News & offers: BA First from LHR, BA Singapore £1580 & Etihad to join Star Alliance?

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There is a wide range of offers around for business and first class this week. Istanbul has popped up as the latest hot spot to get cheap fares due to the currency crash. This may not be for everyone due to the political situation but if you do decide to have a look, bear in mind that the constant currency fluctuations make it difficult to know the exact price due to conversion rates.

British Airways UK First Class offers

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British Airways First suite with electronic blind, ambient light and job seat control.

If you are able to travel over some of the key holiday periods there are some decent offers on BA First from Heathrow. The dates are quite restricted. The rules are:

  • Outbound -Permitted Mon/Tue/Wed
  • Inbound – Permitted Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri
  • Travel dates: 30 Mar -15 Apr or 1 Jul – 31 Aug or 21 Nov – 28 Nov or 18 Dec – 2 Jan
  • Minimum stay a Saturday night
  • 90 days advance reservations
  • Non-refundable and not changeable

The best fares available are below although other US destinations are available at higher prices.

  • New York £2501
  • Boston £2476
  • Chicago £2251
  • Nashville £2456
  • New Orleans £2550
  • San Francisco £2591

As ever don’t forget to try adding a car or hotel to your booking to see if that brings the price down on BA here. You can search for the lowest prices using BA low fare finder here.

HT: Flyertalk

 

More ex EU offers – BA to Singapore from £1580

Singapore The Supertree at Gardens by the Bay 

Milan to Singapore on British Airways from £1580

This would get you 480 tier points if you did cash positioning flights in Club Europe with BA. You can book direct with British Airways here. 

  • The rules are:
    • Minimum stay a Saturday night
    • 60 days advance reservations
    • Non-refundable and but changeable for a fee
    • Stopovers allowed for a fee
    • Transfers allowed

 

Etihad to join Star Alliance?

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Air-to-air photograph of Etihad Airways 777-300ER

Although nothing definite has been announced it looks like Etihad are at last looking at joining an alliance, probably Star Alliance. As reported in Arabian business, Etihad CEO Tony Douglas, said they could be looking at making closer links with airlines within the Star Alliance network.

“In the past, the Etihad Group was identified as being an alliance itself and, consequently, under the rules of Star Alliance, its members were not allowed to engage in collaboration with us on codeshares,” Douglas said. Unfortunately for Etihad several of the members of their own alliance are no longer in operation such as Air Berlin or Niki with Alitalia also on shaky ground currently.

Etihad has been struggling financially making a large loss partly due to a series of disastrous investments in other airlines. An alliance would be good news as currently there are very limited options for crediting Etihad flights to other airlines loyalty schemes.

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