News in brief:
Dubai announced Concourse D opening date
Dubai International Airport has announced the opening date for the – long delayed – Concourse D. It will open on 24th February.
This is important because British Airways will operate out of this terminal. There will be a brand new lounge complex which will include the second ‘Concorde Bar’ for First Class passengers. This follows the fairly underwhelming launch of the concept in Singapore last year.
Gulf News reports that Lufthansa is opening its lounge complex on 3rd March. There is no word yet from BA but it is possible that it will not be ready on Day 1. Hopefully it will be available when I pass through over Easter.
easyJet Plus card jumps 20% to £170
easyJet has recently increased the cost of its easyJet Plus card from £140 to £170. This may or may not be linked to an influx of new members since British Airways cut its short-haul leg room and tightened up on hand baggage.
easyJet Plus gives you many of the benefits which require status with BA:
- free allocated seating at the time of booking (saving up to £15.99 per sector)
- dedicated check-in desks
- fast track security at 37 airports
- priority boarding
- one extra piece of cabin baggage
Arguably, for anyone taking just one easyJet flight a month on average, it remains decent value for money – especially if you combine it with a Priority Pass for lounge access.