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  • Tom Otley

    It’s definitely an issue – I now take a travel guitar (ARIA-Sinsonido-AS-109C-SBK-Silent-Classical-Guitar) and although it comes apart and so packs smaller than a normal acoustic even then I have had problems getting it on board BA flights (and that’s for long haul flights in WTP).

    in reply to: BA. I'm in a quandary.

    Tom Otley

    Tom, with more and more mobiles including overseas numbers as part of inclusive minutes, it is sometimes easier/quicker to call overseas call centres to get a response. I realise we have to be sensible, but could a number in USA, Asia and Australia be included.

    Without complicating matters – is it possible for a box or excel be included into the thread to make it easier to read…(on the basis overseas call centres can be included).

    Good point. I’m putting links to the contact number pages where I can find them behind the airline names so if you click on that it takes you to the main page and local or international numbers are sometimes accessible from there.

    I’ve also started a list of all the lost property office numbers of every airport worldwide.

    It’s been a very slow day.

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    Tom Otley

    Wizz Air flash sale


    Summer sale, 20%* off selected flights booked today 15th August 2018, valid for travel across Wizz Air’s network up until the 16th September 2018.

    *20% discount applies to fares including taxes and non-optional charges but excluding administration fee. This promotion applies on 15 August 2018 from 00.00 to 23.59 CEST on selected flights only. All travel must be completed by 16th September 2018. The price applies only to bookings made on or on the WIZZ mobile app.

    **One way including all taxes and non-optional charges

    Tom Otley

    We get this round-up from BA – so here they are…

    New offer

    1) Collect 1,000 Avios with the Wine Explorer’s Top 12 wines – order by September 30, 2018
    Order a 12-bottle case with the Wine Explorer for only £54.99 and enjoy 2 free bottles of Duck ‘n’ Pheasant New Zealand Sauvignon and a pair of Dartington Crystal wine tumblers (together usually £40.98) – all free with the order. New customers will receive 1,000 Avios (250 Avios for existing customers). There is also free delivery (usually £7.99) on all orders made between 1 July 2018 – 30 September 2018
    Terms and conditions
    Ongoing offers

    1) Use your shopping to bag a trip to Rome – enter by August 24, 2018
    Members can turn £5 worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers into Avios and be in with a chance to win a trip to Rome. The prize includes business (Club Europe) return flights and 3 nights’ 5-star accommodation for two. The break can be taken any time between October 1 2018 and December 14 2018, subject to availability.
    Terms and conditions

    2) Bonus Avios with ASOS – expires August 31, 2018
    Members can collect 6 Avios for every £1 spent with ASOS through the British Airways Avios eStore until 31 August 2018
    Terms and conditions

    3) Collect double Avios and a complimentary night with Langham Hotels and Resorts – book and stay by September 30, 2018
    Members who book the “Club and Suite Indulgence” package or the “Linger Longer” package can collect double Avios. The former also offers a complimentary night’s stay. The appropriate booking codes can be found in the link below.
    Terms and conditions

    4) Collect double Avios with Mandarin Oriental Hotels – book and stay by September 30, 2018
    Choose from a wide range of Mandarin Oriental Hotels worldwide and collect double Avios on the stay. Book and stay by 30 September 2018.
    Terms and conditions

    Tom Otley

    Has to be LHR to JFK with BA!

    Although a colleague just flew from EDI to LSI with Loganair and since he hasn’t stopped talking about how expensive it was…

    Tom Otley

    “Ryanair strike widens as German, Dutch pilots join Friday stoppage” –

    Ryanair will cancel about one in six of its flights on Friday after pilots based in Germany voted to join 24-hour stoppages set to hit Europe’s biggest airline in Ireland, Sweden and Belgium at the height of the holiday season.

    Tom Otley

    Rules changed last week, for Egypt at least…

    FLIGHTS FROM EGYPT From Wednesday 1 August 2018, the previous restrictions on electronic items which had been in place on British Airways flights from Egypt have been lifted and our normal hand baggage rules will now apply. Customers flying from Egypt will still experience a range of extra security checks at the boarding gate.


    If you are flying on British Airways from Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia or Turkey. The cabin baggage security requirements only affect direct flights FROM these countries to the UK. The cabin baggage security requirements only affect direct flights FROM these countries to the UK.

    You are not able to carry laptops, tablets and larger mobile phones in your hand baggage on these flights. Only mobile phones smaller than the following dimensions will be allowed in the cabin:

    Length: 16 cm
    Width: 9.3 cm
    Depth: 1.5 cm
    In addition, certain items known as peripheral devices (which can be attached to a laptop, tablet or larger mobile phone) are also subject to new security requirements. Please refer to the UK Department for Transport’s website for more information about what peripheral devices and other items can be transported. Please be aware that some peripheral devices will not be allowed on board the aircraft at all.

    > Visit the UK Department for Transport’s website

    Any laptops, tablets, larger mobile phones or peripheral devices which are still permitted to be carried in your checked baggage must be switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode) before being checked-in. The items should be packed in protective packaging to prevent unintentional activation.

    Although the additional requirements only apply to flights FROM these countries, you may wish to consider how you pack your hand baggage and checked baggage on your flight from the UK so that you can comply on your return journey to London. Customers should ensure that any electronic devices placed into the aircraft hold are given adequate protection.

    All British Airways flights to/from these countries continue to operate as normal. If you are due to travel, please arrive in good time for the various stages of your journey including check-in, main security search areas and at the boarding gate. You will be subject to additional searches and questions.

    It is likely that we will be calling customers to the boarding gate earlier in the listed countries so please do all you can to help us depart the flight punctually.

    The safety and security of our customers and crew will always be our top priority and we continue to work very closely with governments and airports around the world. Thank you for your patience and understanding in helping us to comply with the additional security requirements.

    in reply to: Laptop and iPad ban

    Tom Otley

    British Airways boss urges government to address “border farce”

    Here is the text of the letter

    Heathrow queues

    Sir, You report that the prime minister is considering designated lanes for UK passport holders at our airports (“UK-only passport lines after Brexit ‘will lengthen queues’ ”, August 2). Whether this is a good idea for Britain as it enters the post-Brexit era is a matter for government, but the Home Office’s priority now should be to prevent long queues building up on arrival at Heathrow.

    Two-hour queues are fast becoming the norm for those visiting from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), despite a target of no more than a 45-minute wait. Even EEA citizens wait almost an hour.

    This is unacceptable, yet Nick Jariwalla, the head of Border Force at Heathrow, said recently that things were unlikely to change and it was unreasonable for his team to be expected to meet their targets.

    Last year Heathrow missed its target for non-EEA arrivals 8,298 times. It has already missed its target more than 6,000 times this year. Queues are significantly worse than at many other major world airports.

    What kind of message does this send, as we try to build links outside the EU? We need more than UK-only lanes to show Britain is open for business, and that includes Sajid Javid taking immediate action to address this border farce once and for all.
    Alex Cruz
    CEO and chairman, British Airways

    He’s right, but it seems strange that he’s writing to The Times about it – you would have thought BA would have more direct channels of influence than that.

    Border farce creating two‑hour passport queues, says BA chief

    Tom Otley

    Airport queues highlight UK’s border problems ahead of Brexit

    “In a letter sent last month to Paul Lincoln, director-general of Border Force, Mr Holland-Kaye complained that during one of England’s World Cup matches this summer, the number of manned desks at Heathrow halved, from 22 to 11, and queue times increased to three hours.

    “This seems to me to be a failure of leadership,” he wrote.

    The Home Office, which is in charge of Border Force, blamed the temporary failure during the World Cup match on a problem with a visa-checking computer system and complex casework for vulnerable travellers.

    A Home Office spokesperson said: “Every effort is made to keep delays at the border to a minimum, but we also have a duty to maintain the security of the UK border, which means checking 100 per cent of scheduled arriving passengers…..

    Tom Otley

    Yes, good summary here

    Wamos: the maligned airline you may soon be flying with

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    in reply to: IAG and Norwegian

    Tom Otley

    Tom Otley

    Having read this thread I decided to try it out for myself. I know the flights exist between LHR and NBO, and Google has also shown me that BA have hotels in NBO.

    Tried to book using the Holidays part of the website … but it wouldn’t accept anything as a 3 letter code for the city where the accommodation was required. (I tried NBO repeatedly … hope there’s no secret code I don’t (yet) know!)

    And yes, no go. Timed out or simply locked out.

    Yes, you’re right, it doesn’t work on that route. I jut tried it myself.

    Tom Otley

    I found that the when you choose the hotel then you are given further options to add breakfast (for an additional price).

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