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airberlin closed in Autumn 2017.  You will find reviews of my long-haul flights on airberlin among the stories below.

Bits: Norwegian rebuffs full IAG takeover bid, 50% off Iberia Express Avios tickets, topbonus closes down

News in brief: Norwegian rejects two formal takeover bids from BA’s parent IAG A few weeks ago we reported that IAG, BA’s parent, had bought a 4.6% stake in Norwegian Air Shuttle with a view to launching a full takeover. On Friday morning, Norwegian issued […]

Bits: earn Amex points with FX payments, funky new Novotel at Heathrow, topbonus insolvency

More news in brief: Earn Membership Rewards points with American Express FX International Payments This is only relevant to a small part of readership, but it will be valuable if it does apply. Reader Graeme got in touch to recommend American Express FX International Payments […]

Hilton adds nine new airline partners, drops 11 and improves the transfer rate on two!

Tomorrow, 2nd April, sees a number of big changes at Hilton Honors, primarily the scrapping of ‘points and miles’.   I will recap the key issues on Monday. That is not new news.  What is new news is that Hilton is also making big changes to its […]

Bits: Virgin Atlantic unveils former Air Berlin A330-200, Flying Blue promo awards, new Lufthansa logo

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic has unveiled their new leased A330-200 aircraft Virgin Atlantic has released footage of their new aircraft “Daydream Believer” (G-VMNK), the first of four A330-200 leased from the remnants of Air Berlin to replace some of its B787 aircraft whilst engine […]

Bits: Opodo and ebookers discounts, Virgin MAN and LGW routes using airberlin planes, World of Hyatt changes

News in brief: Opodo and ebookers launch new discount codes Opodo and ebookers have new discount codes for anyone booking a flight or a ‘flight and hotel’ package in the next few days. Via this link (click here), Opodo is offering £35 off a £500 […]

Bits: £1365 Business to Canberra, Qatar Airways 15% off code, IAG to buy NIKI

News in brief: £1365 Business Class tickets to Canberra on Qatar Airways! Via Flyertalk, Qatar Airways seems to have slipped out some more exceptional fares to Australia.  This is not part of the January sale which won’t launch for another couple of weeks in my […]

Bits: BA launches airberlin match, 1200 Avios with £20 NOW TV box, Ski and Snowboard Show

News in brief: British Airways status match for airberlin Topbonus members If you had airberlin status, British Airways has joined the list of airlines offering a status match. The BA offer is poor.  Anyone who was oneworld Sapphire or Emerald equivalent with airberlin should take […]

Get an Iberia Plus status match for Miles & More and Topbonus members

Finally some good news for airberlin Topbonus members – and an interesting opportunity for any reader with a Lufthansa Miles & More status card. After airberlin’s filing for insolvency there was a period when Topbonus was frozen with no miles collecting and spending at all.  […]

Bits: Atlantis The Palm Avios promo, all food now free at Escape lounges, airberlin closing

News in brief: Up to 25% off and quadruple Avios at Atlantis The Palm Dubai British Airways has launched another Avios promotion in association with Atlantis The Palm resort in Dubai. Atlantis The Palm is one of the major resorts in Dubai with a huge […]

Bits: Virgin and BA sales ends today, airberlin bidding, 50% off mytaxi in London

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic and British Airways sales end today Today, Tuesday, is the final day for the current Virgin Atlantic and British Airways sales. I won’t go through the deals again in detail. The Virgin Atlantic pricing – which is more aggressive than […]

Bits: new SLH scheme with free Amex upgrade, who buys Air Berlin?, currency converter app

News in brief: Small Luxury Hotels launches new INVITED loyalty scheme I mentioned back in May that hotel marketing consortium Small Luxury Hotels of the World was scrapping its loyalty scheme, The Club. Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a consortium of 520 luxury […]

Bits: Club World £1060 Dubai fares, BA stops awarding Avios and tier points for airberlin flights

News in brief: £1,060 British Airways Club World fares to Dubai About 10 years ago, for no logical reason, Lisbon was the holy grail of cheap British Airways Club World tickets.  You could be pretty certain that, wherever you wanted to go, the cheapest route […]

Bits: bizarre new easyJet service, hidden IHG Accelerate goals, airberlin cancellations

News in brief: easyJet launches new ‘check in your hand baggage’ service No, 1st April has not come early.  easyJet really did launch a new service yesterday called ‘Hands Free’. Apparently, many people who travel with just hand baggage – in order to avoid queuing […]

Bits: Etihad closes Heathrow spa, airberlin Topbonus suspended

News in brief: Etihad closes the Six Senses Spa in its Heathrow lounge Etihad has announced that the Six Senses Spa in its lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 will close on 31st August.  This is very short notice for anyone with a premium cabin flight […]

Air Berlin files for insolvency – what happens next?

Yesterday’s news was dominated by Air Berlin’s insolvency. As I’m currently in Germany I got to read about it from all sides. Things haven’t been great for the German airline in recent years, partly due to the delays in opening the new Berlin Brandenburg airport […]

Bits: new low tax Toronto Avios redemptions on airberlin, Pine Cliffs with SPG Moments

News in brief: airberlin launches new Toronto service As I wrote in this long article, airberlin offers an excellent way to fly to North America with Avios without paying much in the way of taxes and charges. When Anika flew from New York to Berlin […]