Bits: BA Gatwick update, First Class scrapped on Stansted Express, new Hyatt benefits, Naeco swim shorts winners

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News in brief:

Update for BA passengers heading to Gatwick

You don’t need any further comment on the situation at Gatwick from me, I’m sure.  Let’s leave that to the national press.  However, if you are meant to be flying on BA from Gatwick over the next few days, you can check this page of for special updates.

Anyone due to travel on Friday can change their flight without penalty.  By the time you read this, the same offer may be available for Saturday.

British Airways Gatwick drone update

First Class to be scrapped on Stansted Express

Greater Anglia, the train company which runs Stansted Express, has announced that it is dropping First Class from January 2020.

First Class will only be retained on the key intercity route from Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester to London.  As well as dropping First from Stansted Express trains, it will also disappear from trains to Southend Airport.

If you want to see what you’ll miss, here is our review of Stansted Express First Class – with a video!

Stansted Express drops First Class

New World of Hyatt benefits

World of Hyatt has announced some improvements to the programme for 2019, but only for heavy stayers.

I’m not going to focus on it too closely because I doubt we have many elite World of Hyatt members amongst our readers, given their modest European footprint.

Basically, Hyatt is launching new ‘milestone rewards’ from 1st January.  You will get an extra benefit at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 nights stayed per calendar year.  The only negative change is that Globalist members will now need the same number of nights to renew their status (60) as new Globalists, whereas previously renewal was available at 55 nights.

Full details of the ‘milestone rewards’ can be found on the Hyatt website here.

Naeco swim shorts

Who won our competition with Naeco?

Last weekend we ran a competition with Naeco giving away two pairs of swim shorts.

We can now announce the winners:

  • Andres N.
  • David S.

Congratulations and enjoy your swim!

As a reminder, Naeco is a British clothing company that produces all its items in London using plastic bottles as the raw material.

There was a good conversation in our comments section under the original competition article with Naeco founder Zak answering your questions. Have a read here if you are interested.

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  1. Very OT: Have flown LHR-PEK in CA F via the VS miles. Can I refund the inbound (PEK-LHR) leg? If so what can I get back, just half of the miles or some taxes as well?

    • Probably not if it was booked as a return – I doubt there is much in the way of taxes either. You can call VS to ask but I’m not hopeful. One option would be to move the return forward if you are planning to go back.

      • They allowed me to do exactly this in the summer. I got the impression that it was discretionarily rather than statutorily allowed, it had to be done more than 24h prior to the flight, and the rep had to go and ask for a manager’s approval. I got 37500 miles back instantly and £160 back in taxes/fees after a few weeks. Probably worth HUACA if the first person you speak to isn’t willing to do this.

    • Thanks both. Eventually called Shanghai contact centre and moved my booking. Was told the refund is in taxes only.

  2. Optimus Prime says:

    I’m in Gatwick. They have just shut it down again.

    • Shoestring says:

      Yep until 9pm (earliest) apparently.

      • no, they’re going again now mate

        • Shoestring says:

          Yep that’s good. Could be that the military zapped it – apparently all mobile networks went down briefly.

          This should have been in place from shortly after 6am yesterday, of course.

        • Optimus Prime says:

          Yeah – our flight has a 2-hour delay. Not bad.

    • Flights have started but there is a big knock on affect. I’m now booked on a GLA – LHR then an Uber to Gatwick. The GLA – LGW could be departing at about 2 am instead of 2050!

      • booked back on the LGW flight, seems to haven’t incurred extra delays. 3 different boarding passes tonight (LGW, LHR then LGW again), some luggage receipts would be nice though! BA staff have been a helpful bunch.

  3. To those interested (Liz?), the E-Rewards points have finally posted to Hilton today for both my and Mrs K’s account. I actioned the request with E-Rewards on 17th November and 19th November respectively and both posted today.

    • Thanks – yes mine have posted too. Now waiting for my MR pts to post from a few days ago.

  4. Optimus Prime says:

    This is the first time we come to Clubroom and we decided to prebook expecting it to be packed. It’s actually empty. Is this always the case or just a one-off? There is a queue for No1 though.

  5. Optimus Prime says:

    Flight cancelled and rebooked on the 23rd via BRU.

    If Iberia had proactively allowed rebookings since yesterday like BA I would have found an earlier flight.

  6. The two arrested and named in multiple media outlets are “no longer suspects”. As if this wasn’t already enough of a national embarrassment

    • And they’ve now put out a reward for more info! :O Was pretty surprised they didn’t get more at the time given how much they were flying.

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