Qatar Airways increases its shareholding in IAG, parent of British Airways

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Qatar Airways has announced that it has increased its shareholding in IAG (International Consolidated Airlines Group), the parent company of British Airways, from 21.4% to 25.1%.

This is more significant than it sounds, because it gives Qatar Airways a veto over any major decisions (‘special resolutions’ in City parlance) which would require 75% of the shares to vote in favour.

Qatar Airways increases its shareholding in IAG

Non-EU investors are limited to a 49% shareholding in total under EU aviation rules, and IAG does at times restrict purchases of shares by non-EU groups in order to remain under this limit.

As IAG is legally a Spanish company this position will not change under any UK / EU  trade deal.

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  1. OT. just seen a new Amex offer on my gold card. £200 statement credit for any booking made and paid for on by 30th June.

    Prices vary greatly but on a random date in June I found two bed houses in both Paris and London for around £165 a night. Are Amex really going to pay me to take advantage of this…?

    There are countless properties under £250 a night in great locations.

    • Shoestring says:

      From HFP: [$200 credit on EVERY onefinestay house rental
      This is potentially very interesting. You will get $200 cashyback each time you spend $200 or local currency equivalent on The Platinum Card on a onefinestay house or apartment rental.

      (Rentals in the UK receive £150 cashyback on stays of £150+. Rentals in the Eurozone receive €170 cashyback on stays on €170+.)

      I thought this would come with a catch, but it doesn’t. I have spoken to Amex and you will get the cashyback on each and every booking. The nearest thing to a ‘gotcha’ is that you must opt-in to this benefit via the American Express website when it goes live on 11th June. If you forget to opt in, you won’t receive your cashyback.

      The only snag is with onefinestay itself. Most of their houses require a three night minimum stays – not all of them, but most. Looking at a low cost country such as Thailand, the cheapest place I could find is $185 per night in Koh Samui with a three night minimum. The cheapest with a two night minimum is $450 per night – although you are, of course, getting a monumentally large Koh Samui villa for this! If you think that you will be able to book yourself a cheap $200 property and essentially pay nothing due to the $200 cashyback, you will be disappointed.]

      • Good! We in Edinburgh and Glasgow need to find an extra £150ish from our cards this year to offset our Council Tax increases. Edinburgh really taking the P, they just announced they are setting increase at 4.79 %, 0.01% below the maximum allowed. Meanwhile over in Glasgow they keep open a crap arts centre frequented mainly by visitors at the expense of a residential outdoors education centre for the kids from the city.

        • Shoestring says:

          Save to Card to get a £200 statement credit when you book and stay at by 30/06/20. Valid once per Card. Terms apply.

          OFFER TERMS
          Book, pay and stay by 30 June 2020.
          Offer includes online payments and is only valid on online spend.
          Visit to book.
          This promotion is intended for UK Cardmembers only.
          Offer is only intended for the targeted recipients of this offer.
          Offer only applies to the amount settled in Great British Pound (GBP) on the Card to which the offer is saved, including an American Express Card loaded into a mobile payment wallet. Offer does not apply to spend on other Cards you might hold and is not valid for transactions made using third-party payment aggregators. Only one £200 statement credit per UK Card. A rewarded credit may be reversed if qualifying transaction is refunded or cancelled. Offer available to every Cardmember that saves the offer to their Card. Credit should appear on your billing statement within five days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from 30 June 2020. Spend must be billed to your Card account by 30 June 2020 to be eligible for this offer. If onefinestay does not charge your Card during this period you may not be eligible for this offer. For full offer Terms and more details about statement credits click here. By saving the offer to your Card, you agree to the offer terms.

          So you couldn’t be charged in Euros, @Adam

          • Shoestring says:

            Enter a date range equal or longer than 3 nights
            London has a 3-night minimum stay policy. Please enter a date range equal or longer than 3 nights to see available homes in London. Alternatively you can contact us and one of our advisors will be able to assist.

      • Lady London says:

        ?not each and every booking; conditions say only one per card

    • The clever thing to do, if you have a PRGC with the offer and a Platinum card, is to book one or two nights of a multi-night stay on your PRGC to trigger the offer and the subsequent nights with your Platinum card to get the pre-existing [email protected] [email protected] Can’t see why that wouldn’t work.

  2. Shoestring says:

    Sorry to ask the same question but I already forgot – I want to book 2 flights on the same route – on Avios – on consecutive days, knowing I will cancel one of them:

    – do I need to book the Avios + 50p RFS option to only pay 50p when I cancel online?
    – or can I choose any combination of Avios + Money and still only pay 50p cancellation online (as things stand)?

    • From comments on here: As things stand you can book for any amount and only pay 50p cancellation each way.

    • @Shoestring
      You only pay 50p for each leg either way, regardless of the taxes and charges you pay (for RFS). I’ve done this numerous times recently.

  3. Hi Rob.
    Many thanks for the heads up on the 1 day Qatar offer.
    Just booked to return to Cape Town later this year, via Copenhagen.
    At £3140 for two in Business, it is a bargain. Furthermore their Business class is amongst the very best. And, this will assist retaining our BA status! So “wins” all round!
    Keep up the good work, it is very much appreciated.

  4. Very specific OT;
    Been looking at World of Hyatt loyalty program. I’ve noticed their tie in with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, where you can earn points and elite night credits in Hyatt for staying at SLH. If I booked a SLH through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts and put my Hyatt number in, would I still get the points and night credit, or would I have to book directly with Hyatt?

    • Needs to be direct I think. Note that rates booked via the Hyatt site tend to be higher than booking direct, although adjust for free breakfast etc. FHR is likely to be the best route overall although Hyatt has 3000 bonus points on SLH bookings until March IIRC.

  5. Has anyone received the special offer email from Qatar today; £1600 return to Seychelles in BUSINESS…..but do a search and see what you get…’s very sneaky….pretty much ‘click bait’ – this offer involves mixed cabin; Business LHR-DOH and then economy (overnight!) DOH-SEZ. So beware. It’s not only this route, see :

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