BA Club World Holidays New York Luxury Flash Sale From £1199pp

by Continental Club on December 1, 2016  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , ,

British AirwaysBritish Airways has followed-up its Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion with flash savings on Club World business class and First Class prices to New York – when booked in conjunction with hotel accommodation. The so-called ‘Inclusive Tour’ or IT fares are non-refundable and non-changeable, but offer advertised additional savings of up to £800 per person.

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The fares are bookable now at ba.com, and are featured on the airline’s ‘Club World Deals‘ page, with sample offers of 3 nights at New York’s DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan Hotel from £1184.50 per person, including return Club World flights from London Gatwick – undercutting even the headline advertised price slightly.

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Other advertised flight & hotel offers include:

Club World flights and 3 Nights at 5* Intercontinental New York Barclay from £1,349 per person

Club World flights and 3 Nights at 5* Waldorf Astoria from £1,399 per person

First Class flights and 3 Nights at 5* Intercontinental New York Barclay from £1,949 per person

First Class flights and 3 Nights at 5* Waldorf Astoria from £1,999 per person

All prices are based on two passengers travelling together.

Flights booked in this offer qualify for Avios and Tier Points in the British Airways Executive Club, and members of the club at the Bronze level and above benefit from all amenities associated with their level of status in the programme, including (as relevant) fast track security and boarding, lounge access and seat selection. In addition, bonus Avios are awarded to Executive Club members for BA Holidays booking, as shown in the screenshot above.

Note that IT fares do not earn points in the BA OnBusiness SME Loyalty programme, however.

Offers are valid for selected travel dates between 20th December 2016 & 1st January 2017.

The booking deadline is midnight 5th December 2016. To check availability and to book, visit ba.com.

For full Terms & Conditions scroll down or click ‘READ MORE’:

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BA Black Friday: 787 Dreamliner to Abu Dhabi £191 & 13600 Avios Return

by Continental Club on November 25, 2016  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

British AirwaysBritish Airways has added to its range of Black Friday promotions with a £301 special fare on its new direct Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to Abu Dhabi. The airline is also offering the opportunity to save an additional £110 by redeeming 13,600 Avios, bringing the fare down to £190.87 return:

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Members of the Executive Club will also earn Tier Points and Avios on the fare, meaning that a Gold Executive Club cardholder could make 8,520 Avios back, bringing their net outlay down to 5,080 Avios.

Bookings must be made by 23:59 on Monday 28th November 2016, for travel between 11th January & 20th March, between 21st April & 23rd May, and between 31st May & 10th June 2017.

For travellers wishing to upgrade to World Traveller Plus Premium Economy, a return fare of £716 is also available, which can be reduced to £495.87 by redeeming 32,000 Avios. The potential Avios earn-back is 13,636, leaving a net outlay of 18,364 Avios.

In all cases, the Avios discount does not rely on the availability of ‘pure’ Avios seats for redemption – potentially making this a particularly good and easy use of points.

To book this and the airline’s other Black Friday offers, visit ba.com/blackfriday.

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Iberia Black Friday Sale: 25% Off Business Class

by Continental Club on November 25, 2016  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , ,

iberia-new-logo-large-lqIberia has once again released a Black Friday sale, offering 25% off Business Class base fares for Iberia-operated itineraries, covering various travel dates between 1st December 2016 and 15th June 2017. The discount applies across the shorthaul, midhaul and longhaul network.

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Bookings must be made by midnight GMT on Thursday 1st December 2016, and the fare conditions of the underlying non-discounted fare apply. Fares earn Avios and status credit in the Iberia Plus and other oneworld partner airlines’ frequent flyer programmes, again per the underlying fare type conditions.

Sample return fares from London to New York, via Madrid, are from £1006 per person, with the additional opportunity to reduce the fare by up to £601 by redeeming 158,725 Avios.

Bookings must be made through the specific Iberia Black Friday Sale link, and the discount is not available through other sales channels.

To check availability and book, visit iberia.com.

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British Airways Black Friday Sale Update: More Fares Released

by Continental Club on November 24, 2016  |  2 comments • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

British AirwaysLast night, we reported that British Airways had revealed its Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale, offering pairs of Club World Business Class return tickets to selected longhaul destinations for a combined total of £2016. This morning, it appears that more destinations have been added at flash sale fares; some at 2 for £2016 and some slightly higher. All fares are available to book now at ba.com with a booking deadline of 23:59GMT on 28th November 2016. Outbound travel to most destinations must take place on or after the 18th December 2016, and on or before the 2nd January 2017. Again for most destinations, travel must be completed by 6th January 2017.

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As usual, Continental Club readers are among the very first to know about the sale, well before a specific promotional page for the sale appears on the BA website. With that in mind, the British Airways Low Fare Finder is the easiest means of checking and booking the lowest fares.

Update: the promotional page is now live at ba.com/blackfriday.

The additional fare availability includes destinations such as Nairobi and Toronto, meaning that this promotion targets North America, the Middle East, Africa and the Far East, with Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia and Australia missing out this time around.

A key point is that some of these fares, despite being low, are both changeable and at least partially refundable, with no minimum stay requirement. Full terms are shown at the final fare page at ba.com.

Club World Business Class and First Class Sale fares earn full Tier Point and Avios credit in the British Airways Executive Club, and points in the OnBusiness SME Loyalty programme for eligible members. Connecting itineraries may offer higher levels of Tier Point and Avios earning.

For a list of currently available longhaul destinations and starting Club World and First Class fares, scroll down or click ‘READ MORE’ below. The listing includes the equivalent fares from the last full sale in October 2016, although that sale did of course offer a greater range of travel dates.

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British Airways Black Friday Sale: Club World 2 for £2016

by Continental Club on November 23, 2016  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

British AirwaysBritish Airways has revealed its Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale, offering pairs of Club World Business Class return tickets to selected longhaul destinations for a combined total of £2016. Fares are available to book now at ba.com with a booking deadline of 23:59GMT on 28th November 2016. Outbound travel must take place on or after the 18th December 2016, and on or before the 2nd January 2017. All travel must be completed by 6th January 2017.

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As usual, Continental Club readers are among the very first to know about the sale, well before a specific promotional page for the sale appears on the BA website. With that in mind, the British Airways Low Fare Finder is the easiest means of checking and booking the lowest fares.

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Update: the promotional page is now live at ba.com/blackfriday.

See also our updated post with more Black Friday fares:

British Airways Black Friday Sale Update: More Fares Released

Note that fares for solo-travellers are available, but at approximately 65% of the total fare for two passengers, rather than a straight 50%. Members of the British Airways Executive Club may be able to reduce all promotional fares by up to £250 per person by redeeming 40,500 Avios per traveller.

The destinations available in the Black Friday Sale are:

Dubai   2 for £2016

Doha  2 for £2016

Abu Dhabi   2 for £2016

New York   2 for £2016

Washington DC   2 for £2016

Boston   2 for £2016

Charlotte  2 for £2016 (in association with American Airlines)

Upgrades to First Class are available on selected routes from £300 per person, per direction.

A number of other routes are also currently showing promotional fare availability, including Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Shanghai, bookable via online travel agents if not directly at ba.com, at fares slightly above the 2 for £2016 level. These routes may require connections en route, utilising partner airlines. If a significant number of routes become available, we’ll publish a full listing for our Sale Archive.

Club World Business Class and First Class Sale fares earn full Tier Point and Avios credit in the British Airways Executive Club, and points in the OnBusiness SME Loyalty programme for eligible members. Connecting itineraries may offer higher levels of Tier Point and Avios earning.

Until the specific ‘sale’ page is loaded, these and other fares can be checked and booked using the British Airways Low Fare Finder.

Update: the promotional page is now live at ba.com/blackfriday.

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Cyber Monday: 100 Return Flights to Los Angeles for £199 Per Person

by Continental Club on November 23, 2016  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , ,

Air New ZealandAir New Zealand operate their service between London Heathrow and Auckland via Los Angeles, and the airline is planning to once again run a Cyber Monday promotion – offering 100 seats between the UK capital and California for just £199 return. The promotion will only be bookable at airnewzealand.co.uk.

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Bookings open at 10am on Monday 28th November 2016, and the offer ends when all the seats are sold. Travel dates are outbound between 5th & 7th February 2017 and between 12th & 13th February 2017, and return between 12th & 14th February 2017 and between 20th and 21st February 2017.

Flights are changeable for a fee of £100 plus any difference in fare, which in practice will be to the best available ‘normal’ fare. It will also be possible to ‘hold’ a £199 fare for up to 3 days at a cost of £25.

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Upgrades to Air New Zealand’s economy SkyCouch seat were offered subject to availability last year, at a cost of £100 per passenger for a family of two adults and one child; £299 per passenger for a couple travelling together and £599 for a single passenger. Prices were one-way. The promotion details thus far published don’t explicitly confirm that this additional deal will be combinable with the £199 fare, however the airline is separately offering a similar deal on ‘normal’ Economy bookings.

For further information and to book, visit airnewzealand.co.uk. Note that the £199 London to Los Angeles fares will not be available from any other website, including Air New Zealand sites other than the United Kingdom version.

The airline also promises additional Cyber Monday deals to be announced closer to the day, all of which will also be advertised and bookable at airnewzealand.co.uk.

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British Airways Business & First Class Sale Fares Loaded 27th October 2016

by Continental Club on October 27, 2016  |  One comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

British AirwaysBritish Airways has this morning loaded sale fares for 2016 and 2017 travel to destinations worldwide in their Club World Business and First Class cabins. Periods of availability vary by destination. Fares must be booked by 23:59 GMT on 8th November 2016. As usual, we try to be the first to announce new BA Sales, so once again we were ahead of any public advertising. Although the official Sale page has now been published, the BA Low Fare Finder at ba.com is the best way to check the new fares and Continental Club readers will hopefully benefit from the very best availability.

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Club World fares are on average 2% higher than the last sale in August 2016 and First Class fares are just under 2.5% lower than last time. Business Class to the Caribbean and Latin America, and First Class to selected Middle East destinations look to be the best value propositions this time around. Newly-announced routes to New Orleans (launching from London Heathrow on 27th March 2017) and Fort Lauderdale (launching from London Gatwick on 6th July 2017) are available to book.

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Club World Business Class and First Class Sale fares earn full Tier Point and Avios credit in the British Airways Executive Club, and points in the OnBusiness SME Loyalty programme for eligible members.

For a list of currently available longhaul destinations and starting Club World and First Class fares, scroll down or click ‘READ MORE’ below. The listing includes the equivalent fares from the last full sale in August 2016.

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The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician Relaunched – August 2016

by Continental Club on August 27, 2016  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Luxury Collection NewScottsdale, AZ: It’s not often that we review individual hotels these days; the ever-increasing number of social media platforms and both hoteliers’ and guests’ use of them mean that there’s not much that’s not been written and shown about practically every lodging on the planet.

Today though, we found ourselves back at one of our favourite properties, which we wrote about last in 2008. And today just happened to be the day that Scottsdale’s The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, the ultra-luxe enclave within The Phoenician AAA Five Diamond resort, reopened to guests following a multi-million dollar makeover.

Part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection, The Canyon Suites is already a Forbes Five Star retreat held in high regard by loyal returning guests, and (often) slack-jawed awe by first-time check-ins. Professional, gracious, engaging Ambassadors are permanently on-hand to assist, advise and make sure that guests make the most of their stay.

At the exclusive poolside, reserved for Canyon guests alone, service is so slickly impressive, you may wonder why all resorts can’t clone the Suites’ superstar server.

And at the front door, bell staff enthusiasm is way more than the Valley of the Sun’s soaring summertime temperatures should permit.

So, when news of a 2016 closure and relaunch was relayed to long-time guests, the common call was for as little change as possible.

Now then, is the moment of truth….

The signs of lavish expenditure are all around, as soon as the shade of the porte cochère is given up for the cool of the marbled lobby. The fountain anchors the front of house, but behind the lobby opens out in a way that’s plusher, lighter and yet more cosily intimate than before, and certainly more-so than any triple-height space could be expected to be.

To the guest corridors, and the carpeting, the wall coverings, the ceiling treatments and the light fittings are all showroom-fresh.

And, once ensconced in a Canyon Suite itself, only the coving, the skirting and the signature louvre-panel internal doors will prove familiar. From sound bar TV systems with online access to Netflix et al, to Nespresso coffee machines, to the furniture, beds, drapery, carpeting, wall decoration and artwork – every bit is new.

Here are definite mid-century cues throughout; solid, comfortable, design-led pieces that arguably echo a time when modernity was enthused over, but traditional standards of craftsmanship prevailed. A time before blue-box retail, Allen Keys and the expectation of imminent collapse defined contemporary design.

Yet, despite the transformation, nothing here will frighten The Canyon Suites‘ most loyal evangelists. It’s a credit to the teams behind the renovation that they’ve so-successfully retained The Canyon‘s unique air, while zephyring the fresh breeze of change throughout the entire building.

Outside, it’s familiar and new, too. Guests will now find an al fresco dining area between the lobby and the waterfalls, ready to welcome them for the launch of The Canyon Suites‘ complimentary breakfast service.

Poolside, there’s barely a shade of change, with eagle-eyed Canyonistas perhaps the only ones who’ll spot a new hue.

Sports fans, in particular, availing of the pool’s private cabanas will doubtless appreciate new 32″ LCDs on which to catch the game, whilst continuing to chill out of the sun.

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But, for many guests the biggest change, and the one that reportedly a significant number have long campaigned-for (we even mentioned it in 2008), is the final arrival of The Canyon Suites‘ own bar, to compliment the lobby’s new lounge.

It’s a haven of craft whiskies, of wines cellared with the latest technology; it’s an open wall where intimate evenings will be accented with small bites, and where sun-flooded mornings will see The Canyon‘s market-fresh breakfasts greeting early-risers.

With The Phoenician’s main hotel building also receiving the first hints of a 2017 full-scale reworking, aimed at establishing the whole estate as the finest resort in whole South West, it’s heartening to see the care and attention that’s gone in to The Canyon Suites, and into reflecting the thoughts, feedback and requests of countless guests.

Indeed, it’s not just the relaunching of The Canyon Suites; it’s definitively the reloving of The Canyon Suites.

For more information, visit canyonsuites.com, or luxurycollection.com.

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