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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 7,000 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.

Comments (83)

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  • Alan says:

    Well done that reader and well posed photo with Shaun 😀

    • Liz says:

      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 ?

  • Doug M says:

    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.

  • Kiran says:

    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?

  • Londonbus says:

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

  • Ben E says:

    I won a £70 Ted Baker voucher

  • RW says:

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

    Thanks Raffles

  • Chris says:

    I am struggling to think of any Avios earning partners to get the 1,000 bonus.

    For BAEC I can do a hotel transfer.

  • VJ says:

    This Toblerone is available in Iceland for £50 if you are getting so depressed

    • Genghis says:

      🙂 Thanks. I think I’ve just found my wife’s xmas present…

      • Worzel says:

        Nice one Genghis, should accompany the Sunday Times Travel Magazine well! 😉 .

        • Genghis says:

          🙂 I mooted the idea with my colleagues after I saw it and was knocked down a peg or two and called a tight Northerner. Seemingly their wives prefer expensive jewellery.

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