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The latest travel and aviation news:
The Civil Aviation Authority and the Competition & Markets Authority sent a joint letter to UK airlines reminding them of their obligations to passengers if flights are delayed or cancelled.
Canada has brought back Covid testing for those flying into the country – dare you risk 10 days of quarantine if you test positive?
I sat down with the CEO of Qatar Airways at the Farnborough Airshow for an update on what the airline is up to.
UK media reports suggest that Heathrow will insist on passenger caps until 29th October which will inevitably lead to more cancellations.
Plaza Premium has reopened its lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4.
British Airways news:
British Airways has finally told passengers what we told you on 9th April – Bangkok flights are permanently cancelled. Many readers are struggling to get the airline to do what it is legally required to do in terms of rebooking as our article explained.
The closure of the British Airways lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol now seems official.
Qatar Airways has opened three new lounges in Doha for British Airways status members who are travelling in Economy.
British Airways has dropped its Manchester to Gatwick service.
EXCLUSIVE: We have an exclusive offer for HfP readers of 3,000 Avios when they get the new British Airways Prepaid Mastercard. Click here to find out more. You need to use our promo code to apply.
Do you know that you can use ‘double Avios’ to book a wider range of Qatar Airways seats? Learn how ‘flexi awards’ work.
Credit card news:
In a major announcement, American Express Platinum has added a new benefit – £300 per year of dining credit! Read more here. You receive £150 to spend across 150+ UK restaurants and a further £150 to spend across 1,200 international restaurants. Your credit resets on 1st January each year. You can apply here.
Got HSBC Premier? The new transfer partners for its credit cards are now live. There are now ELEVEN airline and hotel partners, of which 10 have no other UK Visa or Mastercard partner.
Learn how to get FREE hotel elite status from UK credit cards.
Got an SME? Want to earn Avios? We looked at the British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card.
For our review this week Rhys headed to Stockholm, where he checked into Hotel Reisen – part of Hyatt’s The Unbound Collection. See what he thought.
Sinead reviewed The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok (Marriott’s The Luxury Collection) where she was given the most ludicrous suite upgrade we’ve ever seen.
You can earn triple Club Eurostar points with a stay at any Accor hotel.
You can now earn 2,000 Virgin Points for every stay at a Virgin Hotel – except the UK one!
Other interesting articles:
We ran two Aer Lingus lounge reviews this week:
Priority Pass has added a new ‘lounge’ at Luton Airport – a £15 credit to spend at The Big Smoke bar and restaurant. You can’t get this if your Priority Pass is via American Express, however.
No1 Lounges has reopened its Clubrooms lounge at Birmingham Airport and My Lounge at London Gatwick’s South Terminal.
Learn how to get Platinum status in the GHA Discovery loyalty scheme, which includes Kempinski and NH Hotels amongst others, for just £16!
How do Emirates ‘My Family’ Household Accounts work?
See you next Saturday!