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News: BA drops Manchester to Gatwick, Qatar Airways adds Dusseldorf, Marriott Homes & Villas

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News in brief:

British Airways drops Manchester to Gatwick

British Airways has brought forward its plans to drop the Manchester to London Gatwick service.

Flights were due to end on 29th October, at the end of the Summer flying season, but this has now been accelerated. The last flight will now be on 31st July.

This flight was apparently designed to feed the Gatwick to Islamabad long haul route, which moved from Heathrow to Gatwick in March 2021. With Islamabad flights now back at Heathrow, however, the justification for the route has gone.

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Qatar Airways launches a new route to Dusseldorf

Qatar Airways has announced a new route from Germany to Doha. The carrier will launch flights from Dusseldorf in mid November, using a Boeing 787-8.

The main reason for mentioning this is that, as Qatar Airways offers two guaranteed Business Class seats for Avios redemptions on all flights, availability on this route should be excellent, at least once the World Cup is out of the way.

If you have been struggling to find Avios seats on Qatar Airways from the UK for specific dates next year, it may be worth looking at Dusseldorf as an alternative starting point.

Our most recent review of Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 business class is here.

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Get double Marriott Bonvoy points on ‘Homes & Villas’ rentals

With self catering holidays set for another bumper covid-driven year, Homes & Villas by Marriott International has launched a double points promotion.

The standard Bonvoy earning rate with Homes & Villas is 5 points per $1. This is doubled to 10 points per $1 for all stays booked for dates up to 31st January 2023.

Bookings must be made by 29th July 2022 to qualify. A three night minimum stay is required. Existing bookings do not count.

As a reminder, when you make a Homes & Villas rental, you earn points based on your total spend less booking fees, taxes, cleaning fees and extra add-ons.

Elite members of Marriott Bonvoy will earn a status bonus:

  • Silver Elite: 5 base points per eligible dollar plus 10% bonus
  • Gold Elite: 5 base points per eligible dollar plus 25% bonus
  • Platinum Elite: 5 base points per eligible dollar plus 50% bonus
  • Titanium Elite: 5 base points per eligible dollar plus 75% bonus
  • Ambassador: 5 base points per eligible dollar plus 75% bonus

…. and Gold and above receive additional points as a welcome gift:

  • Ambassador Elite, Titanium Elite, Platinum Elite: 1,000 points
  • Gold Elite: 500 points

Each night you book counts towards elite status with Marriott Bonvoy but, oddly, does not count towards lifetime status.

You can find full details on the Homes & Villas by Marriott International website here.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

EDIT: Until 8th November 2022, the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is doubled to 40,000 points!

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER) and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (50)

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  • David says:

    We used to use Manchester-Gatwick for BA flights to theCaribbean out of Gatwick…

  • SamG says:

    One of the problems with the Manchester flight is it needs a plane to have gone up from Heathrow the night before and night stop. It then operates Manchester-Gatwick-Manchester before operating back to Heathrow.

    They also need to have operated a flight from Heathrow for their own nightstopper.

    One imagines that these evening/midday “positioning” flights are not the busiest/highest yielding flights BA operates on the route so needing to operate multiple + accomodate the crew overnight in Manchester loads cost onto this service that makes it even less viable

    • TimM says:

      Apologist. Once there used to be a BA fleet based at Manchester with direct connections, including long-haul. It was around the same time easyJet only had one base, in Luton.

      There is no need to do the shimmying between London airports or even UK airports if there is a permanent fleet where required.

  • James Pennington says:

    I was booked on the Manchester to Gatwick flight to feed into the BA service to Doha in Club World using an Amex 2 for 1 voucher. BA have very kindly rebooked me on to Qatar Airways so i am very happy with this change from BA old 777 Club seat to Qatar Airways Qsuit 😎

  • Pete says:

    For me when I looked at the service to connect at LGW it was the timing there was only 1 flight a day each way and they didn’t meet my inbound LGW was cheaper to get a premier inn night before and drive !!

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