EXCLUSIVE: BA trialling new Avios pricing – NO taxes but more Avios

Here is something very interesting.  British Airways is trialling Avios redemptions with virtually ZERO taxes. Take a look at the screenshot below.  It shows a one-way Avios redemption on British Airways from London Heathrow to Chania in Greece. If you look at our full list of […]

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

One of the lesser known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to buy up to 10,000 Membership Rewards points per year for 1.5p each. This facility is mentioned on the Amex website here – scroll down to Clause 3 – although […]

Bits: 25% discount buying Marriott points, good PE and business Lufthansa sale, BA expands S7 codeshare

News in brief: 25% discount if you buy Marriott Bonvoy points You have your first opportunity to buy Marriott Bonvoy at a discount since the scheme launched in February. Via this page of the website, you will save 25% on all points purchases until 15th […]

£1690 London-Australia/NZ and £1200 to Asia in Business in Air China’s Easter sale

It’s Easter, and Air China has rolled out its Business Class deals to Asia and Australasia again.  This time there are good deals out of London although if you are willing to fly out of Germany instead you may pay less. How cheap is cheap? Take a […]

A few thoughts from our visit to Gleneagles last weekend

We spent three nights at the Gleneagles resort in Scotland last week, at the end of a 10 day holiday.  We thought we should end the holiday at a smart resort in case the kids had got too bored tramping around the mountains – but […]

Earn up to QUADRUPLE Avios with Accor – up to 10 Avios per €1 spent!

Accor and Avios have launched a new ‘bonus Avios’ promotion.  This allows you to earn up to 4 x Avios on every stay at a Novotel, Sofitel, Mercure, M Gallery, Ibis, Pullman, Raffles, Swissotel, Fairmont etc hotel. You have THREE MONTHS to stay – the promotion […]

Bits: BA sending gifts if you’ve flown to the moon!, Virgin sale ends today, Dot to Dot music festival

News in brief: Special BA gifts if you have flown to the moon! British Airways is sending out a special gift to Executive Club members who have ‘flown it to the moon and back’. Some members who have flown more than 477,710 miles on British […]

Get FA Cup Final tickets for your Emirates Skywards miles or Amex Membership Rewards points

I thought I’d drop this in as an extra quick item as the tickets may not still be there on Friday morning. FA Cup Final tickets at Wembley have popped up for redemption with Emirates Skywards miles.  They are NOT a bargain but if you can’t […]

Mistake fixed or backtracking? Virgin cuts £100 from Upper Class taxes to the USA

Last weekend we ran an article showing how pricing for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class redemptions to the US – and only the US, and only if you fly with Virgin Atlantic – had gone crazy. The taxes and charges figure for ALL Virgin Atlantic Upper […]

Bits: Why BA dropped the FT, 10% BA discount at Brewdog bars, Marriott’s new luxury resort in Cyprus

News in brief: Why British Airways dropped the Financial Times We reported yesterday on the news that British Airways has severed links with the Financial Times and will no longer be offering the newspaper in its lounges, on board or at aircraft gates. (Although, oddly, you […]

Will Amex devalue Membership Rewards – and should you convert Amex, Clubcard, Heathrow or HSBC points to Avios on receipt?

In the comments to our article yesterday on the changes to certain American Express card sign-up and referral bonuses, a couple of readers questioned the merit of leaving their Membership Rewards points sitting with American Express, rather than moving them. The logic, according to these […]

The beginners guide to whether you qualify for an American Express sign-up bonus or not

As we covered yesterday, American Express has announced a 2nd round of ‘no notice’ changes to its personal credit and charge cards.  The details are here.  This follows the changes made in late March to the rules on how you qualify for a sign-up bonus. […]

Bits: BA dumps the FT, No 1 Lounges opening in Luton, see French Open Tennis with Emirates Skywards

News in brief: British Airways drops the Financial Times British Airways has pulled the Financial Times from its flights, lounges and boarding gates. The Sun, apparently, will continue to be available ….. This was clearly not a decision taken by the FT, since it has […]

MORE AMEX CUTS: Some sign-up bonuses and referral bonuses reduced, with immediate effect

Last month American Express made some aggressive – and frankly confusing – changes to the rules regarding who qualifies for a sign-up bonus on its personal UK cards.  My summary of the Amex sign-up rule changes is here. There are now further changes.  This time American […]

Bits: £50-£300 off Emirates flights to Japan, double points on Marriott Mastercard, Nobu taking over a London Radisson

News in brief: Save £50-£300 on Emirates flights to Japan Emirates has launched a special promotion linked to the Rugby World Cup. You can save: £300 in First Class £150 in Business Class £50 in Economy Class Flights must: be booked by 31st July for […]

Bigger and better! Review of the extended Skylife lounge at London Southend Airport

This is our review of the new, expanded Skylife lounge at London Southend Airport. Back in 2016 Rob had a pleasant day out at London Southend Airport including a visit to the small Skylife lounge.  Since then the lounge has been fully refurbished and hugely expanded […]

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