News: eGate trial for 10-11 year olds, last day to save on passport fees, Corinthia London deal
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News in brief:
eGate trial coming for 10 and 11 year olds
At the Airport Operators Association annual conference yesterday (yes, I get around), the head of Border Force announced that there will be a trial of using eGates for 10 and 11 year old children.
Subject to final Government approval, 10 and 11 year old children will be able to use eGates at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted – and only those airports – at unspecified dates in Summer 2023.
One issue is how well the technology can successfully do a facial match. A child passport runs for five years, so it is possible that a 10 year old could use the eGate using a passport showing a photo from when the child was 5 years old. Will it work? We will see.
Personally, I am looking forward to late April this year when my youngest finally hits 12 years old and we can say goodbye to the manned desks ….
PS. Talking of immigration, don’t forget that there is another Border Force strike today (Wednesday).
Last day to save on UK passport fees
The fees for applying for UK passports will increase tomorrow, 2nd February.
The fee for adults will rise from £75.50 to £82.50. The fee for children will increase from £49 to £53.50. This is the first increase in five years.
If you have been putting off making a renewal application, you will save a few pounds by doing it today.
Corinthia London Amex cashback deal stacking with a ‘3-4-2’ offer
Corinthia has joined the many hotel chains offering cashback via Amex.
If targeted, you will receive £100 back on a £400+ spend. This offer runs until 31st March which gives you plenty of time to use it.
Only the London hotel is taking part. This is, however, the best Corinthia hotel by miles. I had a tour of Corinthia London a few years ago and the London website is here. The restaurant is run by Tom Kerridge which is a good enough reason in itself to stay.
The cashback will double up with a ‘3 nights for the price of 2’ offer that the hotel is running until 30th April. Bookings are cancellable up to 48 hours before departure which is rare for such promotions. You can find out more about that offer here.
Hotel offers update – March 2023:
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Want to buy hotel points?
- Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points by 9th May. Click here.
- Marriott Bonvoy is offering a 40% bonus when you buy points by 3rd April. Click here.