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Bits: Wizz-Air makes a big push into Turkey, BA Hong Kong tier points increased

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News in brief:

Wizz-Air makes a big push into Turkey from London

We don’t cover Wizz-Air much on HfP, although we do have the infamous trip review from Rhys last year on his £1.79 all-in ticket. He survived the experience unscathed and with minimal damage to his wallet.

The airline has just launched a big push into Turkey which warrants a mention.

You will soon see:

  • Antalya from London Gatwick – 4x weekly from 26th March
  • Dalaman from London Gatwick – 4x weekly from 23rd May
  • Istanbul from London Gatwick – daily from 28th March
  • Istanbul from London Luton – daily from 28th March

Istanbul is not currently served from Luton, so this is a new route for the airport. Wizz will face competition on the Gatwick routes.

As well as the London routes above, Wizz is also launching flights into Turkey from other European bases, especially Budapest, as well as Abu Dhabi.

Fares start at £31 one way.

Wizz Air launches new Turkey routes

British Airways has quietly increased Hong Kong tier points

Yesterday we updated our list of British Airways tier points by route.

What we didn’t know at the time, although it is now corrected, is that British Airways has recently improved the tier points you earn when flying to Hong Kong.

The distance between Heathrow and Hong Kong has increased – in the BA system – from 5,979 miles to 6,004 miles.

This shifts it into the ultra-long haul tier point band and means that, for a one-way flight:

  • Economy flights earn 20 / 40 / 80 tier points depending on flexibility (was 20 / 35 / 70)
  • World Traveller Plus flights earn 100 tier points (was 90)
  • Club World flights earn 160 tier points (was 140)
  • First Class flights earn 240 tier points (was 210)

Comments (57)

  • lumma says:

    Back in September flew wizzair to Ljubljana. Delayed for three hours initially, then diverted to Venice due to bad weather. Told there’d be a bus to take us to Ljubljana which never arrived before eventually being sent to a hotel, arriving around 1am (was meant to land in Slovenia at 3pm I initially).

    In the morning, still no sign of onward transportation I decided to stay in central Venice for a night then make my own way to Slovenia. The only thing wizzair eventually paid out on was the train from Trieste to Ljubljana, refused to pay for the first train from Venice to Trieste as they claimed there was a direct bus. They also refused to pay out for the taxi to central Venice.

  • Wally1976 says:

    Based on the current £890.51 cash return fare, we’ve achieved 3.98p per Avios for our August flights LHR-DLM (booked 355 days out, no 2for1). A good result although we would never have paid that, we just wouldn’t have gone abroad this year!

    Wizz Air and Easyjet flights from LGW on the same dates are less than half the price but horrible flight times as others have said.

    • louie says:

      I got 2.175p based on current prices, more than happy with that. We wouldn’t have paid extra to fly BA if there had been no availability, we would have flown with SunExpress or Pegasus.

  • StaggerLee says:

    I booked twice with Wizz a few year’s ago. Both trips had the flight times changed so much that the journey became pointless. I was lucky in getting my money back reasonably quickly but i said I’d never use them again. Seems like I made the right choice

    • Bagoly says:

      Have had several trips with them which were fine.
      But then similar to you a move from a 12:45 departure to 05:55.
      Hopefully as things settle down post-Covid (they have not yet) this sort of action will become less common.

  • Jan M says:

    Paid for WizzAir’s frequent flyers programme because the flights ended up being cheaper, then they cancelled them. It was a struggle to get a cash refund for the flights and they obviously never repaid the membership fee.

  • Patrick says:

    I fly 60 to 90 times a year. I find Wizz is excellent.

    • Joe says:

      Me too. Flown with them more than any other airline over last 5 years (at least 80+ flights) and very rarely had an issue.

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