Travel Hacking Tutor http://www.travelhackingtutor.com Travel hacking tips for UK globetrotters Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:00:18 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-logosquare-32x32.png Travel Hacking Tutor http://www.travelhackingtutor.com 32 32 110876277 Is A Hilton Honors Devaluation Starting? http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/19/is-a-hilton-honors-devaluation-starting/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/19/is-a-hilton-honors-devaluation-starting/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:00:18 +0000 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/?p=5380 If you are looking to maximise your air miles you should use them for some for the most expensive and most popular routes – such as London to Sydney, New York or Dubai – especially at peak times. The same applies to hotel points, if you redeem them at the most expensive resorts you can […]

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If you are looking to maximise your air miles you should use them for some for the most expensive and most popular routes – such as London to Sydney, New York or Dubai – especially at peak times. The same applies to hotel points, if you redeem them at the most expensive resorts you can save hundreds, even thousands, compared to the cash prices. Some of the world’s most expensive hotels are grouped together in the Maldives which is currently going through a boom in tourism and opening hotels – with around 100 currently under construction – making this a haven for hotel point redemptions.

For years Hilton have priced their Conrad Rangali Island resort at 95,000 Hilton Honors points, which was at the top of their pricing in the loyalty scheme – even though Hilton Honors do not have a published awards chart. 95,000 Hilton Honors points will get you a Beach Villa at the resort, of which you can usually upgrade when you arrive to a Deluxe Beach Villa or Overwater Villa for part cash. Picking out a random date towards the end of this year you can see that the cheapest cash rate for the night is US$782 + a 10% service charge (US$860 in total). Instead of paying the US$860 per night, which is around £670 you can redeem 95,000 Hilton Honors points – equating to around 0.7 pence per Hilton Honors point – more than double the usual valuation. Also as another bonus you will not pay the service charge when making a booking using Hilton Honors points.

hilton conrad maldives rangali island redeem points

Are Hilton Honors Devaluing Their Loyalty Scheme?

Earlier in the week Hilton opened bookings at their latest, and probably best, beach resort – the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. It’s lucky that Hilton even allowed redemptions at this hotel, as they could have said their are no “standard rooms” to book reward nights. Hilton however have added the possibility to book using points but it will cost you 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night – a 25% increase to their existing points cap per night.

120000 hilton honors points per night at waldorf astoria maldives hotel

Yes, this is the crown in the Waldorf Astoria brand but now that Hilton have increased the amount of points needed per night will other properties start moving to this category – such as xxx which are all 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night? Even worse are Hilton planning to review and recategorise all their other properties, which could mean an increase in the amount of points needed for a redemption?

If you’re tempted to book into one of these amazing Maldives hotels then you may want to consider booking sooner rather than later to avoid a potential points increase. If you are a few points short you can currently purchase Hilton Honors points with a 100% bonus. The annual cap per account is 160,000 Hilton Honors points including the bonus, but you can purchase through multiple accounts and pool Hilton Honors points to make a single booking.

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7 DAY REMINDER: 100% Bonus Buying Hilton Honors Points + Price Match Guarantee http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/19/100-bonus-buying-hilton-honors-points-price-match-guarantee/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/19/100-bonus-buying-hilton-honors-points-price-match-guarantee/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:00:16 +0000 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/?p=5162 Here is a reminder that the current Hilton Honors points promotion is ending on 26th February 2019. You will receive a bonus of 100% for points purchases of 10,000 Hilton Honors points of more. A bonus of 100% is the maximum seen by Hilton though they are known to differ their promotions between a “100% bonus” […]

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Here is a reminder that the current Hilton Honors points promotion is ending on 26th February 2019. You will receive a bonus of 100% for points purchases of 10,000 Hilton Honors points of more. A bonus of 100% is the maximum seen by Hilton though they are known to differ their promotions between a “100% bonus” and “50% discount”, both of which are the exact in terms of the amount you will pay when purchasing points.

Until 26th February 2019 you receive up to an 100% bonus when purchasing Hilton hotel points.

  • Buy under 10,000 Hilton Honors points and receive no bonus
  • Buy 10,000 – 80,000 Hilton Honors points and receive a 100% bonus

Purchasing Hilton Honors points is a great way to boost your existing points balance. Immediately after the points credit to your Hilton Honors account you can use them to redeem points for Hilton stays instead of paying cash.

Purchase Hilton Honors points before the points promotion ends on 26th February 2019.

buy hilton honors points with a 100% bonus

During the promotion you can purchase up to 80,000 Hilton points, and also receive a further 80,000 bonus Hilton Honors points, making a total of 160,000 Hilton Honors points. To receive the maximum bonus you need to purchase over 10,000 Hilton Honors points. Any purchase of 10,000 or more Hilton Honors points will receive a bonus of up to 100%. Purchasing Hilton Honors points with the maximum 100% bonus works out around £3.50 per 1,000 points (charged in dollars at $5.00 per 1,000).

Offer ends 26th February 2019.

The New 2019 Hilton Price Match Guarantee

Hilton has changed from it’s existing “Best Rate Guarantee” to a new scheme named “Price Match Guarantee”. The main difference to the new Hilton Price Match Guarantee is that if you find a lower qualified price online then Hilton will match the price and give you an additional 25% off that stay. In the past with the old Hilton Guarantee you needed to have a booking direct with Hilton and send through the booking reference number via an online Hilton claim form to start your claim. That usually led to several messages backwards and forwards and wasted a lot of time. Now Hilton are encouraging you to contact them before you book with details of the cheaper rate from other sites (mainly the hotel comparison sites). That could save tons of time compared to the old method. Read more for full details.

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Ryanair Launches Ryanair Choice Annual Membership http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/18/ryanair-launches-ryanair-choice-annual-membership/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/18/ryanair-launches-ryanair-choice-annual-membership/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:00:21 +0000 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/?p=5366 Around 5 years ago the Ryanair site was one of the worst in the industry. This was relaunched a couple of years ago and at the same time Ryanair introduced myRyanair – an online account section of their site for regular flyers to help speed up future bookings. They also offered passengers who signed up in […]

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Around 5 years ago the Ryanair site was one of the worst in the industry. This was relaunched a couple of years ago and at the same time Ryanair introduced myRyanair – an online account section of their site for regular flyers to help speed up future bookings. They also offered passengers who signed up in the days after the launch £10 off their next flights, which seeing as Ryanair flights can be under £10 meant that they charged 1 pence for some flights with the discount, due to the fact that Ryanair systems need to take a payment to confirm the booking. Now to enhance the Ryanair service more they have launched a series of what they call “customer care improvements” for 2019, one of the most interesting being Ryanair Choice.

Ryanair, which is currently marketed as “Europe’s number 1 airline” mentioned in a statement:

“Ryanair is pleased to launch our 2019 customer care improvements, while continuing to deliver ‘more choice, lower fares and great care’. Ryanair will carry 152m customers this year who will enjoy these latest improvements including lowest price and punctuality promises, our Customer Care Charter, new Ryanair Choice membership, and this Summer many will enjoy our new Boeing MAX “Game-changer” aircraft with more legroom and bright new interiors.

While we continue to improve our customer care, one thing that won’t change is our lower fares – which we promise will not be beaten – and our customers will still enjoy the biggest choice of destinations, with the most on-time flights and a fantastic on-board experience, as we grow our fleet, traffic and routes.”

One of the most interesting parts of the 2019 customer care improvements is the introduction of a scheme targeted towards frequent flyers – Ryanair Choice. The annual membership scheme, at a cost of £199 (of €199 if that is your local currency) is designed to encourage both regular business and frequent holiday travellers and includes:

  • Free standard seat assignments
  • Fast-track security
  • Priority boarding (which includes a 10kg bag, while non-Priority customers can only take a small carry-on)

Ryanair tend to vary their fees for extras based on the route. For a short route from Manchester to Dublin you can expect to pay around £3 for a standard seat reservation and £5 for security fast track ing the airport. That means that you will have to take quite a few trips to break-even on the Ryanair Choice membership of take more popular routes that have increased fees.

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Overall as part of the Ryanair 2019 customer care improvements to its 152 million customers they promised the following:

  • Lowest Fares – find a cheaper fare within 3 hours, get paid the difference plus €/£ 5 MyRyanair credit
  • Punctuality – deliver 90% target (excl. ATC) or 5% off following month’s air fares
  • New Max Aircraft – new interiors, more legroom, more seats, greenest aircraft – April
  • Customer Care Charter – EU261 claims processed in 10 days, new 24/7 support, connect in 2 mins
  • Care Improvements – 48-hour free of charge grace period for changes to bookings
  • Environmental Improvements – carbon offset programme & plastic free in 5 years
  • New Ryanair Choice – €/£199 annual fee for free seats, fast-track & priority boarding for freq. guests
  • Digital Improvements – new fare finder, sports tickets, bespoke travel guides & faster mobile

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NOW BOOKABLE: Two AMAZING New Hilton Maldives Hotels http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/17/new-hilton-maldives-hotels-waldorf-astoria-maldives-saii-lagoon-maldives-curio-collection/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/17/new-hilton-maldives-hotels-waldorf-astoria-maldives-saii-lagoon-maldives-curio-collection/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 08:00:50 +0000 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/?p=5312 The Maldives currently appears to be in the middle of a surge in the tourism industry, meaning countless luxury 5-star resorts are being planned in the country. The Maldivian government recently announced there are around 120 resorts in the making that will widen the already huge hospitality industry. Some of these new resorts include well known […]

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The Maldives currently appears to be in the middle of a surge in the tourism industry, meaning countless luxury 5-star resorts are being planned in the country. The Maldivian government recently announced there are around 120 resorts in the making that will widen the already huge hospitality industry. Some of these new resorts include well known hotel chains brands who already have properties in the country, such as Hilton. Others hotel chains are also starting to enter the country including Accor and Radisson Blu, who both have eye-catching resorts that are set to open later this year.

The existing Hilton Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island is well known as one of the best Conrad properties in the world, and a perfect place to redeem Hilton Honors points considering the high nightly rates if paying cash. Now Hilton are expanding in the Maldives by adding two new properties to their Waldorf Astoria and Curio Collection by Hilton brands.

Both Hilton resorts are set to open as follows:

Hilton Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives hotel is probably one of the most anticipated hotels to join the Hilton Honors portfolio in the past few years and boosts considerably the Waldorf Astoria brand in my opinion. The exclusive 5-star resort named “Ithaafushi” means “Pearl” in native Maldivian tongue and is only a short sea journey from Male airport – no seaplane needed.

The resort consist of 3 pristine islands, surrounded by the crystal clear azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort has 138 guest villas, ranging from 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas and 4 bedroom presidential suite, carefully positioned and orientated to guarantee guest exclusivity and privacy and unsurpassed views over the ocean. In true A true Waldorf style the tropical paradise is an all-pool-villa experience meaning that each villa is equipped with private outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and lounge deck area. The simple thatched roofed villas may appear basic on the outside, but on the inside some of the over-water villas offer spectacular views through the glass flooring for an extensive look to waters below.

There are numerous food and beverage offerings, catering to a diverse culinary palette, including an elevated tree-house or alternatively a cave like area for a private dining experience. For healthier dining option the “Glow Organic” restaurant is the choice. There is also a laid back atmosphere of the resort’s beach champagne bar where guests can relax on the beach and enjoy cocktails while watching the sun set over the horizon.

Rooms at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives have just become bookable from 1st July 2019, and for a low tier room start at around £1,600 per night, making this resort one of the most expensive brand hotels in the Maldives. In you are looking to redeem Hilton Honors points for the Waldorf Astoria Maldives this will cost you 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night, more than the current Hilton Honors cap of 95,000 points per night. You may want to stock up on Hilton Honors points, with a 100% bonus, in the current promotion.

120000 hilton honors points per night at waldorf astoria maldives hotel

With properties like this in the Hilton portfolio they may even increase redemption by introducing a new category specifically for this property, as you would be getting around 2 pence per Hilton Honors point – much more than the usual 0.3 pence per point. Let’s hope that Hilton don’t see this as a start of redemption increases at other properties.

You can read more about the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi direct on the Hilton site.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton

The SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a luxurious tropical escape that is being developed on the stunning Emboodhoo Lagoon, near the capital Malé. This slice of heaven will be one of the bigger properties in the Maldives, at 198 rooms and the Maldives’ first ever integrated leisure and entertainment resort destination. Another plus point of why you might want to consider is that this resort is a mere 15 minute speedboat ride away from Velana International Airport.

The SAii Lagoon Maldives is now positioned as the “cheapest” Hilton hotel in the Maldives, followed by Hilton Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, then Hilton Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi being the crown. Rooms per night at the SAii Lagoon Maldives are around £250 per night when picking a random date after the opening, or 78,000 Hilton Honors points – which is on point based on the room rate.

hilton saii lagoon maldives curio collection

You can read more about the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi direct on the Hilton site.

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REMINDER: 6000 Flying Club Miles For Opening An ISA With Virgin Money http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/15/6000-flying-club-miles-for-opening-an-isa-with-virgin-money/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/15/6000-flying-club-miles-for-opening-an-isa-with-virgin-money/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:57 +0000 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/?p=5343 Virgin Money appear to have a few signup promotions at the moment where you can quickly earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles that will help to boost your balance (such as 50,000 Flying Club miles the Virgin Money International Transfer service). If you are new to their frequent flyer program, then the Virgin Money ISA is a […]

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Virgin Money appear to have a few signup promotions at the moment where you can quickly earn Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles that will help to boost your balance (such as 50,000 Flying Club miles the Virgin Money International Transfer service). If you are new to their frequent flyer program, then the Virgin Money ISA is a quick way kick-start your balance towards your next redemption. Currently Virgin are offering an increased sign-up bonus of 6000 Flying Club miles for opening an ISA with Virgin Money (usually new applications receive 5000 Virgin Flying Club miles or less).

With the Virgin Money ISA (also referred to as the “Virgin Money Stocks and Shares ISA”) there are 2 different ways to invest. You can either:

  • Deposit a minimum of £5000 as a lump sum, for at least 12 months or
  • Invest a minimum of £150 per month for at least 6 months

If your primary reason for opening a Virgin Money ISA is to quickly boost your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club balance then the 6 x £150 month contribution has the smaller outlay. If you choose to either invest a lump sum or monthly the Virgin Flying Club miles gained when signing up to a Virgin Money ISA are typically credited within 1 week of application. Make sure to add your Flying Club membership number when opening the ISA.

Though the miles post to Virgin Flying Club accounts within 1 week the terms of the application state that you must have “an open account” for at least 12 months. Virgin Atlantic could remove the miles from your Flying Club account (if the miles haven’t been redeemed), though I’m not sure if Virgin would go to that extent.

Having a Virgin Money account already means that you can access Virgin Money lounges throughout the UK for free.

If you already have a “Stock and Shares” ISA with Virgin Money or any other financial institute than you cannot open another account in the same tax year. Also these Virgin Money products, as with many other investments could lead to the loss of your capital. You should take financial advise where needed before opening an account and read through all of the Virgin Money terms and conditions.

Sign up for a Virgin ISA with a bonus of 6000 Flying Club miles

Offer appears to have no published end date, which means it could be a long promotion, or end tomorrow – especially with the new tax year not too far away. If you are considering an application you may to be to do that as soon as possible before the offer ends.

If you need Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles quick considering buying Virgin miles. Purchasing miles is a great way to quickly top up your account balance if you are a few miles short of a redemption.

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7 DAY REMINDER: 30% Bonus When You Purchase Hyatt Points http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/15/bonus-when-you-purchase-hyatt-points/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/15/bonus-when-you-purchase-hyatt-points/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:18 +0000 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/?p=5176 The World of Hyatt points bonus ends on 22nd February 2019. This is your last chance to purchase Hyatt points, currently with a bonus of 30% when purchasing over 50,000 points. You can now buy Hyatt points with a 30% bonus, which is one of the highest points bonuses they offer! This 30% points bonus […]

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The World of Hyatt points bonus ends on 22nd February 2019. This is your last chance to purchase Hyatt points, currently with a bonus of 30% when purchasing over 50,000 points.

You can now buy Hyatt points with a 30% bonus, which is one of the highest points bonuses they offer! This 30% points bonus is the usual promotion but they do not seem to offer points bonuses as often as other hotel chains (such as Hilton who currently have a 100% points bonus). Their hotel loyalty scheme, World of Hyatt (originally Hyatt Gold Passport) allows you to use points or points and cash to book reward stays at their properties, which are considered mid to high luxury hotels. If you’re a Hyatt member you can also increase your World of Hyatt points balance by staying at their properties when they offer a generous promotion.

This promotion which offers a 30% bonus when purchasing Hyatt points is one of the best seen, and matches the majority of Hyatt promotions over the past 18 months. The promotion is a great way to top-up an existing points balance. If you already have a World of Hyatt points balance then purchasing a small amount of points could be the cheapest way of booking either a points and cash or an award night redemption.

Until 22nd February 2019 you receive up to a 30% bonus when purchasing Hyatt hotel points.

  • Buy under 5,000 Hyatt points and receive no bonus
  • Buy 5,000 – 55,000 Hyatt points and receive a 30% bonus

Purchasing Hyatt points is a great way to boost your existing points balance.

Purchase Hyatt points before the points promotion ends on 22nd February 2019.

bonus when you buy hyatt points

No bonus is available when purchasing under 5,000 Hyatt hotel points. Hyatt members can purchase up to 55,000 World of Hyatt points in a calendar year, plus the 30% bonus making a total of 71,500 World of Hyatt points.

Purchasing World of Hyatt points with the 30% bonus works out at £12.00 per 1,000 points (charged in dollars at $17 per 1,000).

Offer ends 22nd February 2019.

You can also purchase hotel points in a other major hotel loyalty schemes.

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MEGA BONUS: 50,000 Flying Club Miles With A Virgin Money Transfer http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/12/50000-virgin-flying-club-miles-with-a-virgin-money-transfer/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/12/50000-virgin-flying-club-miles-with-a-virgin-money-transfer/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:00:39 +0000 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/?p=5328 From all the brands under the Virgin umbrella, Virgin Money appear to have had some of the best Flying Club bonuses. In the past Virgin Money offered 3,000 Flying Club miles when using the Virgin International Money Transfer service. Now Virgin Money have gone even further by offering 50,000 Flying Club miles for new customers using […]

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From all the brands under the Virgin umbrella, Virgin Money appear to have had some of the best Flying Club bonuses. In the past Virgin Money offered 3,000 Flying Club miles when using the Virgin International Money Transfer service. Now Virgin Money have gone even further by offering 50,000 Flying Club miles for new customers using the Virgin Money Transfer service. The maximum bonus is almost enough Flying Club miles for a Upper Class flight from London Heathrow to Hong Kong (57,500 Flying Club miles).

The amount of Flying Club miles you earn depends on the size of your transfer:

Total transferred amount Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles
£5000 – £9999.99 2500
£10000 – £19999.99 5000
£20000 – £49999.99 10000
£50000 – £99999.99 25000
£100000+ 50000

There are also a few requirements you need to meet to qualify for the outstanding bonus, mainly that you are a new customer to the Virgin International Money Transfer service.

Virgin Money also promises a best exchange rate guarantee on all international money transfers, though it is always best to look around for the best rate and also consider international transfer specialists online. Virgin Money also publish all their exchange rates in a simple real-time chart.

To qualify for the offer you must:

  • Be a new customer, and not already have an existing Virgin Money International Transfer account
  • Open a new Virgin Money account to process the transfer (make sure to include your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club membership number during the application process)
  • Make a transfer for a minimum £5,000 before 27th March 2019

Virgin state that the miles will be credited to accounts within 60 days, but in the past when Virgin have promoted their different brands by offering Flying Club Miles, the miles earned are usually credited within 7 days. This miles promotion should be no different.

Transfer funds using the Virgin Money International Transfer service and receive up to 50,000 Flying Club Miles.

Offer ends 27th March 2019.

If you need Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles quick considering buying Virgin miles. Purchasing miles is a great way to quickly top up your account balance if you are a few miles short of a redemption.

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CONFIRMED: Virgin Atlantic Flights To Tel Aviv, Israel http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/11/virgin-atlantic-flights-to-tel-aviv-israel-confirmed/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/11/virgin-atlantic-flights-to-tel-aviv-israel-confirmed/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 08:00:36 +0000 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/?p=5347 Last year Virgin Atlantic announced they would be cancelling the London Heathrow to Dubai route from March 2019 which naturally meant they would have a free aircraft from this date. Speculation was that this would be used on an already popular Virgin route, or a new route would be created. That new route has now […]

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Last year Virgin Atlantic announced they would be cancelling the London Heathrow to Dubai route from March 2019 which naturally meant they would have a free aircraft from this date. Speculation was that this would be used on an already popular Virgin route, or a new route would be created. That new route has now been confirmed and we will see Virgin Atlantic flights to Tel Aviv, Israel from London Heathrow later this year.

This new route for Virgin Atlantic puts them in direct competition with both British Airways (Boeing 777) and EL AL (Boeing 787) who currently have two flights per day, making this the fifth daily direct flight to Tel Aviv. Low cost carriers of Easyjet and Wizz Air also fly between London and Tel Aviv, though in London do not use Heathrow airport.

From 25th September 2019, Virgin Atlantic will operate an Airbus A330-300 from London Heathrow to Ben Gurion Airport Tel Aviv, Israel for the route. Flights are set to go on sale from 25th February. With this aircraft being in the traditional Virgin Atlantic long haul configuration it offers 31 business class seats in Upper Class, 48 in premium economy, and 185 in economy. This comes to a total of almost 200,000 seats a year between London and Tel Aviv.

Currently as Virgin Atlantic have not loaded the flights there is no information available about Flying Club miles redemption rates. The Dubai redemption, which is a longer distance, is priced at 10,000 miles in economy, 17,500 miles in premium economy and 37,500 miles in Upper Class one-way. Hopefully Virgin Atlantic will price around this figure, or less. If you need Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles quick considering buying Virgin miles. With this being a new route availability will be excellent.

virgin atlantic london heathrow to tel aviv flights

Virgin Atlantic have also aligned arriving flights into London Heathrow airport to sync up with popular departing flights to America, allowing customers on Delta and Virgin to easily transfer.

Flight times from 25th September 2019:

VS453 – Departs London Heathrow 13:30, arrives Tel Aviv 20:35

VS454 – Departs Tel Aviv 07:15, arrives London Heathrow 11:10

Flight times from 27th October 2019:

VS453 – Departs London Heathrow 16:00, arrives Tel Aviv 23:05

VS454 – Departs Tel Aviv 06:05, arrives London Heathrow 09:55

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Air France KLM Promo Awards (Flying Blue) Continue http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/10/february-air-france-klm-promo-awards-flying-blue-continue/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/10/february-air-france-klm-promo-awards-flying-blue-continue/#respond Sun, 10 Feb 2019 10:00:03 +0000 http://18.130.84.221/?p=4840 Thankfully since Flying Blue relaunched their loyalty scheme last year they have continued each month with their Promo Awards; offering discounted awards flights compared to the normal redemption price. One of the worries of the new Air France / KLM frequent flyer scheme since their change to full revenue based miles earning was that discounted promo awards would be […]

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Thankfully since Flying Blue relaunched their loyalty scheme last year they have continued each month with their Promo Awards; offering discounted awards flights compared to the normal redemption price. One of the worries of the new Air France / KLM frequent flyer scheme since their change to full revenue based miles earning was that discounted promo awards would be removed. Now that we are seeing Air France KLM prmo awards continue in 2019 it is now probably safe to say that Flying Blue promo awards are set to continue – at least until the Virgin Atlantic and Air France / KLM loyalty scheme merger completes.  Read on to see the February Air France KLM promo awards.

flying blue promo awards tickets

Promo Awards by Flying Blue could be one of the best redemption options even if you don’t already have a Flying Blue miles balance. The scheme allows you to book discounted award tickets, typically between 25-50% less than the normal redemption rate. Even if you don’t have a balance with Air France or KLM you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points directly into the scheme (1 American Express Membership Rewards point = 1 Flying Blue mile). Perfect if Flying Blue announce a discount on a route you want to book.

This months Promo Award fares are valid for bookings made before 28th February 2019, for travel between 1st April 2019 and 31st May 2019. Both one-way and return flights are bookable. All Flying Blue members have the opportunity to book the discounted seats, which have a limited availability.

Some of the most interesting February Flying Blue Promo Awards (full list of Promo Awards), include the following discounted long-haul routes:

Air France KLM Promo Awards with 50% off:

  • Europe to Montreal – 50% discount in Business, 50% discount in Economy
  • Europe to Panama City – 50% discount in Premium Economy
  • Europe to Houston – 50% discount in Economy
  • Europe to Buenos Aires – 50% discount in Economy
  • Europe to Taipei – 50% discount in Economy, 50% discount in Premium Economy
  • Europe to Seattle – 50% discount in Business, 50% discount in Economy

Air France KLM Promo Awards with 25% off:

  • Europe to Toronto – 25% discount in Economy
  • Europe to Vancouver – 25% discount in Economy
  • Europe to Kuwait – 25% discount in Business
  • Europe to Abu Dhabi – 25% discount in Business
  • Europe to Singapore – 25% discount in Premium Economy
  • Europe to Hong Kong – 50% discount in Premium Economy

Search for Promo Awards or view the full list of Promo Award destinations available to book until 28th February are shown on the Flying Blue site. You need to select “Check out our latest promotions”.

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LEGO Safety Video Released By Turkish Airlines http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/10/lego-safety-video-released-by-turkish-airlines/ http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/2019/02/10/lego-safety-video-released-by-turkish-airlines/#respond Sun, 10 Feb 2019 08:00:26 +0000 http://www.travelhackingtutor.com/?p=5308 In August of last year Turkish Airlines released their first LEGO safety video – which must be one of the best airline safety videos to date. The LEGO themed video was both funny and informative, and certainly did what the video was aimed to do – entertain and inform kids. Now earlier this month Turkish Airlines […]

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In August of last year Turkish Airlines released their first LEGO safety video – which must be one of the best airline safety videos to date. The LEGO themed video was both funny and informative, and certainly did what the video was aimed to do – entertain and inform kids. Now earlier this month Turkish Airlines have launched the sequel safety video on based the new LEGO Movie 2 which has just started to hit cinemas in the UK.

The video, which took almost 1000 hours to produce, will be available on all Turkish Airlines flights from 1st March 2019 and highlights lots of their destinations around the world including Bali, Moscow, San Francisco, Rome, Cape Town, Hong Kong and Tokyo. It’s a little remember that Turkish Airlines currently flies to more countries than any other airline.

Here’s a few facts for those who are interested in the safety video:

  • The video took almost 1000 hours to produce over a period of around 4 months
  • Over 400 people were involved in the creative process
  • The video uses 24,000 LEGO mini figures, and a total of over 20 million LEGO bricks, ten times more bricks than were used in the first safety video
  • The original LEGO safety video has had over 28 million on the Turkish Airlines YouTube channel

Take a look at the latest LEGO 2 safety video:

The original LEGO safety video released by Turkish Airlines:

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