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Air Malta adds a 2nd London Gatwick flight for Winter 2019

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Whilst not part of any major airline alliance, and no longer an Avios partner, the continued popularity of Malta means that I wanted to flag a new Air Malta service.

From the start of the Winter timetable on 27th October, Air Malta is adding a second daily service from London Gatwick.

The two existing daily services from London Heathrow remain, taking the number of daily flights from London to four.

Tickets for the new service are very cheap for the first few days – inbound, for example, you can fly one way from Malta to Gatwick for £22.80 in Economy between the 28th and 31st October as well as much of November.

British Airways has its own ‘five flights per week’ Malta service from Gatwick, of course, which – at 160 tier points for a Club Europe – will admittedly be your preferred choice if you are chasing British Airways Executive Club status.

You can check out all BA routes which earn 160 tier points return in Club Europe in this article.  Because many are from Gatwick, like Malta, they can be surprisingly cheap out of season.


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Comments (76)

  • Cat says:

    Completely O/T, for those of you that wanted updates, I’m about to start day 2 of the TdMB. Day 1 went well, but I couldn’t do the high route variante that I wanted to do, because thunderstorms (and hail) made it unwise!
    Rest assured that the views were magnificent, nonetheless.
    Today is going to be a beast of a day – I have 1400m of ascent and 23km to cover. Wish me luck!

    • Sloth says:

      Best of luck Cat, I’m sure you’ll do yourself proud

    • Polly says:

      OMG..good luck girlie. And here l am trying to go back to sleep!

    • Lyn says:

      Best of luck Cat and remember that a lot of people here at HfP are wishing you well, and hopefully continuing to support your Macmillan cause as well. Please keep up your updates. Hope the weather is more cooperative today.

    • Concerto says:

      Whaaaat? The weather’s really bad around there just now, I’ve been around there since Thursday. And the Fête des Vignerons down in Vevey has been cancelled 3 days running.

      • Lady London says:

        That’s a pity @Concerto. Isn;t the Fete des Vignerons the one that only takes place 1 time in each 25 years?

    • Stu N says:

      Enjoy, Cat and thanks for the update. Locals swear by the Cham Meteo forecasts and they are suggesting an improvement after today. http://chamonix-meteo.com/chamonix-mont-blanc/weather/

  • Amit says:

    Any family hotel recommendations for Malta?

    • Waddle says:

      Can’t speak from personal experience but OH and I stayed at Hilton Malta which had lots of families looking like they were having a good time. Children were allowed in the exec lounge. Main pool area is definitely family friendly.

    • Steve S says:

      Stayed at the Grand Excelsior recently. Joined “Iprefer”scheme prior to arrival got upgraded to sea view and free WiFi.

      • Nick says:

        Any hotels in Malta that definitely aren’t family friendly? (As in, where can I stay if I want to avoid brats?)

        • Chrisasaurus says:

          At home?

        • Lady London says:

          I think where possible this is always a good thing to mention for those of us who may be particularly exhausted and preferring not to be surrounded by kids at any particular destination.

          I mean, look what Cat is doing! She spends her year with kids and now she is going up Mont Blanc to avoid them!

    • Princess says:

      We were at the Radisson Blu golden sand 2 weeks ago.
      Definetely family friendly.
      Got upgraded to the one bedroom suite with lovely balcony and sea view.
      It isn’t a fancy hotel, but they have what I think is a really great spot in one of the few sandy beach of the island, that’s why I chose it
      Theyhave 3 outdoor pool, one adults only, one for really small kids (just 50cm) so perfect for my 3 y old twins and another really lovely big one. Plus an indoor pool in case you go out of season
      They also have a small kids club that we used twice and our boys were so happy that didn’t want to leave.

  • Chelseafi says:

    OT want to book 2 cash returns with BA and only need one hold luggage, is it best to make two separate bookings one with hold and one without to save the £40 am I able to link the bookings? we are both on same Household account and blue level, would rather sit together as it’s a 4 hour flight, so not sure how this would work, thanks for any advice

    • Roberto says:

      I added one hold bag to a cash HBO booking a month or so after making the reservation. I have know idea of the best/cheapest way of doing it but was simple enough to do online.

      Was a single one way flight for 2 pax , we only needed one bag.

      • Shoestring says:

        the difference between HBO and Economy Plus is £12 each way, so cheaper to buy 1x HBO ticket and 1x Economy Plus ticket, than to buy 2x HBO and add on baggage later

        which means you won’t get seated together but have a decent chance of moving the Economy Plus seat next to the HBO seat at T-24

        or ask at check in desk

        no point ringing to get the 2 bookings linked, it won’t work

        • Shoestring says:

          make that move the EP passenger next to HBO at T-48

        • Lady London says:

          If it’s only £12 then i might think about paying it anyway by not having an HBO ticket just in case.

          • Chelseafi says:

            It’s coming up £40 pp more for checked bag option on return flight, so not sure

          • Lady London says:

            Not sure if I was clear but that;s why paying £12 more for a ticket that already has 1 luggage included is a better bet… if you find out you need that extra luggage it’s something ridiculous like £65 in Europe isn’t it?

    • Rob says:

      You’re guaranteed to be sat together even if you’re on the same ticket, so no issue booking both separately.

  • Claire says:

    Just to say thank you to Head for points for the heads up on the Hilton Family day at the McLaren technology centre. It was a great day and very much worth the 25k points! Highly recommend to anyone, if Hilton do this again!

    • Robman says:

      I agree. What a great day, interesting, well-organised, lots of things to keep busy, satisfying lunch, great cars and history of Racing history. Would recommend to anyone who may get the chance. Thanks Hilton and Head for Points.

      • s879 says:

        Totally agree. Had a fab time with my family! I did wonder how many HfP people were there! Thanks Rob.

        • Rob says:

          All of them. We sold every set of tickets.

          • Peter K says:

            Not all of them were technically HfP. I heard one guy on the table near us explaining how he bought 3 sets of tickets after reading about it on HfP and gave them to his friends, including those he was talking to.

  • Roger says:

    BA 241

    Can I book return leg of a 241 voucher after booking and flying OW ticket?
    Hope the voucher does not expire when booking just a single OW trip.

    • Genghis says:

      Not after you have flown one way.

    • Anna says:

      Voucher doesn’t expire as such, but after booking a one way it no longer shows in your BAEC account and you have to call BA to add the return leg (but before you fly the outbound, as Ghengis points out!)

  • Shoestring says:

    just seen that Economy Plus (cash) seats are advertising: Free seat choice from 48 hours before departure

    Is that new? Always used to be T-24.

    Not that it helps us as I guess Avios redemptions will stay at T-24

  • Tom1 says:

    O/t BAPP.
    Is the sign-up bonus once in 24 months now?
    Seem to remember there being something different about the BA cards but can’t find the details.
    ( I cancelled my last one almost 12 months ago, but still have plat charge)

    • Harry T says:

      Yes, you cannot have held a BA Amex for 24 months if you want to be eligible for a BAPP sign up bonus.

    • MarkH says:

      Yes it’s 24 months without any BA card to be eligible for the sign up bonus.

      When applying for BAPP only BA cards affect bonus eligibility. I.e. it’s irrelevant if you’ve have an MR, SPG or Nectar card

      • Tom1 says:

        Ok, thanks Harry&Mark.
        Think I’ll wait to see what Marriott bring. They need to do something different re sign-up bonuses I think/hope.

        • Harry T says:

          Yeah, I agree. I’ve just gotten the BAPP for the sign up bonus (not had a BA Amex before). Then I’m hoping the Marriott rebranding will correspond with a new sign up bonus I will be eligible for.

      • Grimz says:

        What’s the story with SPG bonus? What cards do you have to be without for 2yrs?

  • IslandDweller says:

    Air Malta actuality serve three of London’s airports. A small number of flights from Southend too.

    • Mikeact says:

      It seems to me that Malta is becoming even more popular as a destination as a place in the sun, hence AirMalta increasing flights. Trying to get Avios reward seats is getting a bit like Australia, very lucky. I’ve managed to get two, CE seats, obvious cancellations, thanks to RewardFlightFinder…(monthly subscription) for a few weeks time, but coming back ? We might have to end up paying as we only want about 10 days or so ! Not quite the end of the world if its Easy Jet.

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