Route news in brief:
Iberia Express to launch Edinburgh to Madrid flights
Iberia Express has added flights from Edinburgh to Madrid for next Summer.
They are not exactly pushing the boat out. There will be a solitary two flights per week (Thursday and Sunday) between 18th June and 14th September.
You can, of course, redeem Avios for Iberia Express flights. An Economy return is 16,500 Avios + £54.75. Business Class is available for cash but I couldn’t see it for redemption – my pre-pandemic review of Iberia Express Business Class is here.
You can also choose to use fewer Avios in return for more cash, which is actually a better deal. 4,100 Avios + £124.75 is the sweet spot, although a cash ticket may be cheaper still if you’re not bothered about flexibility.
Singapore Airlines tweaks Manchester flights
Singapore Airlines has an interesting route which goes from Singapore to Manchester and then onwards to Houston.
Whilst many passengers fly the whole route, it is also possible to book either leg as a stand-alone flight, either for cash or for miles in any Star Alliance programme.
From the start of the Summer timetable in late March, two of the five weekly flights will terminate in Manchester and not continue to the US. This should open up extra capacity for good cash deal or redemptions to Singapore from the UK.
In other news, Singapore Airlines will drop the A380 from the Singapore – Frankfurt – New York JFK route, replacing it with a Boeing 777. This means that you will no longer have the chance to fly the iconic new First Class Suite to the US from Europe.
You can check prices and dates on the Singapore Airlines website here.