More news in brief:
100 Heathrow Rewards points when you spend £70
Heathrow Rewards has launched a new promotion which will give you 100 bonus points when you spend £70 in one transaction before 5th September.
You don’t need to register for this offer.
It may or may not combine with the current ‘500% bonus points on Official Heathrow Parking’ offer – see here for my article on that.
If you are not a Heathrow Rewards member, read this article on how to get a VERY generous 2,500 bonus points for joining and spending £150 in one day. This would transfer into 2,500 Avios, Virgin or other airline miles.
New York JFK launching immigration kiosks in BA’s Terminal 7
Immigration queues at New York JFK may be about to get shorter with the launch of 14 Automated Passport Control machines in BA’s Terminal 7 next month.
The kiosks can be used by anyone travelling on a US or Canadian passport, the ESTA visa waiver programme, or a B1/B2 tourist visa.
You will no longer need to fill out a paper customs form. The kiosk will scan your passport, take a photograph and ask you various customs related questions similar to those found on the old paper document. A receipt is issued which must be presented, along with your passport, to an official to finalise your entry. More details on the kiosks can be found here.
I have never used one of these kiosks – there were not active in Newark when I landed last week – but anything which improves the situation at JFK is welcome. Having used Newark for my last three New York trips, I recommend that as a better way of avoiding long immigration lines – it is also a far quicker trip into Manhattan.