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Bits: British Airways launches ‘overnight bag drop’, your first look at Luton Airport’s refurbished Aspire lounge

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News in brief:

British Airways offering ‘overnight bag drop’

British Airways is now publicising the fact that you can check in your bags at Heathrow on the day before you fly.

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Whilst it has only just been added to the website, it appears that this has been quietly offered since last Autumn to anyone who turned up and asked.  British Airways has now decided to make it an official part of its service.

Here are the times it is available, plus times for Gatwick and Edinburgh where it has been offered for a while:

Heathrow Terminal 5 – check-in between 16.00 and 22.00 for flights departing before 13.00 the next day

Heathrow Terminal 3 – service not available

Gatwick South – check-in between 16.00 and 22.00 for flights departing before 13.00 the next day

Edinburgh – check-in between 04.00 and 20.00 (18.00 on Saturdays) for flights departing before 09.30 the next day

It is not available at any other airport at present.  Whether it rolls out further will depend partly on take-up but also on the ability of the airport to handle luggage which is checked in early.

Luton Airport refurbished Aspire lounge

Your first look at the new Luton Airport Aspire lounge

As we covered recently, the Aspire lounge at Luton Airport is currently closed for a major renovation.

Luton Airport refurbished Aspire lounge

Aspire has sent us a few CGI pictures of what we can expect from mid March when it re-opens.

Luton Airport refurbished Aspire lounge

If you are travelling through Luton before then, anyone with a Priority Pass or Lounge Club card should head for the Luton Airport Clubrooms lounge, reviewed here.  There is a £10 supplement to get in but this is reflected in the premium food and drink offered.

Luton Airport refurbished Aspire lounge

As you can see, the new Aspire lounge looks impressive – very bright and airy.

Luton Airport refurbished Aspire lounge

We will take a look as soon as we can once it opens.   Click on any of the pictures here to enlarge.

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  1. U old git says:

    RE Rob, BJ,,Anna, Lady London, and Spaghetti Town and my query about not being able to see the seat map for my 2 4 1 return booking. It was cock up rather than conspiracy! BA had omitted my Amex CVS number, I have just seen my latest statement and they had not taken my payment. I made the booking about 3 weeks ago. Anyway BA has now corrected and the payment has now been taken. They are reissuing the ticket within the next week. With a bit of luck this later payment will also trigger my 3000 Avios bonus from Amex. Thanks for all the advice.

    • Glad it’s all cleared up – and enjoy the LPGS, sweetie!

    • A good result then, 3000 aviis plus no nasty shocks at tbe airport. Don’t worry if you don’t have the ticket reissued within a week. It’ll go into a fluid stack that is done in priority order favouring close-in departures. If your flight is a long way off then it may not be reissued for a while given the current situation.

    • Lady London says:

      Glad to hear that. However as it’s a 2-4-1 to Barbados which is a route with higher demand at the front end of the aircraft than some, I would keep a proactive eye on it.

  2. TGLoyalty says:

    New Hyatt promo. 2x points starting with your second stay plus 1,500 if you have a Hyatt card and stay a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.

    • Hyatt card?? Have you stayed at a Hyatt Place? Thinking about giving the one in Bangkok a try this summer.

      • @BJ
        Have you tried the W in Bangkok? Planning a couple of nights there in November.

        • No, have not tried many hotels there as we had a house there until 2016.

        • Leave an early morning message for John, he’s very knowledgeable on Bangkok hotels. If you’re not too confident about using a taxi then just be sure to get a hotel adjacent to a skytrain or subway. station.

          • @BJ
            Thanks – I’ve been to Bangkok before, so I’ll be okay with the taxis 😊.

      • We reviewed one of the Dubai ones (a new build) and I was impressed.

      • Lady London says:

        Stayed in 2 Hyatt Places in the US and really like the format. Not sure there isn’t a whole lot of nice hotel competition in BKK though.

        • Yes, spoiled for choice really but pics look good and it’s convenient for BTS. Big bright rooms with lots of windows which is what I like. I don’t like dim beige places, like many hotels are. We could stay with friends who have great houses and condos but my partner prefers to havd his own space which I can understand.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        No Hyatt card in the UK that I know of but people travel around these days 🙂

        I haven’t but it was on the list for Bangkok a couple years back but ended up staying at the Marriot Queen’s Park which was a really nice hotel with a great club lounge.

        • Thanks, I thought so but just wanted to double check. Yep, that Marriott is probably the most overlooked but possibly one of the better options. A lot of choice now since the merger though.

  3. SilverInSix says:

    It’s actually been available at LGW ever since they moved to the south terminal a coupe years back. Tbh I’m surprised it’s taken this long for LHR to get it as obviously LGW is always the poor relation in BA’s eyes.

    For any sceptical or worried I can vouch for it at LGW at least having made use of it several times. You can do it at the self service machines, dedicated bag drop desks or if you’re flying F or J or have Silver / Gold/ OW Sapphire / Emerald then at the dedicated desks in the ‘mini wing’ area

  4. We have had overnight bag drop at Gatwick Airport for as long as I can remember.

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