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Expedia Spring Sale

Expedia launches Spring Sale

Whilst many business travellers will look to book direct with the airlines and hotel chains in order to get their loyalty miles or points, or else will be pushed to use the chosen corporate travel agency, there are still good reasons to use online travel services such as Expedia. One of the most common situations I find myself in is having to book short trips across the Atlantic to the USA, often at the last moment. That travel pattern tends to make airfares extremely pricey, in the region of £1,200-1,500 for...

Stuart McIntyre
Best Secret / Amex

Great deal for Amex Platinum card holders – £50 at BestSecret.com

Update - Wednesday 26th March 2014 - Sadly it seems that Amex and/or BestSecret have spotted the flaw in the way this promotion was configured, and have withdrawn the link from the Amex site. However, any voucher registrations already completed appear to still be present in the accounts created and thus should be honoured. From personal experience I can confirm that orders placed are being shipped, so all those that took advantage of the offer should get their goods. Via the always excellent Raffles at HeadForPoints, we have news of a great deal...

Stuart McIntyre
BA Boeing 777

BA announces discounts for May and June breaks

Sadly for parents of school-age children such as myself, the best deals on cash fares and holidays are still usually to be had prior to the school breaks. For those that can get away in May or June, BA have some good deals on offer this year. Some of the packages that took my eye include: Barcelona Flights + 2 nights Hotel from £120pp Nice Flights + 2 nights Hotel from £125pp Abu Dhabi Flights + 3 nights Hotel from £475pp Mauritius Flights + 7 nights Hotel from £856pp Austin Flights + 3 nights Hotel from £772pp You can see a...

Stuart McIntyre

The best time to book flights

Interesting perspective from Peter Greenberg on the best timing for getting a great deal on flights: There is a specific time to to book your airline tickets: Wednesday at 1 am, just one hour after Tuesday midnight. Why? Turns out, most low airfares seem to appear between Sunday night and Monday night. And then, when people find those fares, they have 24 hours in which to purchase them. At midnight Tuesday, all the discount fares that weren’t purchased come flooding back into the airline’s computer systems. And that’s when you strike. You can’t do...

Stuart McIntyre

MacDonald Hotels – 4* Highlands Hotel, Aviemore (Scotland) from £79

For those that aren't aware, MacDonald Hotels are one of the leading chains of up-market country hotels (though they do have some city properties too), with 45 properties throughout the UK. The Bath Spa is one of my own favourite weekend locations. [caption id="attachment_876" align="alignright" width="180"] The view at Aviemore[/caption] They are offering a special deal on breaks at the 4* Highlands Hotel in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, but only until on stays before the 31st March 2014. At a cost of £79 per room (approximately $131) for Sunday-Thursday nights,...

Stuart McIntyre
BA Gold Card

BA updates Gold Executive Club package

Good news from British Airways today (via Business Traveller), all BA Executive Club Gold Card holders will now receive two upgrade vouchers for one person when they hit 3,500 tier points rather than just a single voucher for two people. As many Gold Card holders frequently travel alone (whether on business or for pleasure), this new voucher arrangement is much more useful: At 2,500 Tier Points we will award you with a voucher that you and a companion can use towards an upgrade to the next cabin of your choice subject to availability....

Stuart McIntyre