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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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British Airways A380 to Singapore

The latest UK business travel news:

British Airways brings back the A380 to Singapore, delivering some much-needed capacity but without Club Suite

British Airways agrees a pay deal with Unite for 24,000 staff and reverses ‘fire and rehire’ pay cuts

British Airways improves short haul snacks in Economy from Wednesday

British Airways launches four new routes from Heathrow, including Cologne and Riga

BA CityFlyer launches two new winter routes from London City Airport

Qatar Airways is increasing the frequency of its Manchester flights

Ethiopian Airlines launches three weekly flights from Gatwick

easyJet twilight check-in opens in Glasgow

TfL reveals the first photos of the new Piccadilly Line tube trains

Save 15% on fully flexible Heathrow Express tickets

IHG poaches a former Accor beach resort in Dubai

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

The Cavendish to become London’s first Crest Collection hotel (Business Traveller)

Virgin Atlantic pilots consider strike over fatigue (BBC)

Luton Airport facing threat of toilet hell as cleaners plan walkout (TTG)

Losses spur Air Belgium to seek capital injection from new investor (Flight Global)

KLM to offer more flights from Newcastle to Amsterdam (Business Traveller)

Etihad A380 business suite review

Our latest reviews:

Rhys is on board Etihad’s A380, reviewing the airline’s ‘Business Studio’ business class – image above

Sinead heads to Corfu to review the family-friendly Domes of Corfu, part of Marriott Bonvoy

Rob reviews the tranquil British Airways lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5B – image below

British Airways lounge Heathrow Terminal 5B

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

A closer analysis of BA’s peak / off-peak calendar for 2024 – what has changed?

Lots of Singapore and Sydney Club World Avios availability for four people has appeared for July 2024

Get 30,000 bonus points with the current Capital on Tap Visa up offer – EXCLUSIVE to HfP readers who have a Limited Company

Sainsburys ditches sign-up bonuses on its Nectar credit cards

Virgin Hotels boosts Virgin Red points earning on stays

Marriott Bonvoy members can get a Hertz car rental status match

How many Virgin Points do you need to fly to ….?

LAST CHANCE: 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. The offer ends this Tuesday, 8th August.

If you meet the bonus criteria, you now receive 25,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £3,000 within 90 days.

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.

Head for Points receives a commission if you apply via our link – thank you.

The representative APR is 75.2% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases, and in the first year which has no fee, is 30.7% variable.

Thank you for reading

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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