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Bits: BA Club to Cape Town for £1250, good Oz and NZ deals on Singapore Airlines, IHG credit card competition

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News in brief:

Good Australia and New Zealand deals on Singapore Airlines – and a BA Cape Town deal

To be frank, the best flight deals in Europe at the moment are out of Scandinavia.  I’m not sure who started it – potentially Qatar Airways – but other airlines have been forced to join in.

Here, for example, is Oslo to Cape Town on British Airways in Club World in May.  The fare is the equivalent of £1,250 return:

BA Oslo Cape Town deal

If you look at IDENTICAL flights for just Heathrow to Cape Town, on the same dates, you will pay £701 in Economy ….

Anyway, back to Australia and New Zealand.  Whilst there are plenty of Australia deals out of Scandinavia, Singapore Airlines has an excellent reputation for food and service.  If you book by tomorrow night (23rd) there are some attractive fares available.  In May, for example, I found last night:

Stockholm to Sydney – SEK 23,372 return (£1,881)

Stockholm to Auckland – SEK 23,145 return (£1,863)

Stockholm to Perth – SEK 21,873 return (£1,760)

Stockholm to Brisbane – SEK 23,336 return (£1,877)

Stockholm to Canberra – SEK 22,396 return (£1,802)

Stockholm to Melbourne – SEK 23,201 return (£1,867)

Stockholm to Christchurch – SEK 23,122 return (£1,860)

There is a ‘7 day’ option for search results so you can easily find days with the best fares.

If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency.  This is because the transaction triggers the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

Singapore Airlines is in Star Alliance so you can’t earn Avios or BA tier points.  You can credit the flights to Singapore’s KrisFlyer scheme (learn more about KrisFlyer here) and top them up with American Express Membership Rewards points at 1:1, or to any other Star Alliance scheme such as Lufthansa Miles & More.

You can also credit Singapore Airlines flights to Virgin Flying Club – details are on the Virgin Atlantic site here.

You can book on the Singapore Airlines website here.

Singapore Airlines flights from Sweden

Win a trip to The BRIT Awards if you’re an IHG credit card holder

You need to act on this TODAY if you want to take part.

IHG Rewards Club has an attractive competition running which will allow THREE holders of the IHG credit card to win a VIP trip to The BRIT Awards on 18th February.

The winners will get:

  • 2 x VIP tickets to enjoy The BRIT Awards in a hospitality suite at The O2 Arena including pre-show drinks and a fully-catered buffet
  • A one night stay for two at the InterContinental London – The O2
  • 2 x tickets to The Official BRITs After Show Party
  • Travel allowance up to £300

You need to enter by TONIGHT, 22nd January, by clicking here.

Note that “[Credit card] Holders will not be eligible to win if they are over their Credit Limit or in arrears at the end of the Promotional Period”!

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  1. Presumably with all the Scandinavian fairs, one has to fly both legs to Scandinavia, rather than failing to fly the last section?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      You could drop the last leg with BA if you are HBO, they may come after you for a reprice but doubt they would.

      If you need to take luggage then try to time an overnight connection and should be able to collect at LHR without talking to anyone. If you didn’t then you could always make up some story why you need your bags back as you won’t be flying the next flight (emergency etc but it’s always more risky)

  2. Jean Adamson says:

    Hi I am trying to book a Ba 2-4-1 flight 355 days in advance as that is when I understood tickets were released. However when I try to book it appears to be 353 days instead. E.g. when I went on today the seats were being released for 10th January. I am actually trying for Cape Town which I know is very difficult to get but when I go through the process I get the following message:
    “There was a problem with your request, please try again later.”
    Has anyone else had the same problems.

    • Remember it’s a leap year…so +1 day. 366 days in the next year.

    • GeoffGeoff says:

      354 days ahead. At any point in time, BA sell tickets for 355 days: the current day and 354 future days. At midnight GMT the day ends, the new day starts, and a new day dated today plus 354 days becomes open for booking. And yes don’t forget 2020 is a leap year.

    • Reeferman says:

      There is an IT problem with BA’s avios booking system (hard to believe, I know!) It’s been like it for quite a few days now – if your dates are urgent/critical, it’s probably best to call at midnight

  3. O/T – I have just got my first IHG credit card free night voucher. is there an easy way to check for availability dates for redemptions at a particular hotel?

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