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Robert Sinclair City Airport

Interview of the week:

Could transatlantic flights return to London City Airport? Rhys chats to City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair about the airport’s prospects this year and how it plans to almost double in the next ten years.

Latest travel news:

Accor launches its 44th hotel brand. Handwritten Collection aims to attract midscale independent hotels.

Hilton launches another new brand called ‘Spark’. Not to be outdone, this budget brand is aimed at the Travelodge-end of the market.

Air India has moved four routes from Heathrow to Gatwick to allow it to add more Delhi and Mumbai services from the former.

American Airlines has launched an expanded Heathrow schedule for Summer 2023 with 26 daily flights.

Emirates is ramping up its UK services from Glasgow, Birmingham and Stansted.

Luxair launches direct flights from London City Airport to Antwerp. We were on the first flight – here’s what you can expect.

Qatar Airways to replace Emirates in F1 sponsorship.

Lufthansa has submitted a binding offer to acquire Italian airline ITA. It appears to be the only interested buyer left.

Hyatt has opened FirstName Bordeaux, a new lifestyle hotel under its JdV brand. Image below.

FirstName Bordeaux hotel

Other British Airways & Avios news:

How many tier points does each British Airways route earn? We’ve compiled a helpful chart that will make it easier for you to calculate.

Here’s where you can fly on Iberia using your BA companion voucher. This is a full list of all Iberia long haul routes.

Credit card news:

Get 1,000 Avios with British Airways and £300 back with Qatar Airways with these new Amex offers. Check your cards.

How does the British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion voucher work? Everything you need to know about earning and redeeming your vouchers.

How to donate your £120 Deliveroo credit to charity. Don’t like takeaways? Do a good deed instead.

Hotel news:

Is Accor Live Limitless a good loyalty scheme? We review all aspects of Accor’s points scheme.

IHG has launched a ‘5-4-4’ offer across its luxury brands, only bookable via agents who are part of its ‘Luxury and Lifestyle’ programmes. Luckily our partner is one of these.

Get 100% bonus when buying Hilton Honors points. Got a redemption in mind? Now’s a good time to top up your balance.

Wide open availability at Hilton’s Conrad Maldives Rangali resort. If you’re quick you may still find some excellent redemption opportunities!

Get a good deal at InterContinental The George Edinburgh. The package includes a one night stay for two, breakfast and a bottle of wine and charcuterie board.

Accor has released a number of new concerts for redemption at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. They are good value.

Get a good deal at the new Andaz Prague hotel. Emyr, our luxury hotel booking partner, has a special offer.

Review of the week:

Review: The JW Marriott Grosvenor House. Sinead checks out this iconic Park Lane hotel in London.

Luxair’s first flight to Antwerp

Other interesting articles:

What are American Express Centurion lounges, and how do you get in? Amex’s lounge portfolio has been growing …. and they’re surprisingly good.

Bristol Airport’s Aspire lounge is leaving Priority Pass, it seems. The lounge will be used by On The Beach after a refurbishment – it’s not clear what happens to business class flight passengers.

What you missed this week:

Lots of business class Avios seats to the USA opened up on Aer Lingus, which is a rarity. The flights are excellent value thanks to low taxes. There may be some availability left.

Our latest round-up 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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