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News in brief:

Double Avios on BA’s regional weekend routes

British Airways is offering double Avios points on its weekend services operated from regional airports.  These are the flights which use the London City Airport fleet of Embraer aircraft whilst City is closed over the weekend.

As a reminder, the routes are:

Manchester – Malaga, Alicante, Ibiza, London City, Mykonos, Nice, Palma Majorca
Bristol – Malaga, Florence, Ibiza, Palma Majorca
Birmingham – Malaga, Florence, Ibiza, Palma Majorca
London Stansted – Florence, Geneva, Nice, Milan Linate, Ibiza, Faro, Malaga, Palma Majorca
Edinburgh – Palma Majorca
Dublin – Ibiza

You will earn double Avios when you book a flight on any of these routes by 12th June for travel before 25th November.  Not all of these routes will be operating until the end of November, however.

You MUST register to receive double Avios.  Go to this page of ba.com and click on the relevant link – it will bring up a pop-up box which contains a ‘Register Now’ button.

Personally, I’d like to see BA try a ‘double tier points’ offer.  Let’s be honest – double Avios isn’t going to excite anyone given the small number of points earned on economy flights these days.  Offering double tier points would drive a decent number of genuinely incremental Club Europe bookings from people chasing Silver or Gold status.

British Airways Embraer 190 London City

Buy the contents of Heathrow Terminal 1

Fathers Day is on the way.  And what better present for an aviation loving parent than a souvenir from Heathrow Terminal 1, currently part-way through demolition?

How about his very own check-in desk?  There are 110 to choose from.  Perhaps he’d like his own baggage drop system?  Fast Track Security Entry gates and desks may prove handy when the kids bring all their friends round, as may a Blast Mitigation Glass Partition.  Perhaps his very own travellator (choice of 8) would be a thoughtful gift, laid out between the house and the shed?

Whatever you’re thinking of, Heathrow Terminal 1 can help.  The sales brochure is here and you can find more details on the sale here.

Comments (49)

  • CC says:

    Some of those partitions look quite tempting.

  • Nick says:

    How can you prove they’d be ‘genuinely incremental’?

    • Rob says:

      There are clearly people who would pay £1.25 per TP who won’t pay £2.50.

      • Peter K says:

        I’d consider it. I’m blue as I’ve never been bothered to gain TPs as I wouldn’t gain enough value from status. However at a discount rate I’d be tempted like Rob suggests.

      • Adrian says:

        This is absolutely true, last year BA gave us a shiny gold egg in the form of flights to Tallinn, £230 for 200TP travelling on AY, BA coded flights (better metal, same avios earning). Hundreds if not thousands of FT people have travelled, we’ve been twice, Christmas market and a few weeks ago, with one more trip to come. In our case this will be the difference between getting a guf2 or not. Plus my wife and I have had 3 spa weekends away at the Hilton Tallinn (very nice by the way). I thought 3 weekends away for a guf2 was a good deal. So if nothing else there was one thing I liked about BA (they have enhanced the Tallinn offer a little now, so not so much)!

        • Martin Clark says:

          I did the Talinn/Helsinki run earlier this year but it appears it was too popular and now BA have increased the price to £492.00 return. I won’t be doing it at this price.

          • Nick says:

            But that’s the point! BA gets a few more liabilities (F lounges, people using Gold for half term, etc.) who have paid as little as possible for it-all the whole annoying those who get it for spending lots. I’m sure they don’t mind this in normal conditions, but would they deliberately have a sale to encourage it? I think that’d be hard to justify internally, unless the increased revenue clearly offset it.

  • RedAlan says:

    Sorry OT and I posted this the other day but it’s got lost in the BA PR thread so didn’t get a reply.

    Was flying LAS>LHR>GLA on the 28th. Due to an issue which BA advised us was their fault and related to the IT problems, they didn’t have tickets for our connecting flight so were re-booked on the next available LHR>GLA flight that was 9 hours after the original time.

    I decided that this was unacceptable and no longer required the connecting flight, was only planning on visiting family for the one night. So I wasn’t re-booked.

    Am I entitled to any compensation besides a refund for that flight? Everything I’m reading suggests I’m not, that I would only get the 600 Euros if I decided to fly. Would seem a bit unfair in my view as I was still put out by BA’s mistake in the end.

    • Lady London says:

      Yes you should claim. Search on HfP for EU261 if you still want more then take your aqualung and dive into flyertalk.

      • Lady London says:

        EU261 sorry.

        • RedAlan says:

          Thanks Lady London.

          Issue I’m having is EU261 isn’t very clear, but from reading it it seems because I decided not to take the connecting flight due to the delay I’m not due any compensation.

  • Swiped says:

    I think the Iris scanners will be good for letting approved tradesmen into the house whilst I’m out.

    Likiwise, a baggage drop facility will be handy with the shopping.

  • Swiped says:

    PS. What’s the difference between a billboard and an “Advertising System”?

  • Fenny says:

    A few lengths of travellator and my morning commute is sorted. Maybe a passport control system at the back gate to amuse us when non-Yorkshire folk visit.

  • vol says:

    I’d like to buy the metal detector and install it in my hallway so that I can see if I have forgotten my keys just before I leave out of the house.

    • Fenny says:

      You want one of the full body scanners. Stand with your hands above your head and get it to tell you the contents of your pockets before you go.

  • CV3V says:

    How much electricity does an escalator use? Does it come with a plug?

    • Lady London says:

      You’ll need a UPS system otherwise the first blip in the supply of electricity will have escalators all over the world grounded and terminals full of people trying to get onto them but they’re not running.

      And the chaos will go on for days leading to much unwelcome publicity that will make so many people book away from your British escalator that you’ll wipe out the savings from all your cost saving programs for the past three years.

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