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Welcome to your weekly trade round-up of UK business travel and travel loyalty news as well as our latest reviews and features.

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The latest UK business travel news:

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.

Hilton has launched (another) hotel brand, called Spark. What is a ‘premium economy’ hotel though?

Teesside is the first UK airport to feature ‘all new’ security scanners.

Hyatt is taking over the hotel at La Manga Club in Spain. You may remember that this was once a Hyatt Regency.

Air India has moved four secondary routes from Heathrow to Gatwick to allow expansion of its Delhi and Mumbai services.

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

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

Hyatt has opened its first French hotel under the ‘JdV’ brand, called FirstName Bordeaux.

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

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

How a small and remote airline [Fiji Airways] took flight by changing its business model (Forbes Australia)

Proposed changes to passport application fees from 2nd February (gov.uk)

Ryanair announces new Edinburgh to Cornwall route (Edinburgh Evening News)

Wizz Air deals huge blow to loss-making Cardiff Airport (UK Aviation News)

easyHotel opens its first hotel in Ireland with Dublin site (Business Traveller)

Our latest travel reviews:

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

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

An exceptional 70,000 Avios bonus has launched on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express cards. This is the highest bonus ever. Even if you turned the bonus into Nectar points, you’d receive £467-worth.

What are the 2023 peak and off-peak Avios flight dates?

British Airways and Iberia have slashed the cost of transferring Avios between members by 90%. New fixed-fees suddenly make transfers affordable.

New: transfer Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles to Marriott Bonvoy points. Useful if you have KrisFlyer miles about to expire.

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

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