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British Airways 787

Latest travel news:

An exceptional 70,000 Avios bonus has launched on the British Airways American Express cards. This is the highest bonus ever BUT you can only get it via a specific link. Even if you did the worst possible thing and turned the bonus into Nectar points, you’d receive £467-worth.

British Airways has confirmed that its Boeing 787-8 fleet will be next to get Club Suite. The refurbished aircraft is already showing up on seat maps for travel later this year.

JetBlue has added a day return flight from New York to London. This is a superior choice for anyone flying in economy or who can’t sleep on flights! ‘Mint’ seat photo above.

Teesside is the first UK airport to feature all new security scanners. It beat London City Airport to the crown and means you’ll no longer have to remove laptops or liquids from bags.

KLM and Air France have launched a very decent business class sale from the UK.

Hyatt is taking over the hotel at La Manga Club in Spain. If you are really old you may remember this was once a Hyatt Regency.

Marriott has unveiled the first phase of refurbishments at the new JW Marriott Berlin hotel.

Etihad’s sale includes £1,999 business class Seychelles flights and, from Dublin, €1,799 business class flights to Zanzibar.

Other British Airways & Avios news:

What are the 2023 peak and off-peak Avios flight dates? Take a look if you’re planning a redemption this year – we have the BA, Iberia and Aer Lingus calendars.

British Airways and Iberia have slashed the cost of transferring Avios between members by 90%. The fixed-fee scheme means it is now affordable. You can transfer up to 54,000 Avios per person using this trick.

British Airways is using a new lounge in Paris. Early reports from readers suggest it is very good.

There’s currently excellent Avios availability to Los Angeles until late March. Two Club World tickets are available almost every day, whilst there’s also strong First Class availability in February.

You can use Avios to pay for the entirety of an Aer Lingus flight – no taxes and fees required. It’s one of the only ways you can get genuinely fly for ‘free’.

Reviews:

Rob reviews the impressive new Andaz Prague. Part of World of Hyatt, it has been built to Four Seasons-levels of quality. Photo above.

Rob reviews a book, Mileage Maniac, by Steve Belkin, the man who earned 40 million frequent flyer miles.

Credit card news:

Your questions answered on our 30,000 points Capital on Tap Visa offer. We’ve pulled together the most frequently asked questions so you don’t have to ask them!

Is the Bank of Ireland Avios credit card from Aer Lingus worth it? Rob takes a look at the maths, including the annual fee.

Hotel news:

New: transfer Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles to Marriott Bonvoy points. Useful if you need to top up your Marriott account and/or have KrisFlyer miles about to expire.

New Marriott Bonvoy redemptions for O2 concert tickets have been released.

IHG is offering 20% off all IHG One Rewards redemption bookings if you stay by mid March.

Need a UK airport hotel? Here are four which are taking part in the Hilton winter sale. It includes the recently refurbished Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4.

Get a 4,500 points bonus if you or you partner is new to Hilton Honors. You’ll need to stay twice at a Hilton hotel.

JetBlue A321LR Mint Studio seat 2

Other interesting articles:

Why the only thing better than transferable points are instantly transferable points. We have a list of points schemes that convert so that you can redeem them instantly.

Groupon is selling discounted Priority Pass airport lounge access cards. You can save up to 50%.

What you missed this week:

Crazy €700 business class fares from European cities to the Americas were available briefly on Tuesday morning with British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia. It later turned out to be a mistake fare – we will have to see if they are honoured.

Our latest roundup of miles and points offers closing soon is here.

Don’t forget to visit our forum if you have any questions relating to frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programmes or loyalty credit cards.

See you next Saturday.

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