Bits: 300 bonus Avios at Charles Tyrwhitt, how to get to Heathrow for £1.50, Surf-Air adds ski flights to Sion

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300 bonus Avios at Charles Tyrwhitt

Charles Tyrwhitt has launched a bonus Avios offer.

Until 28th February you will get 300 bonus Avios on top of the usual 4 Avios per £1 – and at the moment you can purchase their £60 shirts for just £22.95.

We couldn’t really figure it out, but it looks like you must visit the website via the link on this avios.com site in order to qualify for this offer.  Just going via the Tyrwhitt home page might not trigger it.

Alternatively you can quote ‘AviosReward’ if buying in store or by phone or mail.

Avios with Charles Tyrwhitt

How to get from Heathrow to Upminster for £1.50 …..

We like to cover money saving travel related stories on HFP but I’m not sure I can recommend this one.

Did you know that you can get from Heathrow (Zone 6) to Upminster (Zone 6 at the other end), covering 32 miles, for £1.50?

That is if you have a lot of time to waste.

Reader Andrew sent us a link to this 12 minute You Tube video which tells you how to do it.  You only have to change trains six times and it only takes 2 1/2 hours.

(If you don’t want to watch the video the short version is: Heathrow to Acton Town then change for District Line to Turnham Green, change for a District Line to Gunnersbury then touch the pink reader for interchange, take the Overground to Stratford and touch the pink reader again, then get on the DLR to West Ham and then get back on the District Line and go up to Upminster).

Out of interest, Andrew looked at a way of getting from North London to Heathrow for £1.50: Northern Line to Kentish Town then interchange and take the Overground from Kentish Town West to Gunnersbury, District Line to Turnham Green then Acton Town and finally Piccadilly Line to Heathrow.

There are probably more ways of avoiding Zone 1 and paying £1.50 during off-peak times, but it’s always a question of how much you value your time.  On the other hand if you are fed up with overpriced Heathrow Express tickets …..

Surf Air adds a new ski destination

Surf Air, the membership based private jet company which recently moved to London City Airport, has launched flights to Sion in Switzerland over the ski season.

This adds a further route to their daily service from London to Zurich.  Sion may be a more useful route than Zurich, since commercial flights to the airport are few and far between.

My review of Surf Air’s service to Zurich is here.

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Comments

  1. You can also take the bus – probably even worse than 6 train changes though!

    • It will cost more than £1.50 unless you board the final bus less than 70 minutes after boarding the initial bus.

      • Plus the hopper fare in London is limited to the initial journey plus one more journey on another bus, i.e. You can’t use multiple buses >2 during the time period

    • Charlie says:

      There is also the N9, taking you from Ayldwych all the way to Heathrow in under an hour.

      The only caveat is that it is a night bus! Also a steal at £1.50, and passes some great sights.

      The last bus leaves Aldwych at 6:30am so it’s not a terrible idea if you have time on your hands and an early departure.

      https://tfl.gov.uk/bus/timetable/n9/?direction=outbound

      • Lady London says:

        Doesn’t anyone just take the Piccadilly Line to Heathrow anymore?

        And don’t forget the unpublicised line that goes from Ealing Broadway to Heathrow… much much cheaper than the Heathrow Express. But it uses the exact same rails and about three per hour.

  2. SydneySwan says:

    Sydney Airport to Sydney City or vv is possible for $A2.57, even cheaper for concession card holders, pensioners.

  3. Concerto says:

    And from Sion SIR you can just walk downtown to the rail station in 15-20 minutes. The old centre is 5-10 minutes beyond that.

  4. Stuart Smith says:

    The guy that created that £1.50 across London video, Geoff Marshall, has a great channel on all things Tube / train and slightly geeky (not just train spotting… Take a look at “why all tube stations have 15 floors”)… Recommend anyone with even a slight bit of tube interest to give it a go…

    • He’s the guy that did All The Stations last year. Including Teeside Airport with its one train per week…

  5. Just don’t hope to take your own skis on Surfair – virtually no chance they’ll fit on a Citation 550!

  6. OT. After nearly a year, Avios finally posted from Lloyds credit card this morning. Totally out of the blue, so I’ll be retrospectively asking for compo. No voucher yet either (fine by me as I can’t use it yet).

    • Me too. Only the outstanding points though, no extra avios or voucher sadly.

      • Yesterday not 1 but 2 upgrade vouchers posted. One with 1 year validity and the other expires in November. Plus I got another £50 compo for the extra delay over and above the 6 months they told me.

        Added to the £200 compo and 5000 odd Avios from the original complaint, not a bad result I think overall.

  7. The Original Nick says:

    O:T, I can’t seem to find the “miles more friends” (refer a friend) link on my VS account anymore. Has anyone found or used it recently? It was working last September.

    • Gone.

    • Finding anything on the VS site is almost impossible now. I can’t see more than the last 10 flying club transactions (custom date search doesn’t work) and have no idea when my PE upgrade vouchers are due to expire, cos I can’t see them.

      • Charlie says:

        New website is rubbish! But the Custom date search works fine for me, showing last 2 years of activity. You need to call up for all matters to do with the PE upgrades.

  8. Wow, it’s bad enough taking 2 and a bit hours to get to Heathrow from Essex, can’t imagine adding another hour and five Train changes to that!

    • I know! Takes us 2 hours from end of central line to LHR if everything runs like clockwork, including our 5 mins walk to the station. It’s painful. Driving and parking (despite being 10 times more expensive) is our preferred option now.

      • I’ve been known to cough up for the Heathrow Express just to save myself an extra 30 minutes on the tube, after an overnight in economy. Taking a taxi all the way would be lovely but alas that is out of my budget.

        • Which is why we drive. Half the cost of a taxi and far quicker and less grief than the tube with luggage…………. unless there’s gridlock on the M25.

        • Now kids are free the HEx is less bad for families (although kids are free on the tube as well of course).

  9. One of these steps is eradicated at the really anti social times of day when the Piccadily stops at Turnham Green. (Which it will do all day everyday once they have finally bought new trains for the line – don’t hold your breath.)

  10. Upminster to LHR through Z1 is only £3.10 if you touch in at an off-peak time, but it really feels like a never-ending slog because of how frequently the District Line stops. The long way round may actually feel quicker due to being more interesting, if you have only light baggage. If you live in Upminster your favoured airports will probably be LCY and SEN anyway.

    How many people actually live in Zone 1? Most N/W/S Londoners can get to Heathrow for £1.50 relatively conveniently if they live near to a TfL station or are one bus away from the numerous buses that go to LHR (soon to be any number of buses). A large proportion of of N/E/S Londoners can get to LCY for £1.50.

    For me, the most convenient route on public transport to LHR is £1.50. If I walk 15 minutes, I can get to LCY for £1.50 and LGW is £3.10 (otherwise it’s an extra £1.50 for a bus). For weekend trips, I can drive to LHR for about £2 in petrol each way and park on a residential street.

    • Are we all so desperate to pay only £1.50 in order to get to LHR? Taxi!!!

      • I’m not!

      • Gone are the days i think of us going from home (Essex end of the central line) to LHR by tube and we live only a 5 min walk to the station. It takes forever. We always drive now, unless like when we do a weekend trip we go straight from the office on Friday afternoon so already in zone 1 then fly back into LCY so it’s a quick DLR to Stratford and them jump on the central line home.

    • Lady London says:

      Anyone cracked Stansted yet?

  11. I’ve never seen CT shirts sell for £60

  12. £15 off £80 spend at CT, Nationwide Simply Rewards. Expires today

  13. If we are doing comparisons, the bus to Cardiff airport is free on Saturdays and Sundays. For my next trip to Heathrow, I followed an HFP trick: a £1 one-way rental with Europcar. Plus fuel of course. But faster and more convenient than a National Express bus. Ugh.

  14. I often go from Tooting to LHR for £1.50 avoiding the usual zone 1 route. It takes about 15 minutes longer but is much less boring. Driving is far quicker than both, however.

  15. You can also get to Gatwick from most of outer London for not much.

    Here’s Heathrow to Gatwick for £6 off peak by tube.
    Touch in at Heathrow, Piccadilly line to Earl’s Court, District Line to West Brompton, touch pink reader, Overground or National Rail to Clapham Junction, National Rail to East Croydon, touch out.
    Touch in again with a different card, national rail to Gatwick touch out.
    It’s possible to get from most of West, North and East London to Clapham Junction via the overground network without entering zone 1.

    If you don’t mind buses the X26 from Heathrow to East Croydon for £1.50 followed by £3.10 for the train is probably as cheap as its going to get.

    • Genghis says:

      Does the different card make a difference? I occasionally do the touch out touch in at East Croydon on the same card and it’s charged as two separate journeys.

      • It shouldn’t be necessary to change card unless ECR has set an emergency OSI, in which case you are probably going to be getting on a replacement bus.

        • Fair enough, I guess I assumed most HFP readers have a wallet full of credit cards as I do. Had never thought of a reason to risk it linking the journeys.

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