News in brief:
Get extra discounts with BA Holidays
BA Holidays is offering additional discounts this weekend as part of the current British Airways sale (which, I know, we haven’t covered in detail due to time pressure).
If you book a flight and hotel, or flight and car, package by 7th September, you will get the following extra savings on top of any sale discount:
- £300 extra discount with a minimum spend of £10,000 per booking (flight and hotel only)
- £200 extra discount with a minimum spend of £5,000 per booking (flight and hotel only)
- £100 extra discount with a minimum spend of £2,500 per booking
- £50 extra discount with a minimum spend of £1,250 per booking
- £25 extra discount with a min spend of £650 per booking (flight and car only)
You can book for travel until 8th August 2022.
A very small number of BA Holidays partner hotels are excluded from this offer, so check the small print before booking.
You can find out more on the BA Holidays website here.
Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 opens on Sunday
If you don’t qualify for access to the British Airways lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5, Plaza Premium will reopen its lounge on Sunday.
The competing Club Aspire lounge at the other end of the terminal has been open for a few weeks, so it is good to see Plaza Premium back in business. It opened briefly at the end of July but then closed again, either due to staffing issues or lack of custom.
During the closure, virtually all Plaza Premium lounges have left the Priority Pass lounge card scheme. This doesn’t make any difference in Terminal 5, however, as this lounge was never in Priority Pass in the first place.
You can still get free access via:
- American Express Platinum (show your Platinum card at reception, one guest allowed)
…. or book for cash via this page of the Plaza Premium website.
If you are able to access both Club Aspire and Plaza Premium, you would be crazy not to go with Plaza Premium. Irrespective of what the food offering may currently be, it is simply a far better designed and more pleasant space than Aspire.
Opening hours are 6am to an early 5.30pm looking at the Plaza Premium website.
A few photos from the Concorde Room
The British Airways Concorde Room lounges in London and New York, for ticketed First Class passengers, reopened on Wednesday.
Reader Daniel was in the Heathrow lounge and sent a few pictures to show how it has been refurbished (since, ahem, much of the artwork was sold off at auction). Click to enlarge slightly:
The sleep pods which are now in Galleries First have also made an appearance:
Here is the Concorde nose cone which used to be at the Waterside head office and is now on the Concorde Room terrace: