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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)

  • Howard says:

    Sorry off topic – due to fly LCY to Venice Saturday but BA cancelled by text message at 10.30 pm Friday. Due to Cruise from Venice today.

    No flight options to get us to Venice to start the cruise. We are on a flight today to Split where we meet the cruise on Monday.

    Will we get EU261 compensation? Of will BA say based on
    bad weather say they won’t pay?

  • Oz says:

    Re Premium Economy checked baggage. I understand that you get 2 * 23kg bags checked into the hols plus hand luggage. Off to Canada later this year – What are people’s experience of checking in a ski bag as part of the checked hold bags. How carefully is it measured for length as my skis are longer than 190cm as they are 210cm. Would you advise checking in as “cargo” or winging it. TIA.

    • Oz says:

      BA metal BTW. Cheers

      • Jonathan says:

        BA are very relaxed with dimensions IME. Clearly if it was 3metres long they might measure but my skis are 187cm & in the bag with clothes stuffed at each end for padding must be just over 2 metres. Never had a 2nd look on multiple flights.

      • Lady London says:

        Max size is on the BA website and both times I’ve looked at BA was allowing more length than anyone else.

        The most they might do is check it in with your other luggage then tell you to take it to the outsize luggage dropoff yourself. Sometimes check in desk has had someone come and take it over there.

        The length allowance and EU261 cover is one reason my Transatlantics have been BA.

    • Shoestring says:

      I took a long box out as outsize baggage a couple of months ago, was long but not over 190cm – but the check in agent definitely wasn’t interested in measuring the longest dimension, just weighing it before sending me over to the guy in the corner with the trolley

    • Gavin says:

      My ski bag is over 190cm (skis are 188cm so it’s probably around 2m with padding at the ends etc). Taken it loads of times on BA, the length has never been measured or even mentioned.

    • @mkcol says:

      How tall are you if your skis are 210cm?!

      • Shoestring says:

        could just be more traditional skis, which are longer – my first skis were 210cm but that was back in 1984

        my current skis are carving skis and 175cm – much easier on the slopes – I’m 188cm tall

  • Kevin says:

    • Loch Fyne smoked salmon tartare with smoked mayonnaise, seeded cracker and quail egg
    • Fillet of halibut with roasted cucumber, girolle mushrooms, salad cream, accompanied by a classic Caesar Salad with sourdough croutons and pickled anchovies
    • Milk chocolate and amaretto tart with salted caramel and white chocolate sauce

    Club World
    • Severn and Wye smoked salmon with asparagus and gribiche dressing
    • Roasted breast of corn-fed chicken with braised pearl barley risotto and wild garlic
    • Chocolate and amaretto tart with salted caramel sauce

    World Traveller Plus
    • Salad Dorset Blue Vinny cheese, celery, grapes and sunflower seeds
    • Roasted breast of corn-fed chicken with braised pearl barley risotto and wild garlic
    • Chocolate and amaretto tart, coffee and mascarpone cream

    World Traveller
    • Gourmet smoked chicken stew with a variety of summer vegetables*

    * Customers travelling in World Traveller will be offered the choice of a Tom Kerridge main meal, that will accompany the normal seasonal starter and desert available that month.

  • Lyn says:

    O/T – a rather niche addition to the list of BA lounges in Europe. BA now offer a 3rd party lounge in Montpellier.

    Granted, a niche airport and the flights are only operating for about two months this summer, but still it is better than nothing. Now if only I’d remembered the proposed LHR airport strikes before booking a flight to MPL on Monday Aug 5th! I was too concerned with missing the potential pilot’s strike.

  • Maxine Green says:

    O/T – can anyone please confirm whether children are allowed into the Eurostar lounges if the parent has an Amex Platinum card? I’m reading conflicting advice online. Thanks!

    • Rob says:

      Technically no, but if it isn’t busy they don’t mind – they have let us in before with our two.

  • Roger says:


    Does it make any difference using PayPal Vs Credit card for booking on AirBnB?

    • Bonglim says:

      I think hosts often ask you to use papal and send it as a gift rather than a merchant. That is a little cheaper to process. But it prevents you from receiving all the appropriate protection that should be expected from booking a service (that is why it is cheaper).

      I would perhaps choose a lower PayPal direct payment to someone I knew – or if I had stayed in the same airBnb several times before – but it is a little risky for a new first time booking.

      • Travel Strong says:

        This is not the case if you completing transactions on the airbnb platform. Your comments essentially to relate to ‘private dealings’ on paypal.
        You can use paypal to pay airbnb and still receive protection from airbnb, paypal, and your credit card (if ultimately paying by credit card), or you can pay by credit card and receive protection of from airbnb and your credit card. It makes no real world difference to risk or cost.

        • Jonathan says:

          PayPal protection isn’t worth the time of day and I certainly will never rely upon it again. Good job Amex covered the loss in the end. PayPal are a 3rd party payment processor so section 75 cover doesn’t usually apply. Check all your bases before you go down any particular route.

    • Harry T says:

      You won’t get section 75 protection if you pay using PayPal as an intermediary. Personally I’d always pay directly with a credit card. Suppose it wouldn’t matter if the cost was less than 100£, but why complicate things?

  • 3742 says:

    OT: Was looking in to the Krisflyer programme, and read that status can be earned via flights on Virgin Atlantic. Does anybody have an idea how to credit such flights to Krisflyer? I logged in to Virgin, examined a future booking, and can’t see anything relevant.

    • Chabuddy geezy says:

      You can add in your krisflyer number onto the virgin Atlantic website. I would check if your fare bucket would earn status miles first though, some of them do not.

  • Aceman says:


    Has anyone ever managed to cancel an easyJet plus account? Can’t do it online, over the phone or via online chat… finally the chat agent said to message the data protection officer and ask them to delete my account!

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