Why aircraft have switched runways at Heathrow, and more news from this week

May 9, 2020

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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:

The reason why aircraft have switched runways at Heathrow

If you’re an AvGeek, chances are you’ll know that Heathrow typically varies which runway it uses on a set schedule. Here’s how coronavirus has changed that.

Why I’m keeping my Amex Platinum even though I’m not travelling

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with a ton of benefits but also a hefty annual fee. Here’s how TPG UK Director of Content Nicky Kelvin is justifying keeping the card in his wallet even though he’s not travelling.

Why your summer holiday to Greece looks promising

If you’ve been eyeing a summer holiday to Greece and wondering if it may happen, it’s looking promising. But you’ll have to wait until late summer.

British Airways owner plans to resume flights in July but warns demand won’t recover for 3 years

This week held lots of news for some of the U.K.’s largest airlines. BA owner IAG said it plans to take a “meaningful return to service” in July. However, the company’s CEO warned that we shouldn’t expect to see passenger demand to return to 2019 levels until 2023.

Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet, closes Gatwick base, to lose more than 3,000 jobs in business reshaping

Meanwhile, for Virgin Atlantic, the airline unveiled its plans to come out of coronavirus as a much smaller entity. For AvGeeks, that means the early retirement of the carrier’s 747s.

Get up to 75% bonus Avios with best-ever British Airways buy-miles promotion

Good news for points and miles collectors this week as BA launched its best-ever bonus when buying Avios. Find out when it makes sense for you.

London Heathrow trialling passenger temperature checks

The U.K.’s largest airport announced this week that it plans to trial new initiatives for detecting and preventing the spread of coronavirus. As part of that, it will start scanning passengers’ temperatures.

Why I always board last, no matter where I’m sitting on the plane

Why this TPG staffer always chooses to board last, no matter where he’s sitting on the plane.

Disney just announced its first reopening — when will other parks follow?

Disney Shanghai will open its gates on 11 May. But when will the other parks follow suit?

White sand and adventure: Why I’m planning my dream trip to Mauritius for when we can travel again

I had my dream trip to Mauritius completely booked. And then the coronavirus happened. Find out how and why I’m planning my dream trip to the island nation for once we can travel again.

6 reasons to avoid booking through an online travel agency

If the coronavirus crisis has taught us one thing about booking travel, it’s to avoid booking through online travel agencies. Here are six reasons to avoid doing so.

7 far-flung and obscure spots to add to your bucket list

Finally, if lockdown has you planning your dream holiday, consider these far-flung destinations.

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