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British Airways Reveals First Class Wing at London Heathrow Terminal 5

by Continental Club on March 22, 2017  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , , , , , , ,

British Airways has released the first official details of  ‘The First Wing‘ at its London Heathrow home. The First Wing will encompass and enlarge the existing First Class check in area at the South end of Terminal 5, linking through to new security channels which, for the first time, will allow eligible passengers direct access to the carrier’s Galleries First Lounge.

The First Wing will be open to members of the British Airways Executive Club at the Gold tier and above, as well as to Emerald cardholders of oneworld alliance frequent flyer programmes and, of course, to all those travelling in British Airways’ First Class. The latter will also enjoy direct access to The Concorde Room.

The check-in area is 250% larger than the original First Class zone, and The First Wing is defined by a three metre high and 29 metre long curved wall,  which serves to guide passengers through to the lounge complex.

The First Wing is slated to open in early April 2017. For more information, visit


15% Off British Airways Flights From Sydney, 10% Off From Middle East

by Continental Club on April 18, 2013  |  Leave a comment • Tagged as: , ,

British Airways LogoBritish Airways is offering Australian Gourmet Traveller readers a 15% discount when booking a British Airways airfare from Sydney to the UK and Europe at

BA has recently relaunched its Sydney route, with the service now operating to and from the airline’s Terminal 5 home at London Heathrow. British Airways’ newest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft are rostered onto the flights, offering their latest World Traveller & World Traveller Plus, Club World & First Class cabins.

BA 777

The Australian Gourmet Traveller offer is valid in all cabins with the exception of First Class, and the ‘GOURMETBA’ code reduces the price of the lowest Club World return fare by over $1000 to $6158.92.

Australian Gourmet

The offer is valid for tickets purchased at from 1st April to 30th May 2013 and applies to travel from 1st April to 30th November 2013. Enter the promotional code ‘GOURMETBA’ into the promotion code box on to receive the discount.

Meanwhile, American Express Cardmembers can benefit from 10% off British Airways World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World fares, for journeys originating from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain, Muscat, Kuwait, and KSA routes to selected destinations in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe. Bookings must be made and travel must commence by 30th September 2013:

BA Amex Table

To book, click the special link and enter the password ‘amexme2011’ when prompted.


British Airways: Be Part Of The London 2012 Social Symphony

by Continental Club on July 30, 2012  |  Leave a comment

There may be five million bicycles in Beijing but, in 2008, there were only one million more Twitter users than that worldwide. As London 2012 gets into full-swing though, 140 million people are now registered to tweet, and 100 million Facebook users in 2008 have ‘liked’ another 800 million of their ‘friends’ into joining.

London 2012 airline partner British Airways is hoping to get as many Team GB supporters as possible posting their support across all their favourite social media platforms, building on the age-old concept of ‘Home Advantage’.

And, to see just how loud those cheers from the virtual stands are, BA is converting every message with the #HomeAdvantage hashtag into a note in a constantly-changing piece of music – the Social Symphony.

To listen to today’s, and every day of the Olympic’s composition, click here.

You can then post your own message of support to your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google+ or other account, followed by #HomeAdvantage and mentioning @TeamGB, @ParalympicsGB and @London2012.


East Coast Trains Partners With M&S

by Continental Club on June 25, 2012  |  Leave a comment

East Coast Trains have announced an additional option for its East Coast Rewards loyalty programme members to redeem points.

500 Rewards Points can now be exchanged for a £10 Marks & Spencer eCode, which can then be spent online at the high street retailer’s website.

East Coast Rewards members earn 1 point for every £1 spent on Standard Class rail tickets online at, with the rate increased by 50% for First Class ticket purchases.

So, £333 of First Class tickets purchased on the East Coast website would be enough for a £10 Marks & Spencer code – effectively rewarding members at 3% of expenditure. Up to 5 eCodes may be requested per account per month.

Customers of other rail companies can also benefit, as all rail tickets purchased online from East Coast, not just those for East Coast services, are eligible for points-earning.

Other existing Rewards redemption options include complimentary First Class tickets on East Coast services, which may remain better value for regular East Coast users who are able to book reward travel in advance. An any East Coast destination First Class Return For Two is priced at 1400 Reward Points – the result of a £933 spend on First Class tickets. An example Newcastle to London return starts at £89 per person return in First Class, so the reward could be worth almost 20% of spend. The value of the free ticket reward depends on route redeemed and also availability, which is restricted.

For further details on East Coast Rewards, click here.


Fly Home For London 2012 With British Airways & See A Boeing 777 Taxi Down Your Street

by Continental Club on June 19, 2012  |  Leave a comment

Now live on UK television is British Airways‘ London 2012 #HomeAdvantage Olympic advert, which explains why a Boeing 777 was seen taxiing through Richmond Park last week:

And here’s the story behind the ad:

And here’s probably the niftiest bit:

See A British Airways Boeing 777 Taxi Down Your Street

Enter a United Kingdom postcode and see what your home looks like from on board a British Airways aircraft.


There’s A Plane In Richmond Park

by Continental Club on June 16, 2012  |  One comment

It seems that something’s afoot with the next British Airways ad campaign:

CC has no idea where this particular flight was heading to!


British Airways Welcomes The Boeing 787 Dreamliner To Heathrow

by Continental Club on May 16, 2012  |  Leave a comment

April 30th 2012 saw the Boeing 787 Dream Tour land at London’s Heathrow Airport, and aircraft number N787BX was formally welcomed into one of British Airways‘ gargantuan hangars at the Eastern end of the airfield.

The event also marked the official re-opening of the hangar following its conversion to handle all the aircraft types in British Airways future fleet programme, including the Airbus A380.

The hangar, built in the 1950s and now Grade II listed by English Heritage, features unsupported internal arches specially-designed by the late Sir Evan Owen Williams, whose other projects included London’s original Wembley Stadium and The Dorchester Hotel, the Daily Express buildings in London and Manchester and even the M1 Motorway.

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Hilton Garden Inn Offers 1000 Bonus HHonors Points At New UK Hotels

by Continental Club on February 29, 2012  |  Leave a comment

The Mint (nee City Inn) portfolio of hotels in the UK has recently been sold to the owners of Hilton Hotels, and already three have been rebranded as Hilton Garden Inns.

To celebrate the raising of the new flag above the doors at Glasgow City Center [sic], Birmingham Bridleyplace and Bristol City Centre, HHonors members can earn a bonus 1,000 HHonors points per night when staying for a minimum of two consecutive nights on HHonors eligible rates at those hotels.

No registration is required for this promotion and stays completed by 30 April 2012 qualify. Hilton say that the bonus points should post to your HHonors account automatically with 8 weeks of check-out – though in practice these kinds of promotions do seem to post more swiftly than the Ts&Cs allow for.

City Inns have long been well-regarded in the UK, so the change to HGI brings with it some quality additional HHonors-earning opportunities – further improved in the short term by this useful bonus offer.

To book, click here.