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The latest UK business travel news:
Qatar Airways has resumed flights to Ras Al Khaimah, ideal for a low(er) cost luxury Middle East holiday
Westin Dublin hotel switches to Marriott’s Autograph Collection following refurbishment
Aer Lingus adds extra Manchester to Barbados flights for spring 2024, bookable on Avios
…. 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)
Plane Reclaimers confirm BOAC liveried ex BA Jumbo cut up for profit (UK Aviation News)
The airline routes with the highest revenues (Simple Flying)
Malaysia Airlines expands free inflight wifi provision to all passengers (Business Traveller)
Our latest reviews:
Nothing this week, but we are gearing up for a major Cathay Pacific review series starting next week
The latest UK travel loyalty news:
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.
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The representative APR is 54.8% variable, including the annual fee. The representative APR on purchases is 31.0% variable.
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