News: Norwegian plans 142 weekly UK flights, get 25x Nectar points with Europcar car rentals
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News in brief:
Norwegian selling 142 weekly flights from the UK and Ireland for next Summer
Norwegian is still alive and kicking, albeit now as a short haul airline focused on Scandinavia.
The airline has just put its Summer 2022 schedule on sale. It is planning to operate 142 flights per week from the UK and Ireland. This is made up of:
- London Gatwick to Oslo, Stavanger, Trondheim, Bergen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen (115 weekly flights)
- Manchester to Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen and Stockholm (eight weekly flights)
- Edinburgh to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen (15 weekly flights)
- Dublin to Oslo and Copenhagen (four weekly flights)
Flights are now available to book at norwegian.com.
Get 25 Nectar points per £1 with Europcar UK
Europcar has launched a generous Nectar promotion.
As you can see here, you receive 25 Nectar points per £1 spent. This will convert to 15.6 Avios per £1.
The key rules are:
- Valid for car or van rentals in the UK only
- Must book by 1st September
- Must pick up the vehicle by 16th October
- Must book via the special promotional website
- Rental must be for at least 3 days
If you book by Monday 16th August, you will also receive a 15% discount on standard rates. From 17th August, you will still receive the bonus Nectar points but not the discount.
You can learn more, and book, here.
How to get FREE car rental status and other benefits via UK credit cards (March 2023)
If you hire a car in the UK, you can get special benefits (discounts, upgrades, free additional drivers etc) if you have elite status with a car rental programme. You can get elite status for free via certain American Express cards.
The Platinum Card and American Express Business Platinum
The Platinum Card from American Express and American Express Business Platinum come with two free car hire status cards. Your supplementary Platinum cardholder can also receive status in their own right.
From Avis, you receive President’s Club status in Avis Preferred. This gets you up to 25% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a guaranteed one class upgrade. For weekend rentals you will receive a two class upgrade, subject to availability.
From Hertz, you receive ‘Five Star’ status in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. This gets you up to 15% off standard rates, a free additional driver and a one class upgrade, subject to availability.
Hertz also offers Platinum cardholders a 4 hour grace period on rentals. Your final day is treated as 28 hours, so a 1pm pick up with a 5pm return the following day is only charged as one day, not two days. We wrote about the Hertz / Platinum 4 hour grace period here.
The Platinum Card also comes with full car hire insurance with no obligation to pay for the rental via American Express. You can refuse any attempts to sell you additional insurance at pick up. This benefit has substantial value if you rent on a regular basis.
You can find more details on the two Platinum cards, and apply, in our full reviews:
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is an excellent card in its own right. You receive 20,000 Membership Rewards points for signing up (convert to 20,000 Avios amongst other things), four airport lounge passes and £120 of Deliveroo credit. Even better, your first year is free.
There are two car rental benefits:
- you receive Preferred Plus status in Avis Preferred
- you receive a special package with Hertz – 10% off best available rates at participating locations, a one class upgrade for rentals of 5 days or more, subject to availability, and no additional driver fees
Find out more about the benefits of American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, and apply, in our review:
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review