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News in brief:

British Airways increases the minimum age for solo travel from 12 to 14

British Airways is rolling out changes to the minimum age for travel for a child flying alone.

From bookings made after 1st May, a child must be 14 before it will be allowed to fly unaccompanied.  This compares to the current age of 12.

In addition, any child aged under 16 MUST bring a completed parent / guardian consent form with them to the airport.  This rule applies to new bookings made after 1st May.

Unaccompanied children will be booked on adult tickets and must travel without a chaperone throughout the entire journey.  The ‘Skyflyer’ service which allocated chaperones to unaccompanied minors was scrapped by British Airways in 2016.

Full details of the changes are on this page of

British Airways rules on unaccompanied minors

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You will earn:

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2,000 points when you spend £400.00 or more.

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LEGO has launched a new Tesco Clubcard bonus deal at Tesco Direct, which gives you a chance to pick up Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles along with the toys.

This time you can get the points when buying LEGO Super Heroes boxes.

You will get

  • 500 extra Clubcard points (1200 Avios, 1250 Virgin miles) when you spend £30
  • 1000 extra Clubcard points (2400 Avios, 2500 Virgin miles) when you spend £60

Full details are in this Shopper Points article.  The offer runs until 25th February.

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  1. Pity about the minimum age for an unregistered UM being raised to 14. My first UM flight was at 12 and I knew what I was doing; was probably was ready for it at 10/11 personally.

    Now has to spell out what UMs under 16 need to carry with them? My, we must be breeding some special snowflakes… Common sense truly ain’t common.

    a Millennial beyond his years

    • Apparently someone internally has been panicking about UMs in case of a plane being diverted to an airport where BA has no staff. Apparently at 14 you can fend for yourself!

      • Whilst putting a 14 year old on a flight from A-B I would expect that in the event of a diversion that BA would provide care and protection beyond that given to any other adult passengers. It would be scandalous if a 14 year old came to any harm in such circumstances.
        Not that it matters this policy like so much at BA sends a message, “ you are of no value to us”. That’s fine there are plenty of airlines who provide excellent care of young people.

  2. Thanks, I got 15% up to £15 for Morrisons. No particularly convenient one for where I live though.

  3. O/T – but has anyone received their 500 Avios for signing up to IHG Rewards? Due by 15 February.

    Neither I nor my 6 family members have received anything.

    I am becoming a bit disillusioned by these sign up offers (not Rob’s fault of course!) but I do think it is rather disingenuous of these hotel chains to offer an incentive and then clearly not to honour them. There was a similar such one with Marriott Rewards not so long ago…

    • I got them for the Iberia version but they took a long time to post. I was signed up for the 1500 IHG points for this too and it initially showed on my account offers page. However, it disappeared with the website update so I raised a missing point query with IHG and they added them for me.

      • Thanks, James.

        • Stuart P says:

          I had to chase via the missing avios link but the team at IHG got it sorted in the end. The time I invested in it probably wasn’t worth the £5 worth of avios though…

  4. I’ve got amex platinum. I see the travel insurance covers missed connections.

    If I book two easyjet flights with a 2hr 30 gap in LGW would amex travel insurance cover me if I miss the connection?

    I’m aware I can buy via Gatwick connects / easyjet worldwide however there’s no point in paying £20 per passenger (4 pax) to Gatwick Connects if the Amex platinum travel insurance will cover it.

    • No, clearly states in terms that delay causing missed connection must be over 4 hours.

      To be honest, I find all travel insurance useless for delays as they just revert you back to EU261 and in any case just cover any hotel/additional accom only where the airline doesn’t. I’ve yet to have a situation of a 4hr + delay where the airline didn’t sort everything out.

      • I was on my mobile earlier. I’ve now got online using my laptop and I’ve found the policy.

        I’m considering Gatwick Connects since it’s Easyjet to Easyjet connecting in Gatwick.

        The section on Travel Inconvenience is 1.6.

        My circumstance would be a 2 hr 30 mins gap between arrival and departure.

        I’m still confused about whether Amex Insurance would cover the missed connection in the event of the inbound flight being late. Section c below is from 1.6 in the pdf:

        You will be reimbursed up to £150 per person for refreshment costs, or up to £300 per person (including £150 for refreshments) for additional travel and accommodation costs incurred prior to actual departure on Your Trip if:
        a) Missed departure. You miss Your flight, train or ship due to an accident or breakdown of Your vehicle, or an accident, breakdown or cancellation of transportation on a Public Vehicle and no alternative is made available within 4 hours of the published departure time;
        b) Delay, cancellation or overbooking. Your flight, train or ship is delayed, cancelled, or overbooked and no alternative is made available within 4 hours of the published departure time;
        c) Missed connection. You miss Your connecting flight, train or ship and no alternative is made available within 4 hours of the published departure time

        I may email Amex insurance

  5. 14 before ‘it’ will be allowed to fly – I get a little annoyed with people who pick holes around grammar / spelling in articles these days as we live in a different world to when I grew up – but I’ve never looked upon a child as an ‘it’!! I do think that the age increase is sensible – some 12 year olds are fine, others definitely not and at 14 you’d have to say that the balance has shifted enough towards ‘they’ll be fine’.

    • Lady London says:

      What a sensible comment, Rich. What you’re saying really makes sense.

      Not sure how families whose children travel intercontinental to come to school in the UK, will be able to cope now though. Some of those kids even at 7 years old seem well used to that kind of routine. but you’re right… generally by 14 or so the balance probably has shifted.

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