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Heathrow baggage works ballot for strike action
Workers at Vanderlande Industries who manage baggage carousels are ballotin g Unite members for industrial action over pay.
Around 170 workers conduct maintenance and servicing of baggage carousels, ensuring passengers’ luggage is delivered into the terminal buildings. According to Unite, “If Unite members take industrial action it will bring all terminals and airline baggage handling to a standstill.” It seems like it would be an exaggeration as presumably they are not going to suddenly stop working, unless they are not allowed to operate baggage carousels without maintenance in the building.
The ballot opens today for three weeks until 1 September. Vanderlande Industries has made two below-inflation pay offers of just five per cent and 2.5 per cent that have been rejected by Unite members.
Finnair change business baggage again
Finnair has come under a lot of criticism recently over its changes to baggage and seating allowances. It is a shame as Finnair is a great airline that I have always found reliable with great service. Now it seems that Finnair may be listening to feedback as they have announced today that they will be increasing the business class carry-on luggage allowance from 10kg to 12kg, so you can now bring a carry-on bag and a small bag that weighs up to 12kg together. The new weight limit is also valid for tickets purchased before today.
Here is the full list of luggage allowances:
It is worth noting that the 23kg applies even to oneworld status holders who would normally get an increased weight limit. You can find out more details about flying with Finnair here.
Hotel and BA Holidays offers
Bahia Principe, resort hotel company with hotels in Spain, Caribbean and Mexico mainly, has a good offer of up to 40% off. You have until 31 August 2023 to book and can travel until 30 November 30, 2023.
Plus, if you’re travelling as a family, the first child is free! (depending on the season). Also, if you’re a member of My Bahia Principe, you can get an extra discount of up to 10% off and other benefits.
Here are some example prices after the discount:
- 5* Bahia Principe Grand Cayacoa, Dominican Republic
- AI – £50pp per night
- 5* Bahia Principe Grand Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- AI – £60pp per night
- Bahia Principe Grand Jamaica
- AI – £100pp per night
- Bahia Principe Luxury Sian Ka’an Adults only Riviera Maya, Mexico (I’ve been and loved it)
- AI – £87pp per night
British Airways Holidays also have a couple of holidays on offer in October that could be of interest:
UAE All Inclusive – British Airways Holidays offers three nights, at the 4* Hampton By Hilton Marjan Island from £789pp, travelling in October Half Term 2023. Includes economy (World Traveller) return flights from London Heathrow Airport, 23kg luggage allowance and accommodation on All Inclusive. Now, you may have in your head that Hampton is not where you would want to stay on holiday, but hotels here are very different from the normal ones. This is a particularly good one as it was originally meant to be a 5* hotel but got changed to a Hampton instead. The hotel is situated in Ras Al Khaimah which I fell in love with when I visited earlier this year.
- South Africa Luxury Holidays – British Airways Holidays offers five nights, at the 5* Hilton Sandton from £3499pp travelling in October 2023. Includes business class (Club World) return flights from London Heathrow Airport, 23kg luggage allowance and accommodation. Book by 25 August 2023.
You can check availability on the official BA Holidays webpage here.