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Bits: save 5000 Avios on a hotel booking, [delayed] come back at 11.30, budget Blue Air moves to Heathrow

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News in brief:

Save 5,000 Avios on a hotel booking – however cheap!

British Airways Executive Club is currently running a low key offer on discounted hotel rooms, if you pay with Avios.

In general, we don’t recommend this because you get a poor return. Last time we looked at how to book hotels with Avios, it worked out at around 0.5p per point. This isn’t great since I believe you should be able to get over 1p on flight redemptions.

This new offer changes the game a bit because the discount is fixed. Here are the rules:

On an expensive or long stay, saving 5,000 Avios won’t move the needle. On a cheap two-night stay it makes a BIG difference.

Here is potentially an extreme example. The easyHotel in Sheffield, pictured below, for a two night stay from 18th to 20th December, will cost just 1,825 Avios per night:

easyhotel sheffield pricing

If you look at the easyHotel website for the same nights, the cash rate is £22.50. This works out at 1.2p per Avios, which is very good.

At a midrange hotel, such as the Crowne Plaza Sheffield, it doesn’t make much difference. The nightly rate for those dates drops from 10,975 Avios to 8,475 Avios which doesn’t change the ‘pence per point’ ratio much.

easyhotel sheffield

There is some news at 11.30 today

EDIT: This has now been pushed back to Tuesday, so ignore this bit!

We are sitting on some interesting airline loyalty news which has an 11.30am embargo slapped on it.

If you don’t normally read HfP during the day after your early morning visit, you might want to make an exception. Nothing life-changing though!

Blue Air launching London Heathrow flights

Budget airline Blue Air moves into Heathrow

With a slot waiver in place until the end of March, meaning that airlines are at no risk of losing their slots by not flying, some other carriers are taking the opportunity to test the Heathrow water.

Romanian low cost carrier Blue Air is not your typical Heathrow carrier. From 1st December, however, it is switching its 5x weekly service to Bucharest from London Luton Airport.

More interestingly, the service will expand to 11x weekly from March 2021. This presumably means that the airline has been able to borrow some Heathrow slots from another carrier which has no intention of operating them next Summer.

Blue Air has, reportedly, also requested slots to move its Cluj service from Luton to Heathrow.

You can find out more on the Blue Air website.

Comments (55)

  • Hugh says:

    Easy Hotel, Sheffield, suited me for a conference last year. I have points with Hilton/IHG, but a careful check of the Sheffield options suggested I could redeem better elsewhere, probably abroad. So what’s the downside, at £22? No parking. No breakfast. No windows. Well, I’m out like a light anyway. A cute little frieze of the Sheffield skyline more than made up for lack of a view. Friendly reception. Room new and clean. Yards from my venue. I followed my personal hunch, and did not regret it.

    • jonty says:

      Sheffield has some interesting hotels. The Crowne Plaza is a station hotel with no station, the Hampton is an old police station with some very odd shaped rooms, and the Best Western has the most helpful night reception/manager person.

    • Aston100 says:

      I thought there was a legal requirement for windows in rooms that are designated as sleeping places?

      • Rob says:

        No. Yotel and indeed easyHotel have done windowless rooms for years.

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        What would be the thinking if there was?

        Was mentioned in a review the other day the lack of ventilation in most modern hotels – hermetically sealed and no chance at all of opening them for any reason. And about the 5th floor frankly not a lot of point as a means of escape anyway…

  • Clive says:

    Qatar introduces restricted Business with no seat selection and NO LOUNGE

    • ChrisC says:

      Been on the cards for ages that they would un bundle fares like this. Read about this around a year ago.

    • AJA says:

      That’s interesting, what happens if you have OW Sapphire or Emerald status and buy one of these tickets? Can you still choose a seat and access the lounges? I could see being denied lounge access in DOH but elsewhere just wave the card (or app).

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I bet the reduction in fare won’t be worth losing those things.

  • Nathan says:

    SHEFFIELD!! Whoop! Comes second on my list, after Blackpool.

    • the_real_a says:

      Oh come on. No-one can fail to enjoy a couple of days at Blackpool 🙂 Even if its just childhood nostalgia!

  • Rob says:

    What was the 11:30 news in the end? Was it the Qatar Business Class thing?