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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 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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  1. £15 off £80 spend at CT, Nationwide Simply Rewards. Expires today

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The X26 bus from Croydon to Heathrow is also £1.50 with contact less payment.

    On a good day it takes about an hour but it does tend to get stuck in traffic.

    • An hour??? Minimum 80 minutes and only on the 4am and post-10pm trips. Even the 5am trips tend to take longer and on a school day you’d better allow 3 hours. Doesn’t help that if they are early the drivers like to wait around Sutton, and if they are late they still spend ages chatting at the Kingston changeover.

  6. “take the Overground to Stratford and touch the pink reader again, then get on the District Line again and go up to Upminster” …… I go through Stratford station 5-6 days a week and I’m pretty certain there is no district line. To pick up the district from Stratford you have to either take the central line 1 stop to Mile End or the Jubilee line or DLR to West Ham and change.

    • RussellH says:

      Correct! I am annoyed with myself for not picking that up immediately.

      I have done Gunnerbury – Stratford – Prince Regent for Excel (WTM) a few times; not much slower than via Westminster and Canning Town changes, and, as others have mentioned, vastly more interesting.

  7. OT thinking of downgrading from BAPP to the fee free BA Amex as I have triggered the 2-4-1 voucher. I have cleared the balance down to zero but avios do not transfer until 14th February. Do I need wait for the avios to transfer before I downgrade or will I lose them? Hoping to get a couple of months fee rebate by doing it before January month end. Thanks for any guidance.

  8. EBungle says:

    This reminds me of when I was a kid and lived near Harrow but met a girl near Sutton. Took me hours to work out how to get there with my Zones 4,5 and 6 travel card. Although that was mostly busses.

    • When I was a kid, I could go anywhere on South Yorkshire Transport buses for 2p. It eventually went up to 5p, but I had a bus pass to get to college by then and used that on weekdays.

  9. Trystan says:

    Can’t believe I can get from Cardiff direct to Heathrow now for £1 on National Express if booking in advance! And it only takes 3hours!!

  10. OT Does Amex give bonus points for adding supplementary cardholders on the SPG card? Thanks.

  11. Just on the trains stuff. It is worth checking the TFL single fare finder and scrolling down for the costs when avoiding Zone 1. Its cheaper during Peak as well as Off-Peak. For me there are times when its quicker and cheaper to avoid the peak crush in Zone 1. Thanks for the slightly hidden tip Rob and YouTube man.

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