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Heathrow Airport cuts UK domestic aircraft landing fees again

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As of yesterday, Heathrow Airport has reduced the passenger service charge on UK domestic flights by a further £5.  This follows an initial £10 reduction last January.

This is part of a series of moves by the airport to shore up support for the 3rd runway.  By encouraging more domestic flights to the airport, the project can be seen as having UK-wide benefits.

The plan is to increase the number of UK destinations served from Heathrow to 14 from the current eight by 2025.  To encourage this, Heathrow will be providing £10m to subsidise five new domestic routes, although this pot will be of little use to anyone except British Airways if airlines cannot also get well-timed slots.

The passenger service charge for a domestic flight (shown as ‘UB’ on the breakdown of your ticket price) is now £14.30 from Heathrow.  This compares to £19.30 for a European flight and (according to ITA Matrix) a whopping £44.91 for an economy flight to New York.

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  • Optimus Prime says:

    Now that we can refer our OH’s from our Amex Plat to any other Amex card – are people reconsidering their churning strategy? – I.e. delaying applying for BAPP and SPG until the referer has got an Amex Plat again so they get 18000 MR.

    Another option would be both holding Amex Plat for a while but that would rack up the annual fees.

    Unless you can successfully refer yourself to another Amex card. I think someone here already tried that. Did it work?

    • the real harry1 says:

      fairly sure somebody said it worked, you could increase your chances by using an ID variant, ie definitely different email address, potentially different or slightly different home address/ name

    • Genghis says:

      What are you considering? Have you run your numbers?

      • Optimus Prime says:

        Need to run them.

        Will try tonight or maybe over the weekend. MiFid 2 go-live is keeping me busy right now! 🙂

    • G says:

      I referred myself from Plat to Nectar in mid December. 18k MR posted before the card arrived!

      • Optimus Prime says:

        Thanks for the data point!

        Did you use the same full name, email and home address when signing up for Nectar?

        • G says:

          I didn’t change any details. Even input a previous Amex card number so they knew who was applying.

    • Jack says:

      Is it a bit sad that I think this self-referring oversteps the mark when it comes to “playing the game”?

  • James says:

    I have the Accor scenario you describe too, except with a higher percent towards Plat showing due to a few of stays.
    I think this is just a New Years hangover in the IT. The expiry date says it all really.

    I would love to have kept it but with the change to bonus points not counting I don’t have a chance as I’m not a business traveller or a retired millionaire !

  • Matt says:

    My Accor status is also still showing platinum, however, if I try to make a booking I get “Your identification is not valid; please re-enter your details or contact your sales representative.” which disappears if I remove my loyalty card number. I suspect this is just an IT issue!

  • Paulm says:

    OT- my BA free card has £15 off £100 spend.

  • Rob D says:

    Mine’s still showing platinum but has rolled over the 612 status points to 31/12/18. I’m expecting it to drop to the base level too!

  • Mark says:

    My Accor status was showing the same, remaining at (earned, i.e. not through Amex) Platinum yesterday, but today it has dropped to Gold. Which is what I earned with them last year, so fair enough I guess, although I would have requalified as Plat under the old rules.

  • Volker says:

    “The plan is to increase the number of UK destinations served from Heathrow to 14 from the current eight by 2025.”
    Can you name a few of these new (potential) destinations?

    • the real harry1 says:

      Newquay Airport could easily figure (he says, hopefully)

      logically it would stack up at least seasonally – and maybe year round with reduced frequency out of season

    • Stu N says:

      At the moment we have INV, GLA, EDI, NCL, BHD, MAN, LBA. Not sure what the other one is. Exeter or Newquay maybe?

      Where else would work? Would BHX/ SOU/ BRS be too close to be viable? East Midlands marginal?

      Norwich? Exeter and/ or Newquay if not already served? Or offshore – Belfast Internationa or Londonderry maybe? Isle of Man/ Jersey/ Guernsey? Scottish Islands probably wouldn’t generate enough traffic, but maybe support a seasonal route.

      Imagine LHR to Barra! That would be nuts!

      • the real harry1 says:

        Bristol has the population & plenty of business frequent fliers – might be close but if you could justify it in terms of feeding long haul/ keeping the slots alive, might work

        Exeter definitely do-able, potentially Bournemouth, same logic

        • Alan says:

          NQY would make more sense than Exeter. Exeter already has a daily flight to LCY so can’t really see the point of LHR other than for connecting flights.

          Exeter would be good for us, but just can’t see it happening.

        • Alex W says:

          Bristol to Heathrow would be brilliant for us. Mrs W works 10 mins from BRS and refuses to travel to LHR.

      • PJS says:

        Try ABZ to make it 8, should be more popular after the latest IHG points devaluation!

      • Curious says:

        Offshore NI ? You’re ahead of the Brexit curve! #insightful

    • Tom Cook says:

      If you plan a flight through the BA website the likes of Liverpool, Humberside, East Mids etc now pop up as options, though no routes yet!

    • the_real_a says:

      HUY – Humberside has 3 KLM connections to Amsterdam a day

  • Bob says:

    Same for me!

    But hey remember France is still on holidays!

    We will have to wait next week probably to see the dashboards updated when people come back to work.

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