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Flybe flights from Newquay are moving to London Heathrow

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I mentioned this briefly in my ‘breaking news’ article on the Virgin Atlantic takeover of Flybe on Thursday.  I wanted to repeat it as that article was not emailed and you may have missed the line anyway.

The Government announced on Thursday that it will provide additional funding to allow the daily Newquay to London Gatwick service to switch to London Heathrow from 31st March 2019.

The service will also increase from three to four flights per day.

Flybe services from Newquay switching to London Heathrow

It is not yet clear if this service will continue to benefit from no Air Passenger Duty, and whether long-haul flights connecting to the Newquay service will also be APD exempt.

Flybe will continue to operate the service using a turboprop aircraft.  Whilst these are rarely seen at Heathrow, Flybe already runs its Heathrow services to Aberdeen and Edinburgh this way, requiring a bus transfer to and from the aircraft.

The existing Flybe services use Heathrow Terminal 2 – there is no word yet on whether Newquay will also do so.

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  • Stu N says:

    OT: Any recent experience of moving Marriott points between accounts? We have an SPG sign-up bonus (so about 36k points) in my partners account and an unfunded booking in my account. Do I need to call to move points, and is it only 1k increments or can I move any number?

    • Mark2 says:

      I have always rung Cork I think on 020 7012 7312. She needs to ring.
      1,000 point increments as usual and the booking only matters if it takes you over the annual limit.

  • rams1981 says:

    OT Amex and missing Marriott 20k bonus points.

    Made many complaints. The last of which I have a letter saying they agree my wife is missing the 20k points and they will post wigin 15 days. Don’t be fobbed off

    • Dave says:

      In exactly same position. 2x formal complaints, multiple calls, online chat etc. Complaints team phoned in Sept to agree that 20k are owed and promised to post as soon as system issues sorted. Now almost 3 months ago. Second formal complaint closed without any action. Been told points are coming in Dec but no longer believe it. How did you get a letter? Did you complain by post? Do keep us updated.

      • Lady London says:

        Wonder if Resolver website has a template letter already available for complaint to Marriott? some of their template stuff is excellent.

        • Lady London says:

          Just remembered as apparently their template for Amazon is auto-directed at Amazon to someone who can actually put things right if formal complaints, multiple calls and online chats have not worked for Amazon. Who knows perhaps Resolver could perform the same for Marriott?

        • Alan says:

          Not for this issue but TPs, I’ve had contact back from Marriott CEO’s PA but still not resolved yet – they’re pretty slow to reply to emails!

  • Dave says:

    EXCELLENT news RE Heathrow/Newquay – thanks for the info Rob. This is exactly what I hoped for, but thought highly unlikely.

    Flights not appearing on Flybe site as yet – any idea when bookings open?

  • NIck says:

    OT bit… has anyone had their bonus Avios from the recent Tesco conversion? If not, can you remember how long they said it would be?

    • Genghis says:

      No. I’ve diarised 15 Dec

    • Sandra says:

      No, I’ve also got a diary note for mid December as I can’t remember how long after 30 Nov the t & c’s said they could take to credit!

      • Genghis says:

        “The Promotional Period is 00:01 on 2 October 2018 to 23:59 on 15 November 2018.”
        “Bonus Avios will be credited to the Eligible Participant’s BAEC account within 28 days of the campaign ending.”

    • Alex Sm says:

      Just got standard ones, not the bonus

  • Dominic Barrington says:

    Of course, NQY/LHR news is just putting it back to how it used to be. I used to have a summer job in mid Cornwall for a number of years, and often flew Brymon (anyone else remember them) in and out of LHR. Eastbound was a non-stop flight, but heading west it stopped in Exeter for ten minutes. It was a real blow when (under FlyBE I think) the flight got moved to Gatwick.

    • Shoestring says:

      When I used Bristol Airport in the 80s it was basically a shed for boarding pass stuff. You could park 5 mins away.

    • David says:

      Actually Brymon used to land at now-closed PLH. The last time I tried to fly LHR-PLH-LHR for the day, low cloud diverted us to NQY outbound and the same low cloud meant a bus transfer from PLH to EXT on the way home. BC was very proud of its Cornish roots (and routes!).

  • Doug M says:

    Anyone have experience of being proactively contacted by Curve if they do block your card?

    • Dan says:

      No, but would surely depend on why they had blocked it?

      Had you been putting through large volumes of cash / business services through the curve card? Or just spending as normal and it suddenly stopped working?

      If the latter, suspect it’s just a glitch, but if the former perhaps something more proactive on Curve’s part, that you wouldn’t be notified about immediately

      • Doug M says:

        The answer would depend of your definition of large volumes of business services. As I see it Curve were expecting some of this, without this what real use is a Mastercard that can act as if it’s another Mastercard, it’s seemingly useless. Now it’s true they recently added the ability to avoid foreign transaction fees, but for months previously there was no feature that really made Curve worthwhile beyond ‘business services’. The idea you could carry this one card was a non-starter, it’s always been unreliable, sure it works a lot of the time, but it fails far more frequently than a regular Mastercard/Visa, and you could never have relied on it.
        They’re not a company I’d rely on, sure I’ll extract benefit where possible, but they’d never be a goto financial organisation, poor record on delivering product to meet the marketing.

    • Anna says:

      I have odd days here and there when my card just won’t work. Never been contacted by Curve and the one time I contacted them they couldn’t explain it. It’s usually back to normal the next day.

      • Doug M says:

        Yeah I saw you said that before. The thing is it’s now failed 5 or 6 times for amounts as small as £4.95 in places like Pret, Sainsburys and Costa, and that across 5 days without working. Sure it’s blocked.

  • Alan says:

    OT Bits – have others noticed the Amex app (on Android at least) only shows the bonus points – e.g., for referrals, using Amex travel, etc. and not the base points? I’ve found that for both my Plat and BAPP accounts. Lookings like a coding bug where they’re only pulling through one of two fields. Twitter team unable to help, told me to call, got a non-Brighton call centre who weren’t much use but have now submitted screenshots via Document Centre! Bit of a hassle but it would be nice to get it all in-app!

  • Rich says:

    Flybe use the EMB at Gatwick so switching to the Dash 8-400 qt is a real downgrade IMHO.

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