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News in brief:

Get a 25% bonus buying World of Hyatt points

Until 30th September, Hyatt is offering a 25% discount when you buy World of Hyatt points via this link.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if you are considering a post-corona stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as Paris, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

Note that this is a 25% discount, not a 25% bonus. This means it is equivalent to 33% bonus.

We recently saw the loss of the Park Hyatt Mallorca resort, which removes potentially the best Hyatt holiday redemption in Europe.

There are no shortage of good European properties left, of course. The Hôtel Du Palais Biarritz (photo below) re-opens in January as a Hyatt property, and there are also good hotels in Nice and Cannes. And that’s just France outside Paris …..

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

Save 25% buying World of Hyatt points

Qatar Airways launches a premium sale

Qatar Airways has launched a premium cabin sale for anyone looking to travel next year.

Fares are, generally, discounted by up to 20% for bookings 120+ days before departure and up to 10% for bookings 90 – 120 days before departure.

Typical fares from London in Qsuite business class include:

  • £1,849 to Nairobi
  • £1,959 to Bangkok
  • £2,029 to Sri Lanka
  • £2,039 to Phuket
  • £2,079 to Seychelles
  • £2,149 to Cape Town

Qatar Airways will let you move your travel up to two years from your original ticketing date if required. You can also refund your ticket for a travel voucher, and get an additional 10% bonus on top.

Most interestingly, you can change your origin to another city within the same country or any other destination within 5,000 miles of your original destination. 5,000 miles gives you a laughably huge level of flexibility.

You can find out more on this special page of the Qatar Airways UK site.

Qatar Airways UK sale

Wizz Air adds additional services from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Last month we covered the launch of Wizz Air’s new base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, albeit with just one aircraft.

Due to either strong forward bookings, or the added restrictions on flying to and from its native Hungary, Wizz Air has decided to add a second aircraft from late October.

The following routes are now bookable from 22nd October:

  • Doncaster Sheffield – Lanzarote, 3 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Tenerife, 3 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Fuerteventura, 2 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Gran Canaria, 2 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Lisbon, 2 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Eindhoven, 2 weekly

The original set of routes, also launching from 22nd October, is:

  • Doncaster Sheffield – Alicante, 3 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Faro, 2 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Kosice, 2 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Larnaca, 2 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Lublin, 3 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Malaga, 2 weekly
  • Doncaster Sheffield – Suceava, 2 weekly

It’s impressive what sort of network you can create with just two aircraft when you work them hard.

Comments (20)

  • mr_jetlag says:

    I thought the 5000 mile route change had been massively watered down by QR? Can the change be done any time or only within a narrow window after booking?

  • Riaz says:

    Qatar – if they let you change to any city within 5,000 miles for free, why wouldn’t you book say Nairobi and then swap for Cape Town?

    • mr_jetlag says:

      Like many Qatar promos, looks amazing at first but the more you dig the worse it looks. Right now I can’t find recent info but changes only allowed for travel completed by 2020.

      • John W says:

        You are correct , flexibility is only until 31st December , – take from QR website now

        You can change your travel date or destination free of charge, as often as you need, for travel until 31 December 2020. You can change your origin to another city within the same country or any other destination we fly to within a 5,000 mile radius of your original destination.

    • Rob says:

      You can. Doubt they want me actively encouraging it though.

  • Andrew says:

    Yes, it’s not relevant for this article to mention the flexible booking policy when the opening line says “to travel next year” as that policy ends at the end of this year.

  • Nick G says:

    Rob

    Current Qatar Biz sale from Amsterdam. I was looking last night and priced up AMS to CPT for £1300, and JNB for about £1200. Q suite on both flights. Big saving flying ex eu!

    Also are you planning on running an article on Wizz air Discount Club? I see the prices advertised with it but don’t know much about it. Maybe if you’re planning on a few more articles re Wizz air might be worth it.

    • Rob says:

      Neither do I, but I’ll take a look.

      • Dominic says:

        I use it; I’d argue it’s worth it. Think it’s approx £25 per year.

        Save around £9 per flight, so £18 on a return – two trips in a year, and you’ve made your money back (+ a saving!). Regularly get flights at £8.99 each way (£1.49 ticket fee, £7.50 admin fee). Buy a cabin max bag to get the most out of their baggage allowance for a weekend.

  • Andy says:

    On the Qatar letting your flight dates by up to two years, is there a cost for that?
    I have a business class ex eu flight to Bangkok in December which is looking doubtful to say the least. Can I just change the dates to the same time next year with no charge or would I have to pay fare differences etx

    • flyoff says:

      Re-arranging for travel completed this year at no extra cost. If you move into next year you pay the fare difference.

      • Andy says:

        Ah ok thanks. It’s all very annoying actually, I booked the flights in early January but because my flight back is at 1am on the 1st January 2021 they won’t let me change the destination in any of the flights without paying the fare difference. Do hope they might show some flexibility at so,e point for such an old pre Covid booking!

      • GHFP says:

        Thanks for explaining, FLYOFF.

        Most persons not in the travel industry would be confused when they say “Keep your ticket and use it when you are ready with our extended ticket validity, now valid for 2 years from the date of ticket issuance for greater flexibility” and, at the same time, “You can change your travel date or destination free of charge, as often as you need, for travel until 31 December 2020.”

        https://www.qatarairways.com/en-gb/travel-with-confidence.html

    • Lady London says:

      Fare diff payable.
      Personally with QR I would not risk this option unless no other choice. Great experience in the air but aware they are not fully subject to our ways of doing business in Europe.

  • BSI1978 says:

    A “post Corona” stay…..?

    Whilst I typically try and adopt a positive outlook, that may be sometime in the future…..

    • Andrew says:

      Gotta love Rob’s positivity – we are looking at a couple of years before we can say we are going to Paris “post-corona” though.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        It depends how you see. COVID-19 will be around forever.

        But these past 6 months are very likely to be the only time you’ll see a full scale global lockdown because of it.

  • ayearinmx says:

    so could you buy a Stockholm-Phuket ticket and then change it to Gatwick-Bali for no additional cost?
    Flying Stockholm gives some really good prices….

    • Andrew says:

      No because Stockholm and Gatwick aren’t in the same country. But the switch from Phuket to Bali is fine as the destinations are within 5000 miles of each other. This is only for travel until the end this year though.

      • ayearinmx says:

        gotcha…. misread the sentence

        i usually do a winter month in asia and although i’m not too positive it’ll happen this year, these are good deals

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