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Rhys is sunning himself in Santorini this week, so the job of doing the weekly newsletter has fallen to Rob. If you’re missing Rhys’ style it will return next week – although I have been trying to tell him that there really isn’t anything worth rushing back for at the moment.
British Airways news
Following the announcement of the November lockdown, British Airways has taken an axe to its November and early December schedules. A list of cancelled British Airways routes is in this article – it includes some surprising ones, such as Frankfurt.
Moscow, Amman and Cairo will no longer earn 140 tier points each way in Business Class. They are cut to 80 tier points. For Amman, you should fly Royal Jordanian – you still get 140 tier points AND you get a flat bed seat.
Because Avios flights price on bands based on distance, you can often save substantial sums by starting outside the UK. Frankfurt to the Middle East, for example, is just 77,500 Avios in Business Class return vs 120,000 Avios on a peak day from the UK. Find out more here.
You now earn Avios from Avis using a different formula. Some will be better off, others worse.
We also did a reminder of how to earn Avios from Budget Car Rental.
Credit card news
Amex launched a lot of new cashback offers, including £100 off at Mr Porter. This includes £100 off a Qatar Airways flight – which you could cancel for a Future Travel Voucher, valid for 24 months …..
Eating at the Berners Tavern restaurant in London triggers the £400 Marriott / Amex cashback. Read the comments – why were some posters trying to spread false information that it didn’t?
Marriott launched three new ‘work from hotel’ packages. They earn Bonvoy points but NOT elite night credit.
Our weirdest hack of the week – a decent three star in London’s Kensington where THEY will pay YOU to stay there. And you get breakfast included!
Marriott was fined £18m for the data breach suffered by Starwood before Marriott bought it. It still took Marriott two years to spot it though …..
Interesting other stuff
Do you have a few random hotel loyalty points sitting unused? Here are ideas on how to use them or top them up.
Whilst heading off to Santorini, Rhys tried out Zipcar Flex. He drove himself, paying just £19 for the one way trip, and dropped the car in the Terminal 5 short stay car park.
That’s all from us – see you next week. We have some interesting loyalty news breaking at 11.30am on Monday, so if you don’t want to wait a week to hear it in next weeks newsletter, pop across to the main site.