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Bits: BA’s 1st First Suite 777-300ER arrives, £5 Amex cashback on £15 Co-Op spend, Virgin double points extended

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News in brief:

The first British Airways Boeing 777-300ER with First Suite arrived

British Airways took delivery of the first of four new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft yesterday. It touched down at Heathrow in the morning after a flight from the Boeing factory in Everett.

The new aircraft will feature an improved – but not radically different – First Suite seat. For the first time, First Class seats will have a door. This puts the First Class cabin on a par with Business Class, as these aircraft are arriving with the new Club Suite seat as standard.

We don’t have any photographs of the new First Suite – the best we have is this illustration from the crew manual! Hopefully we can get our hands on some over the next few days.

Your chances of flying the new seat are not great. There is no news on it being retrofitted to older aircraft and a totally new First Class seat is believed to be planned for the 777X deliveries due from 2022.

British Airways First Suite doors

Co-Op launches an American Express cashback deal

American Express has launched a new cashback deal with the Co-Op.

This is widely available. Don’t confuse it, however, with an offer from Co-Op Will Writing Services!

Co-Op stores are known to be very lenient / dim (delete as applicable) in letting customers pay utility bills via PayPoint using an American Express card. You may also find some useful gift cards available. Or, you know, just buy some food and drink …..

You need to look under the ‘Offers’ tab for each American Express card you hold, and click ‘Save to Card’ to register.

Note that “Co-op Chemists, Prescription app, Legal cover, Insurance, Funeral Care and Cover, Post Office and Petrol Stations are all excluded.”

The offer expires on 1st November.

Double points on Virgin Atlantic flights

Virgin Atlantic extends its double points offer

The offer of double Virgin Points on new Virgin Atlantic flight bookings has been extended to 15th October.

(Virgin Points is the new name for your Virgin Flying Club miles, as we explained in this article last week.)

Flights must be booked directly on the Virgin Atlantic or Virgin Holidays websites, or via the call centre, to qualify.

All travel classes qualify.

Flights must be Virgin Atlantic operated, not codeshares. There is no deadline for when the flight must be taken. There is no tier point bonus.

You can see full details of the double points offer on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

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