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News: Hotel Indigo Coventry opens, Cathay Pacific resumes flights to Barcelona

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News in brief:

Hotel Indigo opens in Coventry

IHG’s Hotel Indigo brand has carved out a successful niche in becoming the best hotel in 2nd tier regional cities across the UK.

Head to Durham, Exeter, Stratford, Chester etc and the Hotel Indigo is likely to be your best bet – and be stylish with it. It is filling the gap that Malmaison and Hotel du Vin used to occupy in their prime.

The latest Hotel Indigo opened this week in Coventry.

It is a new-build hotel, which is fairly unusual for Hotel Indigo, with 100 rooms over five floors. It is based on Friargate. The images online, and the one below, have the usual cosy feel of a Hotel Indigo.

You can find out more on the hotel website here.

Hotel Indigo Coventry opens

Cathay Pacific resumes flights to Barcelona

Finally, a quick note that Cathay Pacific is resuming flights from Barcelona to Hong Kong.

There will be three flights per week between 17th June and 26th October, departing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The existing Madrid flights will continue.

The service will use a three-class A350.

These flights can be booked on Avios and offer another alternative if you can’t find any availability from London on British Airways or Cathay Pacific.

You can check out timings and pricing on the Cathay Pacific website here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

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There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (32)

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  • HampshireHog says:

    Perhaps a prize draw is in order? Would the Coventry Indigo or the Dubai Voco be Bully’s star prize?

  • Doommonger says:

    Look what you could have won…….

  • Gordon says:

    I’d settle for the BFH!

  • MisterE says:

    Interesting to see an upbeat assessment of Hotel Indigo in the UK. I’m planning a trip to Australia and see several interesting Hotel Indigos in some of their cities. Do we have any insights into how they compare?

  • dan_a_man says:

    Booked the Monaco Hotel for 5 nights over new years 3300 AED total, with free cancellation and breakfast. Now 2850 AED a night… Wow

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