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British Airways announces Summer flights to Newquay

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In a surprise move, British Airways has announced a limited Summer service to Newquay.

Regular readers will remember that Flybe currently runs a Newquay to Heathrow service, subsidised by the Government.  This service is moving to London Gatwick at the start of the Summer timetable at the end of the March, as part of a deal which saw Flybe add additional Manchester flights and a new Newquay to Amsterdam service.

The timetable is all over the place because British Airways has created the Heathrow slots by very carefully pruning of its existing short-haul network.  I am guessing that five different routes have each lost one flight per week.

British Airways announces Summer flights to Newquay

Flights start on 2nd July and will end on 7th September.

Here are the times:

  • Monday – outbound (from Heathrow) 18.05, returning 20.15
  • Thursday – outbound 07.00, returning 09.10
  • Friday – outbound 18.05, returning 20.15
  • Saturday – outbound 06.40, returning 09.55
  • Sunday – outbound 19.10, returning 21.25

To be fair, the times are great for a Thu-Sun, Thu-Mon, Fri-Sun or Fri-Mon short break.

Here is our review of the Executive Lounge at Cornwall Newquay Airport – don’t get too excited.

Flights were available for booking on ba.com.  The usual 2 x Club Europe and 4 x Euro Traveller seats are available on every flight so you might want to lock in a short break now.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons to get the FREE British Airways American Express credit card.


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Comments (221)

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  • Anna says:

    OT – Martin Lewis has just said that £17 million worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers are due to expire on Feb 29th – is that worth about 4 million avios (too early for maths!)?!!

    • Froggee says:

      I make it 40.8m Avios and that’s assuming none of the vouchers would convert at the grandfathered 800 per £2.50 rate!

      • Froggee says:

        Actually, no it’s 4.08bn Avios I think. It is too early for maths!

        • Shoestring says:

          17000000/ 250
          x 600
          = 40.8m Avios

        • BJ says:

          Come on people, 17 x 2.4 in your heads and then think millions…life’s complicated enough!

          • Anna says:

            Ha ha, I thought there should be a few more zeros but my coffee hadn’t kicked in! It’s a bit depressing that I’ve just exchanged last quarter’s worth – a whole £23.50!

          • BJ says:

            £20.50 more than me if that makes you feel any better.

    • meta says:

      The way the news is reported makes you think that all of everyone’s vouchers are expiring. But maybe it was deliberate on Tesco’s part in order to cause panic redemptions and remove liability of Tesco’s books!

    • Paul Pogba says:

      I think you can reset the date by using part of the voucher. If you have a £20 close to expiry exchanging £2.50 for Avios/VFC would give you another 2 years on the remaining £17.50.

      • jc says:

        Correct

      • Polly says:

        Be careful doing this tho with too many vouchers on the same day. Only 1 put of my 5 got the change given. So keep a close eye. Took 2 months to get the voucher value back.

  • SimonW says:

    O/T – Spend £3,800, get 3,000 bonus Membership Rewards points. 1st-31st March. On my Plat

  • Princess says:

    OT
    Ryanair has cancelled one of my flight in April and offered reschedule or refund
    Original flight was at 12:30 from stansted now the flight they rebook us on is at 8:30
    Of course other airlines are now more expensive.
    I live in London but it is really annoying the new timing. With 2 small kids means getting up at 3:30 to get a bus or taxi at 5 to be the at stansted at 6:15-6:30

    I’m guessing I don’t have alternative? Can I ask insurance for hotel?
    Thanks for any advice

    • Shoestring says:

      1. which card did you book it on (charge or credit) and what was the cost? for potential S75

      2. are there any better Ryanair options to your destination airport? – because you don’t have to accept their suggested route/ timing

      3.(2) would be easiest but you also have the right to force them to put you on a competitor flight if what they are proposing is unreasonable

      4. potentially duty of care applies – there’s no 14 day rule with duty of care – ie they need to look after your accommodation / food/ drink/ communications needs in the period between old and new, (sounds like this won’t be the case if your new flight is same day but 4hrs earlier)

      • Princess says:

        Thanks Shoestring:
        1. Flights booked on Ba or gold card, but total amount under £100 (it was around £70 for 4 flights) so I think S75

        2.other flight they have is quite late arriving after midnight…again not ideal in our situation

        3.ill give them a call to see what they say about moving to different airline.
        Thanks again

        • Princess says:

          Sorry at n.1 I meant I think no S75

        • Shoestring says:

          Ryanair policy is as follows (you might want to quote this):
          [Ryanair will offer all disrupted customers the following sequence of re-accommodation options;
          First, move the customer to the next available Ryanair flight on the same route.
          If this option is not available same or next day, then;
          Move the customer to the next available Ryanair flight from/to a suitable alternative airport/s (for example: Luton or Gatwick in the case of Stansted).
          If this option is not available same or next day, then;
          Offer the customer re-accommodation on any one of our agreed disruption partner airlines to their destination as follows;
          Easyjet, Jet2, Vueling, Cityjet, Aer Lingus, Norwegian or Eurowings airlines.
          If this option is not available same or next day, then;
          Offer the customer re-accommodation on any comparable alternative transport (another airline flight, train, bus or car hire) with the cost of this comparable transport ticket to be assessed on a case by case basis.]

          However, your idea of what is reasonable might be different to theirs, ie mention the 2 small kids

        • Polly says:

          Princess
          I found them very good on chat. Based in Poland and seem very with it. Moved us to EI.

  • Andrew says:

    BITS – LBG & IHG

    Now have 3 different offers on my Halifax account:-

    10% – up to £50 on Intercontinental
    10% – up to £50 on Crowne Plaza
    10% – up to £50 on Holiday Inn Express

    LNER has also returned for those wanting to stock up on gift vouchers (vouchers are valid for 12 months).

    • Kipto says:

      I understand that with LNER you can book seats on any train in the UK, not just on the LNER network.

      • Andrew says:

        Absolutely. Not to be confused with the Nectar bonus offers that are targetted to “own brand” services.

      • BJ says:

        Take care here, when I buy LNER vouchers via Nectar they can be used on LNER Advance tickets only. Andrew or others can advise if buying them direct from LNER renders them valid on any ticket by any operator.

      • John says:

        All retailers selling tickets for trains in GB must sell them for all train companies, and are supposed to be impartial.

        Side note – tickets for trains in Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, are completely separate.

    • Alexey says:

      I have lloyds current account and see offers to it or halifax mentioned from time to time , but where should I find them ? is there a link from online banking ?

      • John says:

        It should be on the left hand side, it is called Everyday Offers. You need to register which might be from your profile.

        It took my wife 6 months to get it to show up because they messed up her profile, but they gave her £75 which is more than I have ever earned from these offers

      • Shoestring says:

        on Halifax, it’s found on your main online a/c page (a ‘home’ or house symbol) and you need to opt in to get the offers

        my wife has the hotel 10% offers as well

        • TonyG says:

          Shoestring,
          Which Halifax account to get suggest getting for best offers?

          • Shoestring says:

            the Reward Current Account – 5 mins to set it up online (but then show passport in bank) – free

            I’ve got a joint a/c with my wife but she has her own online access and therefore offers in her own right

    • Cal says:

      I have the Crowne Plaza and IC offers, would this work if I paid a pre-paid rate? Can you pay a pre-paid rate if using the Ambassador Weekend Voucher?

      • Alan says:

        I don’t know about the Halifax offers but if you’re using an AMB voucher it’s a special rate that can’t be prepaid.

        • TonyG says:

          Thanks,

          does opening Halifax or any account affect your credit score?

          • Lady London says:

            Not per se but normally a provider opening any sort of credit or current accoiunt for you would do a credit check. so that would show on file (not the outcome)..

  • Dave says:

    Ive been bumped out of business twice on the A380 back from hong kong

    • John says:

      And I’ve been upgraded to business twice. Sorry.

    • Lady London says:

      I think that’s about the last thing that;s doing to happen to you in the next couple of months or so!
      reports are that planes to and from a lot of Asia are empty. Several airlines have announced quite a few routings/flights cancelled for reasons that mention the virus but probably also include a bit of costcutting!

      CX has closed 3 of their HKG lounges, takeaway/ individually wrapped food provision in the rest. I really hope CX gets through the China issues, the crew issues, and the virus. They;re a great airline and don’t deserve this.

      • Cat says:

        Ditto – absolutely my favourite redemption, and one I was hoping to repeat. A fantastic hard and soft product, and the crew have been consistently brilliant.

  • James 1 says:

    Amex Plat offer: Spend £9,200 get 7200 MR point.
    Where do these numbers come from?

  • Spurs Debs says:

    O/T. My Cruise around Japan has been cancelled by cruise company, I’ll be cancelling my reward flights to Tokyo later. In case anyone is looking for reward flights details are depart LHR to HND 19/4 @ 11.35 return 3/5 @ 13.15. Hope info useful if you are looking for reward flights. Both flights in First class for 2 people.

    • SimonW says:

      Sorry to hear that…. But silver lining is you will be here for Spurs/Arsenal on 25th !

    • BJ says:

      Why not just go ahead with your trip and go someplace else for the duration of the cruise? IIRC you would bd missing out on excellent hotel deals too. AirAsiaX wbd Scoot have cheap business (poor but ok for the price) to Bangkok, KL and Singapore.

      • Spurs Debs says:

        The whole point of doing cruise is because I can’t walk far, to travel round Japan would require me to use wheelchair, trust me that’s just miserable for me and person pushing me. I’m off to see my travel companion now to make final decision on what to do.

        • BJ says:

          Sorry to hear that Debs, I trust you will have other opportunities in the future that will more than compensate for this disappointment.

          • Spurs Debs says:

            Thanks BJ I did look into if it was at all possible to do the trip, but had to be honest with myself body wouldn’t hold up. Fingers X going to Norway instead, not quite the same but somewhere I’ve never been and at least it’s an adventure. Being pragmatic I’ll get all my avois back and 241 voucher so should have enough points to take family to Hawaii. Now I need to read up booking reward flights on partner airlines lol

          • Cat says:

            I’m sorry to hear that Debs.
            It must be horribly disappointing, but Japan will still be there when the coronavirus madness dies down. In the meantime Norway is absolutely breathtaking, and Hawaii’s been on my list for a very long time, I’m dead jealous!

    • xcalx says:

      What a shame. Which cruise line have cancelled. Could you choose another cruise.

      https://www.vacationstogo.com/ticker.cfm?r=17&sm=20204&tm=20205&edged=1&sp=y

      • Spurs Debs says:

        Celebrity. They have cancelled all future cruises to Asia and agent said they aren’t the only cruise line to do that.

        • BJ says:

          Not sure how widely you have travelled in Asia but for future reference both Bali and Vietnam are really cheap places to hire independent self-employed driver/guides with their own cars. Two great places to visit and I am sure they could get you up close to most stuff to see by car or van. Rates in Thailand are not too bad too. The driver/guides would I am sure be much more receptive to your needs and caring than on any group tours and also help you see and do stuff group tours never do. Norway is stunning, enjoy.

          • Spurs Debs says:

            Thanks BJ, I’ve been to Thailand and hired private guides.
            Been to Hong Kong, I was more able bodied then and could manage on my own.

          • memesweeper says:

            +1 you can do the same in Jordan

            Petra is likely to be a severe challenge if you have limited mobility, but a lot of other sights are highly accessible.

    • Anna says:

      Ah no, Debs, you’ve been planning this for so long as well! But I think you’re doing the right thing as no-one really knows what the next few weeks will bring and it would be dreadful if you did travel and were refused insurance cover if the worst happened because of whatever FO advice is forthcoming. I really hope you get the chance to take your trip in the future!

      • Spurs Debs says:

        Thanks Anna nearly 2 years in the planning!
        We are going to Norway instead brand new ship 25% extra off as compo and at least I’ve not been there and it’s a break for me.
        We have very good travel insurance but you just don’t know. Also being a bad asthmatic it’s a big risk to take, although ironically more chance of getting it at home as only 8 miles from Milton Keynes where they are quarantining people lol I’ve decided to be pragmatic about it all.

        • Jerry says:

          Have a great trip to Norway. A lot of Tokyo F reward seats have opened up for April and May over the last couple of days. We moved our May Japan trip to September (for other reasons). No one knows what future travel advice will be. A new ship at a good discount sounds like a great deal. Enjoy.

    • Lady London says:

      So sorry to hear that @Spurs Debs I know you had been looking forward to it.
      Let’s hope “One door closes, another one opens”.

      At least this way you’re avoiding the uncertainty. So I think you’ve made the right decision.

    • Jill (Kinkell) says:

      On the one hand very sorry your hols are cancelled, but …..better safe etc. My husband always says that even if the trip was crap, the anticipation was a real boost,

  • John says:

    My wife has £1 clubcard vouchers and 90 points that are part of those millions going to expire.

    Any ideas for cashing out? No Tescos nearby and not been to Tesco since last summer.

    I have Tesco debit card which I use for fuel if passing a cheap Tesco PFS, not sure how many points I would be giving up if I used wife’s clubcard to get her total up to £2.50 = 600 avios?

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