On 17 December it appears that United’s flight from London to Newark had a technical problem on take-off. Several hours later after dumping fuel over the English Channel it returned to Heathrow. The 767-400 left at 11am and returned back at 4pm. The Daily Mail has a number of reports from some of the 200… Read full article

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The 10% discount offered to holders of 200 BA Shares is going away from 1 January but you should be able to book for now. I tried a simple trip from London City to Dublin. Whilst the first page shows the correct, discounted, price as soon as you go through to book the system the… Read full article

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I did a short one night return visit to the Hilton Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. It’s important to know that this hotel is not at Terminal 5. (This is unlike the Hilton at Terminal 4 which is connected to the terminal). Instead you have to catch (and pay) for a Hotel Hoppa which takes… Read full article

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If you are a member of Flyertalk you might like to pop over and express your views about a proposal to introduce Facebook-style ‘Like’ buttons for posts. A small scale trial is underway amongst Moderators and the member-elected TalkBoard. So far the poll is not attracting much attention from their hundreds of thousands of members… Read full article

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A good while ago I reviewed the Hilton at Gatwick Airport – you can read it here. A recent trip required me to stay at the airport for an early morning flight. The Hilton used to be hugely expensive, but there is so much competition there now that prices have come down a lot. A… Read full article

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I took a fair number of Club Europe flights with BA last weekend, and discovered the wide range of salads that BA serve on their intra-Europe flights. BA flights rarely have hot food these days and so you are usually presented with a salad at meal times, of varying size and content. Examples from last… Read full article

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A good long time ago I used to fly Lufthansa and credit points there when I had passed through United’s 1K status. Those days a long gone and I manage to hold on Frequent Traveller status (their lowest tier) through a Gas & Oil Club connection that I have. I haven’t credited anything to them… Read full article

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Check your mailbox if you are a Club Carlson member as you may have received a Christmas gift. Clicking on the link in the email elicited a 10,000 point gift. Very nice, and certainly the best gift that any airline or hotel has given me this Christmas. (Actually it’s better than some of the gifts… Read full article

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BA launched an excellent Business Class sale from Dublin yesterday. Fares range from EUR1140 to JFK and EUR1395 to Honolulu, San Francisco and Los Angeles. There are plenty of other destinations too! Travel Dates: 23 Dec – 2 Jan 27 Mar – 12 Apr 1 Jul – 31 Aug 22 Nov – 30 Nov (may… Read full article

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A reasonably long walk from the main terminal at Geneva are the B gates where British Airways operates its services to London Heathrow and Gatwick. Passing Swiss Passport Control you go up an escalator to the circular terminal area. When I arrived it was fairly busy with probably a couple of hundred passengers occupying the… Read full article

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In February 2012 I visited a very run down Crowne Plaza hotel near Geneva Airport. Returning last weekend it was clear that a lot of cash had been spent to bring it up to a more modern standard. Thankfully. The shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes from the airport, right past the taxi line. As… Read full article

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