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.
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.
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.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from Accor and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)
(New to Accor Live Limitless? Read our two-part overview of Accor Live Limitless here and here and our article on expiry rules here.)