Bits: New BA Stansted route, HFP in The Economist, new BA / China Eastern codeshares

News in brief:

New British Airways route from Stansted

Over the Summer, British Airways has been running a series of routes from Stansted at the weekend.  These use aircraft which would otherwise be flying from London City but which are left idle by the 24 hour curfew at the airport from Saturday lunchtime.

Despite the often appalling flight times, such as 06.00 departures, the services seem to be doing OK.  BA has announced the following changes for the Winter season:

a new route to Chambery, with an outbound flight on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 17th December

Berlin Tegel to operate all year round (13.15 on a Sunday departure)

Malaga and Faro to be extended by an extra two weeks, with flights to end on 19th / 20th November

I expect further announcements of additional Winter routes to follow.

Cash and Avios bookings to Chambery can be made now at

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British Airways Stansted routes

HFP in The Economist

The Economist website picked up on the service reductions at British Airways yesterday in this well-written blog post.

HFP is referenced in the article (although I did not speak to the author) but irrespective of that I recommend that you read it as it offers a good summary of the current position.

This article is outside The Economist paywall so no subscription or sign-up is required.


British Airways announces a codeshare with China Eastern

British Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement with China Eastern even though the airline is a member of the competing SkyTeam alliance.

You will now be able to book flights to Kunming, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Chongqing on a BA flight code, connecting to China Eastern via Chengdu or Shanghai.

Chinese flyers will be able to book flights to Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle using the MU flight code, connecting to China Eastern flights to Heathrow.

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  1. Bits: Anyone else spied the extra wee secret competition on the Head For Points Facebook page today?

    Another good reason to followi on Facebook…. 😀

    • You really shouldn’t follow HFP ONLY on Facebook as you only see about 20% of the posts in your feed!

      That competition is a favour for the owners but it’s a bit non-core for the main site.

      • Sorry I meant in addition to visiting the website, subscribe on email & LinkedIn. (I do all of these)

        • I’m also slightly intrigued by the password protected test page that’s appeared on the menu. Secret hfp group?

        • No, it is used for drafts of competitions where the organiser can see the text in advance.

      • AndyGWP says:

        Raffles. Is there a setting on WordPress to make links open in a new window on mobile devices? 🙂

        • On Android if you press and hold the link it’s akin to a right click and you’ll get a pop-up option to open the link in a new tab (amongst other things). Not sure if iOS has something similar or not.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Same on iOS

        • And Windows

        • AndyGWP says:

          Cheers guys. I knew that but most sites tend to automatically treat links in that manner now on mobile devices. I just find it a bit useful / am lazy / forgetful 🙂

        • I usually set up my links to automatically do that but I occasionally forget.

  2. Mikeact says:

    Hopefully, the BA tie up with China Eastern won’t affect KL/AF Awards in J.

  3. “We regularly review our catering to ensure we are investing where it matters most to our customers.”

  4. Can you make Avios bookings on the China Eastern flights?

  5. The degradation of the BA service is making me think twice about saving avios for a long hall first class experience. Just fly business class airberlin or something like that. It sounds to me that BA are taking their customers for granted which seems counterproductive given increased competition.

  6. Tina Hammond says:

    BA aren’t the only full service airline to fly from Stanstead. KLM have done so for years with free lounge acces for those in J.
    Nice to get a choice now!

    • Assuming you mean Stansted, what century are you referring to?

      I regularly used STN connecting at AMS when necessary and for years was KLM Royal Wing (= platinum). Then they ‘merged’ with AF, abandoned STN and I stopped flying KL.

  7. G Andrews says:

    Off topic, does anyone know how good the travel accident and inconvenience insurance is that comes with the Amex SPG card? I can’t seem to download the t&c’s.

    I’m travelling around the Caribbean/Miami next month and wondering if it’s necessary to purchase additional travel insurance (presumably to cover theft e.t.c?)

    Wondering if I might just re-open my platinum for the PP and Insurance benefits, Amex Insurance said our previously booked travel would be covered provided I booked them on another held Amex card (which I did).

    Any suggestions? Thanks. 🙂

    • TGLoyalty says:

      My understanding of the SPG and BAPP cover is that its just travel disturbance cover not full travel insurance/medical cover, would either get the platinum or an alternative travel insurance

      • G Andrews says:

        Thanks 🙂

        I plan on taking advantage of BA’s 5th Freedom flights to do a little tour around the Caribbean.
        Any recommendations?


        • Mikeact says:

          Have you actually managed to book any ?

        • They are all lovely islands but quiet, definitely go to Tobago and Sr. Kitts. You’ll only get an orange juice on the flight…

  8. OT – IHG are offering a 5% discount on the cash element of Points & Cash bookings until some time in September. It’s not exactly a huge saving, but I know that some people have making a Points & Cash booking as one of their Accelerate targets, so every little helps…

  9. Stuart h says:

    10% for gold

    • Dave Barron says:

      O/T I have some new Amex offers showing today on my Gold card including £10 back when spend £30 at GAP. Uber get £10 off first two rides. Bateaux London Cruises spend £150 get £30 back. Hopefully of use to someone?!?

  10. Went skiing out of Chambery when I was at university. Useful ski destination. A friend’s sister was working there for a year so we went over to ski on the cheap.

  11. Free membership to Zipcar for 12 months using SUMMER16 (use Firefox)

  12. OT Is there another promotion going on at Heathrow rewards? I spent £162 the other day for the 2500 pts bonus promotion – 2900 bonus pts and 162 spend pts have posted already – not sure where the extra 400 bonus pts came from – spent part World of Duty part Dixons – not that I am complaining!!

  13. I just did the STN to PMI on BA on a Saturday evening. Not bad to be honest! Nice small aircraft using a 2×2 config with a friendly service and a full sized hot meal tray that you typically only see on long haul. Only downside was the checkin staff as they are Menzies agents and didn’t seem to follow the usual BA standards.

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