Bits: Qatar Airways confirms Dublin launch, Plaza Premium confirms T5 lounge, HFP party

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News in brief:

Qatar Airways confirms Dublin route

Qatar Airways has finally committed to a date for the launch of its Dublin route.

Services will start on 12th June.  It will use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which means that you will get the newest version of Qatar’s impressive business class seat as pictured below.

You can read my review of Qatar’s 787 business class seat here.

The service will run daily as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 
Dublin to Doha  QR18  departs: 15:25 arrives 00:40+1
Doha to Dublin  QR17  departs: 07:20 arrives: 13:20

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Dublin to Doha  QR20  departs: 08:50 arrives: 18:05
Doha to Dublin  QR19  departs: 01:25 arrives: 07:25

With no Air Passenger Duty to pay out of Dublin, there are likely to be some excellent opportunities here for good deals for UK residents.

Qatar 787 350 business class

Plaza Premium re-confirms Heathrow Terminal 5 Priority Pass lounge

Back in February I ran an exclusive HFP story about the planned Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5.  This was an exciting project because:

a) the two existing Plaza Premium departure lounges in Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 are excellent

b) they participate in Priority Pass and Lounge Club

c) the only existing independent lounge in Terminal 5, Aspire, is woefully small

The story then went quiet.  This was not surprising since projects at Heathrow have a habit of slipping massively behind schedule as the Cathay Pacific lounge relaunch showed.

In a recent interview with Business Traveller, the Plaza Premium CEO shone some light on the project.  The Terminal 5 is now due to open in the second half of 2017 with 156 seats, lower than originally planned.  I still have no idea where it is meant to be!

Before that we can expect a Terminal 3 arrivals lounge (January) and a Terminal 4 arrivals lounge (Q1 2017) although I would take these timings with a pinch of salt.

Details of all of the Heathrow Plaza Premium lounges are here.


The Head for Points Christmas party!

Thank you to everyone who attended the HFP Christmas Party last night.  It went well, I think!

Hopefully we can get some photos up on Thursday morning.  Thanks to the Melia White House hotel for their substantial (I’ve seen the drinks bill …..) support.

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  1. OT: whats the deal with all these shops listed on the Amex Shop Small promo, simply not accepting amex at all.

    Do amex have an official response or reason for this? Its incredibly frustrating

    • the real harry says:

      They probably theoretically can accept Amex – though shop may not have set the till/ payment parameters to accept it – or they may have a mgt policy of not accepting Amex (the old high fees) even though the till can handle it.

      I guess Amex have a list of shops where they think Amex is accepted and have included them in Shop Small, presumably without the shop knowing anything about it.

      OTOH I have been buying my stamps in shops I used LY, even though they are not on the map this year – all working fine so far.

      • the real harry says:

        oh and the official Amex response is: sorry about that, here’s your £5 🙂

  2. It was a fantastic night – Rob & Anika you did a superb job of everything. Melia Hotel: definitely on my list as a venue 😀

    • the real harry says:

      What was it like with the introductions?

      I imagine: Hi, my name’s Rodney Patterson-Smythe-FitzPatrick – er, Genghis!

  3. Ramones says:

    Well done Anika for arranging such a great get together. Thanks to Rob and Melia for the drinks.

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