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Travel News Round-up – Latest points & miles promos, tips, deals

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Avis 20% discount flash sale

Until 11th March you can save 20% at Avis.

50% bonus buying Avios at BA

Get 50% bonus Avios at BA until 22nd March. The best value available is 1.1p per Avios but that requires spending over £2k.

The price per Avios is higher at lower amounts, but could still be a good deal if you have a redemption in mind where you know you will get extra value.

The annual limit has been lifted to 200k, so you could pick up 300k in total.

50% is as good as it gets from BA, but the values are not as good as the recent Iberia 50% bonus.

Details of the costs and the price per Avios are in this article.

Oman Air buys an extra slot at LHR from Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has sold their slot at Heathrow after making losses on the route and deciding to exit the UK market. Oman Air have paid $27m for the slot.

Oman Air will now have 3 daily Heathrow flights.

Look for an article on Thursday about the stunning off-road driving trips you can do through the deserts and mountains of Oman.

Bahrain GP will be "participants only"

The Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix will be a televised event behind closed doors. That’s a massive hit to Bahrain’s tourism income, of which the GP is a massive proportion.

3 new routes from LBA next year

Jet 2 is adding 3 new routes for summer 2021. They are bookable now.

  • Santorini – Thursdays, May to October
  • Skiathos – Wednesdays, May to September
  • Lisbon – Mondays and Thursdays

Virgin Atlantic credit cards drop the foreign exchange fee

The Virgin Atlantic free and premium Mastercards will no longer have a 2.99% transaction fee when spending in foreign currency within the EU only.

You’ll be able to check the applicable exchange rate on this page.

Virgin Atlantic delays Sao Paolo flights to October

The first Virgin Atlantic route to South America has been postponed until 5th October due to some virus or something, not sure what that might be.

Everyone else is still flying to South America, so Virgin clearly expects low demand. Apparently the airline industry is having a quiet period…

Win 75000 Miles & More miles

The Lufthansa Miles & More hotel booking partner site, Hotels and Cars by Points, is running a competition. Stay by 30th June on a booking for at least €150, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win one of these prizes:

  • 1 of 5 grand prizes of 75,000 award miles
  • 10 prizes of 50,000 award miles
  • 25 prizes of 25,000 award miles
  • 50 prizes of 10,000 award miles
  • 2,500 prizes of 1,000 award miles

Book by 31st March.

You can also get an extra 1000 miles on your next booking by subscribing to the email newsletter.


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