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With the Elizabeth Line now open in competition, albeit that direct trains to Heathrow from Canary Wharf, the City and Central London won’t start until later in the year, Heathrow Express is pushing forward with some new marketing initiatives of its own.

The most interesting of these is free Fast Track security at Heathrow when you show a Heathrow Express Business First ticket.

Heathrow started to sell Fast Track security passes before the pandemic. Sales were suspended in 2020 and have not restarted since.

Get free Fast Track security when you buy a Heathrow Express Business First ticket

Effective immediately, however, you can waltz through Fast Track with the purchase of a Business First ticket on Heathrow Express.

This isn’t cheap, of course.

As you can see here on the Heathrow Express website, an Anytime Day Single costs £32 and an Anytime Day Return costs £55.

That said, a Standard Class day single ticket will cost you £25. If you are paying £25, you might as well push the boat out and pay £32 and get Fast Track thrown in.

What are the other benefits of Business First?

You can see the Business First package on the website here.

Heathrow Express Business First free fast track security

The key benefits are a guaranteed table seat and greater legroom. Both classes have luggage racks and access to 4G-powered wi-fi.

The carriages have screens to show live flight and rail connections as well as daily news highlights and there are USB sockets in addition to normal power outlets which should be more useful for international travellers.

New trains now in service

If you haven’t travelled on Heathrow Express for a while, you may not have been on the ‘new’ train fleet yet. I say ‘new’ because they are actually refurbished Electrostar trains, built in 2015 to 2017.

The old fleet, whilst in excellent condition, was actually over 20 years old. More importantly, it wasn’t compatible with the new signalling system being installed as part of the Crossrail upgrade.

The new Business First configuration is denser at 2-1 rather than 1-1, albeit I can’t think of any other train operator still offering 1-1 in Business Class.

How to buy Heathrow Express tickets

This article looks at how you can get a discount on Heathrow Express tickets and earn Avios on your purchases. You can’t earn Avios on the purchase of discounted Standard Class tickets but you will earn Heathrow Rewards points.

Remember that, if you have Star Alliance Gold status – perhaps via the TAP Portugal status match – you get a free upgrade to First Class on Heathrow Express. This won’t come with Fast Track security, however, because you buy a Standard Class ticket and simply take a seat in First Class, flashing your Star Alliance Gold card if challenged.

You can book on the Heathrow Express website here.

PS. As of today, the Fast Track offer is not mentioned on the Heathrow Express website. You’ll have to trust us that it is up and running.

Comments (42)

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  • Steve says:

    I thought Fast Track was still closed at Heathrow? The Heathrow website and the OneWorld website says so – are they wrong?

  • Phil G says:

    At Paddington there was no obvious signage pointing you to the Elizabeth line ( 2 weeks ago). Probably by design

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      They’re probably working out what to put on the signs because currently if you’re going west (towards Reading or Heathrow) you use the mainline platforms and going east (towards Abbey Wood) you use the new Crossrail station. Once the trains go through the whole route then everything will use the Crossrail station.

    • Jay-Marc says:

      Elizabeth Line trains do at times leave the main line station from nearly all of the platforms so signs aren’t really possible there, even though for most of the time it will be one of 11, 12 or 14.

      • Nick says:

        The only EL trains to use platform 14 are the 4 additional peak ‘semi-fast’ services to Reading. All the rest will use 12 or below. This is because this platform can’t handle a full-length unit (these 4 services are on shorter sets that can’t and will never enter the heathrow tunnels).

  • Joshua says:

    Do BA GGL card holders still get a free upgrade too?

  • Rich says:

    Waltz through Fast Track? It’s been a while since that was possible at T5 and in fact some days I reckon the regular security channels are just as quick / are quicker.

    • Andrew J says:

      The First Wing is the only place for waltzing now.

  • Michael C says:

    Just as an fyi, if you have a Family & Friends railcard, the child travels free on Heathrow Express.

  • Track says:

    Waltz through Fast Track — strong expression when T3 security queues are extending out of the building..

  • Martin says:

    So a family of four (primary school-age kids) using T5 this summer can technically buy fast-track for £64 without using Heathrow Express? Has anyone here used fast-track during busy times? Tempting to pay the money if it saves time dealing with the chaos.

    • Rob says:

      HEx is free for under 15s so no ticket so, yes, I guess this works.

    • Michael C says:

      When I was in T5 last week, FastTrack just led into the middle of the main queue, so I probably “jumped ahead” of around 20 people, but there were at least 30 in front of me, and only 2 belts open.

    • Caroline says:

      I had the same idea. I’ve bought the tickets but no mention of fast track and I can just see what the security folk will say when I turn up with a HEX ticket … fingers crossed it works.

  • Brian78 says:

    The three times I’ve been to Heathrow since April (T5), fast track security has been closed

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      Fast track connections or the ones in departures? Remember there’s two fast tracks in departures one at the north end near the train and tube exits and the other by south security (there’s also the first wing, but you won’t be able to use that with a train ticket).

      Connections fast track has been closed when I’ve needed it. Last time I looked north fast track was closed but south was open

    • memesweeper says:

      T3 is open

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