British Airways Phoenix from £1121
Many of you will remember the great tier point run fare from Bucharest to Phoenix last year that resulted in over 40 people doing a tier point run to Phoenix together. This cost in the region of £1300 for business class and £1500 for First. A new deal has popped up that is particularly cheap at £1121. EDIT: The full optimised routeing is now available to book on ba.com. This route would be Bucharest-Heathrow-JFK-Los Angeles-Phoenix. Return this gets you 800 Tier points. On the JFK-Los Angeles, you would get transcontinental business class with lie-flat beds. You can read my review here.
The fare is available during July and August 2019.
Note: if you search via google flights it shows the wrong price until you click through to BA.
The fare can be booked on ba.com
You may have seen some offers from Qatar land in your inbox today. They are the usual fairly lacklustre offers compared to what we are used to. Unless you need to book something urgently I would wait until the Travel Festival sale which usually yields some of the best Qatar sale fares although judging by Black Friday I wouldn’t hold your breath! The sale is due to start on 17 January 2019.
In the meantime, there are a couple of reasonable fares from Stockholm with Bangkok from £1481 (cheaper from Amsterdam with BA) or £1520 to Singapore (similar price from Milan with BA). You can find my guide to flying ex EU from Scandinavia here.
You can find the Swedish Qatar page here.
If you have never used cashback sites when booking travel you are missing out on saving a lot of money. The two main cashback sites are Topcashback and Quidco. You simply go to their site and click through to the usual page for the travel company which includes airlines, hotels and travel agencies. You then receive a proportion of the booking back which is usually around 1.5% for flights, 4% for packages and 8-10% for hotels. There are currently some good deals for January available with Quidco having an extra £20 cashback when you spend £500 with featured travel retailers which are:
Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Virgin Holidays, Accorhotels, First Choice, Walt Disney World, Lastminute.com, Thomas Cook Airlines, TripAdvisor Hotels, Virgin Atlantic, Agoda, ebookers, GoEuro, TUI, Shearings Holidays, Royal Caribbean Cruises, On The Beach, HomeAway UK, Qantas, Cathay Pacific
Ebookers also has 13% cashback on hotels currently which is about as good as it gets generally. Accor which includes Sofitel, Pullman and MGallery have up to 15% cashback depending on the brand.
You must join Quidco first and sign up for the bonus before you make your purchase.
Over on Topcashback, there is 9-10% off hotels.com although you won’t be able to collect towards hotels.com Rewards. There is also 15% off IHG hotels at Heathrow which includes the new Crowne Plaza which I was very impressed with.