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News in brief:

Introducing …. BA Euroflyer

It seems that the legal entity behind the new British Airways low cost operation at London Gatwick will be called BA Euroflyer.

Papers incoporating BA Euroflyer Ltd were filed at Companies House yesterday.

Interesting, the lead director is Tom Stoddart who is also, although perhaps not for much longer, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer.

Win a prize for Aer Lingus AerClub’s 5th birthday event

The Aer Lingus loyalty programme, AerClub, is five years ago.

To celebrate, it is running an online ‘Birthday Bonanza’ game for members. Prizes include:

  • flights to Ireland
  • up to 100,000 Avios
  • AerClub Silver membership (you couldn’t stretch to Gold?!)
  • Avis car hire
  • Marriott Bonvoy gift cards

The only way to enter is via the personalised link emailed to you by Aer Lingus. If you think you should have had one, search your spam for an email with the header ‘Take part in our 5th Birthday Bonanza for a chance to win!’.

At the very least, it seems you win a £40 discount code off an Aer Lingus long-haul flight from Manchester to Orlando, New York or Barbados. The game closes on 21st November.

You can learn more about earning and spending Avios with Aer Lingus and AerClub in this article.

British Airways moves Dallas Fort Worth to an A380

Slightly later than originally rumoured, British Airways is now showing Dallas Fort Worth as operated by an A380 from the end of March.

The flight is currently served by a Boeing 787.

If you read HfP yesterday you may remember that there is a lot going on in Dallas. Both Finnair and Iberia have just announced flights for Summer 2022 as well.

The justification is that Dallas is an American Airlines hub and so there will be a lot of feeder traffic in both directions. This doesn’t explain why Iberia, Finnair and British Airways are adding capacity at the same time in what is clearly a co-ordinated move.

Earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points on a luxury cruise

Marriott Bonvoy has announced that The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection has joined the programme.

The company is due to launch in May 2022.

Evrima, the first yacht from The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection, is due to visit the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. As a smaller vessel (190 metres long, 149 suites) it can visit locations such as Saint-Tropez, Ibiza and St. Barts which are usually off limits to cruise ships.

Benefits for Marriott Bonvoy members include:

  • EARNING: five points per $1 spent on the base cruise fare
  • REDEEMING: you can redeem an initial 180,000 points toward a $1,000 savings on the cruise fare, and in increments of 90,000 points thereafter
  • ELITE CREDIT: you will receive one elite night credit per night on board
  • AMBASSADOR: cruise fare will be applied toward the annual qualifying spend for members looking for Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite status
  • ONBOARD: there will be a welcome reception for all Marriott Bonvoy members on each cruise

We tend to value a Marriott Bonvoy point at 0.5p, so the redemption isn’t the greatest deal if I’m honest at around 0.41p. It isn’t t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e value though.

You can learn more about Bonvoy earning and redeeming with The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection here.

Comments (28)

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  • Bobby says:

    £40 off an EI flight for me 🥳

  • Mattb says:

    I did notice some F to dallas popped up yesterday (not a lot though) so I guess this explains why.

  • Paul says:

    Re DFW capacity- and yet not one of the European flights connects to flights to the Islands of Hawaii. It is by far the most comfortable way to get there with flat beds all the way and DFW is very easy to transit and for immigration.

    Coming back is even worse requiring two nights in the air and 12 hrs plus transit.

    Dallas is however easy to navigate and a night stop outbound does allow for some decent time seeing the sights.

    I would always recommend returning from the islands at lunch time to LAX and overnight to JFK with AA day time to LHR. All together more civilised And straight to bed on arrival.

    • Blenz101 says:

      It takes a certain kind of person to want to travel 17 hours and multiple flights for a beach holiday with the same thing available in much much close to home 🙄

      • Paul says:

        There’s a little bit more to the Hawaiian Islands than ‘a beach holiday’.

        • Blenz101 says:

          Do enlighten us what it is those islands have that can’t be had closer to home. Hula maybe? I bet I can save you at least 14 hours in the air.

          • Rob says:

            Spoken like someone who has never been anywhere but Benidorm.

          • Blenz101 says:

            Never been, but I’ve lived in 7 countries in my life and visited every continent other than Antarctica so pretty well travelled.

            When I lived in Vancouver I did take the time to visit Hawaii as given the proximity from the west coast. Was still 6 hours. Why anybody would travel from the UK though remains a mystery and your snipe didn’t clear it up for me.

          • Rich says:

            Pearl Harbour, Arizona monument for one.

          • Rich says:

            But you’re right, it is a long long way to go and there are better tier point runs to be had!

    • LessCleverAndrew says:

      Having only been through DFW once I recall it was a PITA to change terminals, involving 1.5 hours in immigration and then customs to enter the US, a not insignificant wait for a bus ride and the bus ride itself to change terminals. then going through security again, checkin etc etc etc.

      Some of this down to fact that I dont use the global visa thingie.
      Bit for your average traveller transiting at T5 seemed like a picnic by comparison

  • Zana says:

    Really pleased that there will be more capacity to DFW. Been traveling there for 20 years and about 8 years ago, BA dropped one of the two daily direct flights, leaving just 1 BA & 2 AA direct flights to DFW (pre-COVID). Even in economy, prices literally jumped hundreds overnight and stayed consistently higher in all classes compared to IAH regardless of seasonality. Hopefully prices will start coming down a bit now…

  • Steve G says:

    A380 also probable on Chicago.
    BA A380 cities likely to resume as follows:
    Los Angeles (to 2 daily depending on demand)
    San Francisco
    And rest of world:
    Johannesburg (eventually 2 a day)

  • Michael Jennings says:

    I have a LGW-BIO return booked on BA over Easter 2022. (It was ridiculously cheap a few months back, and I have friends in Bilbao I often go to visit). It wasn’t one of the flights they switched to Heathrow and I haven’t received a cancellation, but the flight is not presently on sale. I think the chances that BA Cityflyer will keep flying the route and at the exact same times are extraordinarily low, but I don’t want to book something else for Easter while that flight is still there. The silly problems we have.

  • HBommie says:

    RC cruises are inclusive which would need to be factored in. Not just a bottle of water and a change of towels.

  • aDifferentSimon says:

    The Ritz Carlton Yacht image looks like someone’s first ever go at photoshop!

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