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Free return Heathrow Express ticket when you fly British Airways from Leeds Bradford

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We have seen some interesting promotions over the last couple of years to drum up business for the British Airways Leeds Bradford to Heathrow route.

We have had ‘kids fly free’ (up to 3 kids per adult) and 15% discounts off your entire trip.  This Summer, British Airways is offering a free return ticket on Heathrow Express when you fly to Heathrow from Leeds Bradford.

Full details are on the airport website here.

Leeds Bradford Airport terminal

There are no catches.  However cheap (or even free, if using Avios) your British Airways flight, you can collect a return Heathrow Express ticket from the reception desk in the Yorkshire Premier lounge.

You do not need to qualify for lounge access in order to pick up your tickets.

The offer runs until 31st July.

It is interesting to note that the ‘promoter’ of the offer is the airport and not British Airways.  It looks as if the airport is trying to increase passenger numbers on the BA flights in order to keep the route operating.

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Comments (8)

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  • Chris says:

    Hi Raffles, the Yorkshire Premier lounge at LBA has been a Priority Pass lounge for years (and a pretty good lounge IMO). Your reference and link to the newly added PP lounge is at Doncaster Sheffield airport ??

  • Marcus Griffin says:

    This is worrying, are BA likely to pull out of LBA? Are passenger numbers that low?

    • Chris says:

      I’ve used the flights a couple of times over the last year and they have always seemed pretty full. My use being connecting to long haul, looks to me like they want to capture more of the Leeds/London market from the train.

  • Dave B says:

    Jumping to conclusions suggesting the route may be struggling. As mentioned by Chris, could easily be an incentive just to attract more Leeds/London passengers if point to point traffic shows more potential. The first flight not arriving at Heathrow until 10:45am isn’t ideal for London bound business passengers either. Connecting traffic always seems healthy on the route.

  • mark says:

    I have taken the early morning flight to LHR from LBA a number of times, each time using Avios – the flights have always been busy, it’s nothing special. Full of people getting connecting flights…

    Stopping flying though, by the time i have got a lift or driven to LBA from York, checked in early – gone to the lounge, flown, picked up my bags at the other end – I may as well have caught the train as it’s less than 2hours from York to London + the connection to LHR… I am sure overall it’s quicker..

    This would be a good marking thing for Virgin trains to use as marketing! (saves time and money) – If you see this Virgin, my idea is very cheap 🙂

  • Elena says:

    Rob as always perfect timing! I was looking into booking Heathrow express tickets soon. Thanks

  • Aliks says:

    LBA-LHR was my first ever flight way back in the 80s.

    It was great to have a window seat and see the Pennines from the air as the flight path was across to Manchester and then south to Heathrow.

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