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by Continental Club on March 22, 2017 | Leave a comment • Tagged as: BA, BA First, BA First Wing, British Airways, British Airways First Class, British Airways The First Wing, First Wing, The First Wing
British Airways has released the first official details of ‘The First Wing‘ at its London Heathrow home. The First Wing will encompass and enlarge the existing First Class check in area at the South end of Terminal 5, linking through to new security channels which, for the first time, will allow eligible passengers direct access to the carrier’s Galleries First Lounge.
The First Wing will be open to members of the British Airways Executive Club at the Gold tier and above, as well as to Emerald cardholders of oneworld alliance frequent flyer programmes and, of course, to all those travelling in British Airways’ First Class. The latter will also enjoy direct access to The Concorde Room.
The check-in area is 250% larger than the original First Class zone, and The First Wing is defined by a three metre high and 29 metre long curved wall, which serves to guide passengers through to the lounge complex.
The First Wing is slated to open in early April 2017. For more information, visit ba.com.
Hilton Hotels has launched a weekend leisure flash sale, with rates starting from an advertised £59 per room per night for HHonors loyalty programme members at properties across the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East & Africa.
Flash Sale rates are available for bookings made between Sunday 6th March and Sunday 13th March 2016, for stays at participating hotels completed on weekends throughout 2016.
As usual with Hilton, “weekend” is defined as Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in Europe and Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in Middle East & Africa.
And, as usual, the headline advertised rate for the sale is not in fact the lowest available at the promotion’s launch. As shown in the image above, the absolutely lowest rates actually start from £22 in Russia, and from £41 in the UK.
Bookings must be made a minimum 1 day before arrival; rates are non-refundable and full prepayment required at time of booking. The rate codes are:
PR02FB (Room Only)
PR02FR (Bed & Breakfast)
Rates qualify for earning and stay credits as well as status amenities in the Hilton HHonors programme. Non-members can avail themselves of the rates by joining the programme during the booking process.
by Continental Club on November 26, 2015 | Leave a comment • Tagged as: Avios, Avios Part Payment, BA, BA Discount Code, BA Discount Code 2015, BA Promo Code, BA Promo Code 2015, British Airways, British Airways Discount Code, British Airways Discount Code 2015, British Airways Promo Code, British Airways Promo Code 2015, British Airways Promotional Code, British Airways Promotional Code 2015
Although airline sales are not unusual, it’s less common for the promotional stars align to allow passengers to benefit from two offers on the same airline at the same time. However, British Airways Executive Club members who are already used to being able to use Avios points to ‘part pay’ for their tickets can double-dip this weekend, with the airline’s current fare offers combining with another Black Friday deal to make greater savings than are usually available with Avios contributions.
Avios part payment provides for a maximum £200 saving for 30,000 Avios under normal terms and conditions, however under the current promotion the saving is increased to £700 on a Club World return ticket – for the same 30,000 Avios contribution. In combination with this weekend’s sale, the effect can be to reduce the lowest fare to just £699 return:
The double dip works in World Traveller economy and World Traveller Plus premium economy too and, using the New York example, fares are from:
World Traveller £162 plus 15,000 Avios
World Traveller Plus £524 plus 15,000Avios
Destinations offered at the increased part payment saving rate are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Washington (Baltimore), Denver, Dallas, Newark, Washington (Dulles), Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, San Francsico, San Jose, Nassau, Grand Cayman, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paolo, and bookings must be made by 23:59GMT on Monday 30th November 2015 – the same deadline as for the current sale fares.
Flights booked using Avios part payment earn Avios and Executive Club Tier Points at the same rates as without part payment, although they do not qualify for earnings in the British Airways OnBusiness SME loyalty programme.
Full details of the current fare sales which end at 23:59GMT on Monday 30th November 2015 can be found in our other articles:
To check all British Airways fares and availability, and in particular to locate the lowest available fare, use the British Airways Low Fare Finder at ba.com. For additional details regarding the Black Friday Avios Part Payment offer, visit this page at ba.com.
by Continental Club on November 5, 2015 | Leave a comment • Tagged as: Crowne Plaza Flash Sale, Crowne Plaza Sale, Holiday Inn Express Flash Sale, Holiday Inn Flash Sale, IHG 72 Hour Sale, IHG Flash Sale, IHG Rewards, IHG Sale, IHG £39 Rooms
InterContinental Hotel Group has loaded flash sale rates for winter stays, ‘banded’ at £39, £49, £69 and £89 and bookable only at IHG.com. The promotion is open only to IHG Rewards members, but non-members can join during the booking process and membership is free of charge.
Stay dates are from 1st December 2015 until 29th February 2016, excluding New Year’s Eve, 29th December 2015.
The sale officially commenced at 09:00 GMT on Thursday 5th November and lasts for 72 hours only.
It’s likely that there will be some slight variations between the ‘banded’ rates advertised and the actual ones showing availability, although this will probably be a function of minor fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. Particularly at the higher ‘bands’, it’s always worth checking the best available non-sale rate at relevant hotels as well.
For more details, to check the terms & conditions, availability and to book, visit ihg.com.
by Continental Club on April 7, 2015 | Leave a comment • Tagged as: Avios, Avios Longhaul Part Payment, Avios Part Payment, BA, BA Avios, BA Executive Club, BAEC, British Airways, British Airways Avios, British Airways Executive Club
British Airways has offered its Executive Club members the opportunity to redeem Avios points in part payment for many shorthaul tickets since October 2013. Prior to that time, the use of Avios required ‘redemption’ availability on the required flights; availability which many will know is often difficult to come-by.
The part payment system therefore allows more flexible use of Avios against a wide range of paid-for tickets, albeit at generally lower-value rates than outright redemptions or upgrades.
Until the 29th April 2015, BA is allowing Executive Club members to use Avios in part payment for longhaul flights as well, the second time it has run a longhaul part payment promotion. Unlike its last offer, however, the maximum part payment is now increased to 60,000 Avios for a £400 fare reduction on a Club World or First Class ticket.
The full list of longhaul part payment options is as follows:
|Avios part payment amount||Saving per person|
|World Traveller & World Traveller Plus||1,500 Avios||£10pp|
|Club World & First||4,500 Avios||£30pp|
The offer is available to members’ who are logged in to their Executive Club account, on flights departing from London Heathrow to anywhere on the longhaul network and from London City Airport to New York JFK, on British Airways flight-only bookings. The booking period is 1st April 2015 to the– 29th April 2015 for travel between 1st April 2015 – 1st April 2016. The maximum advertised discount may not be offered when making a booking, if the member’s Avios balance is insufficient.
The underlying ticket(s) purchased will continue to earn Avios and Tier Points at the same rate as they would had they been paid for entirely with cash.
For full details and to book, visit ba.com.
by Continental Club on February 20, 2015 | Leave a comment • Tagged as: BA, BA OB Changes 2015, BA On Business, BA On Business Changes 2015, British Airways, British Airways On Business, British Airways On Business Changes 2015, On Business, On Business Changes
British Airways has announced a complete overhaul of its On Business small & medium sized enterprise (SME) loyalty programme. In a move that has been widely anticipated, especially by members of the carrier’s also-soon-to-change Executive Club frequent flyer scheme, BA has revealed first details of what is to become a revenue-based programme launching on 27th May 2015.
Although the Executive Club changes have only recently been announced, and include changes broadly limited to revised earning and redemption rates still based on zones and distance, the On Business review sees the effective closure of the existing programme on 24th May 2017, and its relaunch on a completely new platform three days later. As On Business has hitherto run on a modified Executive Club IT system, it will be interesting to see whether, in the longer term, EC rejoins OB from a technical point of view, and becomes revenue-based as well.
For now, the key features of the new programme are:
- Earnings based on fare paid, rather than zones travelled to.
- Membership tiers, with earning rate multiples based on annual-spend.
- Redemptions based on regional bands, with premium cabin redemption rates largely increasing, and economy redemptions decreasing in terms of the number of points required.
- Earning and redemption to be possible on American Airlines and Iberia as well as British Airways.
- Existing points balances converted at a rate of 1:2 (existing:new) on 27th May 2015.
- Cash discounts of at least 5% available on selected flights worldwide.
- Unredeemed points will expire at the end of the second calendar year after earning – rather than at the end of the third year as at present.
The latter point is worth paying particular attention to, as it effectively means that points earned in the early part of 2015 will now be valid for 12 months less than they would have been. Existing points, per the (grammatically truly, crushingly appalling) BA FAQs, will retain their original expiry dates:
The new On Business Tiers are based on annual spend, and earning rates and multiples will be as follows:
|Tier||Spend Threshold||Earn Rate|
|Tier 1||£0 – £29,999||1 Point per £1|
|Tier 2||£30,000 – £299,999||1.25 Points per £1|
|Tier 3||£300,000+||1.5 Points per £1|
Return ticket redemptions will now be priced at these points levels:
One-cabin upgrades from eligible booking classes follow a similar pattern:
|Band||Business to First||Premium Economy to Business||Economy to Premium Economy||Economy to Business|
And, interestingly, ‘eligible’ booking classes in the new programme seem to include ‘R/I’ class (lowest business) and ‘T’ class (lowest premium economy) which were not available to upgrade from in recent years under the current scheme.
There are obviously a number of ways to review the changes, from a simple assessment of how much current balances will be worth in the new scheme, to a far more complex calculation based on which tier member companies will fall into post-changes, and their associated earning rates compared to those they’ve historically seen. Earnings will also be affected by the member company’s booking ‘profile’ and whether their regular routes were at the ‘generous’ or ‘less generous’ end of the spectrum in terms of cost vs distance.
Given that only a simple assessment is possible at this stage, two worked examples for round trip redemptions from London to New York (Band 7) and London to Sydney (Band 10), based on the effective value of existing points, see the following results:
|Current OB Points Requirement||6,600||13,200||18,900||24,300|
|Current OB Points Requirement Converted At 1:2||13,200||26,400||37,800||48,600|
|New OB Points Requirement||9,000||22,000||48,000||68,000|
|New OB Scheme Points Variation For NYC (B7) Return||-4,200||-4,400||10,200||19,400|
|Current OB Points Requirement||12,480||24,960||36,960||47,520|
|Current OB Points Requirement Converted At 1:2||24,960||49,920||73,920||95,040|
|New OB Points Requirement||16,000||32,000||70,000||90,000|
|New OB Scheme Points Variation For SYD (B10) Return||-8,960||-17,920||-3,920||-5,040|
Those saving for a First return to New York will be disappointed; those aiming for a Premium Economy ticket to Sydney will be much happier.
The real-world implications of the changes will take much longer to become clear and, as mentioned, will depend quite specifically on each member company’s booking and spend profile. They’ll also depend on some as-yet unannounced confirmations, such as details pertaining to redemptions on American and Iberia.
For more details of all the changes that have so far been announced though (and to view that truly hideous grammar in the FAQs posted thereon) visit ba.com.
by Continental Club on January 28, 2015 | Leave a comment • Tagged as: Avios, Avios Changes, BA Exec Club Changes, BA Executive Club, BA Executive Club Changes, BAEC, BAEC Changes, British Airways, British Airways Executive Club, British Airways Executive Club Changes, Exec Club Changes, Execuitve Club, Executive Club Changes, Tier Point Changes, Tier Points
BA has this morning announced changes to its Executive Club loyalty programme, which will affect bookings made from 28th April 2015. Full details of all the variations to the earning of Avios and Tier Points, as well as the redemption of Avios for flight awards, are published at ba.com here:
In earning terms, probably the biggest changes are to the number of Avios earned on the cheapest Economy tickets (down from 100% of flown miles to 25% of flown miles) and also to the number of Tier Points earned on those tickets (down from 50% of full TPs to 25% TPs).
For those who have already achieved the Silver tier in the programme, the other major earning change is to the Avios Tier Bonus, which reduces from 100% of flown miles to 50% of flown miles. Taken within the broader picture of Tier Bonuses, this change arguably resolves an unusually generous bonus and sees a more logical ladder of bonuses from 25% for Bronze members, 50% for Silver and 100% for Gold members. Until these changes, Silver earnings were the same as Gold.
Other changes are likely to affect fewer members in terms of gross numbers, such as the realignment of Tier Point earning on the airline’s Club World London City Service to New York JFK. For some time, revenue flights on this service have earned Tier Points at the First Class-equivalent rate; this will now be brought back to the mainline Club World rate.
The number of Avios required to redeem for a flight will be changing, and for the first time the concept of peak and off-peak awards will be introduced. The new redemption table is as follows:
This system will also apply to redemptions on Iberia.
The ‘free’ UK domestic add-on for shorthaul (European) redemptions will be removed, and connecting flights will now be subject to an additional Avios collect. The situation for longhaul redemptions will remain the same, however, and UK domestic connections from British Airways longhaul itineraries will remain free of additional Avios requirement.
The range of Economy fare classes which are eligible for upgrade with Avios is being increased, so that instead of only the most flexible fare classes being eligible, all but the most inflexible will now be eligible.
A new undertaking is being made to release ‘a minimum of two Club World/Club Europe and four World Traveller/Euro Traveller reward seats on all British Airways operated flights that are offered for sale on ba.com (excluding subsidiaries and franchises).’
These minimum guaranteed reward seats will be made available 355 days before the flight and will remain available, if not booked, until 45 days before departure.
This latter caveat is particularly interesting, since it may effectively mean that short-notice Economy and Business Class redemptions may no longer be available.
The changes apply only to new bookings made from 28th April 2015. Bookings made before that date, even for travel after that date, will be subject to the current and not the new rules.
For more information relating to the changes, visit ba.com.