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Gatwick Airport opens new gates for arriving domestic passengers – no more buses

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Gatwick Airport has opened a new route at the South Terminal to allow domestic passengers to be dropped at an airbridge.

In the past, domestic passengers had to be transferred by bus from their aircraft to the terminal because of the need to segregate domestic and international arrivals.

Following a £24 million investment, domestic passengers – which includes the BA Jersey service and Aurigny’s Guernsey flights – will now be able to use Gates 1-5 and collect their luggage at a dedicated domestic arrivals belt.

A new system of internal doors which can be adjusted to direct passengers to different parts of the terminal allows these gates to be used for either domestic or international flights.

You can find out more on the ITV website here and on Flyertalk here.  There does not appear to have been any official media release.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (142)

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  • Russ says:

    Another OT, I’m looking for a yearly standalone insurance policy for travel. Anyone got any recommendations? Thanks.

    • BJ says:

      LV or Direct Travel Insurance according to long-running advise on ML site.

    • Rob says:

      Look at MSE, they have done a lot of work on this.

    • AJA says:

      +1 per Rob’s suggestion. Or any of the other comparison websites. Key in your details and they will give a range of insurance quotes.

      Did that and bought an annual worldwide multi-trip policy with AXA, Not had to claim so not sure how good they are but got 5 stars for reviews and premium was reasonable for my age. Far cheaper than I found elsewhere.

      • BJ says:

        Unless I am mistaken Rob’s suggestion is not for comparison sites but for feedback and recommendations, that is where LV and Direct Reavel Insurance come from.

      • Lady London says:

        The source for rating of insurance policies is defaqto. Trouble is, so many are 5 star rated due to headlines of what they cover. But some of them have conditions so onerous before you can claim, they’re not really 5-star.

        I personally always look at who the underwriter is. Its the underwriter who decides if your claim is paid out. I have a preference against Axa, sorry, due to seeing a few policies and their user comments about payout and conditions deteriorate once Axa took over as underwriters. I know they were underwriting some Amex and I used to buy Amex annual worldwide travel cover as it was one of the best but I won’t touch it now.

        When you start looking at the underwriter of each policy it’s funny an awful lot of policies are pretty much the same and same underwriter : just sold under many different brands. I then just compare policies that have my preferred underwriters and pick on price and any minor variations. Makes it a lot easier. MAPFRE, for instance, was a good one last time I looked.

        • BJ says:

          Care to share which underwriter you prefer and why?

          • Lady London says:

            As above MAPFRE is one I view as positive, Allianz can be good and unlike some others can be found underwriting a range of heavy to lighter policies (defo not eliminate immediately, as I would an annual travel policy underwritten by Axa right now). The people underwriting the US Blue Cross policy used to be good but I’ve forgotten who it is! Anything using Mondial Assistance seemed to get good reviews from people who’d actually claimed. If your employer’s paying the Internationalsos people seem to do an excellent job in some pretty far flung places. But don’t know if there’s a way for individuals to get their service.

            Right now I’m with Staysure who get good reviews. I did that in a hurry and underwriter is Great Lakes which I think is Munich Re.

          • BJ says:

            Thanks, useful insights. Might ditch my Bationwide FlexPlus next year so will be looking for standalone policy.

          • Lady London says:

            Funnily enough, BJ, I’m looking at moving over to Nationwide flex plus! At about £156 per year and with me typically being willing to pay £90-£135 for worldwide annual travel insurance (within that I just shop on underwriter and conditions) then for me the mobile phone insurance and breakdown insurance in the flex account would not end up costing much at all.

            Wondering have you found any drawbacks to the Nationwide Flex account cover?

          • Lady London says:

            PS just noting that what Anna called “Volde-sites” (read Harry Potter to interpret!) and what Shoestring mentions as ‘sites which cannot be named’ remains a beneficial route for anyone switching travel insurance particularly for the higher quality providers.

    • Russ says:

      Thanks everyone for your input, very helpful. Looks like it’s going to be a more time consuming job than I first thought….

  • Gavin says:

    OT: Anyone had any luck changing the decision after having an application declined for the IHG Premium card? I just had my denial letter in the post. My Equifax score is 492, and I’ve never been declined a credit card before (currently hold Halifax Clarity, BA Free card, Amex Nectar, Hilton Visa). I’m essentially living off savings/investments at the moment, no salary, which I guess might have been the stumbling block.

    • lev441 says:

      Equifax score means nothing. They probably didn’t like the fact you weren’t employed…

    • Mark2 says:

      My wife and I have got an IHG Premium card each and are both retired with only state pension + running down.

      • BJ says:

        OT @Mark2, I think you are finally going to get your wish, I see BoJo in his desperation to cling onto power pursuing an impossible EU deal as a pretext to calling a GE that would effectively be a referendum on leaving without a deal. Securing the leave vote for the Tories and splitting the remain vote between the other parties is the only hand he’s got to play. All a bit ironic and facical given I have serious doubts that he himself is/was a true leaver.

    • Liz says:

      I think the Premium IHG needs a min income of £10k for acceptance. If you write to them showing them your income from savings they may reconsider.

    • the_real_a says:

      Have you previously held the card? It appears Creation are routinely declining anyone who held it previously regardless of credit worthiness.

    • Jonathan says:

      Creation are the most stringent of credit card providers.

  • NigelT says:

    A350 delivery cancelled today

  • Ben says:

    O/t Absolute shambles at T5 last night. 30 odd flights cancelled, no assistance to rebook flights, hotels, transport. Information was contradictory. Staff are evidentially woefully under trained and equipped for chaos and just say whatever they can to get rid of people.

  • Benilyn says:

    OT: want to open a share dealing account, any points bonuses / ideas?

  • Lyn says:

    O/T re recent discussion in comments about using Alaska miles for redemptions in case this is useful to anyone.

    As someone said, one of the advantages of using Alaska miles is getting a stop-over in each direction without increasing the number of miles needed. I booked a fairly last-minute one-way First award on BA for my OH from Europe (the closest zone) to the U.S. West Coast. So last-minute that First was absolutely the only class available and even then only for one seat (thank you HfP for reward flight finder) . It cost 70,000 Alaska miles and the same ex-EU surcharges/taxes as BA. I could have added a stop-over in London for the same number of miles but increased surcharges/taxes. It would have cost 100,000 + 9,000 avios through BA in this case, but BA would have charged more for connections from European zones further away from London. Alaska charges the same number of miles from anywhere in Europe, so you could always include an onward flight from London on the return at the same cost for a later European tip or positioning flight.

    At the other extreme, the only available award flights back were on American Airlines and only in economy this time, for 30,000 American miles plus only $5 in fees/taxes. I think BA would probably have charged a lot more in surcharges even for a flight on AA.

    In my case I was glad to have some alternatives as a back-up for Avios and also the ability to top up our Alaska miles with points earned through our SPG credit cards. While we would never pay for First, the value of the points used was very little higher than the cost of a last-minute economy cash fare and the outbound flight should be a lot more comfortable.

  • pauldb says:

    My wife has only just received her Lloyds card conversion letter, sent literally the day before her card anniversary. Anyone else still riding the wave?

    I thought maybe I’d missed the letter. Her £24 hasn’t been charged yet. A nice surprise the get another summer (2 months) of 0% FX, and her voucher spend still apparently counts until (randomly) mid November so that seems to be another voucher unexpectedly.

    • Nick_C says:

      I earned my final Lloyds Upgrade Voucher last month. I had not used the card recently and only needed to put £500 through to trigger the voucher. I hit the threshold on Saturday and the voucher was in my Avios account on Tuesday. Unable to book on line though and had to call Avios.

      I’m using two Lloyds vouchers (got the accidental extra one last year) for OH and I to go to HK and Japan. Very useful, as were were able to book it as two singles and benefit from the lower redemption fees.

      Will miss the Lloyds vouchers, and the free overseas use, but looking forward to 0.5 Avios/£ on the MC (I have a Club Lloyds current ac) and the opportunities this will bring!

    • Anna says:

      Not had my letter yet so will be using the Lloyds Amex to pay our hotel bill next month and trigger the final upgrade voucher, unless they issue any more “mistakes”! I’ll have had 5 vouchers in 3 years so can’t complain.

      • Yorkieflyer says:

        Mrs Yorkieflyer still not had the letter whereas I had it months ago, only hiccup is only £200 to spend till hitting the trigger and a March renewal date!

  • Gringo says:

    OT – Amex Plat question.

    I’m renting a car with Hertz without CDW, TP & TPPD cover. They’ve emailed me saying that I need proof of my CC covering the above insurances, what can I show them from Amex which describes this?


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