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News: Iberia Summer 2024 flights missing, new Melia / Amex cashback offer, The Sunday Times

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News in brief:

The Iberia Summer 2024 schedule has not been loaded

If you’ve tried to book an Iberia Avios redemption for the Summer 2024 flying season (from 31st March 2024 onwards), you will have noticed that nothing is available.

This is not just an Avios issue. Cash flights are also not bookable beyond 30th March 2024. This seems to apply to both long haul and short haul, except for Iberia Express services which do show.

Unlike British Airways, Iberia is known for loading its first batch of new season flights a little late, but this is far longer than usual. All you can do is keep checking …..

£75 melia cashback american express

Melia Hotels launches a good American Express cashback deal

Melia Hotels has launched a new cashback deal for selected American Express cardholders.

If targetted, you will find it under the ‘Offers’ tab on the online statement page or in the app for one or more of the Amex cards you hold.

You will get £75 cashback when you spend £300 at participating hotels. The offer runs to 30th June.

The snag is that only selected Melia properties are taking part. The only UK hotel is ME London, pictured above, which is also by far the most expensive.

One surprising inclusion is the INNSiDE New York which we reviewed here and is usually good value.

Other participating hotels can be found in Amsterdam, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Milan, Paris, Rome and – as you’d expect from Melia – many parts of Spain.

If you have American Express Platinum, you will receive Gold status in MeliaRewards. If you have this, you may find some 20% discount vouchers or upgrade vouchers in your Melia account which would stack with this offer.

Sunday Times on UK hotel service charges

The Sunday Times highlights our article on UK hotel service charges

Finally, I’m pleased to say that The Sunday Times chose to highlight the issue of creeping UK hotel service charges last weekend.

We raised the topic in this article and The Sunday Times referenced our piece as the reason it had decided to investigate.

This is a key line, I think:

“The question is, where does this money go? …. The Four Seasons [Hampshire] didn’t want to comment.”

I haven’t linked back as The Sunday Times sits behind a paywall – although a free digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times is a benefit of American Express Business Platinum.

Comments (43)

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  • Dubious says:

    Perhaps that’s come in to deal with staff shortages during those periods?

    ‘In my day’ weekdays were generally quieter in terms of customers, so you use fewer staff on those days, and any increase in staff on weekends to cover the extra demand is covered by the extra revenue.

    • Dubious says:

      PS. Opps – I should have refreshed the webpage before writing that comment. Mine was in relation to an earlier post.

  • AJames says:

    UK hotel service charges – this note was originally posted as a comment on the original article on service charges.
    Under the new UK legislation, a service charge must be distributed in full to staff, over and above their wages. It cannot be used for any other purpose, and certainly not “to cover a portion of costs associated with our employees”.

    • lumma says:

      I don’t think is fully through parliament yet but even when it is it doesn’t stop businesses paying everyone minimum and topping up from the service charge based on seniority.

      • AJames says:

        The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Act 2023 has received Royal Assent. The regulations will come into force in 2024. Tips and service charges will not be able to withheld by employers and cannot be used to pay part of wages. We will have to wait on the new statutory Code of Practice for the detail.

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