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Bits: New Gatwick South lounge, InterContinental San Diego opens, use Avios on Interjet in Mexico

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News in brief:

New Priority Pass lounge coming to BA’s Gatwick South terminal

As many HFP readers know, the independent airport lounge in Gatwick’s South terminal, No 1 Lounge, is a victim of its own success.

Whilst the lounge is part of Priority Pass and Lounge Club, it is often difficult to get in due to overcrowding.  No 1 has taken to asking people to pay £5 online via this page to guarantee admission.

Priority Pass got around this by doing a tie-up with The Grain Store restaurant.  You can go there, spend £15 on food and drink, and ask them to send the bill to Priority Pass.

The good news is that – according to a well placed source – Aspire is currently building a lounge in Gatwick South to open this Autumn.  My guess is that this will be in the old Virgin Atlantic space, which is also the lounge that British Airways used on a temporary basis after the switch to the South Terminal (reviewed here).

This is good news for non-status British Airways passengers who like No 1 – because they will have more chance of getting in – and indeed people who don’t like No 1, because they will now have an alternative!

InterContinental San Diego now open

InterContinental San Diego opens

If you’re planning a trip to California in the near future, you might want to take a look at the brand new InterContinental San Diego which opened this week. Details are here.

A new 400 room hotel overlooking the bayfront, it is described as “the first luxury product in the market”. The hotel includes a rooftop pool, sundeck and pool bar.

Cash rates are around $250 plus tax. Alternatively, it is a 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points redemption. Given my usual minimum target of 0.4p per IHG point, this is OK. If you are there over a weekend, remember that IHG’s Ambassador scheme comes with a ‘buy one night get one free’ weekend stay voucher. You can buy Ambassador here.

The InterContinental San Diego website is here.

Use Avios on Interjet

Redeem Avios on Mexico’s Interjet

I was updating my old article on which airlines you can spend Avios with (it will appear soon) when I spotted something new.

Iberia now has an Avios redemption partnership with Interjet, the third largest airline in Mexico.

This is restrictive but may work for some.  If you are flying to or from Mexico on an Avios ticket using Iberia (BA’s Mexico City service does not count) then you can add on a connecting redemption on Interjet.

Pricing is:

7,500 Avios for a connection up to 650 miles

12,500 Avios for a connection between 651 and 1,150 miles

16,500 Avios for a connection between 1,151 and 2,000 miles

Details are on the Iberia website here.

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Comments

  1. OT:
    Planning weekend break to Geneva next month. Any recommendations on hotels and any deals out there (how I wish for those free nights of last year).

  2. Johnny Holmes says:

    Has anyone made it into the No 1 lounge without buy a £5 admissions ticket? Every time I don’t buy one I can’t get in and every time I do pay for it, they don’t ask for it and the lounge isn’t crowded – even though it’s the same flight I’ve been catching!

    • It also gets you fast track security, which has proved to be worth the £5 in the past…though as you say it it’s quiet maybe not… I’ve got into North without reserving and South I’ve often been stuck with the grain store if no reservation (think I got that the right way round!)

    • swhostring says:

      It seems you yourself got in without buying the £5 reservation, so not sure why you are asking the question?

      • Johnny Holmes says:

        No, please re-read what I wrote. When I don’t buy it I CAN’T get in as they say it’s overcrowded or they are expecting more people. When I do buy one they don’t ask for it and the lounge isn’t crowded.

        They used to have an offer where you got a glass of champers for £7.50 along with the fast track. That I didn’t mind as inevitably normal security wasn’t too busy.

  3. OT: The Curve twitter is an amusing read. At first glance it’s full of Curve saying things like “Happy to hear it” and “Glad you like it”

    Then you look at the message they were replying to and it’s actually someone pointing out their poor communication or questioning the value of curve, or any of the other things we’ve been hearing about in these comments.

  4. OT: I cancelled my free BA Amex credit card about a year ago, but I’ve recently applied for and received a new account – but I’ve seen no mention of any bonus in the letter or online (the spend tracker just shows spend to companion voucher).
    Is this normal – will I see it appear in a couple of days perhaps?
    If not I would rather stick with the Gold card for my spend and/or my Lloyds avios Amex at 1.25pts/£

    • swhostring says:

      normal

    • I had the same thing. I left it a while, didn’t spend on it, then rang up to cancel the card and they gave me the bonus Avios plus what I would have earned on what I needed to spend to get it, so 7000 Avios in total. So, if anything, it’s a bonus ????

  5. OT: Visa offers has £75 off £500 spend on Qatar Airways

  6. OT: According to the site with heat there is is exMAN deals on AA to key cities in USA ranging from £222-279. Good for anybody in the area looking for economy.

  7. Any idea how you book Interjet / check availability? I need to fly from JFK to CUN which is an interjet route. Iberia shows no availability for any date in the next year (yes, i tried them all as I’m sitting on a long layover).

    I’ve searched a few destinations in iberia.com that interjet fly with no luck on any dates. Obviously I can call them but IB CS is truly awful and ill-informed.

    Ideally looking to check the availability somewhere first.

    • It won’t be online I’m sure, it will require you to navigate the IB call centre. As Interjet is not in an alliance I’m not sure there is any obvious way of checking availability.

      • Thanks Rob. Thought as much. Will carve out some time and patience to give them a call. Will report back!

  8. swhostring says:

    Corker over on FT tonite – hat tip FT EC261 thread – BA just comes up with horsesh&t every time when you first claim EC261 compo – remember that, remember you won’t fall for that obfuscation, remember it’s the patsies that fall for it that allow BA to generously pay you your compo when you persist.

    Here we go:
    “Flew BA115 LHR-JFK last Sunday. Maintenance issue with the cargo loading rollers. We were kept on the plane throughout and ultimately touched down 3h 4mins after scheduled arrival time. Arrived at the gate 3h 12mins late. Fired in a claim for the 300EUR and received the following. Do they employ people to make this cr*p up? Jet stream??? Being held at JFK??? Never had a taxi this short at JFK. Who are they proposing I claim – God? Maybe it’s his fault there was a jet stream… I’ve fired back a suitably robust response. Up to them whether they pay up or i need to go down the MCOL route again. At least they’ve admitted liability in the email for the maintenance issue that caused the delay. Should be an easy court process.
    Anyone seen anything as silly as this before?
    ———
    Thank you for allowing us to investigate the reasons for BA0115 flight delay.
    I’ve checked the details of your flight and can confirm your flight was delayed because of British Airways for 178 minutes.
    However the additional 14 minute delay was due to jet stream winds over the Atlantic and being held when arriving in JFK.
    Since British Airways was only reasonable for 178 minutes of the delay and not 180 or over we are not liable to pay EU Compensation.
    Thanks again for contacting us. Please feel free to contact us if we can help you any further and I hope we can welcome you on board again soon.”

  9. Wally1976 says:

    OT – Flying Ryanair BHX to DUB next week – which is the best lounge with Priority Pass (via Amex Plat) please?

    • We have a review of the new Aspire South BHX lounge coming up over the next 2-3 days as it happens. Not read it yet so can’t tell you what it says!

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