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American Airlines moving its flights to London Heathrow Terminal 5

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American Airlines will be moving all of its London Heathrow flights into BA’s Terminal 5 from tomorrow, Tuesday.

‘All’ isn’t much at the moment, of course.  American is only operating four flights – one per day to Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW), New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare and Miami.

Check-in will be in Zone C, except for Flagship First customers who can use the First Wing.  The dedicated security lane in the First Wing is currently closed, however, so if there are no queues it is a bit of a waste of time heading down there.

American Airline Heathrow Terminal 5 move

Lounge access is available as per standard oneworld rules.

Finnair is also due to move to Terminal 5 in the next couple of weeks.

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How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards (September 2021)

American Airlines no longer has its own UK credit card.

There is, however, still a way to earn American Airlines miles from a UK credit card

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At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 American Airlines miles per £1 spent on the card. This will increase to 0.83 AA miles per £1 if you convert Bonvoy points in chunks of 60,000 points.

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Comments (49)

  • Will in SFO says:

    The American move is permanent though rather than temporary until T3 opens as I had first assumed. OMAAT had it confirmed by American press team apparently.

    • Andrew says:

      What a shame, I used to fly AA to New York so I could enjoy the myriad lounges at T3. Let’s hope they open an AA Flagship First lounge – anything has got to be better than Galleries First.

      • Rhys says:

        I wonder if they could make use of the currently empty lounge space in T5C, since all their flights are longhaul.

        • Voldemort says:

          Apparently they’ve set up the AA gates at T5B so that might not be convenient.

          • Rhys says:

            Not right now, but I imagine we might see changes in the coming months if AA really are there to stay.

        • ChrisC says:

          It’s important to realise that it’s an empty space not an empty lounge space

          It is basically a shell space waiting for whatever purpose HAL want to put it to use as – lounge or shops or whatever and it will take sometime to turn it into a lounge with proper lights, electrics, toilets and catering facilities etc etc etc

          It’s not a ready to go space that AA can move into overnight like BA did with the VS lounge when there were issues with the new BA lounge at LGW

  • John says:

    Has Avis said anything about extending their Preferred status levels? They seem an outlier compared to other rental firms that have announced this already.

    • Rich says:

      They’re double-counting your spend at the moment, so you’ll reach Preferred Plus or Presidents Circle quicker.

      • Alex says:

        Thanks for that, I didn’t know. Was there an announcement?

      • Rich says:

        It was on the website but I can’t find it right now. It was definitely ‘spend counts double’ between certain dates rather than ‘target spend halved’. In the back of my head istr it was for bookings made by the end of Sept for collection by the end of the year, but I could have that wrong as I can’t find the details now. Sorry

  • Andrew says:

    BA website says the First Wing reopened on 4 July, which presumably means the security lane too.

  • The Lord says:

    Any tips on cheap car hire in central London or is it just best to head out to Heathrow for the better deals?

    • Tom H says:

      +1 I ve read Charliefaces great Hertz article, and even trying us and aus sites for a week in the uk in August it’s pretty pricey for a large estate. Avis seems reasonable priced but does any one have a good code for them aswell?

    • Rhys says:

      Try something local – sometimes cheaper than the big brands. I’ve used Kendall Cars in south London several times. Not fancy cars but excellently priced (especially for me given that Hertz etc all charge a ‘young driver surcharge’!)

      • Josh says:

        One of the few benefits of being over 25 😂 No surcharge

        • Rhys says:

          Can’t wait, although that also means I age out of cheap theatre tickets in London which I’m not looking forward to….

    • AG says:

      Try Virtuo or Zipcar.

    • Charlieface says:

      Avis key worker offer is very good. If you’re not a key worker I’ll leave that to your imagination…

  • vol says:

    The Lego sale reminds me of the gold old days getting lots of Avios from Tesco 😩

    • Sussex Bantam says:

      I had my eye on the Boba Fett helmet which has been reduced from 54.99 to 54.97….

  • Rich says:

    Have been hiring for the last five weeks, waiting in vain for a juicy promo!

    Due to hand one back today but I don’t have anything booked as the price has jumped from <£70pw to £175

  • tony says:

    I need a car later this week. Enterprise is the only major within 20 miles of me & their prices haven’t budged at all.

  • Dezbez says:

    AA’s move reminded me of the HFP article from the beginning of the year predicting this, as well as a number of other things. (The start of this year seems a very long time ago….)

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