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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  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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  • Leo says:

    OT – have just hit my BA Amex 241 spending voucher target (exceeded the target by £2 on the last day for this year, so just about!)
    Issue is that is have a £60 refund from M&S coming – which I can delay by a week but not more.
    Is this likely to result in clawback of my voucher?

    • John says:

      In the past it was only if the transaction taking me over the threshold was refunded.

      You could just spend £60 on the card, or ask for refund on gift card, or (if in store) hope they don’t check and stick a debit card in the reader

      • Anna says:

        +1, M & S will refund to any card if you return an item to store, although staff generally don’t know this! As per John with the debit card.

    • BJ says:

      Safest thing to do is spend another £58-60 on the card before the refund comes through. Supermarket giftcard, amazon.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      No, similar happened to me a few weeks back. Once you see line in Amex account about voucher it’s yours & no refund under threshold will remove it.

      • Anna says:

        Yes, I think what happens is that you have to make up the spend in the next card year – so if your refund is £100, you have to spend £10,100 to get your next voucher.

  • Philip says:

    I am doing some referrals between my wife and I.
    She has a platinum and will be referring me to business plat. My question is can we get both ba cards at same time also plat, gold and basic amex cards same time. Just trying to maximise referrals.

    • Shoestring says:

      pretty sure you can get as many cards as you like these days (provided they accept your application)

      but you know about the sign up bonus rules, right?

      • Philip says:

        Hi shoestring. Thanks. Haven’t had mr card for 6 months so i am assuming I get the bonus with plat business card after i hit the 6k.
        If after i get the plat business card do you think i can apply for other mr cards with out it affecting the bonus

        • Shoestring says:

          provided you didn’t have a *personal* Amex card for 2 years

          but you’re right, I don’t think the Business Plat stops you starting off a new Amex personal card cycle

        • Lady London says:

          Are you ensuring you also have the “supps” you can have on the cards that you do have also?

  • RTS says:

    Wow finally got a decent offer on my Palt Amex spend £3.2k for 1.5k MR in March.

    • TonyG says:

      That’s a paltry offer compared to others

    • Alex M says:

      Is it sarcasm? 1.5k mr points is a 0.47% bonus in your case assuming each is worth 1 p. I’ve got spend 800 get 400, which is better but still carp.

    • mr_jetlag says:

      spend 3.6k get 1.5k. They’re taking the p. Should be the other way round IMO (spend 1.5 get 3), there’s too many reasons to divert spend otherwise.

    • RTS says:

      Paltry as it may be… this is the first time i’ve ever received an offer like this on my Plat! Lol. Better than a slap in the face.

      • Rob says:

        My wife got £5,900 within 31 days for 1,500 points. To put this in context, she only hit the £15k / 12 months renewal bonus on her Gold because I stuck the office rent on her card for a few months!

        Timing is also weird because there are a lot of half term holidays which may have gone onto an Amex otherwise. Although this would be stupid for my wife because the 3% FX fee on £5900 would be £180 which is worth far more than 1,500 points!

        • SimonW says:

          Counting period seems to be 1st to 31st March. They’ve missed HT perfectly…..

          • Andrew says:

            Plenty of pre-booking opportunities for May & Summer and last minute Easter pre-booking.

      • Alex M says:

        It is almost as good as a slap in the face considering the fee.

  • mr_jetlag says:

    OT (now that I’ve checked Amex), do spend offers normally stack? I have spend £300 get £75 and spend £75 get £25 on Maybourne hotels. What happens if I spend £300, assume both would trigger simultaneously?

  • Gringo says:

    OT – new offer on my Gold Charge and Gold CC – spend £6k in March and get 1.5k MR

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      That’s a terrible offer, someone did get today 1.5 spend to get 1.5k MR, now that’s ok!

      • Harry T says:

        My partner got spend £600 get 400 MR. Better than my spend £5500 get 1500!

  • TonyG says:

    Does opening Halifax or any bank account affect your credit score?

    • Andrew says:

      Yes, it can. Better, worse or the same.

      Oddly none of my BoS Brand, or HSBC accounts are reported on any credit agency. My Halifax Account is, despite it being a white label BoS brand.

  • Jonny Price says:

    “It is almost certain that passengers from BA31/32 will be moved across to this earlier flight.”

    The BA31 is the earlier flight (1825 departure from LHR). The BA27 is the later flight (2100 departure from LHR).

  • Andrew says:

    Closing Hiltons…

    From the BBC site:-

    “Dozens of employees have been made redundant with the closure of an Aberdeen hotel.

    The Doubletree Treetops Hotel, on Springfield Road, is expected to shut on Thursday (13th Feb).

    Staff were told on Monday that the company that owns the hotel had ceased trading, and on Wednesday guests were told there was no food or drinks available.

    Between 75 and 80 employees are understood to have been made redundant.”

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