Heathrow Airport now selling Fast Track security access, inc Terminal 5

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This seems to be new, although I haven’t seen any announcements about it.

Heathrow Airport has started to sell Fast Track security access.  You can find it on the Heathrow website here.

The price is not exactly a bargain at £12.50 per person.  It does not vary by terminal.

Heathrow Airport selling Fast Track security access

(For comparison, Gatwick Airport charges £5 and discounts this to £4 via the MyGatwick portal.  More interestingly, you also get it for free if you spend £5 to reserve your place in the No 1 Lounges lounge which guarantees you entry if you are planning to use a Priority Pass or Lounge Club card.  I did this myself a few weeks ago when taking an easyJet flight.)

The problem with this service, even if you can swallow the cost, is that Fast Track is usually not that fast.  In fact, the main benefit of this new service as far as I’m concerned is that it may encourage Heathrow to make Fast Track genuinely ‘fast’.

When I was in Madrid last Friday, for example, there was no queue at all at the Fast Track boarding pass check and no queue at all at the Fast Track security belt.  I had already seen lines at the standard control and was impressed that I could whisk through.

Compare that to my last three visits to the ‘super premium’ Heathrow Terminal 5 First Wing where – on two occasions – we have been stuck in a lengthy queue and with only one of the two security belts operational.

There is a little quirk to the new Heathrow Fast Track service.  In Terminal 5, you can only use it at North Security – although this is the one nearest the tube and Heathrow Express exit.  The Fast Track lane at the North end of Terminal 5 is probably the best-kept secret at Heathrow because it is totally separate to the main security lanes, separated by some shops.

You can find out more on the Heathrow Airport website here.

PS.  You earn Heathrow Rewards points if you do choose to pay the £12.50!

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  1. Mark Smith says:

    For me the only shorter queue seems to be for Club bag drop. Agree with the comments above the security lines just seem to be pot luck as to how quickly you get through, fast track or no fast track.

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