Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Heathrow Airport cuts UK domestic aircraft landing fees again

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

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.

Comments (147)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Anthony Dunn says:

    Re: the Hotel Telegraaf in Tallinn, I can vouch that it has an exceptional kitchen – to the extent that it features on gourmand tours…. Went there for our wedding anniversary dinner and had an absolutely wonderful evening. The hotel side looked absolutely enchanting.

    For a long weekend/week’s stay, Tallinn and environs is very, very well worth a visit with plenty to see and do, a flourishing local cuisine and the local artisanal brewing industry has taken off big time; I am still working my way through some of the local Porters. Then Estonia has to be one of THE most musical places anywhere: most of the school kids seem to be bringing instruments home with them after school and the 13-year old Jazz saxophonist in the Arts Club in the centre of Tallinn should be booked for Ronnie Scott’s, he was that good….!

  • Andrew says:

    I think the Accor IT may have gone a little mad. I’m currently Silver, but still showing last year’s 8 nights. But the interesting element is that my target is apparently to “be awarded Platinum Status”. With 8/10 nights to do so achieved. Which I’m pretty sure isn’t right! 😉

  • S879 says:

    OT: Has anyone been able to get a free night again from Hilton after re-applying for the Visa Card? I was thinking of giving a 6 months gap like it’s done with Amex. Thanks.

  • Darren says:

    O/T when booking a hotel on the prices are different for US or UK site, the US site has 35% off a hotel I’m looking at but this isn’t applied on the UK site.

    So my question, can I book via the US site even though I’m UK based?


    • Rob says:

      Yes, you’ll be fine, can’t think why not.

      • Darren says:

        Thanks Rob

        • Alan says:

          Is there a difference between the way the 2 sites display all of the various taxes? Might be why the prices are so different?

          Could just be that the UK site is a rip-off of course.

        • Darren says:

          Good question, the 35% off is on the room rate and taxes are similar, after a rough calc there’s a 30% saving.

  • S***o says:

    OT/ Help Please! – Long post!
    We are looking to go on a family cruise late next year (cruise is from FLL/MIA and paid for), but I just cant figure how best to make it work for the flights. Looking to get Business or better, same flight ideal but not necessary. Aim is to make it a cheap as possible.

    Passenger 1: 62k Avios
    Passenger 2: 101k Avios
    Me: 171K Avios (1 x Lloyds upgrade voucher, 1 x Amex 241)
    Passenger 3: 28K Avios (1 x Amex 241)

    Iberia seems to be the cheapest with flights coming in at 42,500 + £100 or so (MAD-MIA). However I’m the only one with an Iberia account (I think there is a 90 day rule?)! – So if I were to go this route I could only book 3 x one-way flights. Is there anyway to get the points from the other passengers into my Iberia account? or would everybody need to be flying on the same flight?

    It seems if you book Iberia flights on BA – 1)Tax is much more, 2)Avios needed is always peak so (62,500 instead of 42,500) so we would have a enough to book have on Iberia and half on Iberia anyway

    Cheers for any advice! or thoughts to make it possible!

    • Cate says:

      Something to keep in the back of your mind is that Iberia are currently having a 25% off selected award routes. If you have those numbers for award seats now they may be in their sale price.

    • Genghis says:

      Form and then break an account, electing for you to receive all the points and then transfer to IB+?

    • Anna says:

      Availability is surely going to be a deciding factor; these are both sought after routes?

      • S***o says:

        Flights seem to be available on Iberia (MAD-MIA) and limited availability on BA at the moment (Dec not yet there!)

  • David says:

    THIS IS ON TOPIC (Lots seem not to be!)
    My ACCOR status is as yet unconfirmed, showing just as in HFP original article, but had 8 nights in 2017. Card also still shows Platinum with expiry 31/12/17. I have one reservation in Feb at a Novotel when clearly I will find out if still Platinum, but hope to ascertain before that as I wish to make further reservations in Europe this Spring.
    Welcome any news others may have…

  • Anthony says:

    On the Accor topic, I have just tried to book a night with my Platinum status which should have expired at the end of December, and I have had an error message, both on the app and online saying , “Your identification is not valid; please re-enter your details or contact your sales representative.”

    Not sure what will happen as I have some points to use on my Accor and was actually thinking of booking a stay with them next week.

    • Nori says:

      So it’s not just me. The same is showing on my account. Still showing gold though I shouldn’t requalify.
      From my experience Accor IT and customer services are one of the worst so no surprises there.

  • MansNotHot says:

    O/T – Have multiple 241’s in my brother and fathers names, do they have to fly in order to redeem? or can I use them for me and a friend somehow?

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.