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Maldives seaplane

Special report:

Virgin Atlantic heads to the Maldives, and we were onboard. We look at two resorts and check out the new seaplane terminal, as well as looking at how the Virgin Atlantic flights operate.

The latest UK business travel news:

BA Cityflyer launches two new routes from Edinburgh, image above

Hawaiian Airlines to become an Avios partner as Alaska buys the airline for $1.9 billion

Which? magazine slams the state of independent UK airport lounges

easyJet to open its new base in Birmingham early

Ryanair launches Norwich flights

IHG opens a new InterContinental in Bangkok

Virgin Atlantic launches its own line of merchandise

Eurostar Standard Premier vs Business Premier: what’s the difference?

All 11 UK Aspire lounges can now be prebooked if you have a Priority Pass

Stories we recommend from other sites:

High court rules OTA screen scraping is illegal (UK Aviation News)

The Grand Brighton to auction contents ahead of refurbishment (Business Traveller)

Expression of interest in Glasgow Prestwick airport under examination (FlightGlobal)

easyJet sures up Gatwick future as it returns leased slots to BA (UK Aviation News)

Air France, Etihad and Lufthansa ads banned over misleading environmental claims (Business Traveller)

Criminal investigation into alleged unapproved engine parts leads fraud officers to raid UK site (FlightGlobal)

Our latest reviews:

Rob and his family head to Oman:

In the sky, Rob tries British Airways First Class on an A380 – how does a seat launched in 2010 compare in the era of Club Suite? Image below.

In Hong Kong, Rhys checked out the tatami-style rooms at the AKI Hong Kong hotel (Accor MGallery)

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Virgin Atlantic has increased the cost of some Delta redemptions this week

Which Hyatt brands do not upgrade Globalist members? Rob got caught out ….

IHG One Rewards now allows free points transfers for Diamond members

Get 30 Lufthansa Miles & More points per €1 you spend on

Get a 100% bonus buying Hilton points and the annual limit is tripled (click here to buy)

What are the best hotel promos for December 2023?

Redeem your Virgin Points for alcoholic crackers!

Lots of BA First Class seats to Cincinnati are available …. or at least they were on Thursday! Up to FIVE per flight.

How to buy restaurant gift cards with your Amex Platinum dining credit

How does the Amex Gold ‘The Hotel Collection’ $100 credit work?

Is the ALL PLUS Voyageur subscription card a shortcut to Accor Live Limitless Gold status?

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    The OTA screen scraping case is yet another reason not to use some of the low rent agencies when booking flights.

    Some of those fees are in the “just because we can” category.

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