Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Bits: BA Concorde Rooms re-open, good hotel suite deal in Cannes, PilotsTogether helpline

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

News in brief:

British Airways Concorde Room lounges reopen

The Concorde Room lounges at Heathrow and New York JFK have reopened fully for the first time since March 2020.

For the past year, anyone travelling in First or with a Concorde Room Card had to visit the Concorde Terrace, a temporary set up located within the British Airways Galleries First lounge. Whilst this was better than nothing, it wasn’t quite the Concorde Room.

The good news is that both Concorde Rooms at Heathrow Terminal 5 and New York JFK are open and will be serving a handful of exclusive cocktails to celebrate:

“The new menu contains seven cocktails, with two unique British Airways serves designed in celebration of the airline’s heritage and iconic colleagues. The two special cocktails are named the Barton and Lawford after Lynn Barton, the first female British Airways pilot, and Bill Lawford, the first ever British Airways pilot in 1919.  The menu has been designed with a focus on the best of British seasonal ingredients that specifically embrace ‘in-flight’ and wind pollinated flavours.”

The Barton and Lawford cocktails will also be available in the Galleries Club lounges and First lounge.

Guests will continue to receive full table service, rather than the in-app ordering seen in the other lounges.

BA Concorde Rooms re-open

Good suite deal at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes

Hyatt’s iconic art deco Hotel Martinez in Cannes has popped up on Travelzoo with an impressive suite offer.

The hotel is offering three nights in a Junior Suite for just £558 all-in. This includes breakfast for two people and late check-out until 1pm.

Additional nights are available for £189 per room per night.

The offer runs from 1st October to 30th April, although there are a few black-out dates to work around. If you can find dates that work you could have a pleasant Autumn long weekend. As well as having a beach front location, the hotel contains the only restaurant in Cannes with two Michelin stars.

Remember that, as this is a 3rd party booking, you won’t earn World of Hyatt points from your stay or receive any elite benefits if you have Hyatt status.

You can find out more on Travelzoo here.

The hotel is the building to the right, at the foot of the pier, in the photo below:

Hotel Martinez Cannes discount

PilotsTogether launches mental health text advice service

PilotsTogether is a charity set up last year to help pilots from UK-based airlines whose careers are being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last week the charity launched #WePilots 85258, a text-based mental health advice service for all pilots based in the UK. It is available for use by any pilot who is struggling with their mental health, in a profession where mental health issues carry a significant stigma.

You can find out more about the service, and what PilotsTogether is doing to help those in the industry, on its website.

Comments (20)

  • GaryC says:

    I had a sneak preview last week of the terrace outside the CCR – my friends and I who were on the GF terrace were invited to sit there by an excellent BA lounge attendant. The Concorde nose cone in the corner is very cool, and the furniture has seemingly all been refreshed.

  • Mike P says:

    The CCR Terrace was in use when I was there last Friday. It’s a nice space but good to hear that the CCR has reopened, albeit for limited hours.

    Not all GGL members can access the CCR, you need to either be flying First or hold a CCR card.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      For those interested in CCR access (correct me if I’ve got any of this wrong).

      I’m using the normal tier point amounts here, as opposed to the reduced amounts due to COVID.

      The first year to qualify for gold guest list (GGL) you need to earn a higher number of tier points (5000), then in subsequent years you need 3000 TP to renew.

      5000 is also the number needed to get a CCR card so all first year GGL will have access, but if you don’t hit 5000 when you renew you won’t get a CCR card. Therefore not all GGL card holders have CCR access.

      The current COVID reduced rate 2250TP for GGL renewal which doesn’t include CCR card or 3750 for CCR/first time GGL. So if you are doing lots of travel on routes still operating this might be a good year to go for it.

      Please note that currently the CCR closes early (around 15:00), the menu isn’t as substantial as usual (but a vast improvement over the current offerings in the other lounges) and the cabanas aren’t available.

  • Stu says:

    I was in the Galleries South Club lounge yesterday morning and it was mobbed! Staff were clearly overwhelmed with the number of folks and were struggling to keep up with orders. We ordered coffee and bacon rolls on arrival and waited over 10 minutes for the coffee and 20 minutes for the rolls. It certainly didn’t feel like a very premium experience, with dirty service items littered at countless tables. Have to say I actually felt sorry for the staff, some of whom were visibly stressed with workloads.

    • Gumshoe says:

      Back to normal then!

    • Andrew says:

      Let’s face it, Galleries Club lounges are like a staff canteen, and a not very nice one at that.

    • Stian says:

      I was in the Concorde Room (T5) yesterday. Disappointing service. I was there for an hour, waited 20 minutes for the menus and another 20 to order. My drink was delivered, the food never reached me before I had to leave. Staff was very friendly but they’re clearly overwhelmed. Top tip: Stop by the bar for your (first) drink when you arrive.

      • Will says:

        Rarely is the CCR experience what it should be based on the price of a first ticket. Took a bunch of friends there who don’t fly a lot and they were laughing at the “first class toilets”

    • paul says:

      Twas ever thus! We are talking about BA of course.

    • Char Char says:

      Last year orders arrived within 2minutes for me , sounds like they gave up!

  • The Original Nick. says:

    TAP GOLD via status match. I have dropped to Basic.

    • Rob says:

      I am expecting the same. This one didn’t quite work as planned. Dropping you is counterproductive though – where is the incentive to try them now?

    • S says:

      Was it your account that was matched, or were you gifted from a matched account? They cleaned up their IT flaws retrospectively and clawed back status in the latter cases. I know as I’m a victim of this.

    • AJA says:

      That’s disappointing. I am expecting the same. I thought TAP had a soft landing to Silver? Seems not. Oh well.

  • WaynedP says:

    Thank you for publicising PilotsTogether details, Rhys.

    Very important that we all look out for each other, especially in these times.

  • Robert says:

    Just to to edit the post re CCR room that it’s First passengers and CCR card holders that can access it. Plenty of GGLs out there without access (the majority I would think).

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please click here to read our data protection policy before submitting your comment

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.