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The latest travel and aviation news:
Flybe is back! The regional airline took its first flight this week after being rescued from administration. Rhys Jones was on the flight, from Birmingham to Belfast City, and here is his report.
Do you want to get a second British passport for business purposes? A man who has done it gives you his top tips.
Rhys was in Barbados to try out the new Aer Lingus direct flights from Manchester. Read about:
We have a special reader offer running. You can save 30% on ‘First Class’ membership of SeatSpy, the reward seat finder app. SeatSpy has been a genuine lifesaver for me in terms of flagging up Avios seats which mysteriously appear during the year for routes you are watching.
British Airways news:
The driverless pods are back in action at Terminal 5 to take you to and from the pod car part – and the Thistle Heathrow Terminal 5 hotel.
What’s it like flying British Airways business class with a small baby? A reader tells all.
British Airways has decided not to fly to Bangkok this Winter season (October to March) although it hasn’t told passengers yet who have booked tickets.
Credit card news:
Nothing this week – we’re taking a break after our big Barclaycard Avios promotion.
The big, big news of the week is the launch of IHG One Rewards, the successor to IHG Rewards. We were genuinely stunned when we received the details. Suddenly IHG has jumped from bottom of the pile, by a long way, to level pegging with Hilton Honors, Marriott Bonvoy and World of Hyatt. We wrote a detailed three-part overview of the changes and what they mean to you – here is Part 1 of our IHG One Rewards overview.
Marriott Bonvoy has some amazing Monaco Grand Prix packages on offer which can be bought with your Bonvoy points.
Get 1,000 bonus points with every night you book via Marriott Homes & Villas. You may have a £150 Amex cashback offer as well.
Radisson Rewards is still offering 3,000 points for your first app booking.
Other interesting articles:
An incredible offer to use your Virgin Points has come up (and it is still bookable as of 7pm Friday, when I am typing this). For just 80,000 Virgin Points, two people can go on a FULL BOARD Virgin Voyages cruise for TWELVE NIGHTS next month. You will start in Portsmouth and end up in Barcelona. This was recently selling for £2,500 which makes it an exceptional redemption. Read our full article here.
What are Club Eurostar points worth in 2022? We did the maths.
You can get 650 points when you sign up to loyalty app Swapi – enough for a £5 Uber voucher.
Lufthansa has a 2-4-1 offer on European business class flights, valid until December.
Interesting threads from our forums this week:
- Your thoughts on IHG One Rewards
- Cash advance fees for topping up Revolut from a credit card
- Paying council tax on American Express cards via PayPoint
The full forum index is here.
See you next Saturday.