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Bits: extra BA Caribbean discounts, last day for IHG’s Europe sale, using Railcards on Heathrow Express

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News in brief:

Extra British Airways Caribbean discounts – Club World at £1399

British Airways has added some additional Caribbean discounts to the current sale, for Autumn travel.

All are priced at £1,399 return.  The destinations included are:

  • Antigua
  • Bridgetown / Barbados
  • Grenada
  • Kingston
  • Port of Spain
  • Providenciales
  • St Kitts
  • St Lucia
  • Tobago

You need to travel out between 18th August and 2nd October, returning by 9th October.

Clearly this is hurricane season in some parts of the Caribbean, but the risk varies sharply by island so do your research.   Barbados, for example, has not been hit by a hurricane since 1955!

You should also price up any booking via BA Holidays as well as looking at ‘flight only’, since this could lead to additional savings.  You could try a ‘flight and car’ booking if you were determined to book your accomodation separately.

Booking via BA Holidays brings other benefits too – you can just pay a deposit now (the balance is due seven weeks before departure) and you earn 1 extra Avios per £1 spent.  Your flights also earn Avios and tier points as usual.  The only downside is that your flights will not earn points in the BA On Business small business loyalty scheme.

Barbados with British Airways

LAST DAY to save 30% in IHG’s European sale

If you need to lock in any IHG hotels for stays before the 10th May, today is the last day to book in the IHG Flash Sale.

The headline discount is up to 30% off the Best Available Rate. This is available exclusively to IHG Rewards Club members, so it’s a good time to sign up to the programme if you are one of the six HFP readers who has not already done so 🙂  Non-members receive a smaller discount of 25%.

These Flash Sale offers are available at hotels across the IHG portfolio, including Kimpton, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn.

There isn’t much small print to worry about:

  • It is available for stays until 10th May 2020
  • You must book by TONIGHT, 13th January 2020
  • Bookings are non-refundable and require pre-payment at time of booking
  • Only European hotels are included

You should note that the discount is not a full 30%, because it is based on the Best Flexible Rate.  As these sale rates are non-refundable, a fairer comparison is with the usual Advance Purchase rate – but you should still see a good additional saving.

IHG is still running a 4x Bonus Points promotion that we wrote about a few weeks ago, which could earn you up to quadruple IHG Rewards Club points on a stay before 31st January 2020 (you do need to register for this offer here).  However, we don’t know what will replace the last Accelerate promotion which ended on 31st December.

Full details of the IHG European Flash Sale can be found here.  Remember to book TODAY, Monday.

IHG launches European Flash Sale

Using Railcards on Heathrow Express

Back in October we wrote about the new Heathrow Express fare structure – click here.

Heathrow Express had offered £5.50 fares at weekends and Bank Holidays for some time, as long as you booked well in advance.

£5.50 fares have now been rolled out for every day of the year in Express Class.

A new yield management system prices advanced purchase economy tickets in a series of bands:  £5.50, £7.50, £10.00, £12.50, £15.00 or £16.50.  A fixed number of one-way tickets, which will vary depending on how busy the service is expected to be, will be sold at the lowest price point.  When they are sold out, the price moves up a step.

Tickets are made available 24 weeks in advance of travel.  You do not need to book a specific train, just a particular day.

What I didn’t know at the time is that these advanced purchase fares also qualify for selected Railcard discounts.  Here’s an example:

Cheapest Heathrow Expressp pricing

This means that the cheapest one-way ticket between Heathrow and Paddington is actually £3.65, not £5.50, and you can’t argue with that.  You will earn 3 Heathrow Rewards points too!

You can book your tickets here.  Thanks to Olivier for this.

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Comments

  1. OT – if PP website is still showing a restaurant, can we assume that it is still accepting PP or better to avoid and end up with a charge (PP from Amex Plat)?

    • The restaurant will still be accepting PP, but Amex may charge you for it (unless its the Grain Store in Gatwick).

      The restaurant probably won’t know I’d guess.

      • Lady London says:

        For this type of card I believe Grain Store is the only one left anywhere….for now (Rob mentioned PP is opening another lounge in that terminal. So sounds like sooner than later might be smarter.

    • Best to check the lounge finder on the Amex app. If it shows there then still ok

  2. Aston100 says:

    O/T: what is a good site to use to find availability with oneworld airlines using avios?
    BA site is giving me errors on the routes I’m trying to select (a number of countries in Asia to CMB / Sri Lanka).

    • Qantas (you need to register) or AA (look at sAAver availability only).

    • Lady London says:

      Are you splitting into sectors if there might be a plane change?

      Elsewhere I have seen AA (lowest award category, I think, in each cabin is the only award level available to book from non-AA programs, or QF. I think @lumma is quite handy on where to search.

      • Lady London says:

        Ps I think I saw a comment here 2 or 3 weeks ago that Sri Lankan itself releases very, very little award space. So that might make overall less to CMB.

    • Just save your avios and fly Air Asia or some other LCC.

  3. Has IHG sale ended prematurely – not seeing any of the flash sale rates online anymore ?? on IHG Site –

  4. Best T3 OneWorld lounge? (business class, sapphire status)

    • Shoestring says:

      there’s no best, Cathay Pacific is OK for noodles, Champagne, comfy chair & footstool looking out to runway – Qantas great for airy spaciousness, Aussie fizz, fresh salad/ veggie stuff & carved roast lamb at 5pm, gin bar – AA good for JDs on ice & snacks, decent self pour bar – BA has an extensive wine collection, more Champagne on demand

      BA is too crowded sometimes/ try a couple of the others (or all 4) would be my advice

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Personal preference is now Qantas. But if you enjoy a few hours in the airport try the Cathay one too.

  5. Virgin Atlantic credit card+ has the increased 25000 points again for new sign ups

  6. cristian rivera says:

    quick question why is the a350 no showing for dubai from octuber onwards looking for end of next year but is not show . thank you

  7. Just as I settle on a pseudo permanent strategy, the plates shift again…

    No confirmation on the fee?

    • It’s still £75.00.
      Annoying change as this was my go to card and worked well with Emirates Skywards too. In the 9+ years I have held the card we managed to earn at 1:1 Starwood and then 1:3 Bonvoy meaning we could collect a decent number of points and also received many outsized rewards such as regular suite upgrades. 1:2 is a big cut in the earning rare, but even so it still seems to be the best hotel earning card out there?
      Need to decide whether to keep it or change to another hotel loyalty earning card. Any ideas?
      LST

      • It is now an equivalent 1% card, may go to the IHG premium card and have the two year break from amex

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yes the fee stays at £75

    • Same £75 fee…

    • Planeconcorde says:

      Fee remains at £75 per annum.

  8. I was very happy with the SPG card. Whilst I’m not particularly surprised at the devaluation I simply can’t justify keeping it now.

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