The change specifically applies to those travelling in the Pearl Business Class cabin.
Etihad Guest Gold Elite, Gold or Silver members will continue to be offered complimentary limousine transfers throughout their journey, in the UAE and at eligible airports worldwide.
However, the new policy extends this amenity to all Etihad Pearl Business Class passengers – the specific change being that non-Gold Elite, Gold and Silver members can now access limousine transfers from and back to Abu Dhabi airport during UAE stopovers. Previously, transfers were limited to a maximum of two one-way transfers per ticketed itinerary, and then only at either origin or final destination airports.
The policy for Diamond First Class passengers remains unchanged.
Multiple Etihad Guest Base level passengers (or non-members) on the same Pearl Business Class booking can also continue to ‘pool’ their Etihad Chauffeur privileges, so that two passengers would together benefit from four one-way transfers at origin and destination, thereby covering all transfer requirements for a round trip itinerary.
As a quick Etihad Chauffeur eligibility guide, the following may be useful:
Pearl Business Class Journeys Commencing/Terminating In The UAE, Or Including An Abu Dhabi Stopover
Etihad Guest Gold Elite/Gold/Silver Members: Etihad Chauffeur thoughout your journey.
Etihad Guest Base/Non-members: Etihad Chauffeur thoughout your journey in the UAE, and two one-way transfers at origin or destination per itinerary.
Pearl Business Class Journeys Not Commencing/Terminating In The UAE, And Not Including An Abu Dhabi Stopover
Etihad Guest Gold Elite/Gold/Silver Members: Etihad Chauffeur thoughout your journey.
Etihad Guest Base/Non-members: Two one-way Etihad Chauffeur transfers at origin or destination per itinerary.
For more details, to check eligible airports and to book, visit www.etihad.com/experience-etihad/etihad-chauffeur/.
by Continental Club on June 4, 2013 | Leave a comment • Tagged as: British Airways, British Airways Business Class Sale, British Airways Club Europe Sale, British Airways Club World Sale, British Airways First Class Sale, British Airways Sale, Business Class Sale, First Class Sale
More details are to be found in our original article, published the day before official advertising started:
Although the best availability was to be found at the beginning of (or the day before) the Sale, there are still some comparative bargains to be found. The best available fares are listed at the above link, and seats at those prices can most easily be found by using the British Airways Low Fare Finder at ba.com.
Travel dates vary, but principally cover traditional ‘school holiday’ periods through into 2014.
The UAE carrier, which serves both London and Manchester in the UK, is offering a further incentive to successful status matchers: triple Etihad Guest Miles on all flights in Diamond First Class, and double Guest Miles on all flights in Pearl Business Class for a limited period. The eligible travel dates will be communicated to members with confirmation of their new Etihad Guest Gold status.
To apply, the following documents are required:
- Scanned copy of the gold or higher tier card with another airline
- Scanned copy of the latest miles statement from that airline
- Etihad Guest membership number
- and they should together be sent by email to email@example.com.
For more information on the benefits of Etihad Guest Gold membership, visit etihad.com. 500 ‘status match’ opportunities are available, so fast applications will be necessary.
The variation in airlines’ loyalty programme structures means that potential status matchers could be drawn from a wide range of ‘levels’ of frequent travel – Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Gold level is equal to British Airways Executive Club Silver, for example, so Etihad’s generic ‘Gold for Gold’ requirement could prove even more attractive to certain programmes’ members than it does to others.
It’s not immediately clear whether the bonus Guest Miles offer might also be ‘stackable’ with the BusinessConnect promotion that we covered here:
If it does, there may be some very generous mileage earning possibilities for eligible customers this month and next. 500 ‘status match’ opportunities are available
Full Etihad Guest Gold Status Match Terms & Conditions: Only applications received by 18th June 2013 will be considered for this promotion. 500 ‘status match’ opportunities are available. The application will be rejected if the member does not send through all required documents such as the other airline loyalty card, miles statement and Etihad Guest membership number. If the scanned copies of the documents are not clear or if any one of the documents is missing, the application will be rejected. You will receive a confirmation mail informing the status of your application before 30 July 2013. Your current Etihad Guest Miles will be carried forward at the time of upgrade to Etihad Guest Gold. Selection of members for tier upgrade is completely the discretion of Etihad Guest. This promotion is valid till 18 June 2013 only. Further details of the bonus miles offer and validity period will be provided to eligible gold card holders upon confirmation of the tier.
For a full list of the latest travel promotion codes and offers, updated daily, visit www.continentalclub.co.uk/offers/
Members of the Etihad Guest programme can earn up to triple Guest Miles for flights taken by 21st July 2013. To be eligible, they must connect their personal Etihad Guest account to their employer’s BusinessConnect account with the Abu Dhabi-based carrier.
BusinessConnect is open to companies with 2 to 50 travelling employees and which don’t currently have a corporate contract with the airline. We covered a corporate sign-up bonus of 5,000 miles back in April:
- and this offer continues too. The April article provides more general BusinessConnect background, but this new promotion is aimed specifically at the flying passenger, rather than solely the company that they work for.
Once the company is registered (with the 5,000 mile corporate bonus), individual employees can connect their personal Etihad Guest accounts to the company’s BusinessConnect account.
Employees flying by July 21st in Coral Economy Class will then receive double Guest Miles in their personal accounts, and those travelling in Pearl Business or Diamond First Class will receive triple Guest Miles.
In addition, each BusinessConnect administrator (the person nominated by a member company to control their corporate account) will be entered into a draw to win 200,000 Etihad Guest Miles into their personal account, every time an employee connects a personal account by 21st July 2013. The company will additionally earn 1,000 corporate Miles for each sign-up too.
So, a company with 50 travelling employees could sign up and connect each member employee to earn an immediate 55,000 corporate Guest Miles, with the administrator being in with that chance to win 200,000 Miles in their own name. A one-way redemption in First Class between London and Abu Dhabi is currently 55,225 Guest Miles.
Full terms and conditions of the double and triple Guest Miles promotion, along with the 200,000 Mile prize draw and 1,000 Mile company connection bonus, are available here.
We monitor fares constantly and, as is usually the case, we’re ahead of the official advertising. Update 16th May: the official ‘Sale’ page is now live at ba.com. So, once again, Continental Club readers (got!)
get the chance to pick from the best availability between fares loading and public advertising starting. Shorthaul Club Europe, longhaul Club World and First Class sale fares are on offer, with Club Europe business class fares to Amsterdam, Angers, Basel, Bordeaux, Genoa, Hamburg, Hanover, Quimper, Rotterdam, Stanvanger and Zagreb available from just £200 return.
Bookings must be made by Tuesday 4th June 2013, for outbound travel across a variety of dates. Return travel must be complete within 42 days of departure. Bookings which combine hotel and/or car rental arrangements with flights in a package also benefit from the fare reductions.
In the absence of a specific sale page showing on the British Airways website just yet, we recommend the carrier’s Low Fare Finder, which is a useful tool in the search for the best deal.
As usual, discounted premium class fares with British Airways earn full Executive Club mileage and status credits, and promotional fares are also being offered for connections from the airline’s UK domestic network. Members of the Executive Club may be particularly interested in the some of the shorthaul offers, which could easily and relatively cheaply earn the ‘Tier Points‘ required to achieve or retain status (Bronze, Silver, Gold) in the Club.
For a list of currently available longhaul destinations and starting Business & First Class fares (including non-Sale fares in the interests of completeness – and which will be updated further should additional destinations/fares be loaded) scroll down or click ‘Read More’ below:
Please note that the following information was correct at time of original publication (May 2013) but is subject to change at any time. For the most up-to-date detail, check the American Express website.
Here’s this month’s overview of American Express current new cardmember deals, covering ‘house-branded’ and ‘co-branded cards’. House-branded cards offer frequent travellers the flexibility of being able to earn Membership Rewards, which can then be converted into a wide range of hotel and airline loyalty scheme currencies. Co-branded cards earn points or miles directly into the co-brand’s scheme.
|Card||Card Type||Loyalty Currency||Sign-Up Bonus|
|The Platinum Card||Charge||Membership Rewards||30,000|
|The Preferred Rewards Gold Card||Charge||Membership Rewards||20,000|
|British Airways American Express Prem Plus Card||Credit||Avios||18,000|
|British Airways American Express Credit Card||Credit||Avios||3,000|
|The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card||Credit||Starpoints||20,000 New!|
|The Nectar Credit Card||Credit||Nectar Points||10,000|
|The Platinum Business Card||Charge||Membership Rewards||60,000|
|The Gold Business Card||Charge||Membership Rewards||40,000|
|The Nectar Business Credit Card||Credit||Nectar Points||n/a|
|The American Express Corporate Card||Charge||Membership Rewards||n/a|
All of the above offers are currently scheduled to last until the end of May at least, with the notable change from April being the doubling of the welcome bonus applicable to eligible new Starwood cardholders.
As always, the relative value and attractiveness of the sign-up bonuses to a new cardholder depend on more than a few factors. Things to take into account include:
- Do you plan to pay off the balance each month?
- Do you need a fee-free card, or are the benefits of a paid-for card of sufficient value?
- Do you already collect loyalty currency in a scheme that you wish to add to?
- Are you clear on the value and availability of the rewards that you ultimately seek?
The nature of personal finance is such that almost everyone’s circumstances are unique, so it’s obviously important to look into all the features of a card before signing-up. This is particularly relevant since card issuers (like American Express) will often disqualify existing (or recently-lapsed) members from new card bonuses, even if a different product is being applied for. Pick the wrong card first, and it could be sometime before you qualify again for a bonus on taking out the right card!
Co-branded cards are also described as ‘affinity’ cards, and many of them are marketed to appeal to customers who feel ‘an affinity’ with the co-brand that they carry. Again, if you’re aiming to maximise your points-earning and, more importantly, your options for redeeming rewards, it’s critical to prioritise the practicalities of earning and redemption. More often than not, that will mean adding to your existing earning activities and accelerating your current redemption plans – rather than embarking on some new strategy.
So, if you’re based in the UK and you travel with British Airways (or at least the oneworld alliance, and earn points from alliance airlines into a BA account) most often, then one of the British Airways co-branded cards should almost certainly top your list to consider. Alternatively, if most of your travel is with Etihad, and in the absence of an Etihad credit or charge card in the UK, then a Membership Rewards-earning card from American Express could help bolster your existing earnings from flying with the Abu Dhabi airline.
The full list of carriers with which American Express offer points conversion from Membership Rewards is:
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Singapore Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
The British Airways conversion from Membership Rewards is a useful additional option instead of earning Avios directly with a BA co-branded card. If you’re a frequent (or even exclusive) BA traveller though, then the ’2for1′ companion vouchers and potentially higher earning rates of the BA cards will probably swing the balance towards the Avios-earning cards.
One other point to note when converting points to airline miles is that, whilst American Express Membership Rewards don’t expire as long as card membership is continued, some airlines’ currencies do expire – for example KLM Flying Blue ‘award miles’ are removed when a member does not earn miles from a qualifying flight for a period of 20 months. So, it can make sense to leave earned Membership Rewards in the American Express account until they’re actually needed; that way flexibility and longevity is maximised.
The offer reprises one seen earlier this year, and published here on the Continental Club Blog:
This time around, the fares have firmed slightly, with all destinations showing slight increases over the early-season fares:
|Business Class fares per person|
|Destination||1 traveller from||2 travellers from||3 travellers from||4-8 travellers from|
Flights must be booked a minimum of 14 days prior to travel commencing, and no later than 16th May 2013. Outbound travel is by 28th February 2014 and there are three blackout periods: 14th June to 13th July 2013; 9th August to 15th September 2013 and between 12th December 2013 and 12th January 2014.
For full details and to book, visit emirates.com/uk.
And, once again, Emirates is also running promotions from elsewhere in Europe that may interest even UK-based travellers. This time, Germany leads the way, with fares to selected destinations matched roughly Euro:Pound – and therefore up to 15% cheaper than UK prices.
|Destinations||Business Class Fares||First Class Fares|
|Middle East||from EUR 2,366||from EUR 3,566|
|Indian Ocean||from EUR 2,342||from EUR 3,742|
|Asia||from EUR 2,279||from EUR 3,679|
|Africa||from EUR 2,372||from EUR 3,772|
|Australia / New Zealand||from EUR 3,295||from EUR 4,895|
British Airways has loaded special Business Class fares for travel to the North Eastern USA during this coming summer’s UK school holidays. Whilst not comparable to some true ‘sale’ fares, they do represent discounts of up to 23% on those previously on offer.
Fares in the carrier’s Club World cabin for this promotion are from:
According to the fare rules, bookings must be made no later than 17th May, for outbound flights departing between 21st July and 31st August 2013. Reservations are non-flexible, and itineraries including Club World London City service (flight numbers BA1 to BA4) are not applicable. The fares do however earn full Executive Club and OnBusiness credits for eligible members.
In the absence of a specific landing page on the British Airways website, the ba.com Low Fare Finder is a useful tool in tracking down the best availability. For those utilising an offline travel agent, the fare code is ‘I4UKJB1′.