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British Airways moves its Maldives flights to Heathrow Airport

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Whilst this has not been officially announced, British Airways is moving its Maldives flights to London Heathrow this Winter.

The service, which runs three times per week between November and March, will now depart and arrive from Heathrow Teminal 5 using a Boeing 777.

If you are booked on this service, you should double check your seat reservations since they may have changed.  It is now a four class service which means First Class is available.

British Airways moves Maldives flights to Heathrow

Rob discussing coronavirus and aviation on BBC World News

I was on ‘Talking Business with Aaron Heslehurst’ on BBC World News yesterday, discussing coronavirus and its effects on the global aviation industry – or as much as you can discuss in 3 minutes.  Nothing like live TV in front of a few million people to keep you on your toes ….

Ironically, the only reason I was able to go on the BBC to discuss coronavirus is that the trade show I was meant to be attending in Berlin was cancelled …. due to coronavirus.

The video is here if you want to take a look.  If you can’t see it below, click here for our YouTube channel.

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  • Shoestring says:

    @BJ the second wave of cheap £100 insurances just went payable – much faster that first round where ISTR it was 9-10 months – this time under 4 months, so only 4x c.£4 – BACS only not Avios

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Same here SS, 3x instalments @ £2.61.
      Now onto a new policy.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Safe to use previous provider just cancelled?

      • Shoestring says:

        I was on the 3rd different one for each of us, obvs I went for cheapest first so it might be going up to rather more than £4/ month next – hmmm – I’ll check and see, might be a good idea to leave 18 months before going back to the same provider but they might not notice

        • Secret Squirrel says:

          Prob is for me my previous provider @ £2.19 for new quote, closest 2nd quote £5.00 @ month so a considerable jump if takes 10x months to payout.

    • Nick_C says:

      Interestingly, my £100 from the first tranche was initially payable as Avios. I kept it in the account, hoping for a bonus, and it has now changed to BACS only.

      Still OT, bought JL GCs in Morrison’s today. Tried to buy 3*£50 and till refused it (this was at the Kiosk). Manager came but could not override. Changed to 6*25 (plus 2*25 Netflix) and it all went through fine.

      Morrison’s also has Redex Diesel additive half price – £2 for a 2 shot bottle.

  • Joe says:

    OT – I need to change a couple of bookings on BA and struggling to get through (not surprising). Does anyone know what time of day tends to be quieter so I can try again then?

  • pauldb says:

    Email from Virgin Money that they are removing 2.99% FX charges for the EEA. Can’t see how that’s defined: then it mentions Sterling, Euro, Krona, Lei. So what about Croatia, Norway, Monaco and more?

    • jc says:

      If you’re e.g. in Croatia paying in Kuna you still pay the fee.

      You have to be in EEA AND paying in one of the three currencies listed, to have no fees.

      It’s an EU regulation that came in 15 December 2019 – Virgin mentioned it on statements, and have now followed up with an email too.

      @Rob, still think they’re going to undo it?

      • AlexT says:

        I didn’t pay FX on a BGN transaction in Sofia in late December, so looks like the EEA is broadly defined and doesn’t just include Eurozone countries and EUR transactions.

        • jc says:

          BGN is one of the currencies listed, and Sofia (Bulgaria) is in the EEA (and EU), so I don’t follow your comment? They’ve said that this would have no fees, and it has no fees…

          • pauldb says:

            No they’ve said no fees in the EEA, then gone on to say it’s limited to certain currencies and BGN is not listed.

            From what I can see, it may be confusion where in fact the 15Dec rules extended Euro rules to the whole EEA. Previously other non-Euro countries could add themselves to the grouping with local legislation and only Sweden and Romania had done so. 15Dec widened the rules to the EEA, and the UK with that, but that does suggesting Virgin Money should be making the rule change for all EEA currencies. But I could be reading it all wrong!

        • jc says:

          (EEA only has one definition, and the Eurozone and Euro aren’t it.)

          • AlexT says:

            I wasn’t suggesting the EEA has multiple definitions – was just saying that what you claimed is wrong…

            “You have to be in EEA AND paying in one of the three currencies listed, to have no fees.”

    • RussellH says:

      It is only SEK, not DKK or NOK or ISK.

      It goes back to the creation of the SEPA – all cross border payments in EUR were required to cost no more than a similar domestic payment. Swedish and Romanian govts.decided to require their banks to follow suit. Other EEA govts. did not.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Aren’t they? All of those currencies are mentioned on Virgins link

        • jc says:

          Mentioned as ‘from April 16 this website will show the conversion rate for these currencies’. No official word that anything except EUR/SEK/RON has the fees waived – yet

  • Lee says:

    Hi I’m looking at flying heathrow to istanbal BA business to connect with another flight. Does anyone know if this is a standard business class seat same as economy? Its airbus neo A321-200

    Thanks any help greatly appreciated

  • Jack says:


    Am I right in thinking you can earn Avios on if you book the Lufthansa-operated Cathay codeshare from FRA-HKG through Cathay? Similar to the BA-Qantas-Emirates trick?

  • maccymac says:

    OT: Hertz Spend £200 or more, get £25 statement credit back appeared on PRG… when you book, rent and pay by 24th April 2020. UK domestic rentals only.

    • Charlieface says:

      Be careful it’s often limited locations pay in branch only

  • Stagger Lee says:

    OT – I’m looking at going to Hawaii in Feb or Mar next year and have a 2 for 1 voucher to use. obviously I can;t use it for the whole trip but anyone got any suggestions on best routing.

    We don’t really want to stopover on the way out so Ilm guessing the need to reckin for another airline might be an issues. . Not sure If I’d need to exit and recheck in or if I could do that at baggage reclaim.
    We might might a night or 2 break on the way back which would makes things easier .

    Hope that makes sense


    • Rhys says:

      2-4-1 voucher only valid on BA, so if you want to use it best bet is to fly to a West Coast hub (like LA) on your 2-4-1 and then get flights to Hawaii separately from there.

      • Stagger Lee says:


        Anyone know the best business seats from th West Coast to Hawaii. Guess I could do LA, San Francisco or even Seattle?

        • Stagger Lee says:

          To reply to myself, Apologies for the terrible typing in the first post which makes it really confusing

        • Rhys says:

          Most flights are ‘domestic’ layouts, ie. not lay-flat business class. Depends if you’re okay with domestic first or would rather have a lay flat seat for 5+ hours, in which case American from Dallas or Delta might be of use.

          • Stagger Lee says:

            Thanks again,

            I think I’d prefer a lay flat so will have a look at Dallas. Could pick up some Avios with AA that way as well.

            Cheers for the help, gives me a good head start on planning.

        • Tommy says:

          Delta have Delta One on one service per day and Hawaiian Airlines have lie flat beds from LAX

          • Mj says:

            Hawaiian also have flat beds from Vegas and I think San Diego. If you go on the website and do a dummy booking it says the plane type and CV whether it has flat beds. They look good for couples.

            In theory could book with virgin miles if availability is there, think it was around 40k pp each way.

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        Tokyo and Osaka aren’t bad options either. Up a band in terms of pricing but business class product on JAL will be much better than the short haul AA configs.

        • Stagger Lee says:

          Cheers, I hadn’t thought of going that way round so will add it to my possible options.

          • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

            NB: You can open-jaw a 2-4-1 as well (e.g. London-Tokyo / Los Angeles-London) if you fancy a round the world itinerary.

  • berneslai says:

    OT: IHG Mastercard “free” card bonus of 20k points. When does this get credited? After I hit the £500 spend, the statement date after I hit the spend or after the initial three month period?

    • Genghis says:

      I spent £500+ as soon as got the card. 10k for £200 posted with next statement. The additional 10k can take up to 90 days per terms IIRC.

      • berneslai says:

        Thanks Genghis

      • Genghis says:

        Oh, also worth noting that I have had the free white card before (when the last 20k bonus was on) and still have the premium card, so churning v much possible (not that I’m a “usual” Creation customer, or maybe they see on my credit report me applying for stuff all the time and like what they see?)

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Already on 1x month, still not had the extra 10k.

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