Bits: BA Gate 365 deals, Gatwick rail closure for 10 days

News in brief:

Large bonuses at the ba.com Gate 365 shopping channel

Whilst there haven’t been any emails about this, British Airways is currently offering some very large bonuses via its Gate 365 shopping mall.

The White Company, for instance, is currently offering 24 Avios for every £1 you spend.  M&S is offering 8 per £1, Apple is at 6 per £1, Selfridges is 12 per £1, Harrods is 16 per £1, Argos is 6 per £1.

You need to order by 1st November to receive these rates.  Thanks to Graham.

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Airport rail closure over Christmas and New Year

This has been kept pretty low profile by everyone concerned, but there will be no rail service between London and Gatwick Airport between 24th December and 4th January.  This applies to both Gatwick Express and regular trains.

Full details can be found here.  Anyone wanted to travel by rail will need to go to East Grinstead and then take a bus …..  Thanks to Andrew.

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Comments

  1. IslandDweller says:

    The engineering works at Christmas means no trains to Gatwick on the normal route. However, there will still be trains from Victoria to Gatwick, but going a roundabout route via Horsham. It’ll take 90 minutes (three times longer than usual). But given how unpleasant “rail replacement buses” are, and how slow the road journey into central London is, this roundabout train might be the ‘least worst’ option for some travellers.
    Another detail. The December timetable means that 50% of trains branded “Express” will run through to Brighton. All day long, not just a few peak trains (as now). Express is of course just a brand name now, all trains between London and Gatwick are operated by the same franchise – GoVia.

    • andystock says:

      It will be quicker to get from Birmingham Airport to London than Gatwick to London over christmas.

  2. Thank god for HFP I have tickets booked from lon-gtw RTN and will now need to cancel return portion and book national express! Bloody London trains!! No email from thameslink informing me of the cancelled route. Quell surprise

  3. Sussex Bantam says:

    Well that is some good news Liz, although the T&C do specifically exclude it, they definitely tracked OK as I got the confirmation email. Maybe I’m just being impatient as the 40 days isn’t quite up yet !

  4. 1nfrequent says:

    I think ths is specific to certain retailers – I’ve made some purchases at Waterstones using gift cards in the last few weeks and the points have all posted without issue.

  5. planeflyer says:

    That was a shock for a second about the LGW trains. I’m flying out of LGW on the 4th Jan at 7am, but it seems trains start running from 4am that day (which makes sense, it being the Monday after long weekend. Hope the works don’t overrun.

  6. O/T bit:

    Anybody else using the giftcards @ Morrisons to get Amex MR points/ hit spend/ get free tank of petrol – check your junk mail (real mail). There’s a book of 4 x £10 off on £110 spend, they’re paying you a nice profit to take away the petrol :)

  7. Check Amex a/cs:

    As an American Express® Cardmember, you can enjoy a £15 statement credit when you spend £100 or more on flights at aerlingus.com from selected UK airports1. Bookings must be made by 22 November 2015, for travel at any time before or after this date. Offer valid once per Cardmember. Terms apply.*

    With over 170 flights daily between Britain and Ireland, Aer Lingus is the smart choice when flying to Ireland with everyday value, convenience and comfort.

    To redeem this offer, simply visit aerlingus.com to book your flight and pay with your American Express Card.

    • Not got the Aer Lingus one but I do have £100 back on a £500 spend with South African Airways – spend by 21 March 2016.

  8. The Amex £60 Laithwaites case offer has now appeared (they had forgotten to put in a link). Looks pretty good value if you have it, £5 a bottle. These are not yo-yo prices, £9 one week, £4.99 the next, but really good wines at a decent discount. Maybe my link will work for all https://www.laithwaites.co.uk/jsp/offer/recr/uk/common/recoffertemp2flow1.jsp?offerId=e31600146&promoCode=LYN1A&cid=RECR|LYN1A|OTP&mrc=LYN1A

    I’ll put in ‘other’ prices so you can see what I mean.

    The Optimist Chardonnay Viognier 2014 x 2 bottles [other £9]
    South Eastern Australia
    Elegant Chardonnay meets spicy, aromatic Viognier in this uplifting white from Bob Berton

    The Gooseberry Bush 2015 x 2 bottles [other £7]
    Robertson WO
    Every vintage this Cape white delivers terrific lime fresh zip. Great alternative to Kiwi Sauvignon

    Le Citronnier 2014 x 2 bottles [other £7]
    Côtes de Gascogne IGP
    Gascony’s hallmark style – with the freshness of a summer breeze in a lemon grove

    Palacio de Valencia Reserva 2009 x 2 bottles [other £8]
    Valencia DO
    A superb, silky oak aged Reserva of stand-out value from coastal Valencia. Subtle, complex and long

    Brigando Shiraz Tinta Roriz Touriga Nacional 2014 x 2 bottles [other £7]
    Vinho Regional de Lisboa
    Gorgeously fruity, easy drinking red from Portugal’s legendary José Neiva. Nine awards last vintage!

    Don Cayetano Merlot 2014 x 2 bottles [other £7]
    Colchagua
    Plump, ripe and lusciously plummy – classic old-vine Merlot from Chile’s thrice ‘Winery of the Year’

  9. Borris Young says:

    I’m sure with apple its just the purchase of gift cards that are excluded rather than what the other poster has mentioned about the M&S purchases he made.

  10. Top Tip
    Travellers, re-create the joy of First Class long-haul flying for free by pushing a chair into the under-stairs cupboard and sitting in it for 24 hours with the vacuum cleaner switched on for an authentic background sound whilst watching old TV programs on a 1980’s LCD portable. Persuade your wife to serve you very small re-heated meals in a Tupperware box in an off-hand manner at odd hours of the night, and emerge stiff, dehydrated, constipated and shattered at your ‘destination’ one day later.

    Heh heh, interesting article though http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/luxurytravel/11965748/How-I-paid-300-for-a-60000-round-the-world-first-class-flight.html

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