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The latest travel and aviation news:

Heathrow staff have announced December strikes over a pay dispute.

This week British Airways launched a promotion offering a 10% discount on bookings for Monzo or Monese cardholders, although you can pay with any card!

The Virgin Red app has officially launched and will be the new central hub to earn and redeem Virgin Points, including at Greggs! If you leave near Manchester, you can also redeem for the Virgin Red suite at the AO Arena.

Latest travel corridors update:

Israel and eight other countries have been removed from the quarantine list.

American Express news:

American Express and Amazon have launched two new SME cards. We take a look at how much you can earn here and why it might be useful for SMEs.

You can also earn Membership Rewards points when making international payments with Amex.

British Airways news:

What food is the BA lounges serving during lock down?

Hotel news:

The Marriott Amex Platinum £400 cashback offer has been extended again until the end of 2020.

A new IHG Rewards Club redemption option has opened in New York: the voco The Franklin on the Upper East Side.

A new bonus of 25% has appeared when converting American Express Membership Rewards into Hilton Honors points.

Rob reviews the Bankside Hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and the Hampton by Hilton Waterloo, whilst I review the refurbished Radisson at Heathrow Airport.

Plus an overview of the Scandic Friends loyalty programme for hotels in Scandinavia.

Other interesting bits:

Heathrow is scrapping the Heathrow Free Travel Zone which means buses will no longer be free.

You will soon be able to earn full Avios and BA tier points on Aer Lingus flights to the US as it joints the AA/BA joint venture.

Cathay Pacific drops Gatwick and Dublin.

Our article looks at what you should do if you have large quantities of Tesco Clubcard points sitting around, whilst this article looks at what to do if you have small quantities of points in various schemes.

You can no longer apply for the Lufthansa Miles & More payment card – could this mean something new is coming?

How to earn Avios with Cruise118.

jet2 is opening a new base at Bristol Airport.

How to get a one-way Europcar rental for just £1!

Nutmeg is offering up to 300,000 Avios on its investment products.

Offers you missed:

You missed a flash sale of discounted Melia points on Amazon this week.

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