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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 Heathrow Terminal 5

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:

…. 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.

Our last review of the Plaza Premium Terminal 5 lounge is here. Our recent review of the Club Aspire lounge in Terminal 5 is here.

Opening hours are 6am to an early 5.30pm looking at the Plaza Premium website.

Plaza Premium lounge Heathrow Terminal 5

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:

British Airways Concorde Room Heathrow Terminal 5


Concorde Room Heathrow Airport


British Airways Concorde Room Heathrow Terminal 5

The sleep pods which are now in Galleries First have also made an appearance:

British Airways Concorde Room Heathrow Terminal 5

Here is the Concorde nose cone which used to be at the Waterside head office and is now on the Concorde Room terrace:

Comments (38)

  • Doug M says:

    A very petty point. If you do click on the pics to enlarge when you back it returns to the top of the story not the position of the pic. It’s a measure of my boredom that I chose to mention this 🤷🏻‍♂️
    Firefox on an iPad.

  • Neil says:

    Only BA could launch a sale on their holidays and then produce a blank page when you click to book!

  • Peter says:

    Just cancelled my Plantium last month as didn’t know whether this lounge would be open for my trip this month or not…

  • barnaby100 says:

    Most important thing- Have they put any extra sockets in the CCR?

  • Right says:

    BA related

    Has Iberia cabin bag size changed?
    I seem to remember it was 56 X 45 x 25 cm but now it shows 56 X 40 X 25cm.

    BA still maintain same size as before.

  • soundnomad says:

    Just spoke to BA holidays as looking to make a booking this weekend. (First time I have called them)

    According the person I spoke to – in order to qualify for the Double TP offer one cannot stay at multiple hotels or use the customise trip planner – if this is true (as i have garnered the impression that they may not be fully equipt with the details) it isn’t really a massive issue for me but it is annoying that my return flight leaves just after midnight and I have to therefore pay for a hotel for that night as opposed to checking out the afternoon before (which is possible using the custom trip planner). I asked if this would trip me up for double tier points as the hotel stay ends the calendar day before the flight (albeit a flight only 30 mins into the next day). Again told not possible – retern flight has to depart on same calandar day as check out of hotel.

    Has anyone else experienced this? When told it was not possible to stay at more than one hotel or use the customise trip function – I started to be concerend about the accuracy as I am sure I read here that it was possible to at least stay at multiple hotels for the duration of the trip and that using the custom trip function made that possible to book online. Also it would seem odd – given the nature of some holidays not to have the offer of a different departure airport for the return leg. (Again I assume only possible with the custom trip planner or a phonecall to BA.)

    He also did seem to just be reading out the T&Cs from the website so I am still hopeful.

    I also pointed out that even with the a straight return flight and one hotel for duration it still did not mark the offer as qualifying for Double TP and Firstwing. I am assuming this happens when the flight is not BA operated or starts from an airport other than heathrow T5.. but they just said so long as it is a codeshare it will qualify.

    Any advice much appreciated.


    • Dubious says:

      If the phone line queue doesn’t take too long you may be better off calling back and seeing if you get a different answer from a different agent.

  • B Björn says:

    CCR should be a haven of peace then. First seats cut by two thirds.
    Even with Prems, GGL4L/Concorde Card holders it will be a lot quieter than before.
    Surprised they’ve reopened it.
    How long until BA sell access to it?

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