Bits: Irish Independent 18,000 Avios vouchers arriving, Which? names the best UK airports

News in brief:

18,000 Avios for £146 – vouchers arriving

EDIT: this deal is now dead as the bonus had been cut to 9,000 Avios

Last week I wrote about a great deal for subscribing to the digital version of the Irish Independent newspaper – click here.  You don’t need to live in Ireland to take part.

You would receive 18,000 Avios points for taking out a €160 (£146) digital subscription.

It wasn’t clear how long the voucher to redeem the Avios points would take to arrive.  The company running the offer was saying 21-28 days.  However, the first batch – for people who signed up on the 22nd – arrived yesterday, so it only took 8 days.

The Irish Independent deal is still running if you want to jump in now that it is clear it is working as expected, not that I ever doubted it would.

Irish Independent digital offer

Which? on the best London airports

Which? magazine has released its latest airport passenger survey.  For those people who giggled when I wrote about how pleasant I found Southend Airport last year, it has been named the ‘Best Airport in the UK’ .

The results for the London airports are actually in line with my own views, except for London City which I find overrated.  The score below is based on feedback from Which? readers across a number of categories such as staff friendliness and helpfulness, baggage reclaim, seating, toilets, and queues at security and passport control.

London Southend – 82%

London City – 68%

Heathrow Terminal 5 – 61%

Heathrow Terminal 2 – 57%

Gatwick South – 52%

Heathrow Terminal 3 – 52%

Heathrow Terminal 4 – 52%

Gatwick North – 51%

London Stansted – 38%

London Luton – 29%

London Luton was named ‘Britain’s Worst Airport’ out of 31 UK terminals surveyed, with passengers marking it down for queues, overcrowding and lack of seating.

Outside London, the top rated airport was Doncaster Sheffield.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

BA launches Toronto and Las Vegas from Gatwick - wide-open for Avios
Bits: £15 Heathrow Express Saturdays, Etihad sale now on
About Head for Points

We help business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Visit every day for three new articles or sign up for our FREE emails via this page or the box to your right.


  1. OT: Just noticed that the Marriott 1,000 points bonus has successfully transferred to my partner’s BAEC and in fact did so almost a month ago! Whereas my own points are still stuck in my Marriott account. Anyone had luck with their customer service people?

  2. Avios voucher arrived yesterday for Irish Independent and points in Avios account this morning!!!

  3. OT: Just seen some interesting tweets about BA airside car transfers if connecting from UK flight to Club / First (or for Silver / Gold Exec Club members) and at risk of missing connecting flight. Here’s the BA press release:

    • Wow – potential to be a superb idea if properly implemented – I worry how well they’ll actually run it but the concept is excellent.

    • Colin JE says:

      Wonder what happens to your luggage? A good way of BA avoiding having to pay compensation and/or put you on the next flight if their inbound flight is delayed, but you might wind up waiting for your luggage to be sent on at your final destination!

  4. RIP Blackpool Airport… “free” parking at the terminal [all passengers paid a fixed fee regardless if they parked or not], short queues, tiny terminal, no faffing.

  5. Yep, that’s understandable and seems perfectly reasonable to make it a viable service.

  6. Is there any downside to cancelling once the voucher arrives as opposed to waiting for the renewal date to arrive?

  7. OT – Trailfinders Amex deal

    I’ve just had the email that was mentioned a few days ago re £100 off £1000 spend at Trailfinders – did people report back that this worked with giftcards?

    • I’ve not had it this time but definitely worked fine on giftcard for me last time. No expiry on them either. Bought in person.

      • Wasn’t the deal £200 off £1000 last time? This time only £100 off.
        Anyway, what are trailfinders good for? Any suggestions, Alan?

        • They’re pretty decent at booking more complex flight itineraries, have certainly done ex-OSL to Oz for my folks before. I’m less convinced of them for hotels, better deals often available elsewhere as bookings through them don’t necessarily earn points. Their deals at more upmarket places also aren’t normally as good as FHR or Virtuoso. Some tours/train journeys aren’t bad – we’ve certainly used them for that before. Staff generally fairly knowledgeable.

        • I had a brilliant RTW with them 1999/ 2000, nice & cheap, flexible dates/

      • Thanks Alan!

  8. Hi guys, I made my order on the 31st of August and received a confirmation email saying the offer was included in my order, but haven’t receiver any voucher code yet. Is anyone else still waiting?

    • Hello Greg

      I ordered mine on the 30 August and had the confirmation email – no voucher code yet but I guess they may have a back log. It did say it could take up to 30 days – I believe.

  9. Richard G says:

    Just got my voucher code. Ordered on the 31st August. 18,000 points.

  10. Just received my voucher too and sent an email to cancel. Have just been sent the response:

    “We cannot take cancellations at the moment as we cannot guarantee we will remember to cancel your account and we cannot be held responsible for this.

    There could be a change of personnel working or something else so I’m afraid we cannot take the cancellation now.”

    It’s just painful……