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American Airlines to move more flights to Heathrow Terminal 5

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American Airlines has announced another round of musical chairs at Terminal 5, with a number of services moving to join British Airways at Terminal 5.

This will benefit anyone connecting to or from a British Airways short haul flight. It will also give American Airlines a breather whilst its Terminal 3 lounges are closed for refurbishment.

The following routes will operate from Terminal 5 from 27th March to 30th October:

American Airlines to move more flights to Heathrow Terminal 5
  • Dallas – Fort Worth
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York JFK

The following routes will remain in Heathrow Terminal 3:

  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Raleigh – Durham

It isn’t clear what the long term plan is for American Airlines at London Heathrow. Before covid, there was talk of introducing a US immigration station in Terminal 5C and moving all British Airways and American Airlines departures to the United States to the satellite.

You can read more about the terminal switch on the AA website here.

You can learn how to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards in this HfP guide.

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards

How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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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Comments (54)

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  • ChrisC says:

    If there were ever to be a pre clearance facility at LHR it would have to be open for all airlines to use not just BA and AA. And that would bring in a whole set of problems such as how would DL/Vs/UA/B6 check in their pax as well as things like lounges.

    HAL have had years to put together a proposal to both the US and UK governments for it to happen yet nothing appears to have been done,

    MAN has apparently built space for one but again nothing appears to have happened to make it actually happen.

    The only airports that appeared on a 2016 DHS list of possible airports to have made any actual progress are ARN and BRU.

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      That’s not how preclearance worked when it first started in Dublin. Some airlines didn’t take part voluntarily, some airlines didn’t move to T2 when the pre-clearance shifted to there, some airlines (most annoyingly) only used pre-clearance for morning flights but not their flights post-lunchtime. Frankly at this stage in the UK, anything would be better than nothing so I’ll take what we get. Although I am now so used to ex-DUB for US trips that I’m not sure I’d ever use UK-based pre-clearance to a great extent.

  • Voltron says:

    Wasn’t there rumours that the Conrad Rangali Maldives was supposedly meant to be leaving Hilton a while ago?

  • Neo says:

    Plan is easy all b777 with first class going to T5….

  • Can says:

    I said it before and I’ll say it again: US points and miles market should fall!!!

    • BJ says:

      Never going to happen but it is increasingly suffocating the loyalty market elsewhere.. In the UK, playing the portals and offers now makes much more sense than playing hotel loyalty schemes. This may even be the case where one holds lifetime status. Tine for my HH card to go, I have been clinging to it for purely sentimental reasons.

      • can says:

        I know. It is a pity how suffocated we’ve already become: no chase rewards card, underwhelming barclays card, 24mo wait rule…

        And i sait it “should” fall, not it will fall :))

  • Alan says:

    Yep, the points inflation drive from the US is just scary and so different to the rest of the world. At least BA try to offset it slightly with the increased fees for ex-US redemptions.

  • bafan says:

    Yeah I’m staying in a Hilton right now and my card gives 12 points / $1 on Hilton purchase, 3 points / $1 for everything else and Gold status for $95 annual fee (that usually they waive it if I call) plus the free night benefit. Really solid card.

  • Mattb says:

    I only just booked the WA BH for 95k using the 5 nights for 4, I assume existing bookings will be honoured?

    • Neil says:

      Wow… same here, for once I’m lucky!!!

      Just booked 6 nights at the Conrad Maldives for 95,000 next feb, mows they want 120,000 for the same nights!!!

      Thankfully this increase is only limited to the top resorts!

      • BuildBackBetter says:

        It has been noticed in top resorts. Other hotels could’ve had increased but stayed under radar.

        • Rob says:

          Exactly. We don’t have data points for the rest.

        • BJ says:

          Given Hilton kept it quiet it seems quite plausible they might drip feed increases more widely over the next few days or weeks. I checked my stays in UK, USA, Thailand and Japan last night and none had increased so far.

      • Flyingmoonwards says:

        See you there 🙂

    • H says:

      We are at the WA BH this April on 4 for 5 nights. Cash rates are now over $6000 – no wonder points rates are going up.

    • Rob says:

      Yes. Hotel gets paid the same by Hilton anyway.

  • David says:

    I’m depressed. Sitting in the Seychelles earning lots of Hilton points that I was going to spend at Conrad Maldives. The 120000 rate doing 5 nights for 4 is still good value. Booked today that is over 1p per point. However, along with the rate hike they have removed the option to book an over water Villa for 120000, which is what I was going to do. These used to be available along with beach villas. Now they want over 500000 for the over water villas, which are in the no kids part of the resort, so are particularly desirable for couples. Anyone got any suggestions for outsize value elsewhere if you have a million points to spend?

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