Double Avios on flights
BA have launched one of their regular offers for extra Avios on flights with all the usual catches! The main one is that the promotion only applies to new bookings made after you register for the promotion, not existing ones. You also only have a short time to travel as you need to have travelled by 31 December 2017.
Double Avios will be awarded before any cabin or tier bonuses on all tickets except reward flights. The offer is open to Executive Club members in all countries, except USA, Canada, Mexico and South Africa. If you are not yet a member you can join now and still participate for any new bookings.
To get the double Avios, simply register, book and travel by 31 December. You know you have registered successfully when a “thank you” message is displayed to confirm that your registration has been successful.
The good news is that it applies to American Airlines, Finnair and Iberia flights too.
You can find the promotion page here.
BA New York JFK First Wing opens
BA have opened the first stage of their JFK refurbishment with a First wing check-in area for First Class customers and BA Executive Club Gold members. The First Wing at JFK echoes the design of the First Wing at Heathrow T5, providing a private check-in area with podium style check-in desks, seating, baggage porters and access to fast-track security. The rest of the refurbishments are due to be finished by the end of 2018.
The official BA news page is here.
BA Gatwick Club Lounge trial
If you have travelled through Gatwick and used the Club Lounge recently you may have noticed that Champagne is now available to help yourself to rather than having to track down staff to ask for a glass. The Champagne is a trial to see if it improves customer satisfaction from Gatwick. Much as I like the new improved lounges, I am never a fan of travelling from Gatwick. Apart from the fact it is difficult to get to from where I live, it also does not have a Concorde Room if you are in First and the shops in the South Terminal are nowhere near the standard of Heathrow T5.
My main bugbear with Gatwick, however, is the lack of a BA First lounge before 7 am. This is because there are no long haul flights with First this early but BA Gold Cardholders also should have access. Most of the day it wouldn’t be a problem for me, but in the early morning the Club lounge is extremely busy and the standard of the breakfast is poor compared to what you get in the First Lounge. You can read my review of the new Gatwick BA Club lounge here and the First lounge here.
What do you think of BA’s operation at Gatwick? What would you like to see them do differently? Let me know in the comments below or on social media.