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Bits: AirPortr, new Global Entry dates in London, Finnair increases Asia frequencies

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News in brief:

AirPortr to launch revolutionary ‘home to destination’ luggage handling service

AirPortr, Europe’s first same day and on demand luggage collection and delivery service, is about to launch a unique ‘door to destination’ baggage check-in service in conjunction with British Airways.

We have covered AirPortr before.  It originally launched in May 2014 in London City Airport, expanded to Gatwick in July 2015 and to Heathrow in December 2015.  The original service allowed you to leave your luggage with AirPortr at the airport and have it delivered to your home or office, or to have it collected from your home and left for collection at departures.

From 26th October AirPortr is offering a new service exclusively with British Airways.  Your luggage will be picked up at your home, tagged and checked in for you. This way you can travel without luggage all the way until your final destination. 

This is an innovative service, and seems to be a genuine improvement to the British Airways service offering.  If BA can integrate the marketing into their pre-departure emails it could be very successful.

When you arrive at Heathrow, City or Gatwick you can head straight to security as you have nothing to check in.  This service can be used for pick ups from your front door, hotel lobby or office.

AirPortr check-in can be booked on this page of the AirPortr website. Prices start from £30 for the first bag and £10 for each additional bag within Central London.

More appointments for Global Entry released

CBP seems to have added more appointment dates for the Global Entry interviews at the US Embassy in London.

We ran our article on Global Entry interviews in London last week but we didn’t know at the time that there was very little availability left.

It now looks like some Thursdays and Fridays have been added to the calendar, giving more people the chance to take advantage of going for a Global Entry interview in London rather than having to travel to the US.


Finnair increases frequencies to Asia

Finnair has announced an increase in their Hong Kong and Tokyo flights from summer 2017.

As part of their joint business operation with British Airways, Iberia and Japan Airlines, Finnair will offer 4 additional flights per week from Helsinki to Tokyo.

The service that will run between 5th June and 27th October using the new A350.  It wiill increase the number of weekly flights from Helsinki to Tokyo from 14 to 18.

Other non-stop destinations during summer 2017 from Helsinki include Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. This makes a total of 35 weekly flights to Japan!

Between 6th June and 28th October there will also be three additional flights per week from Helsinki to Hong Kong.  This takes the route to 10 flights per week and adds an afternoon option from Helsinki.  All Hong Kong flights are operated with the A350.

Redemption seats on these flights can be booked with Avios via  Cash tickets will earn Avios and British Airways tier points as Finnair is a oneworld alliance member.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (52)

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  • Fenny says:

    Are there not any security implications with someone else checking in your bags? Will the bags still be loaded if the passenger doesn’t board the flight?

    • John says:

      No and no.

    • ItaMatrixJockey says:

      No additional security implications per se, as we currently allow anyone to walk up to a check-in desk and deposit their case…

      However, keep an eye out for the first anguished thread when items go missing or expensive luggage gets trashed and neither the courier nor the airline will accept responsibility !

      • Fenny says:

        Have they done away with all the “did you pack this case yourself” routine? I honestly can’t remember being asked it recently, but I’ve slept since I last flew.

  • n says:

    O/T – Buying an iPhone 7, what’s the best way to maximise points/discounts?

  • Gavin says:

    When I got a 6S I looked and couldn’t find a decent way to do it. At Heathrow for extra Heathrow Rewards? I’m not sure if there is a viable gift card route? John Lewis gift cards maybe?

    • CV3V says:

      and you can pay for a JL purchase using JL gift cards purchased from Tesco (and bonus clubcard points). Not sure of limit on the number of giftcards which can be used.

      • rams1981 says:

        No limit with number of gift cards at John Lewis

      • mark2 says:

        but only a few days left unless they have extended the date again for bonus points (please tell me that I am wrong!).

    • Lady London says:

      usually you can pre-order about two weeks ahead from Dixons at Heathrow if you phone them, say what you want to buy and give them your flight details.

  • Arrow says:

    as bonkers seems to be the word of the day, this fare is, well bonkers….

    ba silver locked in and return to oz on QA’ best metal…

    no need to thank me 🙂

    • Rob says:

      You just beat me to it – knocking something up whilst seats last.

      • Nick Burch says:

        There’s also a Qatar / Groupon deal, spend £19 get 50% off base fare (but not taxes) for the not-cheapest business tickets (no promo, only next 2 up), for UK departures to 18 destinations

        • Rob says:

          I would be surprised if this offered great value unless you need the flexibility.

          • Nick Burch says:

            I booked a trip to India with it. Business Promo (very discounted) with Qatar priced out at £1750 from LHR, best BA ex-EU was from Madrid for £1550 + positioning costs. Business Saver with Qatar (cheapest fare bucket Groupon covers) was £2500, Groupon dropped that to £1450.

  • geoff says:


    Does anyone know how to turn off the Tesco Club card points being automatically converted please??

    Where’s Harry when you need him! ;o)

    Thank you!

    • Alan says:

      My Clubcard Account > Sign in > My Account Details > Options and Benefits

      • Arrow says:

        am here, but alan beat me to it!

        changed my screen name to Arrow cause some joker was posting as me

        • Roger* says:

          You’re lucky. There are at least two other Rogers (Roger and roger) and I noticed a roge as well, not sure if it was a typo. . Only Rob knows, but I think i was the first.

          Probably nobody cares, though I don’t want to be confused with somebody posting OT comments. Er, like this? 😀

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