News & offers: Hawaii from £1455 & TP run , Cathay to HK from £1600 & BA’s final retro livery


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Hawaii from £1455

Everybody’s favourite tier point run destination is back on offer with the potential to get a good return on the fare from maximizing your tier points. The fare is from Stockholm and available to all the main Hawaii airports, not just Honolulu. I have visited all the major islands and would recommend trying them if you have already done Honolulu. The fares are available on both oneworld and Star Alliance.

To get the maximum tier points the best routing would be Stockholm-Helsinki-London-New-York-Los Angeles-Honolulu. This would cost extra due to the Helsinki legs so if you want to keep costs down you could remove that part. The full tier point run would get you 1080 tier points, over two-thirds of the way to BA Executive Club Gold (plus you need 4 qualifying flights).

The rules are:

  • Permitted 14 Apr – 30 May 19 or 25 Jun – 6 Sep 19 for each transatlantic sector.
  • Must be booked 14 days in advance
  • Minimum stay 6 days or a Saturday night
  • Maximum stay 12 months
  • No stopovers permitted (except less than 24 hours)
  • Tickets must be booked by 19 March

If you want to do a simple return you can book direct with British Airways or American but if you fancy doing the full tier point run you may need some help. Our partners at Propeller Travel can help with complex itineraries such as this. Just fill in as much detail as you can using our dedicated portal here. 


British Airways unveil the final retro livery

After much speculation, British Airways has revealed the fourth and final design in its series of heritage liveries to mark the airline’s centenary – a Boeing 747 painted in the Negus design (as was rumoured)

The 747-400, registration G-CIVB, entered the IAC paint bay at Dublin Airport last Saturday where it is being repainted with the first version of the Negus livery which adorned the British Airways fleet from 1974-1980, directly after the merger of BOAC and BEA and the formation of the airline customers know today.

When it initially flew, the Negus livery was the first time an aircraft had carried “British Airways“ since 1939, when the original British Airways Limited merged with Imperial Airways to form BOAC. Interestingly, the Union Flag is not present on the side of the aircraft as, like the final BEA aircraft livery, the flag began to be fully celebrated on the aircraft’s tailfin instead.

The repainted 747 will return to Heathrow and enter service later this month flying to long-haul destinations served by the Boeing 747, with the design remaining on the aircraft until it retires in 2022.

The Negus is the fourth and final heritage design to be painted on a British Airways aircraft following a British Overseas Airways Corporate (BOAC) liveried Boeing 747, a British European Airways (BEA) Airbus 319 and a British Airways Landor 747, all of which are already flying.

The special series of designs are being introduced to mark British Airways’ centenary, as the airline celebrates its past while looking to the future. Alongside the heritage liveries, all new aircraft entering the fleet, including the A350, will continue to receive today’s Chatham Dockyard design.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “Rumours have been circulating for quite some time about this final livery, so it’s exciting to confirm it is the Negus design. It’s particularly significant for us because it’s the first design worn by the British Airways that we all know today, with the distinctive lower case ‘a’ and the Union Flag on the tailfin.”

If you want to see if you will be flying on one of the retro jets, you can follow the schedules on Twitter by following @BAretrojets


Cathay Pacific London to Hong Kong from £1600

Cathay Pacific business class

Cathay Pacific business class

Cathay Pacific flights are normally extremely expensive out of London to Hong Kong. However, there is a special fare currently from £1600 via online travel agents from either Gatwick or Heathrow in business class. Being part of oneworld means that you can earn BA tier points and Avios on your flight. Cathay Pacific also has a great business class product with seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. I have flown with them a couple of times now and always been very impressed with their customer service on board and on the ground. You can read my review here.

The rules of the fare are:

  • Travel permitted 20 Mar 19 through 10 May 19 or 11 Jul 19 through 6 Sep 19 or 2 Dec 19 through 29 Jan 20.
  • Tickets must be issued on/before 15 Apr 19
  • £100 surcharge for weekends
  • Minimum stay 7 days
  • Maximum stay 3 months

You can find the £1600 price via Skyscanner or tickets can be booked direct with Cathay Pacific but this costs a bit more


2 Comments on "News & offers: Hawaii from £1455 & TP run , Cathay to HK from £1600 & BA’s final retro livery"

  1. This is amazing! Thanks Michele. Does anyone know why a lot of the best promotions seem to be from Sweden?

  2. Struggling to find the Cathay fare for less than £2900…?

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