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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 is changing the Club World and Club Europe check-in process at Terminal 5

The latest UK business travel news:

British Airways is changing the Club World and Club Europe check-in process at Heathrow Terminal 5 next week

British Airways drops eight short haul routes for 2024

Stansted Airport receives approval for its terminal extension

Qatar Airways has resumed flights to Ras Al Khaimah, ideal for a low(er) cost luxury Middle East holiday

Caledonian Sleeper opens a departure and arrivals lounge at Euston station

James Villas has closed down

Westin Dublin hotel switches to Marriott’s Autograph Collection following refurbishment

Lufthansa has an attractive Business Class deal to Seoul

DLR strike to hit World Travel Market next week

Virgin Atlantic has launched an Upper Class sale

Air Canada launches Heathrow flights to Mumbai!

Qantas launching non-stop flights from Paris to Perth

British Airways Holidays launches new Luxury Holiday Sale

Aer Lingus adds extra Manchester to Barbados flights for spring 2024, bookable on Avios

How to get a free DragonPass airport lounge membership, worth £44

…. and a quick rant: Why I’m fed up with free hotel minibars, image below

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Aer Lingus and American Airlines expand codeshare agreement (Business Traveller)

JetBlue barred from Amsterdam Schiphol next summer (Airways)

Plane Reclaimers confirm BOAC liveried ex BA Jumbo cut up for profit (UK Aviation News)

The airline routes with the highest revenues (Simple Flying)

Norse Atlantic expands share offering after strong investor demand (FlightGlobal)

Malaysia Airlines expands free inflight wifi provision to all passengers (Business Traveller)

Free hotel minibars are rubbish

Our latest reviews:

Nothing this week, but we are gearing up for a major Cathay Pacific review series starting next week

Where can you fly on Aer Lingus with a BA Amex 241 voucher?

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Where can you fly on Aer Lingus with your BA Amex 2-4-1 companion voucher?

Finnair has opened up a HUGE number of Avios seats, many with NO surcharges

Avios to Nectar transfers are now instant again

Get up to 10,000 Heathrow Rewards points with jewellery, watches and technology

Save 10p per litre at Esso with a new Nectar offer – and get 1,000 points with the Esso app

GOOD DEAL: Get a Virgin Wines advent calendar for just 12,500 Virgin Points

Marriott Bonvoy is changing Suite Night Awards, mainly for the better

Get 1,500 bonus Accor points in key cities including London, Paris and Amsterdam

Get 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points with the Marriott American Express card

ENDS SOON: Get 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points sign-up bonus with the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card

Until 14th November – so you have only 10 days left – you can get a sign-up bonus of 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. You can apply here.

This is worth roughly £200 of free Marriott stays, based on our 0.5p per point valuation, or 13,333 Avios based on the 3:1 conversion rate. 

There are four good reasons to hold this card long term, and not just for the sign-up bonus:

  • you get 15 elite night credits EVERY YEAR in Marriott Bonvoy – this means, for example, that Platinum only requres 35 nights instead of the usual 50. Even better, these nights count towards Lifetime Status.
  • you get Silver Elite status in Marriott Bonvoy every year, because it is triggered automatically by the 15 elite night credits
  • you get Gold Elite status in Marriott Bonvoy if you spend £15,000 on the card in a membership year
  • you get a free night voucher worth up to 25,000 Bonvoy points if you spend £25,000 on the card in a membership year

There is an annual fee of £95 per year. The on-going earning rate is 2 Bonvoy points per £1 spent.

To learn more, click here for our full article on the offer. You can apply here.

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The representative APR is 54.8% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases is 31.0% variable.

Thank you for reading

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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