Bits: Gatwick to NYC cancellations, £28 BA Bordeaux flights, more on Australia domestics

News in brief:

BA strike hitting Gatwick to New York this month

Another wave of British Airways cabin crew strikes start today, running to 15th August.

This only impact flights from Heathrow, with Gatwick, London City and ‘Regional CityFlyer’ services unaffected.  That said, most passengers will not notice any difference, and if you’re lucky you may find yourself on one of the nine Qatar Airways short-haul planes which BA has borrowed, with free food and drink and very comfy Business Class seats.

There is one exception.  BA announced to the travel trade yesterday that it intends to cancel the Gatwick to New York JFK service on “some” strike days.  If you are due to travel on this route during the next two weeks, you should be prepared to be moved onto a Heathrow service at short notice.  Make sure any parking or hotel arrangements are flexible.

InterContinental Bordeaux

£28 British Airways flights to Bordeaux

BA sent out a note yesterday highlighting its lowest fares from London Gatwick this Autumn.

To give them credit, some of the deals are very attractive.  The lowest I could find was Bordeaux, which is £28 one-way for a Hand Baggage Only ticket on selected dates.

Remember that you can now select seats for free on Hand Baggage Only tickets if you have British Airways status.  Frankly, £56 return – for anyone with access to the excellent new Gatwick lounges and Fast Track security via their BA status – is an exceptional deal, however you look at it.

If you like the idea of a cheap Autumn break in Bordeaux, here is our review of the fairly new InterContinental Bordeaux pictured above (website here).  Anika also did a ‘what to do in Bordeaux’ article here.  And here is her warning about visiting the lounge at Bordeaux airport on the way home …..

(EDIT: comments below suggest that BA has luckily dumped the lounge and is now handing out €15 food vouchers instead. So half of your £28 fare returned …..!)

Etihad Virgin Australia

Free lounge access on Virgin Australia

I ran an article yesterday on using Avios points for flights in and between Australia and New Zealand.

There was something that I should have added as a PS. to that article but forgot.  If you have an American Express Platinum charge card, you receive free lounge access when flying with Virgin Australia as I wrote here.  This might swing you away from redeeming Avios and into buying a Virgin Australia cash ticket instead.

Virgin Australia is also a partner with Etihad Guest, and if you have any Etihad Guest miles – or could get some via, say, an Amex Membership Rewards conversion – you may also want to look into that as a redemption option.  You can, of course, also redeem Virgin Flying Club miles for Virgin Australia – the rates are here.

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Comments

  1. You can just use your Amex Platinum and use the American Express lounges though surely?

    • That should say it doesn’t matter which airline you’re travelling on, your Amex card can get you in the Amex lounge. It’s average, but cheaper than being in the ripoff terminals!

  2. The Amex lounge at SYD is only accessible for international flights
    Howver Priority Pass now has some good domestic food outlet options in both Int and Dom in SYD & BNE

  3. Quick question about compensation- I’m flying AMS-NRT with Qatar in business in November (I got it on one of the flash sales in January so return was only EUR 600). I haven’t had any notifications about flight time changes but when I logged into my booking yesterday I see they are trying to get me to confirm that I accept a new flight departing a day later and a return DOH-AMS which gives me 12 hours in DOH rather than the original 2. As these are both flights departing from or flying to the EU, would I be entitled to EU compensation for this? I wanted to understand my rights before I call them to discuss. I can reschedule but it will be a pain and I would only want to do it if I got good compensation to do so. Thanks.

    • No compensation unless changes occur within 2 weeks of departure. You are allowed a full refund. In reality, if you ring Qatar I’m sure they will be flexible.

      • Thanks Rob. I’ve made other flight bookings and hotel bookings so it really is a pain for me to cancel or reschedule… I’ll see how it goes when I call them

  4. Optimus Prime says:

    According to LL strikes have been extended until 30th August.

  5. Would these £28 Bordeaux flights count towards status?
    So if I had enough tier points for silver but not enough BA flights I could get a couple of these?

  6. Away in Abu Dhabi this week at the 2 Hilton properties. Was on EDI to AUH on Qatar. Outbound rebooked on to KLM. Returning Monday morning and rebooked with BA -and no free domestic refreshments-unlike a nice coffee and sandwich with KLM.
    Alan