10

British Airways is due to receive its first Boeing 787-10 next month, to add to its existing 787-8 and 787-9 fleet.  These aircraft are being delivered with the new Club Suite seat in Business Class, as well as the same 8-seat First Class cabin found on the 787-9.

These pictures, taken at the Boeing plant in Charleston, have been circulating over Christmas.  I saw them credited to Zulqarnain Butt at one point but I can’t verify that – they are clearly semi-official images of some sort or another.

British Airways Boeing 787-10

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British Airways Boeing 787-10

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British Airways Boeing 787-10

Once the aircraft has been accepted by British Airways, it will be used on the Atlanta route from February, on BA226/227.

The key difference between the Boeing 787-10 and the other variants is size. The 787-10 is the longest version in terms of physical length, although not flying range, and was first introduced by Singapore Airlines in early 2018.

In total, the 787-10 will have eight First Class seats, 48 Club Suites, 35 World Traveller Plus (premium economy) seats and 165 in World Traveller.  This compares to 56 Club Suites on the A350 with 56 in World Traveller Plus and 219 economy seats.  It will be a very premium-heavy aircraft as you can see from the seating plan here:

BA 787-10 seat map

Last chance for a 40% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points

Until tomorrow, 31st December, Hyatt is offering a 40% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points via this link.

The minimum purchase for the bonus is 5,000 points, which is lower than usual.  The 40% kicks in immediately from 5,000 points – there is no taper.

40% is the most generous bonus you will see for buying Hyatt points.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if considering a stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as the ones in Paris or Sydney, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

The new-ish Park Hyatt resort in Mallorca is a location where buying points makes sense.   Prices for cash are a little scary with rooms over €500 at peak periods.  A redemption at 25,000 points per night ($432 based on buying 50k for two nights) would be a better deal.

It is also well worth a look if you’re heading to Kyoto.  The new Park Hyatt Kyoto regularly sells for over £1,000 per night – I saw it as high as £2,000! – so buy 30,000 points for $504 is a steal.  I covered Park Hyatt Kyoto here.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

InterContinental buy points bonus

ENDS TODAY:  100% bonus for buying IHG Rewards Club points

Ending sooner – ie tonight (Monday) – is the latest 100% bonus for buying IHG Rewards Club points.

A 100% bonus is as generous as you ever see.  IHG has also increased the annual ‘buy points’ cap to 300,000 points (ie 150,000 plus the 150,000 bonus).

The page to buy points is here.   You need to buy 30,000+ to get the full 100% bonus.  It is staggered below that, starting at a 40% bonus for buying 7,000 points.

The standard prices, before the bonus, are:

  • 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
  • 11,000 – 25,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points
  • 26,000 – 100,000 points for $10 per 1,000 points

With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy 300,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates for $1,500) £1,168.  It seems that some people are targetted with a lower 80% bonus – if you were, I would more carefully.

You might also be interested if any hotels on the current ‘PointBreaks’ list – see this HFP article – caught your eye.  £58-worth of points would get you any hotel on the 15,000 points list for a night.

You can buy via this link.

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Comments

  1. O/T – Amex ShopSmall triggered on my account for a spend on Boxing Day which is way after the 22nd December deadline. Credit posted a few days later. I’m not complaining…..:)

  2. Still waiting after 2 months for ba Avios from an Airbnb booking (3 per £)

    Any has success or similar problems with this offer?

    • Neil Donoghue says:

      I just had a Travelodge booking post today for 163 points dated the 11th of March 2019

  3. Anyone have the Marriot Bonvoy UK customer service number to hand?

  4. Nice, thanks BJ

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