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British Airways and Marks and Spencers food
The end of M&S buy on board

The latest travel and aviation news

This week, Hilton Honors rolled out another round of status extensions and rollovers, which means that you could get Hilton Diamond status until March 2023 with just 15 nights!

British Airways is changing its meal service. On Monday it announced it will be re-introducing hot meals on long haul flights in all classes.

BA has also terminated its buy-on-board catering contract with M&S. Rumours are that M&S will be replaced by Waitrose or Greggs!

This weekend is also your last opportunity to grab a deal in the British Airways luxury sale! There are some genuinely good offers to be had.

Latest travel corridors update

Cyprus and Lithuania back on the quarantine list, no countries have been removed.

American Express news

Amex Platinum adds a £100 Harrods credit – no minimum spend!

British Airways

British Airways has increased how long a schedule change must be before you are entitled to a refund.

Rob has been generating a lot of discussion with his two articles about whether British Airways should introduce Lifetime Silver status and whether BA should reform the Gold Priority Reward.

You can also see his review of BA’s ‘On Business’ SME loyalty programme.

Two British Airways 747s have been preserved: one will live on as a film set whilst the other will become a unique event and educational space.

Stanglwirt hotel Austria

Hotels

We started the weekend off with two hotel reviews:

Rob took a look at how Marriott Annual Gift Choice benefits work, and which one is worth choosing.

We also looked at Marriott’s Points Advance feature, which lets you book hotels even if you don’t have enough points yet.

Finally, a special offer at The Tower Hotel by Tower Bridge – £75 rooms including free parking!

Miscellaneous

Reader story: what’s it like doing two weeks enforced hotel quarantine in Australia?

United Airlines is the first airline to introduce ‘covid free’ transatlantic flights where all passengers must test negative at the airport.

If you’re quick you’ll catch the tail end of Qatar Airways’ ‘Kids Fly Free’ offer, available for 48 hours only.

Should you convert Amex, Tesco Clubcard, Heathrow Rewards or HSBC points to Avios on receipt?

Virgin resumes Antigua and Grenada.

Offers you missed:

Zipcar offered free eGolf rental on Wednesday to celebrate Sustainability Day. You can still get £25 free credit, however.