New British Airways summer routes from Heathrow, and more news from this week

Dec 14, 2019

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG U.K. this week. Here’s what you need to know:

British Airways unveils 6 new destinations from Heathrow for summer 2020

BA will launch a total of six new summer leisure routes from LHR, as well as increasing frequencies to a number of existing destinations. Among the new routes are destinations in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Kosovo and Montenegro.

Which loyalty programmes and travel providers were winners at the 2019 TPG Awards?

On Monday, the TPG U.K. team was in New York City for the company’s second annual TPG Awards. The night was a huge success, highlighting the best in travel, credit cards and points and miles programmes. Take a look to see which took home the top spots at this year’s Awards.

As good as it gets: A review of Air France La Première (777-300ER) from Paris to Beijing

Speaking of the TPG Awards, we also honored the best products in the sky. Among them was the award for the Best International First Class Product, which was given to Air France’s La Première on the 777-300ER. The experience was exclusive, chic, private and delicious. Read up on the full review.

Ultimate guide to searching award availability for the major airlines

If you have a stash of points and miles building up, you’ll probably want to start to get to using them. Read this guide for an idea of how to search for award availability in the major airline alliances.

Flyers can soon leave liquids, laptops in carry-ons at London Heathrow security

Travelling through U.K. airports — and Heathrow specifically — means you’ll have to take liquids and laptops out of your carry-on bags. However, as of 2022, that won’t be the case at LHR as the airport invests in new technology.

8 things I learned while stranded in Orkney

TPG U.K.’s Daniel Ross went on a trip to review the world’s shortest commercial flight. During his journey, he ended up getting stuck in Orkney. Find out what he learned along the way — and why you may want to add Orkney to your travel bucket list.

Great seat, so-so service: A review of KLM’s business class on the 787-9 from Amsterdam to Toronto

A new lounge at Amsterdam and improved seat made for a good experience, but disjointed service brought it back a bit. Find out what the entire experience was like in KLM’s business class on the 789.

Why you can never get any cell service on the tarmac

No, it’s not just you. Here’s why your phone sometimes gets no service while you’re sat on the tarmac.

11 things I wish I knew before visiting Greece

Planning ahead for a summer 2020 trip to Greece? Here are some things to know before you go.

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