News in brief:
Emirates ending partner redemptions in First Class
If you are planning to redeem airline miles for Emirates First Class, it looks like Emirates Skywards will soon be your only option.
Emirates appears to be moving towards a Lufthansa-style model, whereby First Class redemptions are only available via its own programme, in this case Emirates Skywards.
(Lufthansa does open up First Class seats to partners, but usually only 14 days before travel. Only Miles & More members can book further in advance.)
Alaska Airlines stopped offering Emirates First Class to its Mileage Plan members on 1st April.
Japan Air Lines has now announced that Mileage Bank members will be blocked from Emirates First Class from 1st September. JAL offered attractive rates for Emirates redemptions, although the only easy way for most of us to get their miles would have been a transfer from Marriott Bonvoy.
Qantas Points are now the only other major currency which can get you into Emirates First Class, but the redemption chart is not attractive. Qantas Points are also very hard to pick up for UK residents – whilst Qantas is now a UK American Express Membership Rewards partner, this doesn’t matter much as you can also transfer directly to Skywards.
With the Etihad First Class Apartment on the A380 fleet now seemingly consigned to history, the new Emirates First Class Suite may be the most OTT product in the sky.
It is tricky to find, appearing only on a handful of refurbished Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Pre-covid, it was only found on the London Stansted services if you were departing the UK.
Here is my review of the new Emirates First Class Suite – probably the only place in the sky why you can order a £790 bottle of cognac ….
Best Western launches a 3-4-2 sale
Best Western UK has brought back its popular 3-4-2 sale with one night being free on every three night booking.
The deal runs until 16th May and is valid for stays until 31st December.
Pricing is based off the standard Bed & Breakfast rate. You need to search for a stay of exactly three nights to get the offer.
All bookings can be cancelled up to seven days prior to arrival.
Full details can be found on this page of the Best Western UK website.
Shangri-La Golden Circle offering double tier nights
Shangri-La Golden Circle has launched a ‘double tier nights’ offer running from 1st May to 31st July.
Very simply, any night you stay during this period at any Shangri-La, Kerry, KEN or Traders hotel will count as two elite nights.
This would allow you, from a standing start, to reach Jade status with 10 nights or top tier Diamond status with 25 nights.
I accept the chances of most HfP readers getting to Asia, where Shangri-La has the majority of its hotels, before 31st July are not huge, but we can hope!
Full details are on the Shangri-La website here. Registration is not required.