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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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  • Liz says:

    OT Has anyone received the 240 Avios for the last Vino Seleccion promo from November. Normally the pts post quite quickly but it’s been 2 months now. Who do you try and chase? Iberia or Vino Seleccion?

    • the real harry1 says:

      I chased IB last time and got a quick response on (they didn’t seem to care that I am not plata)

      I haven’t even bothered to check my IB a/c this time yet as they are usually pretty slow to post points in any case

      • Liz says:

        Thanks Harry – I’ll wait a bit longer and see if they turn up then try emailing them.

    • AndyR says:

      Was it the Bene Placitum Reserva 2013? How is it?

      • the real harry1 says:

        it’s a bit £4-ish, I wouldn’t really want to pay much more for it

        dry/ astringent and not a very full palate, not that fruity

        excellent for mulled wine!

  • S***o says:

    Haven’t had a Plat Amex for the past 3 years but have somehow managed to keep Plat Accor since signing up all those years ago (with limited stays).

    Had a notification from AwardWallet a few days ago saying I’ve dropped to gold and my Accor number had changed to reflect it.

    It’s a shame my regular Novotel was £40 a night and as Plat I always got upgraded and given 2 x drink vouchers good for £20 worth of wine!

    • Intentionally Blank says:

      I’v a handful of Accor numbers, and never know which one to use.

      Stayed in Mysore in India a couple of months ago and used a number which had previously been my Plat one. Treated like a king (upgrade to suite) despite not having been plat for a year. They didn’t seem to care either!

  • Met says:

    OT new BA Amex offer this morning £15 credit on £100 spend. Makes CE sale even more appealing

    • Scott says:

      I got spend £100+ and get 1500 avios.

    • Tilly says:

      No BA Amex offers on any of my 5 cards this morning. Maybe because I already had one and used it late last year. Shame though as would be handy for the late May bank holiday trip.

    • Craig says:

      Two £100 payments made towards a Gib Holiday, 3000 Avios thanks.

  • DYKWIA says:

    I got downgraded to ‘Classic’ despite having 136 nights… Others have reported the same on FlyerTalk :-

    The Accor IT systems leave a lot to be desired…

  • Dwadda says:

    When I check on the App it says I’m Platinum valid until 31 12 2018. I hope that sticks.

    I stayed at Accor hotels a total of two weeks last year. Not enough to requalify. If I hadn’t been Platinum that would only have be 3 nights (due to an event), so Accor got more business from me than they would otherwise have got as I normally favour Hilton.

  • AspirationalFlyer says:

    I had Accor gold status in 2017 (achieved via various stays in 2016) and received an email on New Year’s Day notifying me that I had classic status. I’ve decided to buy the Ibis business card for £65 and was given gold again. I have a couple of Sofitel stays up and coming – I will be interested to see if I get any worthwhile upgrades and will report back accordingly!

    • Luke says:

      Soft landing for me – from gold (earned for j to silver (I stayed only 5 nights with accor last year)….it looks like le accor like playing wheel of luck game

  • Alan says:

    OT (a bit).

    Which hotel loyalty schemes (if any), that are AMEX MR partners, offer unrestricted rewards redemption (i.e. they don’t have limited numbers of rooms available for redemption – if rooms are available for cash then they can be purchased for points)?

    I hope this question makes sense!

    • Paulm says:

      Hilton would be

    • Rob says:

      Starwood (not sure about Marriott). Hilton, IHG and Carlson do not.

      Some Starwood hotels play games though, eg they put a small number of rooms into a bottom end category (perhaps because they are 1% smaller than other standard rooms) and when those are booked they claim they have fulfilled their obligation to keep open reward nights for their basic room category. Not widespread, admittedly.

      • Alan says:

        Sorry Rob, not sure what you mean. Are you meaning Starwood, Hilton, IHG and Carlson do not have quotas or do not make all rooms available for rewards redemptions?

        I’m assuming its the latter as IHG definitely appear to have restricted access for rewards but the inclusion of Hilton contradicted Paul.

        • Rob says:

          Starwood guarantees that if a ‘standard’ room is available for cash, it will be bookable as a reward. This is effectively ‘last room availability’ for the lowest category of room in the hotel. I think Hyatt does the same.

          The rest have quotas albeit Hilton will offer you an overpriced ‘Premium’ redemption when standard rooms are exhausted. IHG obliges a hotel to put up 5% of rooms for redemptions daily for example.

        • Alan says:

          OK thanks Rob

  • Nick Burch says:

    I ended up doing 31 nights with Accor last year. Yesterday and today, their systems show me simultaneously as gold, but only needing 29 more stays to make platinum!

    Sadly the bit that shows status / prints membership card etc all correctly knows I only made Gold last year. That said, small chance hotels won’t notice the drop given Accor’s poor IT, though it doesn’t actually make much difference between Gold and Platinum when not at a Sofitel…

    • Lady London says:

      @Nick I believe it’s 30 nights or 14000 points from where you are, to make Platinum? Noting promotion-earned points won’t count anymore.

      The other alternative is apparently 5 Fairmont stays or 10 Fairmont nights, before end of June if you’re one of them…

      I haven’t really noticed platinum to give me much in the way of increased benefits though. That might be because I travel alone and not much this year and next in Asia where I gather hotels have the scope to pamper you more

      I’m only back to Accor as I’ve acquired one French client this year and expecting to acquire more and Accor footprint in France is far beyond ihg and Hilton.

      • Nick Burch says:

        I believe, with a new year, I’d need to do 60 nights to get Platinum back (or the special Fairmont offer). They seem to have set my status down to Gold, correctly, but left my qualifying nights/points where they were from last year rather than zero-ing out

        In terms of Platinum, if you’re not at a Sofitel, it’s basically not worth anything over Gold. Sofitel it does matter at. Only other times I’ve found it helped were when a hotel was overbooked and tried to walk me somewhere less good, and when I’ve used the Platinum reservation guarantee to book an almost-full hotel that I really wanted to be in.

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