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LAST CHANCE: get 60,000 Avios on the BA Business Amex
If you have ANY sort of small business, large or small, you should think about getting the new British Airways Accelerating Business American Express credit card.
You will get a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Avios after spending £5,000.
The annual fee of £250 is refundable pro-rata if you cancel, but if you keep it you can also earn up to 30,000 bonus Avios per year based on your total spending. You can read more here and apply here. The offer ends on Sunday.
The latest travel and aviation news:
It was an exciting week as the USA re-opened to vaccinated visitors. Rhys was on the first Virgin Atlantic flight out and managed to capture excellent footage of the unique synchronised takeoff at Heathrow with British Airways.
Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club makes some major improvements, including lower status thresholds, household accounts for all and Clubhouse passes. You can also now transfer or gift upgrade and 2-4-1 vouchers.
The SkyTeam status match has been extended to 25 airlines including British Airways (but not Virgin Atlantic) – don’t miss out!
Credit card news:
British Airways news:
All British Airways Executive Club functions will be unavailable over the weekend and into Wednesday as the IT is upgraded.
Both Iberia and Finnair have added new long haul routes, increasing your Avios redemption options.
Here are the best hotel promotions this month.
Rhys reviewed the brand new Hyatt Place London City East – what can you expect from a Hyatt Place hotel?
The InterContinental Le Grand in Paris used to be Rob’s favourite city hotel. But can it retain that title after Rob’s recent visit, following major refurbishment and covid restrictions? Plus, a comprehensive review of the new Club lounge.
Rob spent a week in Barbados with his family and reviewed the Fairmont Royal Pavilion.
Slightly less exciting is the Holiday Inn Express at Luton Airport reviewed here …..
Get 3,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points, worth £10, on your first app booking.
Other interesting bits:
Planning a ski trip? Austria has banned all unvaccinated and those vaccinated more than nine months ago from staying at hotels. This INCLUDES children over 12. NHS booster jabs are not accepted as they do not show in your digital covid pass.
Did you know you can double dip when collecting Accor and Flying Blue miles?
Pret A Manger is about to launch a new UK loyalty scheme called Pret Perks ….
Offers you missed:
SeatSpy was offering 30% off memberships exclusively to HfP readers.
You also missed the deadline for the 30,000 points welcome bonus on the Amex Gold card.
Work in loyalty? We gave away free tickets to join Rob at Loyalty Summit at The May Fair Hotel in London next Thursday, 18th November, alongside many of Europe’s top travel loyalty practitioners. The free ticket offer is now over but you can still come for the bargain rate of $199. Rob accepts that paying $199 for his ramblings is not necessarily a great deal but there are some very well respected loyalty experts speaking too …..! There were just 12 tickets left as of Friday evening. You can book here.
You can see a list of other offers closing soon here.
See you next Saturday.