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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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  • RussellH says:

    My Accor Dashboard is contradictory too. It clearly states that I have 1 night and 69 status points (the Ibis in Calais suburbs last Sept) and that these are valid until 31/12/2018. My status is silver, and I just need another 9 nights to reach platimum. Just to the left of all this is a separate box giving the validity of my silver status as 31/12/2017.

    Is this just badly implemented IT?

  • Rob says:

    Save it for Shopper Points these days

    • the real harry1 says:

      good way to collect Avios, didn’t think SP was interested in points collecting?

      • Genghis says:

        0.95p too rich for me

      • the real harry1 says:

        you’re comparing it to other ways to extract value – whereas other hobbyists might see it as fun way to get cheap reward flights?

      • the real harry1 says:

        and – I hasten to add! 🙂 – we’re/ you’re only looking at value alternatives in the immediate

        if you fly peak & book T-355 (or anything approximating to that) – you’re likely to get way better than 1p of value/ point

        so future value needs to be factored in IMVHO/ ONSH lol

      • Genghis says:

        Just that I can get sufficient much cheaper points elsewhere.

      • the real harry1 says:

        so we can conclude I’m less sophisticated than most bean counters out there 🙂 , don’t care that much about maximising my returns vs the fun element, care more about big swinging dick totals than is healthy – plus should pay more attention to the devaluation risk when I make my decisions lol

      • Genghis says:

        Lol. Who’s the daddy?

      • the real harry1 says:


  • barnaby100 says:

    I stayed at the sofitel LHR on 28th as platinum, came back on 1st and stayed again and was very surprised when they sad that I was platinum as it should have expired. I know sheraton used to attach the status at the time of booking not that at the time of staying – so had assumed this was similar.

    • Tom says:

      Out of interest, what perks did you get with your platinum at LHR Sofitel?

      • Andy says:

        You get lounge access where they have breakfast, afternoon tea and evening canapes with alcohol. You’ll get a room upgrade but it’s not very meaningful. You may get a bar of chocolate if you are lucky in your room. Not sure if you can have breakfast in the restaurant instead because it was included in my rate on previous stays. Also get two drink vouchers which can be used in the bar for wine, beer, soft drink or tea/coffee. No cocktails.

      • barnaby100 says:

        Lounge access- ok but far too overcrowded doing food/drink service. Chocolate in room, 2 drinks vouchers and I did get a better room each time this stay but that hasn’t always been the case.

        • Tom says:

          Probably not much use for me then since I’m in a room with lounge access already! So some free chocolates? I won’t be too upset if I lose my platinum status! Can’t think of a single upgrade I’ve had anyway..

  • Goldenboy says:

    My Accor Platinum status dropped to Gold, which is shown as being valid until 31/12/2018. I completed 13 nights, which should only have been enough for Silver.

  • Walty says:

    OT – Was there comments in the last month stating you are able to refer from Amex Gold card to BA Amex card and still get the referral bonuses or is it still same currency only? Thanks

  • Adam says:

    My Accor card dropped to gold, printable card confirms 12/18 as expiry, didn’t qualify for gold so a soft landing for me, seems 8 of my stays have carried over to this year’s count. I had some great Accor experiences in the last year and recognition and benefits have greatly improved, I even received a gift in the post with my platinum membership card.

    Shame about the end of Happy Monday’s though.

  • Fenny says:

    If you don’t know your airport codes, here’s a handy list.

    • memesweeper says:


      … and sadly, I know where the real SAN is without checking !

  • delbert says:

    OT – Mrs Delbert and I regularly reside at Accor branded hotels but don’t seem to pick up much obvious benefit. Probably not doing it right like the rest of you kind gentlemen.

    What I will say is that we regularly experience great service and rooms along the way and have had some excellent deals through loyalty on a personal level. Not quite the same route but pays to be nice. We have our favourites as well and are made to feel most welcome, mainly through our booking of premium rooms. Can’t fault Accor.

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