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Speedbird Cafe Tom Kerridge British Airways 2

The latest travel and aviation news:

Does the new British Airways Speedbird Cafe menu featuring the Tom Kerridge steak and ale pie pass the taste test or is it just all pie in the sky? We test it out.

TAP Portugal launches its latest business class sale, with business class to Canada and the USA from £999.

British Airways has added 4 new short haul routes, bookable now with Avios availability for this Summer.

All 35 Dixons Travel stores are closing after the ban on tax-free shopping.

Credit card news:

You can save £50 on £200-worth of flights and hotels with the latest Amex Travel cashback credit.

How can you maximise the Barclays Avios Rewards voucher?

Why our Capital on Tap Visa promo may work for you even if you can’t spend £5,000 in three months.

British Airways news:

BA is permanently closing the Elemis Spas in its lounges – a blow for First and Club passengers.

Why did a smartphone cause a British Airways seat fire?

How to earn and spend Avios on Vueling.

JW Marriott Grosvenor House forecourt 2

Hotel news:

Is there a link, at all, between Marriott peak and off-peak redemptions and cash prices?

We trial the new alfresco dining terrace at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House!

Which InterContinental hotels give free club lounge access when you book through a preferred partner travel agent (like our partner Bon Vivant)? We have a list.

Other interesting bits:

Flybe gets 86 weekly Heathrow slots ….. is it really coming back?

easyJet adds flights between Gatwick and Newquay.

Teeside Airport has scrapped its £6 passenger service charge.

Should you credit Etihad and SkyTeam flights to Air Europa and hope they get turned into Avios?

You can redeem your Virgin Points for socks (and cruises!)

Should tour operators be banned from using your money as working capital?

Offers you missed:

Friday was the last day you could earn a 50% bonus when buying Virgin Points.

You would have earned a 50% Avios bonus on foreign currency transfers with Midpoint between Monday and Friday last week.

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