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Heathrow Terminal 5 is 10 years old tomorrow

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the 10th anniversary of the opening of Heathrow Terminal 5.

Anyone who was caught up in the opening has hopefully got over the trauma by now.  The plan was to do an overnight ‘big bang’ move from Terminal 1 and Terminal 4, but a lack of testing meant that the new terminal could not cope with the volume of passengers.

To celebrate, Heathrow is doing some fun stuff:

Check-in 6am to 9pm:  We’re building a Lego birthday card for Terminal 5 and we’d love it if you could help us. And there’s a free birthday biscuit for every passenger who takes part. When finished, the giant model (based on our 10th anniversary logo) will stand 2m tall by 2m wide. It will go on display over the Easter school holidays in our Lego activity area (departure lounge, Gate Level, near Boots and Travelex). We’ll also post a timelapse video of the construction.

Departure lounge 10am to 4pm:  It’s not a party without music, and we’ve booked a unique act to sing Happy Birthday to Terminal 5. The iPhonics are a brilliant roaming band, performing current hits and old-school anthems in beatboxing style, accompanied by acoustic guitar. Hear the result when barbershop music meets the modern age.

We’re sharing the love on our big day by offering discounts and gifts at a whole bunch of Terminal 5 shops and restaurants. More details are our special offers page.

Comments (60)

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  • KevMc says:

    O/T It looks like Qatar might be having some sort of flash sale. I have found MAN-AKL business return flights throughout September, October and November for sub-£1400. Ex-EU probably chalet still.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, they are doing a 48 hour sale but the email I got didn’t go that cheap ….

    • Polly says:

      Seems no ex Eu its MAN only. However l just got a Stockholm sale email but not as good as previous ones.

  • Polly says:

    Hope you all saw that post from Rob re the QR sale for MAN AKL only deal. What a great price. Shame we can’t avail of it this time.

  • NIck_C says:

    OT – churning. Advice please.

    I’m new to churning, so just want to make sure I don’t do anything wrong.

    I mainly use the Lloyds Amex. I’ve got the free BA Amex which I’m not currently using, and a 241 voucher banked.

    I’ve just got the Amex PRGC. I referred myself from my BA card, got a 4K referral bonus, and am now using the PRGC to get my 22K sign-up bonus.

    If I understand it correctly, I can now cancel my free BA Amex and refer myself from the PRGC account to BAPP in six months time for new bonuses. If I want to redeem my 241 in the next six months, I can pay the fees and charges with my PRGC, and i won;t lose the 241 by cancelling the free BA card.

    Is this right?

    Am I risking anything by cancelling the BA Amex? Is there a high risk that the BAPP will not be available in 6 months time?

    Thanks in anticipation!

  • Polly says:

    You are fine. You wont lose thd 241. Amex will tell you otherwise. One thing l would di is uograde to Plat and get 20k more avios for a 1k spend. You may get charged 1 or 2 months of the fee but may not. You can then refer yourself for the BAPP and earn the 26k bonus rather than the lessor one on the bacc.then cancel plat. Wait 6 mths.
    once the bapp bonus is banked you can either cancel it and re refer again in 6 months. Or drop down to free bacc whilst waiting out the gold 6 mths. Just rotate the cards best you can. Depends..but always be spending towards a bonus.

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