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:
- Book via the British Airways Executive Club hotel portal here
- Book by 13th November
- Stay by 31st December
- Stay two nights or more
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:
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.
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!
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.