Friday, 1 August 2014

AER LINGUS NEW IRELAND TO USA ROUTES IN 2015 ? (RUMOUR)

UPDATE...Irish Independant confirmed Aer Lingus has "concrete plans" for new USA services


Hear a rumour/speculation today, courtesy of boards.ie, that Aer Lingus will be launching further flights to the USA in 2015.

If true, this is great news for expanding redemption options out of Ireland. Recall, that you can redeem BA avios on Aer Lingus flights. The big advantage (other than that it super handy for those living in Ireland), is that the taxes and fees for a return flight are around £80, as opposed for the equivalent flight out of the UK. Aer lingus currently flies Boston, Chicago, Orlando, New York and San Francisco.

The rumour suggests that one of the news destinations will be in Texas, so either Dallas, Houston, or less likely Austin. It is also suggested that another East coast destination will be added.

If these flights are coming, one would expect an announcement within the next few months.

UPDATE. Irish independent today ran an article quoting the Aer Lingus CEO

"I will not mention any destinations but we have very concrete plans," Mr Mueller, pictured right, said. He added that those plans would come to fruition before he leaves the airline next May."

So no longer in the rumour dept, it's now a case of wait for the announcement.

VIRGIN BELFAST TO ORLANDO ROUTE SUMMER 2015


Flying long haul direct out of Belfast is limited to the single United Airlines destination, of Newwark, New York. It's unlikely that many people have United miles, as the opportunities to collect them within the UK are few and far between.

Monday, 28 July 2014

DOUBLE AVIOS ON SELECTED IBERIA FLIGHTS


I just received an email from Iberia , offering double Avios when booking Iberia flights. Note that you must book on Iberia.com, booking on BA.com or Avios.com will not get you the double Avios, and of course you need an Iberia avios account.

Flights booked until the 31st of August, travelling by 31st December, are eligible with the exception of  flights beginning with IB7xxx, IB5xxx o IB4xxx, IB36XX, IB39XX.

More on Iberia.com

TESCO 20% TRANSFER BONUS TO VIRGIN




Its the start of a new Tesco Club Card points collecting quarter, and this is traditionally a time when Tesco launches some clubcard promos.  The start of this quarter brings an offer for converting to Virgin Miles.

Convert Tesco vouchers between the 28th of July and the 8th of Sept, and you'll get 750 Virgin miles for every £2.50, instead of the usual 625 miles. That's a 20% uplift.

Additionally, if you turn on auto-convert, you'll get an extra 1000 Virgin miles. This looks like an attractive offer. However, worryingly, anyone who already had their Tesco account set to automatically convert vouchers to Virgin may have missed out on the 20% uplift, as the auto convert happened a few days before the 28th of July. It will be interesting to see if they still get the 20% bonus miles.

This is one reason why I don't have auto convert on, it means you are likely to miss out on bonuses and promos.  However, if you are thinking of converting all of your existing vouchers to Virgin, it makes sense to convert, and then turn on auto-convert. This will get you the extra 1000 miles. Once you see the 1000 miles post to your Virgin account, switch auto convert back off again.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

6000 AA MILES FOR FREE WITH ROCKETMILES ?

Rocketmiles is a hotel booking service, which will give you airmiles from any number of airlines, as a bonus for booking with them. The most useful one within the UK, is AA miles, as these can be used to book BA flights.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

2400 CHEAP AVIOS (£5), WITH BLINKBOX AND TOPCASHBACK


Blinkbox is Tesco's movie streaming service that they have been running now for about a year. For new account holders, there is a valuable promotion on offer at the moment, which in association with Topcashback, can result in you getting 2400 Avios for a £5 outlay.