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Bits: IHG Spring promo link now working, £80 Amex cashback with Qatar, BA leaving Tokyo Narita

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News in brief:

IHG Spring promotion now open for registration

Yesterday, we ran a preview of the IHG Spring ‘4x’ promotion which would (very theoretically) let you earn up to 301,000 IHG Rewards Club points.

Unfortunately, yesterday morning the registration link was not yet working although we had the link to the landing page.  We finally got the link yesterday afternoon – you can register for the IHG Spring promotion here.

Here is yesterday’s article explaining how IHG’s ‘4x’ promotion works.

Get £80 cashback on Qatar Airways with American Express

The latest travel company to offer a cashback offer on American Express cards is Qatar Airways. The offer is £80 back on £800+ spend.

We have had numerous comments from people who have this offer so it seems to be fairly widespread.  You need to look on the ‘offers’ tab on the online statement page for every Amex card you have.

The offer is open to the first 8,000 people who ‘save’ the offer to their card. You must book by 27th March 2020 which gives you plenty of time to wait for a good promotion to come around.

The key restriction is that it is only valid on flights departing from the UK (Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff).  It is NOT valid on ex-EU bookings.

Don’t forget there are also strong Amex cashback offers running for Malaysia Airlines (details here) and Hilton (details here).

You need to book directly via the Qatar Airways website to trigger the cashback.

British Airways moving Tokyo services from Narita to Haneda

The 2020 Olympics is proving to be a good opportunity for authorities, airports and airlines to tweak many long haul flights to Tokyo.

For the last decade or so British Airways has offered two daily flights to Tokyo, one to Narita and one to Haneda. It will now be consolidating its operations at Haneda, beginning on the 28th March.

This makes sense, for several reasons:

Haneda is closer to central Tokyo, and both cheaper and faster to get to/from

oneworld partner JAL operates more domestic flights from Haneda, so there are greater opportunities for connections

all first and business class passengers can now use fast track security

JAL will re-open its renovated First Class and Sakura lounges in March

….. not to mention the financial benefits of consolidating operations at one airport rather than two!

The flight timings have been roughly preserved. The two flights will now be:

BA007, departing Heathrow at 11:35 and arriving in Haneda the following day at 07:10 (Boeing 777)

BA008  departs Haneda at 09:55 and arrives in London 13:15 the same day (Boeing 777)

BA005 departing Heathrow at 15:40 and arriving in Haneda at 11:15 (Boeing 787)

BA006 departs Haneda at 13:15 and arrives in London at 17:25 the same day (Boeing 787)

In July BA5/BA6 will be replaced with an A350 with the new Club Suite so it is worth targetting this flight if you can.

The new flights are visible and bookable on here.

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  1. OT Nectar:

    1. 500 points for 1st Avanti West Coast booking have now posted.
    2. Tgere is an offer for 500 bonus points for buying 20+ L at Esso. Not sure how they can tell given it is a swipe card offer and not an Esso app offer.

  2. Up until now, flights in and out of Haneda have only been able to operate in very limited corridors, primarily over Tokyo Bay. What’s making the Haneda expansion possible is that Japan will get to control more airspace around Tokyo – since WWII the airspace has been managed by the US, now Japan gets more control.

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