Bits: BA increasing check-in time limit, Qatar discount code, reader wins an awesome prize!

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News in brief:

British Airways to extend check-in cut-off

British Airways has announced that, from 30th October, check-in for long-haul flights at Heathrow will close one hour prior to departure.

At present, the cut-off point at which you will be refused is 45 minutes.

The reasoning for this is not clear – it will have a marginal improvement on punctuality although I am not sure that the inconvenience to passengers offsets the gain.  People more cynical than us may think that it is part of a deal with Heathrow to increase shopping revenue as a trade-off for letting BA build the new ‘direct to the lounge avoiding the shops’ security lane for Gold and First Class passengers, opening in April.

Qatar A350

10% off Qatar Airways flights for mobile bookings

Qatar Airways is offering 10% off base fares, excluding the tax element, for anyone booking a flight via their mobile site.

You need to start at this link and then click through to the mobile site.  It is valid for bookings made by 24th October in all classes.

In other Qatar Airways news, I got a reminder this week that flights to Seychelles are due to start on 12th December.  This offers a good Avios option now that British Airways no longer flies the route.


HfP reader wins awesome prize for her Heathrow story

Back in July Rob wrote about a competition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Heathrow Airport.  As there were about 7000 prizes to be won, we knew there must have been quite a few HfP readers who won a nice (or random) prize.

I’m definitely jealous of this person’s prize:

Dear Rob

I have been a bit tardy in thanking you for the HR prize I received in their “anniversary write a story” competition.

A ginormous bar of Toblerone – weighing 4.5 kilos.

I though it was a misprint when the email came but the bar is indeed 9 ( or was it 11?) enormous triangles of Toblerone weighing in total 4.5 kilos.

Apparently it was handmade to order. The only problem is managing to break the triangles into edible size portions!

PS.  Shaun was not part of the prize, he lives here.

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  1. Anika / Rob – for whoever was jealous of the Toblerone, I would recommend a visit to Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg. There, you can win giant Toblerone bars (can’t quite remember the weight), which consist of lots of tiny Toblerone bars inside (so no need to worry about how to break the giant bar down into edible pieces). =)

    Other “giant” chocolate goodies to be won include, from memory, local chocolate brand Marabou, M&Ms and Anton Berg chocolate boxes.

    You then just need to work out how to get the giant cardboard box back to the UK…

    • Oh that sounds fantastic! And Gothenburg is gorgeous. I’d actually choose Marabou over Toblerone – as they do liquorice chocolate which is obviously the most amazing thing in the world 🙂

    • It was about 2.1KG if I remember correctly! The package seems to be as big as the one on the photo in the article.
      I won one of these when I was there for the Xmas market!

  2. Call me cynical but i wouldn’t be surprised if BA turns round and said you can now check in upto 45 mins for only £x…..rapid decline in their service delivery. Read about the A319 wheel issue at Manchester yesterday starts me questioning why would I want to sit on an old plane versus newer Ryanair dare I say it!

  3. Matthew says:

    I managed to win 15 days meet and greet parking at Heathrow for my story, so can’t grumble 🙂

  4. Scallder says:

    OT (apologies) but I received my Nectar Amex yesterday and although I already have the BAPP, the letter confirmed I was not being charged the £25 annual fee for the first year!

    One annual z1-4 travelcard bought this morning and have go near enough the £2k spend already, so should cross the threshold by the end of the weekend so will see how quickly the 2 batches of bonus Nectar points take to get added to my Amex and Nectar accounts.

  5. Michael says:

    Read the detail on the T5 changes… the cut off for check-in is going to be 60 mins, but baggage acceptance and conformance (time through security) will remain the same. So if you’ve checked in online there will be no change. It’s being done (I think) to help flight management and seating closure. Inconsistent? Yes. But welcome to BA.

  6. Well done that reader and well posed photo with Shaun 😀

    • Hi Alan, do you know if Hilton in the USA give free Valet parking with Diamond status. When we were in USA this year we didn’t have to pay the hotel parking fee as were we’re IHG Spire – just wondering if Hilton do the same ?

  7. Well done Toblerone winner. It would do me no good but I’d love to have won. Plenty of British chocolate is very very nice.

  8. OT – for the BA 2-4-1 voucher, does the 2nd journey need to terminate in London. Is it possible (for exmaple) to book LHR-TYO and TYO-HKG as the ‘outward’ and ‘inward’ journeys?

  9. Londonbus says:

    Off topic – My 1,000 bonus Avios for collecting with a new partner posted yesterday on

  10. I won a £70 Ted Baker voucher

  11. Just found out a family member has won 18k Avios after I told him about the BA/Avis!

    Thanks Raffles

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