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A very quick one here!

Official Gatwick Parking has launched two new deals for anyone looking to pre-book the airport-run car parks this Summer.

Via this link (click) you save 15% on the official long-stay car park for trips completed by 20th July.

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Comments (114)

  • AndyR says:

    OT Can you apply for the IHG Premium Black credit card if you already hold the free white one?

  • Pangolin says:

    It’s great to see the LOT options to/from LCY opening up.

    Rob, you say you weren’t aware of it but in fact LOT seems to have a medium to long-term strategy of building up BUD as a secondary hub to WAW. This makes sense as WAW is pretty much saturated for non-Schengen traffic, unless or until the extension to the south side is built (and consequent rearranging of gates, passport control).

    The other reason is that the Polish government is actually trying to build a new (white elephant) airport in the middle of nowhere. The idea then is that WAW gets shuttered or used for LCCs.
    LOT is not exactly a fan of this idea so they are hedging their bets by adding more routes from BUD.

    Laughably, the Polish authorities say that this new airport would attract even more pax than FRA gets! Yeah, these guys are smoking some serious s***.

    • Michael Jennings says:

      Hungary doesn’t have a locally based full service carrier since the demise of Malev, so there was clearly a gap in the market there.

      Interesting to see if they now decide to offer any more flights out of LCY other than WAW and BUD. It sounds like they have bought enough aircraft for that.

    • londonsteve says:

      As posts above point out, BUD is a fertile market for a ‘full service’ carrier offering business market orientated connections. The de facto national airline since Malev went bust, is now Wizz Air, operating solely 320/321 family metal with an ULCC philosophy (their per seat cost is now below Ryanair, despite being so much nicer to fly with). They target the leisure market, quite strong now both in and out of Budapest, business travellers however are not best served by the choice of destinations or timetable.

      London is full of emigree Hungarians and many higher paid workers commute home for the weekends. Also not insignificant levels business traffic are heading to London during the week, not least because Budapest has become a European hub for multinational service centres. The new LCY connection will prove very successful, I’m sure, not least as there won’t be all that many seats to fill in the first place.

      Longer term, with Brexit and a stagnant UK economy, a few flights vanishing from Luton as well as BA’s 4th daily flight during summer are probably on the cards. BA’s flight looks particularly vulnerable, perhaps even ultimately cutting back to 2 daily services instead of three over winter – their forte was connecting transatlantic traffic via LHR. Now that AA fly direct from Philadelphia and direct flights with LOT (no less) to JFK and O’Hare (adding LA in the future), there’s little incentive to fly with an increasingly poor BA and transit in chaotic and perennially tardy LHR to save tiny sums, or nothing at all….. I’m sure LOT’s costs per passenger mile are vastly lower than BA over a BUD-JFK route so BA is stuffed on any front.

  • Liz says:

    OT if you use your Curve card linked to IHG black and withdraw cash when abroad do you get 2 x pts or 4 x pts as foreign spend. I changed the app to AUD so appears as a foreign transaction and have been charged 2.99% by Creation but they are only giving 2 pts on my 3 cash transactions instead of 4pts. Did I do it wrong – I’m confused?? I was trying to get more qualifying points towards Spire for next year.

    • Genghis says:

      Creation “foreign” transactions are funny. It’s not “foreign” as in non-GBP, it’s physically in a foreign country. e.g. Uber also excluded. Internet transactions usually excluded

      • Liz says:

        Yes they emailed me and said internet transactions abroad only count for 2 pts but the 3 Curve cash transactions actually show the AUD and FX fee so you would think they would qualify as foreign spend. I have challenged it so will see what they say. Would have been better off not using cash as I got charged the 2.99% anyway but only got 2 pts instead of 4pts.

        • Genghis says:

          Transaction processed in London in AUD. Not double points IMO but good luck.

    • Alex W says:

      You’ll only ever get the 4 pts per £1 if you use the IHG Card directly and not via Curve. They can’t fund it if you use Curve to avoid the 2.99% FX fee.

      Personally I wouldn’t be telling the credit card company you’ve been doing cash transactions as they might start charging you interest! And the rest of us!

      • Genghis says:

        Having an AUD charge from Curve hit Creation, there should be a 2.99% fee.

        • Alex W says:

          I still wouldn’t expect to get the 4 pts/£ when using Curve, as you say it doesn’t count as foreign. Not sure why you would want to pay 3p for 1.6p worth of points anyway!

  • paulm says:

    Re; amex offers. Just seen on my account a £5 off £50 spend for Virgin Trains

  • Liz says:

    OT : why do we have to put our name and email address in every time we comment now? Did I miss something?

    • Rob says:

      I need to get this fixed. Due to GDPR, we can’t automatically set a cookie containing your name and email. HOWEVER as you will see on the HFP mobile site, there is now a tick box which WILL save your details.

      For some techie reason we can’t figure out, the ‘theme’ we use on the desktop site is not showing this tick box. Once we get it sorted out you will be able to check it and it will save your details.

      • Liz says:

        Ok I’ve ticked it on my mobile but I usually use an iPad and there’s no tick box there

  • Peter K says:

    OT
    As a data point, I just cancelled my IHG premium card and it took under 12 mins to do it and have the £99 fee refunded. I followed Rob’s guide of not making any payments on the card after the fee hit (actually for a month before to be certain) and it was no problem.
    The free night did not hit my IHG account until the day the statement with the £99 fee was generated.

  • bb101 says:

    Thank goodness we will have another direct option between London and Budapest. The choice at the moment is RyanAir, Wizz, Easyjet or British Airways — all discount airlines (or the equivalent). It’ll be nice to be able to travel with a good carrier for a change without having to change in Germany.

    • londonsteve says:

      +1

      Did you know FlyBe do SEN-BUD? Another E-190, I think they’d be quite nice to try but SEN is not practical for me. Perfect for anyone within striking distance of Liverpool St or on the eastern half of London.

  • Chris H says:

    OT question: I want to cancel an Avios booking. Go into MMB and the website tells me to select “View or change existing booking” – but there is no such option! Am I going mad? Do I need to call the BA call centre? (Will that drive me mad…?)

    • the real harry1 says:

      try a MMB option on a sister site Finnair, Royal Jordanian for example

      no idea if you can cancel bookings on those sites but you can do most things such as select seats