Bizzy Business #176
What’s new this month?
Ensure you stay up to date on all the latest industry news, company updates, apps and gadgets of the month!
Club Europe is open for domestic business with British Airways
British Airways have extended their Club World service to domestic flights, offering Business Class on short-haul destinations.
Comfort is of the highest priority in Club Europe. Passengers are given more personal space for working or to relax and a complimentary food and drink service on board. Before the flight, the traveller will also have access to a dedicated lounge and priority boarding.
Additionally, the baggage allowance is more flexible to suit passengers who are travelling light and others who are packing for an extended stay. This now gives each traveller the option of bringing a full-sized cabin bag plus a laptop bag/handbag, as well as checking in up to two bags in the hold.
Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa to charge for reserving seats
Starting from 21st March, Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa will be extending their chargeable advance seat reservations to some Economy classes on intercontinental flights.
The price to reserve a seat in advance for long haul flights in Economy classes will be €25 per segment, and for continental feeder flights, it will cost €10.
For any tickets issued before 21st March, advance reservation seats will remain to be free of charge, providing the existing seat reservation has not changed.
For more information from Lufthansa, please click here.
Etihad Airways offer stopover deal
Etihad Airways have created an offer for their Business and First Class flyers, with a free stopover hotel stay in Abu Dhabi.
Business Class guests can receive one complimentary hotel night when flying via Abu Dhabi. First Class passengers would receive two free nights.
Any passengers flying in The Residence with a stopover in the United Arab Emirates capital will be treated to two nights at the Emirates Palace free of charge as part of the deal.
British Airways announce Business and First Class Sale
BA have slashed their rates for Business and First Class fares in their sale, and passengers could save £200 extra when they book two seats together on selected return flights to the USA, Canada and Mexico.
The offer doesn’t last for long – the ticket sale ends on 21st March.
Brussels Airlines: Economy Privilege
Brussels Airlines now offer a new option for their intercontinental flights: Economy Privilege.
For a surcharge of €120 one-way, anyone is eligible to travel in Economy Privilege, irrespective of which class fare they booked. Passengers will sit in the first four rows of the Economy Class cabin enjoying more leg room and reclining seats. Before the meal arrives, they are also given a glass of champagne and an amenity kit for the flight.
Introducing… Maritim Hotels
Maritim Hotels have blended the concept of specialising in “meetings and accommodation under one roof” to make a business traveller’s trip as seamless as possible.
The hotel group have grown from just one hotel in Germany, where they were founded in 1969, to a chain of 48 spanning all corners of the globe in 2017. They combine a first-class experience and fine dining with personal service and relaxation, maintaining their excellent reputation around the world.
By fusing accommodation with meetings and conferences, Maritim have established themselves as one of the leading European companies in the industry, focussing on guest well-being and professional events services.
To find out more about Maritim, please follow this link.
British Airways introducing cashless payments in selected airports
From 1st April, British Airways will no longer be able to accept cash payments at Heathrow, Gatwick and North American airports.
This new system means that payments for items such as adding extra luggage will have to be paid via a credit or debit card.