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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. The IHG Brit competition appears to have already closed. 😢

  2. Why on earth would any sane person choose to fly on BA to anywhere when Qatar offer the same or similar fares to the same places?
    Just booked QR ex AMS to CPT for Christmas for £1580, including a few days stopover in DOH. Fares on BA ex DUB or AMS were roughly double!

    • Shoestring says:

      why would any sane person want to spend a few days in Doha?

      • Harry T says:

        I had a chat with a flight attendant on my last Qatar flight (economy) and she wasn’t exactly complimentary about Doha. She was a big fan of Penang, which was luckily where we were headed.

      • Czechoslovakia says:

        We went there for 5 nights last year in February. Stayed at the Marriott. Kids loved the private beach, food was great. Hotel even respected my old gold Marriott Rewards card, giving us a double upgrade, with lounge access. On a redemption booking! It’s no Dubai, but a fine place for a few days of sunshine in February.

        • Shoestring says:

          OK if you just want hotel luxury in the sun – nothing else to do or see in Doha

          • Michael C says:

            The Museum of Islamic Art is world class.
            But yes, that literally is it.

          • fivebobbill says:

            Disagree, was there for 2 days last week and did a complete tour of all the 2022 World Cup stadiums.
            Hired a guy for 5 hrs each day for a total outlay of $100, Indian national, spoke great English, really great insight to Qatar.
            Could do with a few more bars tho… 🤐
            Maybe not your thing Shoestring, but a fascinating experience for a footy fan – weather was great too 😎

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I might not be a geography expert but Doha isn’t exactly on the way and your deal looks to be £300 more than BA’s

    • If the fares are same or similar, I’d rather fly BA on a direct flight to my destination. If the fare involves an ex-EU then I make a day trip of it, then go home and set off on the main trip the next day.

      I’m happy to fly QR when it is cheaper than BA. Stopping over in Doha – did it once, will do it one more time when the opportunity arises, then never again unless there are substantial savings.

    • Jonathan says:

      I’d always pay a premium for BA to South Africa, one of its key attractions is lack of jet lag & travelling overnight both ways on a flight long enough to get a decent sleep. It basically adds 2 days to your holiday compared to the QR detour. BA from Amsterdam also gives you option to hop off in London on way home.

  3. Riaz Shah says:

    Just what I was looking for! Booked OSL-CP`T and JNB-OSL for £1,383!

    Thanks Rob

  4. Secret Squirrel says:

    Is the VAcard app broken again this morning?
    Deleted, reinstalled but still link broken.

    • Youllnever says:

      Not working for me either – getting the “Something’s up” error message immediately after opening the app. Though I didn’t try deleting and reinstalling it. Might wait and see what others say.

    • App down according to the status page. Website access still works.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Cheers, this happens to me on average once a month. Usually deleting app & reinstalling solves the issue.

    • Harry T says:

      App isn’t working for me either.

    • Crashed with everyone checking their cash advance fees. Working ok now by the way.

  5. My flights are over Christmas, May is autumn in CPT. IF DOH is a terrible place, I will find out for myself, then I will know.

    • The hotel scene is finally sorting itself out. The Kempinsli on The Pearl is a decent beach resort and a Hilton is opening nearby. Four Seasons refurb should be done by then too. Kempi is fine though.

      • Highly recommend the new Mandarin Oriental. We stayed there over the summer during their soft opening. Nice suite upgrade. Pretty sure the first night we were the only people in the hotel! We probably got special treatment because of that, but even disregarding that it’s very nice. Rooftop pools. Beside a lovely square which will be full of restaurants by the end of this year.

        • No beach though.

          • Very true, if that’s your thing. Personally we found the beach in Dubai far too artificial-feeling and lifeless to be bothered trying Doha’s. Plus the sea water was the temperature of a (very warm) bath! Unlike the heavenly chilled pool to cool off and drink wine in. The MO is further from the cluster of bars and restaurants in the Pearl too, but is very close to the Museum of Islamic Art and the Souks, so swings and roundabouts I guess.

    • I’ve never been to the Gulf, but I wouldn’t rule out Doha if I wanted a few days of sun, spa treatments and shopping on the way to Asia. OW flights from MAN are rare enough that I would be more than willing to give it a try!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      If you enjoy good food and a lots of sun you will have a great time.

      Harry is recalling the country about 15-20 years ago.

  6. Ihg credit card prize draw if back working again

  7. Shoestring says:
  8. Anyone have any insight / predictions as to whether the Singapore fares (or any other airline) to Australia are likely to pop up again later in the year?

    There are c£1850 fares over Xmas which feels like a great price however I am reluctant to jump on right now as I am already paying off other holidays at the moment!

  9. David Moritz says:

    Just booked for June with Qatar. Got the QSuite too from DOH-CPT (note that Google Flights cited a A350)

  10. Any chance to get off in London on the way back while still getting all applicable tier points etc.? I suppose it might only work with hand luggage?

  11. Benilyn says:

    OT: Hilton Honors – is it free to transfer points to someone else i.e. friend?

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