Bits: BA US Christmas Club World sale, Air Passenger Duty hiked, Surf Air moves to London City

News in brief:

British Airways launches US Club World Christmas sale

This has not been officially announced yet but the fares have been loaded into ba.com.

Many US routes are showing at £1,500 (East Coast) to £1,650 (West Coast) return in Club World.

You must fly out between 25th December and 31st December.  The minimum stay is 3 days.

Book at ba.com here.

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Air Passenger Duty hiked in the budget

‘Premium rate’ Air Passenger Duty took another battering in the budget yesterday.  The biggest hit comes from April 2019 when – instead of increasing all bands – the entire increase is being absorbed by Premium Economy, Business and First Class passengers.  They will be paying an extra £16 per person.

Current:

Short-haul Economy: £13

Short-haul Business: £26

Long-haul Economy: £75

Long-haul Premium Economy and above: £150

From 1st April 2018:

Short-haul Economy: £13

Short-haul Business: £26

Long-haul Economy: £78

Long-haul Premium Economy and above: £156

From 1st April 2019:

Short-haul Economy: £13

Short-haul Business: £26

Long-haul Economy: £78

Long-haul Premium Economy and above: £172

Short-haul is defined as any flight under 2,000 miles.

Surf Air to fly from London City Airport

The American membership based private jet company Surf Air, which expanded to Europe earlier this year, has listened to their members and the press and is moving their London base from Luton to London City Airport.

From December, the daily Surf Air flight to Zurich will operate out of the City Airport Jet Centre using the First Class lounge which I reviewed here.  To be honest, I see this as a very positive move – both Rob and I have trialled private jet flights from Luton this year and we both felt that the trouble involved in getting to the airport outweighed many of the benefits.

A while ago Surf Air was offering a free private jet flight to top tier members of frequent flyer schemes.  I was informed that applications are now closed (although quite a few HFP readers are booked in to fly) and those who booked a flight from Luton can still fly from London City Airport.

My review of the Surf Air flight from Luton to Zurich is here.

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Comments

  1. OT – On BA this week to Oslo and saw the new flight safety Video. It’s really annoying chopping and changing voices and people. I don’t think the humour works with other people. Suitable for the UK but not for other flights.

    Or is it just me?

  2. OT

    I hit my PRG card renewal in September and it hasn’t seen much action since then, and was thinking of cancelling, getting the pro-rata refund, and waiting for 6 months to reapply for either PRG or Platinum.

    But now I’m thinking, does it make more sense to upgrade to Platinum, get the extra bonus within a month, then cancel and reapply after the 6 months? I’m only losing one month…

    Am I forgetting something?

  3. Can you elaborate on the trial flight by Surf Air? Is it off for application by now?

    • Offer now closed. They would have given you a free flight on sight of your BA Gold card.

      • Was about to send in my application as I saw a colleague of mine on the trial flight…is it because of the massive number of application in? cheers for the reply!