Bits: free Etihad luggage tags, Virgin Atlantic opening a pop-up pub, Gatwick Airport train ticket acceptance

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News in brief:

Free personalised luggage tags from Etihad

Via its website, Etihad is letting you design your own luggage tag – for free!

You can upload any photograph or image you want subject to copyright rules (perhaps try an image of a BA Gold card!) for the front.  There is no Etihad branding overlaid as far as I can see.  The back has a small Etihad logo together with your name and contact number.

Take a look here.

Free luggage tags from Etihad

Virgin Atlantic and Delta opening a pop-up pub in Holborn

For no logical reason whatsoever, Virgin Atlantic and its joint venture partner (and 49% shareholder) Delta are opening a pub.  For 10 days.

“The Joint Venture” will be at 33 New Oxford Street and is taking over “The Old Crown”.  (New Oxford Street is not Oxford Street, it is to the east of Tottenham Court Road.)  If you’re interested in craft beer then this is definitely one for you, as the pub will be selling 230 different brands – one from each of the 230 cities which Delta and Virgin fly to in the US.

It opens NEXT Friday 10th August and closes on Sunday 19th.  There are various events planned throughout the week including quiz nights – details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here.

Note that, whilst the website doesn’t mention this, the press release I received says that they will be giving away free flights to the winners of the quiz nights …..

There is a press opening party next Thursday so I will pop along and see what it is like.

PS. Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

Train ticket acceptance on routes to Gatwick Airport

A new emergency timetable was introduced on 29th July across Great Northern and Thameslink in an attempt to match the number of trains with the number of trained drivers!

Services should now be running with a greater degree of normality.  First Class has been restored and you can no longer sit in First Class unless you have a valid ticket – except on Thameslink services where the rear First Class carriage has ALWAYS been declassified and open to anyone.

There is still some flexibility to save money on train tickets to Gatwick Airport by travelling on Gatwick Express but using a ticket issued by another train company.  Here is the official guidance which is in place as of 29th July:

“For journeys on the Brighton Mainline between London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton:

Valid ‘Thameslink Only’ routed season, single and return tickets can be used on any Gatwick Express, Southern or Thameslink train service that will enable the passenger to complete their journey.

Valid ‘Southern Only’ routed season, single and return tickets can be used on any Gatwick Express, Southern or Thameslink train service that will enable the passenger to complete their journey.

Valid ‘Not Gatwick Express’ routed season, single and return tickets can be used on any Gatwick Express, Southern or Thameslink train service that will enable the passenger to complete their journey.”

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Comments

  1. the real harry1 says:

    My complete disinterest in Curve is because I don’t pay HMRC (well, I do, for my sole employee, personal trainer, fit as, but that’s largely irrelevant, cute though she is 🙂 ). No other earthly point in it.

  2. Jimbob says:

    OT – I’m looking on spending my Iberia avios, and looking at BA flight London to Rome on the 18th July. It shows up as available on the BA reward site, but doesn’t appear on Iberia Plus.

    Are some BA reward flights kept back from Iberia Plus? I’m trying to keep to the t&c’s and not transfer the avios out of Iberia

    • Steve says:

      Correct – some BA flight availability does not show up on Iberia plus, eg BA001 from LCY to JFK is non existent on IB Plus but lots of availability on BA, JFK to LCY shows up on some days on IB Plus but not as many days as shown on BA.

  3. Etihad doesn’t like my 7 letter post code…

  4. Something Rob said earlier – can you transfer avios from a BA HHA to avios.com? I will need to do this shortly as avios.com are taking so long to close my (now empty) avios account and I need to use a Lloyds upgrade voucher. Please don’t tell me I am now stuck with an upgrade voucher I can’t use till avios.com have completed the changeover ????

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