News in brief:
Alex Cruz to become Chief Executive of SAS?
According to this Sky News report yesterday, ex-British Airways Chairman and CEO Alex Cruz has been approached to become Chief Executive of SAS.
Cruz is reportedly one of a small number of candidates identified to succeed Rickard Gustafson, who is leaving to take a job outside the aviation industry.
SAS has, arguably, moved closer than most European legacy airlines to becoming a low cost carrier which may be why Cruz is of interest to them. It had little choice, faced with competition from Norwegian.
The airline is a member of Star Alliance and has an established long haul network alongside its short haul operation, albeit with a long haul fleet which is just a 1/10th of the one Cruz oversaw at British Airways.
More news if and when we hear it.
Nectar gearing up to launch card-linked earning
It seems that Nectar is gearing up to launch card-linked earning.
A banner for ‘Nectar Connect’ popped up on the Nectar app and website yesterday before being taken down. The linked page of the website was broken.
This is presumably little different from the card-linked offers being run by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. It allows you to earn points when you use a specific, pre-registered credit card with certain retailers, either in-store or online.
Signing up may be problematic for HfP readers as there are often ‘card clash’ issues if you register the same payment card with multiple card-linked offer sites. Unfortunately I have never seen a card-linked offers site come clean about ‘card clash’ problems.
Look out for more information in the coming days.
Get a bonus when you buy IHG Rewards points
IHG Rewards Club has launched a new ‘mystery bonus’ for buying points.
The link to buy is here.
Testing it out amongst family accounts, 75% seems to be the most common bonus offered.
We saw numerous offers of a 100% bonus during 2020, so I wouldn’t buy speculatively at this price. None of my family accounts got an offer this high.
There have also been changes to IHG Rewards redemption pricing over the last few days. Some hotels have increased sharply in price whilst other, more expensive, ones have fallen or remained the same. I will do an article on this in a couple of days.
If you are looking to make a cash booking at the moment, however, it is worth looking at whether buying points for a redemption stay is cheaper.
The mystery bonus runs until 3rd May.