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British Airways terminal changes from today – whilst Virgin Atlantic launches Mumbai

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Today, 27th October, is the official start of the Winter flying season.  This is the day when most airlines change their timetables and schedules.

There are seven terminal changes by British Airways which take effect today:

Terminal 5 to Terminal 3: Billund, Hanover, Zagreb, San Diego

Terminal 3 to Terminal 5: Luxembourg, Lyon, Phoenix

Today is also the first day for the Virgin Atlantic service to Mumbai.  This is to fill the gap left by the collapse of Jet Airways earlier in the year.

The Mumbai service will have an early morning arrival into, and departure from, Heathrow in order to connect with as many UK-North America flights as possible.

The outbound will leave Heathrow at 10.15, arrving at 00.40

The return will leave Mumbai at 02.55, arriving at 07.35

It will use a Boeing 787-9 aircraft with 31 Upper Class seats, 35 Premium and 192 Economy.

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Comments (106)

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  • Hugh says:

    OT: I did the Barclays account switch for 25k Avios then noticed that someone on flyertalk has posted this extract from the ts and cs:

    This offer is only available to those who were British Airways Executive Club Members before 22 October 2019 and received the original offer email.

    I didn’t get the original email offer so suspect that was a waste of a bank switch as looks like I won’t get anything.

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    Also worth noting the BA Phoenix route switches to a 787 today.

  • Nick_C says:

    Those Virgin flight timings to Bombay sound horrendous.

    • John says:

      Pretty standard for central and South Asia flights. If you don’t have any business in India that requires being up early, you can just stay on European time for the trip (so like a 8pm arrival and hotels are used to midnight check-ins, and then a 10pm departure).

  • N says:

    Is there anywhere to look at ba flight timetables? For example, I’d like to see all flights in a list from LHR-GIB in a given week.

    Doing a search to buy tickets doesn’t work as it will not show sold out services. The schedule search on only works day by day

  • r* says:

    I have a 10 night hilton stay upcoming, is there any benefit to booking it as 10 x 1 night stays alternating the bookings between 2 accts for the purpose of increasing stays count for the following year status? Would we likely have the same room but need to checkout each morning or would they just bundle it up to be 1 stay somehow?

    • Russ says:

      We’ve done this with mixed results; wife one night in her kept name second night in my name. We’ve found that if we keep the same room they invariably post points to one account only. If we change rooms it’s hit and miss. This is after stressing the two accounts are separate and not to be bundled up. Try it is all you can do. Good luck!

      • Lady London says:

        With that number of nights at stake, if there is no other Hilton nearby to switch to, I think I would do the room change alternate nights to make sure.

    • Mark says:

      Might be interpreted as flouting rules of Honors programme?

      • Russ says:

        How so? If you both have accounts with Hilton surely you are just following the rules?

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      If you are lucky enough to have two hiltons next door then simply hop between them. Problem solved.

  • Swizzle says:

    OT: I have just moved to Switzerland for a year.

    All of my assets are in GBP, and I’m wondering what the best way to spend abroad is.

    I have a Revolut card and an Aqua Reward Card for 0% FX.

    Is it possible to top up Revolut with my Virgin Atlantic card, or should I just use my Aqua card (doesn’t have contactless), or is there a third better way?


    • Waddle says:

      If the rate is good, Virgin via Curve will be fine. If the rate is dropping, top up Revolut with Virgin and convert to secure the rate ahead of time. Make sure you use your Curve as well as do the conversion with Revolut during the weekday as both fintechs leverage a small fee over the weekend. You can pay over the weekend with your pre-converted currency on Revolut without fee.

      • Waddle says:

        Following the comments befow, another option would be to get a Starling account which has unlimited fee free FX and FSCS protection. To earn points you can top it up using Curve with your Virgin Atlantic card behind it. I don’t think Monzo allows debit card top ups any more?

        • Optimus Prime says:

          Starling doesn’t allow debit card top-ups anymore either.

          • Waddle says:

            Dang You’re right. Can still do it via Revolut – top up Rev, and then immediately transfer to Starling via the bank transfer function to have it protected under Starling’s FSCS.

    • Jake says:

      I think monzo let you use fee free in Europe (May include CH) if you want to change / new current account. Starling I think is free worldwide. Both have FCS protection.

      For credit use Halifax clarity. 0%Fx

      No miles and points but no issues with recharging etc. Also Revolut is not protected. If you top up £5k and it goes bankrupt it’s all out the window!

    • Mark says:

      Curve Metal

  • Tical says:

    OT: booked 6 nights at Ritz Ras Al Khaimah on points while still not having enough points in my account. What do I need to do now that I have all the points? Any other recommendations for the resort travelling with a 1-year old?

    • Rob says:

      Ring Marriott and get the booking officially confirmed.

      You mean the beach one? No resort tips but Al Hamra mall is literally a £1 cab ride away (did it on Wed from the Waldorf next door) and has a Spinneys supermarket so don’t worry about baby stuff.

      • Tical says:

        Thanks. Yes the beach one. Did you rent a car when you went or taxi?

        • Rob says:

          Used Blacklane from Dubai ($82 after a discount code I had) as I was not prepared to risk my kids in a taxi at midnight. Met me at airport.

          Got a cab back to Dubai for Dhs 200 (£45). Blacklane and Uber do not operate in Ras so options limited.

          Taxis are effectively free to all intents and purposes so renting a car is unnecessary unless you have dedicated plans.

      • Rob says:

        Mall has a Pizza Express if you want a low stress meal with the baby in tow!

      • Dave says:

        Any tips for the Al Wadi Ritz Rob? Got a two night stay coming up there.

        • Rob says:

          Not really – when I was there it hadn’t fully transitioned and a few things will have changed. I believe they will now run you down to Al Hamra R-C for some beach time if you want it (or even just lunch or dinner).

  • Mark says:

    Ah Could be a trip on BA to Lux or Prg then to try AMEX lounge in T3 then .. Any update on opening date for Centurion Lounge?

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