News: British Airways adds Bengaluru flights, last call to earn 6000 Avios from Accor Hotels

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News in brief:

British Airways launches additional Bengaluru flights

British Airways is increasing its services to Bengaluru for the Summer as it reallocates aircraft freed up from the suspension of China services.

Bengaluru flights will increase from seven to 10 per week from 23 April.

The additional services will depart Heathrow in the late evening on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Tickets, including Avios seats, are bookable now on ba.com.

Accor 6000 points promotion

Last call – earn 6,000 bonus Avios (or €120) for 3 x 2-night Accor stays

You only have four days left to book this generous deal.  Accor Hotels, which owns Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman / Raffles / Swissotel / Fairmont etc, is offering 6,000 bonus Avios or €120 of hotel credit.

You will earn 6,000 Avios (or a variable pile of other airline miles or 6,000 Accor Live Limitless points) if you complete three x 2-night stays at Accor properties before 7th June 2020.

The snag is that you must book your stays between now and Friday 6th March. You need to book via the Accor website or a corporate travel agent. Stays booked via hotel wholesalers such as Expedia, Hotels.com, booking.com etc will not count.

Existing bookings do NOT count. These need to be cancelled and rebooked.  Only bookings made after you have registered (link here) are eligible.

What is the bonus?

The bonus is dropped into your account in the form of 6,000 Accor Live Limitless points:

Your first 2-night stay comes with 500 bonus points

Your second 2-night stay comes with 2,500 bonus points

Your third 2-night stay comes with 3,000 bonus points

Whilst the Accor website for this promotion focuses on taking points, you can convert your 6,000 bonus points (plus base points) into airline miles. For the main programmes I write about, the conversion rates are:

Flying Blue 2:1

British Airways Executive Club Avios: 2:1

Iberia Avios: 1:1 (so don’t convert to BA!)

Emirates Skywards: 2:1

Etihad Guest: 2:1

Miles & More: 2:1

The secret with converting to Avios is to send them to an Iberia Plus account to get the higher 1:1 conversion rate.  You can then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them to British Airways Executive Club.  You can’t transfer out of Iberia Plus accounts until they are 90 days old, so if you open one specifically for this offer then you might have a slight delay before you can move the Avios across.

Earn 6000 bonus Accor Live Limitless points

However, whilst 6,000 Avios is certainly attractive, you need to remember that by converting to Avios in the Iberia programme, you are effectively ‘paying’ 2 Eurocents per Avios compared to taking €120 in Accor hotel vouchers.  The hotel vouchers are therefore a better deal unless you have no plans to use them – although, if all of your Accor travel is through your job, it is very possible that you won’t mind giving up the vouchers.

In all of the other airline schemes you are paying 4 Eurocents per mile which is very poor.  If you are not primarily an Avios collector I would seriously suggest taking the €120 of vouchers instead.

You can find full details of the offer, and the link to register, on the Accor website here. Remember that bookings must be made by Friday 6th March even though you do not need to stay until 7th June.

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Comments

  1. rams1981 says:

    OT Lloyds upgrade voucher. If voucher expires in end of April and I don’t know where to go what is my best way to book something which can then be amended if required without losing the voucher – is that even possible?

    • DaveL says:

      My understanding is that you can’t change the booking once the expiration date has passed. I changed my recently, and they checked to see that it was still in date.

      • BA-Flyer says:

        When I used my Lloyds voucher, I was told you could still make date changes after the expiry date of the voucher, but if you cancel you don’t get the voucher back.
        What I was not told is that the return flight must have been made within 12 months of the original booking being made. In fact, the agent I spoke to told me the complete opposite.

        • DaveL says:

          You can never get the voucher back though, expired or otherwise. Change is the only option

    • Eli gold says:

      I just used my expiring voucher and the agent (Lee) clearly said I can call to make changes without losing the voucher

  2. O/T. Does the £35 cancellation fee for an Avios ticket apply per seat on the booking or for the whole booking? This is regarding a reward flight saver ticket to Nice for myself, wife and daughter and im wondering if its £35 or £35×3…thanks

    • Harry T says:

      Applies per person. So 3x£35. However, lately they have only been charging 50p to cancel one ways and £1 to cancel return RFS. Worth clicking through the cancellation process and seeing what your refund is quoted as – you can double check the fee before definitively cancelling.

      • Blindman says:

        OT
        Trying to get Mrs B across to MEL next week on her lonesome from LHR using FF miles

        I can use American Airlines miles to do so or BA AVIOS

        Seems like AA is the best as they have lower ££££

        What are the best Choices from

        Cathay in Economy

        Ethiad in Business
        Qatar in Business

        Thanks

        • Peter K says:

          Any long haul business is going to be better than economy, especially on such a long flight.

          With the other two, both are good from reports. Qatar fly over Iran, not sure about Etihad. Flight times, stop-over gaps are worth looking at.

  3. Benilyn says:

    OT: Got Langley 1 night booked for June. Got ~76k Marriott points to go, any recommendations for use in the UK? Live in London so ideally outside it, but open minded. Flexible on 1 / 2 nights.

  4. rams1981 says:

    OT Tandem. Is anyone going to continue to use them after 9 March and pay the fee? I put through some transactions in EUR last week and got 1.185 with Tandem vs 1.177 with Curve. As it was for 1200 euros that’s a £6 difference… got me thinking if it’s worth keeping.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      £6 a month fee? There are better options for cheaper.

      E.g. Santander all in One MasterCard, 0.5% back, £3 a month fee springs to mind

  5. Blindman says:

    Oops
    Posted My Q in the wrong place.

    Q is open to anyone 🙂

    Rob?

  6. OT — I need to claim on Amex’s rental car insurance for the first time and will ring them tomorrow. Anything in particular to be aware of? Any insights into how long the whole process normally takes?

    • I have claimed twice and never had major issues, as long as you’ve got the paperwork from the rental company. Never had anything questioned.

  7. Clive says:

    New “weak” Bonvoy promotion is now live for registration. Check your accounts.

  8. Crafty says:

    OT: Can anyone confirm that an IHG credit card free night can be flexibly cancelled and rearranged in the same way as a reward night?

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