News in brief:
Very generous ‘bonus Avios’ offer from eBay
If you have the Nectar app installed, you have a good chance of seeing a very generous eBay offer this weekend.
As per the screenshot below, you may be targetted for a ‘spend £5, get 1,000 Nectar points’ deal.
1,000 Nectar points convert into 625 Avios, so this is a decent offer. All you need to do is find something on eBay for close to £5, excluding postage. There are a lot of booksellers on eBay, so if you were targetting a particular new paperback you’ll probably find it – and often cheaper than at Amazon.
Depending on how you look at it, you’re either buying something you need for £5 and getting 625 Avios with it, or paying £5 for 625 Avios and getting a free item.
You may also see an offer in the Nectar app for ‘100 points for every Nectar partner you transact with’. This includes eBay and so should double up.
The eBay home page is here. You can find out more about the Nectar partnership, and link your Nectar card, on this special eBay page. You MUST link your Nectar card to eBay here before trying to registering for the offer.
IHG to open a luxury Six Senses beach resort in Dubai in 2024
We normally don’t bother running press releases about hotel openings which are due 2-3 years down the track, partly because the project is often cancelled and partly because the news isn’t much use until you can actually book.
I’ve made an exception here because the lack of beach resorts in Dubai in the IHG Rewards portfolio is a bugbear for many readers. The situation will ease when voco The Palm Dubai (website here) opens in July 2022, although this property appears to be part of a mixed retail / leisure complex.
For those looking for luxury, however, you will need to wait until 2024. IHG has just announced Six Senses The Palm Dubai.
This is going to be an odd project. It contains a small 60-room hotel alongside 162 branded villas and apartments. It’s clear that the hotel aspect is really just there to service the residential side and to allow it to charge a premium to the normal Dubai market.
That said, with a promised 60,000 square feet of amenities, it may be that you end up with a boutique hotel with exceptional facilities and a little used private beach. The promised spa and recreation facilities do sound impressive.
There’s nothing you can do with this news today, but it’s a project we’ll be keeping an eye on over the next couple of years. An image of the project is below.
Singapore Airlines launches Milan to Barcelona
There are some little known oddities in the Singapore Airlines network, driven by the desire to serve as many cities as possible and to cover distances which its fleet cannot fly non-stop.
The best known is Frankfurt to New York, which is a continuation of the Singapore to Frankfurt flight. I reviewed Singapore Airlines First Class on this route back in 2014 and am hoping to do it again, to review the brand new A380 First Class Suite, in 2022.
There is also, conveniently for UK readers, Manchester to Houston.
Coming up, from next week is a new route.
Singapore Airlines is launching Milan Malpensa to Barcelona from 17th January. It will be an extension of the existing Singapore to Milan flight.
Singapore Airlines has actually been flying between Milan and Barcelona for some time, but was not allowed to sell stand-alone tickets for the European leg. All of the necessary regulatory approvals are now in place.
The service operates three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday as follows:
- Milan 07.15 – Barcelona 08.50
- Barcelona 10.10 – Milan 11.50
The aircraft type is an Airbus A350-900.
Whilst I doubt many of you fly between Milan and Barcelona, there are a lot of people who would love to try out Singapore Airlines business class, even if only for a 100-minute flight. This is a cheaper and more convenient option than heading to Singapore!
Cash fares are around €260 one-way in Business Class and it should be available on miles via any Star Alliance programme. Via Lufthansa Miles & More, a one-way flight is 25,000 miles + €25. Oddly, at the time of writing it hadn’t been loaded into the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer booking system.
You can book on the Singapore Airlines website here.