Bits: BA Gatwick update, Etihad Guest status with one flight, Virgin America via Flying Club

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News in brief:

British Airways Gatwick terminal move update

British Airways released more information on Friday about the switch of terminals at Gatwick.

The changeover date is now (re)confirmed for Wednesday 25th January.

A few test flights will be going from Gatwick South for anyone who wants to try it out in advance, although the new BA lounge will not be open then.  These are:

  • BA2776 to Jersey on 23rd November
  • BA2273 to New York JFK on 11th January
  • BA2612 to Naples on 19th January

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Etihad Guest status with one flight

Etihad has been running a promotion with The Times this week to give Etihad Guest status to anyone who signs up and takes one flight.

The offer is only open to new members of Etihad Guest who sign up via the link on this page.  If you already have an Etihad Guest account which is empty, you may want to create a new one with different address and email details.  This isn’t ideal, of course, but Etihad should have made the rules more flexible …..

You will receive Etihad Silver status if you take an Economy flight with Etihad before 10th May 2017.

You will receive Etihad Gold status if you take a Business or First Class flight with Etihad before 10th May 2017.

The rules are vague unfortunately:

it talks about a closing date of 24th November but it does not say if that is the last day to open the Etihad Guest account or the last day to book

it doesn’t say if the flight must be a return flight

it doesn’t say if the flight must depart from the UK

It is worth noting that a similar deal for Silver status (but not Gold) is freely available to everyone, all year round, if they take out the Etihad Guest credit cards.  Full details are in my Etihad Guest credit card review.

Virgin America First Class reclined

Virgin America no longer a Flying Club partner from Monday

Finally, it has emerged that Virgin America will no longer be an earning or redeeming partner of Virgin Atlantic Flying Club from today.

Virgin America is in the process of being acquired by Alaska Airlines and all parties seem to have decided that the imminent relaunch of Flying Club was a good time to make the break.

My one experience of Virgin America domestic First Class was excellent as I reviewed here – see the seat photo above.  That said, I paid cash for that flight because Flying Club did not allow one-way redemptions.  For that reason, this change is not as big a loss as it could have been.

More details on this decision are on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

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  1. OT. Early doors EZY flight out of LGW North tomorrow. Which lounge should I use with a Priority Pass? TIA

  2. I did the New York marathon last Sunday, decided the extra legroom in Virgin America first class was worth paying for a flight the next day. I was very impressed with the seat, more than adequate for a 2 hour flight, plus having a movie made the journey go quicker, my poached egg breakfast was streets ahead of anything I’ve had on BA.

    Wonder what they will do about lounges now, I didn’t feel like paying 75 dollars to use the Virgin clubhouse given the amount of time I’d spend in there. I really feel lounge access shouldn’t be extra for a first class ticket.

  3. Sorry for the OT question, but VS related.
    I was wondering if anyone is able to see the VS Shop Away account correctly after the update? My VS account is now linked with a new Shop Away account with no record of any shopping history…

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