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Bits: Kent to get direct trains to Luton Airport, double Eurostar points to Netherlands, passport fees up

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News in brief:

Kent to get direct trains to Luton Airport Parkway from May

The new and much delayed changes to the Thameslink rail network in London are about to begin in earnest.   This official website outlines what will be happening and when.

One lesser known change is that, from May, there will be a direct train service from parts of Kent to Luton Airport Parkway.

Running every 30 minutes, seven days per week, the service will run from Rainham to Luton town centre.

The Kent and outer London stations to be served are:

Rainham, Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Strood, Higham, Gravesend, Northfleet, Swanscombe, Greenhithe, Stone Crossing, Dartford, Slade Green, Abbey Wood, Plumstead, Woolwich Arsenal, Charlton, Westcombe Park, Maze Hill, Greenwich, Deptford and then on to London Bridge and through to Luton

Get double Club Eurostar points to the Netherlands

Eurostar services to Rotterdam and Amsterdam begin on 4th April.  This HFP article explains how it will work including the annoying change of train required on the return journey.

Club Eurostar is offering double points on all trips to the Netherlands booked between 20th March and 13th April for travel by 31st August.  This is only valid on Eurostar trains and not any connecting Thalys services.  The bonus points do not count towards your status level.

How to earn Club Eurostar points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Club Eurostar does not have its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you earn the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.

American Express Platinum also comes with a great Eurostar benefit – lounge access!  You can enter any Eurostar lounge, irrespective of your ticket type, simply by showing The Platinum Card at the desk.  No guests are allowed but you can get entry for your partner by issuing them with a FREE supplementary Amex Platinum card on your account.

Club Eurostar bonus points

Passport fees to rise sharply next week

If you have a passport to renew, you should get the application underway this weekend.

From 27th March, an adult passport goes up from £72.50 to either £75.50 for online applications or £85 for postal applications.  The fee for children goes up from £46 to £49 online or £58.50 via the post.

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  1. O/T BA Household accounts enquiry. Last night my son tried to book reward flights to Amsterdam from LHR and back into LCY using avios from our household account. He has not accrued any avios in his own right. The cost of the fees etc was £65.70 when my son tried to pay. When I tried to pay for exactly the same flight the cost was only £42. Why would there be a difference ?

    • No Reward Flight Saver if you have not earned an Avios in the past year. You should book it off your account.

  2. Thanks. I did book it in my account. The amount of avios was the same though whether my son or I booked it. Best he earns a few avios then….

    • Lady London says:

      Yes it’s the taxes that are reduced by RFS. the number of avios required remains the same.

      For some destinations if you were to move the avios to Iberiaplus, then taxes would be less than if non-RFS taxes had to be paid by using the avios for same route or leg, booking via British Airways.

  3. Looks like there is a strike on 4th April – the launch day of Eurostar’s London – Amsterdam service.
    Have received a notification offering a reschedule 🙁

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