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American Express New Cardmember Travel Sign Up Offers Update August 2012

by Continental Club on August 23, 2012  |  One comment

Two offers from American Express that Continental Club flagged up back in July have been extended but are close to finally coming to an end – so now looks like the last chance to be in with the opportunity to earn some of the biggest joining/spend bonuses that we’ve seen for a while.

The deadline is closest for applications for their Platinum Charge Card, which ends on 27th August 2012. Successful ‘virgin’ applicants – that is those who have never had any kind of American Express product in the past – who spend a minimum of £2000 in the first three months of card membership, can look forward to a joining bonus of 50,000 of the issuer’s generic ‘Membership Rewards’ points. The points can then be redeemed for a wide range of products and services, including airline mileage.

50,000 Membership Rewards therefore equates to 50,000 Avios, or 50,000 Virgin Flying Club miles, and though there is no extended credit facility (charge card balances must be settled in full at each statement) and the annual fee of £450 is higher than the BA credit card (below), some travellers may value such perks as Priority Pass membership, travel insurance, and automatic status in the Starwood, Accor, Carlson, Hertz and Avis loyalty programmes.

Meanwhile, members of the British Airways Executive Club who didn’t apply for the BA American Express Premium Plus credit card during July’s bumper 30,000 Avios promotion may still be tempted by the card giant’s latest sign-up offer, valid for applications made by 12th September 2012.

Once accepted as a new British Airways American Express Premium Plus cardmember, a welcome bonus of 18,000 Avios is the reward for spending a minimum of £3,000 in the first three months of membership. The welcome bonus is in addition to the normal benefits of up to 3 Avios per £ spent, and an Avios ‘companion voucher’ when £10,000 is charged to the card account in a membership year.

American Express is marketing the bonus as being worth two return flights to Berlin from the UK.  A raft of changes to the British Airways loyalty programme in 2011 mean that additional taxes, fees and charges on reward flights are now capped at £27 per person return in Economy and £34 per person return in Business – for members with what the airline describes as ‘recently active’ accounts.

Non Executive Club members can also apply for the card, with a new Executive Club account automatically established upon acceptance.

The card comes with an annual fee of £150, which is taken into account when calculating the ‘example’ interest rate; applicants should of course take the opportunity to read the terms and conditions of any card membership carefully.

For full details on both the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Credit Card offer, and the American Express Platinum Charge Card offer, click here.

 

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American Express New Cardmember Travel Sign Up Offers July 2012

by Continental Club on July 5, 2012  |  One comment

Two new offers from American Express may be of interest to those looking for the most generous travel-related benefits currently available.

Members of the British Airways Executive Club who have not yet applied for a BA American Express credit card may be tempted by the card giant’s latest sign-up offer, valid for applications made by 1st August 2012.

Once accepted as a new British Airways American Express Premium Plus cardmember, a welcome bonus of 30,000 Avios is the reward for spending a minimum of £3,000 in the first three months of membership. The welcome bonus is in addition to the normal benefits of up to 3 Avios per £ spent, and an Avios ‘companion voucher’ when £10,000 is charged to the card account in a membership year.

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Fly Home For London 2012 With British Airways & See A Boeing 777 Taxi Down Your Street

by Continental Club on June 19, 2012  |  Leave a comment

Now live on UK television is British Airways‘ London 2012 #HomeAdvantage Olympic advert, which explains why a Boeing 777 was seen taxiing through Richmond Park last week:

And here’s the story behind the ad:

And here’s probably the niftiest bit:

See A British Airways Boeing 777 Taxi Down Your Street

Enter a United Kingdom postcode and see what your home looks like from on board a British Airways aircraft.

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British Airways Business And First Class Summer Sale 2012

by Continental Club on June 6, 2012  |  One comment

British Airways First Class, Club World and Club Europe Business Class sale fares are now available for booking, following the Continental Club advance warning of the new fares being loaded a day before public advertising started.

Click here to access sale fares.

With return flights from London to Bangkok from £1299 this Summer, BA has loaded fares for one of their most aggressive Business Class sales in recent years.

North American destinations start at £1070 return and Sydney fares are from £2987, the latter undercutting almost every ‘fully-flatbed’ competitor on the route from London.

Closer to home, Istanbul is the standout offer, with fares from just £299 return in Club Europe – including lounge access, increased luggage allowance and extra ‘Tier Points’ and ‘Avios’ for members of the British Airways Executive Club.

Bookings must be made by 14th June 2012 and as BA are running hard-copy press adverts, experience suggests  that the deadline is unlikely to be extended. Previous extensions have usually only been applied to promotions which have been exclusively advertised online.

Sale fares are visible and available to book now by checking the British Airways Low Fare Finder and selecting ‘Business Class’ from the drop-down cabin class selector.

For a full list of currently available destinations and starting fares, scroll down or click ‘READ MORE’ below:

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British Airways Offers Free Flights And London 2012 Olympic Games Tickets

by Continental Club on June 1, 2012  |  One comment

From the 1st to the 14th June, London 2012 partner airline British Airways will be offering UK-based customers the chance to ‘fly a friend home for free‘.

The idea behind the promotion is based on evidence that competitors perform best when backed by the greatest levels of motivation from their own supporters – the so-called ‘home advantage.’

Denise Lewis, Sir Clive Woodward and Michael Johnson are championing the drive to encourage Britons to back TeamGB Olympians and Paralympians, with British Airways giving away £250,000 of tickets to fly friends and relatives of competitors, as well as winners of the #HomeAdvantage competition back to London for the Summer games.

There are twelve pairs of tickets available from each of 20 British Airways overseas stations and full details are to be found on the British Airways #HomeAdvantage webpage.

Further updates will also be available by ‘following’ British Airways (or searching the ‘hashtag’ #HomeAdvantage) on Twitter and by ‘liking’ their page on Facebook.

And, as of 6th June 2012, there’s an additional opportunity for British Airways’ Executive Club members to win tickets. Simply go to the registration page and log in with your Executive Club username and password/PIN.

 

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US Airways Double / 100% Bonus Dividend Miles June 2012

by Continental Club on May 31, 2012  |  Leave a comment

US Airways have announced the return of their popular 100% Dividend Miles promotion for Dividend Miles members purchasing miles online between 1st and 30th June 2012.

Favoured for its comparatively-generous avoidance of so-called ‘YQ’ fuel surcharges, Dividend Miles redemptions offer some of the best-value frequent flyer awards in the sky.

For full details, log on to Dividend Miles between 1st and 30th June 2012.

 

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British Airways Welcomes The Boeing 787 Dreamliner To Heathrow

by Continental Club on May 16, 2012  |  Leave a comment

April 30th 2012 saw the Boeing 787 Dream Tour land at London’s Heathrow Airport, and aircraft number N787BX was formally welcomed into one of British Airways‘ gargantuan hangars at the Eastern end of the airfield.

The event also marked the official re-opening of the hangar following its conversion to handle all the aircraft types in British Airways future fleet programme, including the Airbus A380.

The hangar, built in the 1950s and now Grade II listed by English Heritage, features unsupported internal arches specially-designed by the late Sir Evan Owen Williams, whose other projects included London’s original Wembley Stadium and The Dorchester Hotel, the Daily Express buildings in London and Manchester and even the M1 Motorway.

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Hotels4u – Continental Club Hotel Website Tip

by Continental Club on March 31, 2012  |  Leave a comment

Had a hotel sale email land in your inbox this week? Or a hundred? And have you wondered what that half price claim really means? Or what is that quoted percentage saving actually based on?

Over the last few weeks, checking of rates has quite regularly seen Thomas Cook’s website hotels4u.com returning some very competitive rates.

As a case-in-point, Guoman‘s Tower Hotel in central London is currently (17:00GMT 31st March)  directly-selling rooms from £116.40 including VAT for the night of Friday 27th April. The hotel is located on the banks of the Thames, right next to Tower Bridge.

Meanwhile, hotels4u.com is selling exactly the same room for £93.60 all-in; which works out at a verifiable 20% discount.

Although no website is ever guaranteed to offer the cheapest rates at every property on every date, this one does seem to be worth checking for leisure stays at the moment.

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