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Special report:

Etihad’s A380s returned to commercial service after 40 months in storage, and we were on the first flight

This week’s top travel news stories:

Iberia joins the British Airways and Qatar Airways joint venture, opening up 60+ destinations to seamless connections

Volotea launches Strasbourg-London flights

Domes Lake Algarve joins Marriott Bonvoy’s Autograph Collection

Here are the 2024 peak and off-peak dates for British Airways redemptions

eGates at all UK airports are now open to 10 and 11 year olds

New: you can now book ITA Airways flights using Virgin Points

£237 economy flights to the USA are back for the first time since covid

Other British Airways and Avios news:

British Airways makes some amendments to its winter short haul flying schedules

BA has extended the Air Belgium charter for Chicago flights. Image above.

Credit card news:

NEW BENEFIT: Get £300 to spend at Indeed each year with the Amex Business Platinum card

Hotel news:

The Hilton Emirates Old Trafford hotel is expanding. Image above.

Get VIP tickets to the BMW PGA golf with your Hilton Honors points

Which hotel loyalty programs will roll over your ‘excess’ elite nights on 31st December?

Latest reviews:

This week, Rhys heads to Abu Dhabi on the inaugural A380 service. Here is his review of the Etihad Lounge at London Heathrow T4.

Rob heads to the South Coast to try The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne. Can wonderful service and period flair make up for dated interiors?

Meanwhile, Sinead heads to Domes Aulus Zante (part of Marriott Bonvoy), a luxury all-inclusive hotel. Image below.

Other interesting articles:

How is Virgin Red different from Virgin Flying Club?

How to earn Avios and get the best deals on Heathrow Airport parking

Lufthansa launches UK ski flights this winter

A huge amount of Orlando reward availability opened up on Virgin Atlantic this week

Virgin Atlantic closes its Newark Clubhouse lounge for good

RwandAir expands to daily UK flights

Pittsburgh Airport is trying to attract an Aer Lingus flight

ENDING SOON: Get 25,000 American Express Membership Rewards points with ‘free for a year’ Amex Gold

American Express has temporarily increased the sign-up bonus on the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card from 20,000 to 25,000 points.

If you meet the bonus criteria, you now receive 25,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £3,000 within 90 days. This is a special offer which runs to 8th August.

This is an exceptionally generous deal for a card which is FREE for the first year.  Remember that 25,000 Membership Rewards points convert into 25,000 Avios, amongst other things.

You can apply here. Our full article on the deal is here.

The representative APR is 88.8% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases, and in the first year which has no fee, is 31.0% variable.

That’s all, folks

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.

Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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