Time to go VTEC

Time to go VTEC

Until recently I've had a fairly open mind about the future of Virgin Trains East Coast and whether it was a management contract for Stagecoach, renationalisation or awarding the contract to another operator the only thing I particularly cared about is that a quality service was maintained for passengers and staff morale could improve. Unfortunately Virgin Trains East Coast now seems to be in full denial of their problems and won't listen to any criticism. Once known for being very open David Horne is now blocking even the mildest of criticism.

Heathrow Rewards

I spend way too much time in Heathrow Airport these days and as someone who likes to collect points I have a Heathrow Rewards card.

The card gives you points for everything you buy at Heathrow (except in the Post Office and Louis Vuitton) this includes the bars and restaurants as well as the shops so if you expect to spend money in the airport it's worth getting. You can also get points on the Heathrow Express.

Flying Club points

With the launch of the new Virgin Atlantic Flying Club credit cards from Virgin Money it may be time for some people to consider whether Flying Club will be worth looking at for your Virgin Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast bookings. There's a good Head for Points article on the subject but it doesn't cover train travellers, so consider this a supplement to that article.

There's some key points to remember:

Stay away, Stagecoach!

"Stay away, Stagecoach!" is one of the campaigns currently being run by pro-nationalisation campaign group "We own it", the idea of this particular campaign is to show Stagecoach (90% owners of Virgin Trains East Coast) that they believe it will be bad for their reputation if they continue to be associated with this franchise particularly if they make any more mistakes.

Here's a video promoting their campaign:

Crossrail Heathrow fares

The fares for Crossrail to Heathrow have been announced today, these fares will come into operation when TfL Rail takes over from the Heathrow Connect on the 20th May. The fares represent good value as they are capped in line with normal zone 1-6 fares so if you travel within London before or after your journey to Heathrow you will be charged a maximum of £12.50 a day if you use Oyster or contactless.

The single fares will be more expensive than the Tube but will be slightly cheaper than the current Heathrow Connect and significantly cheaper than the Heathrow Express.

A look at G-MEDN

British Airways are going through a process that they call 'densification' of their Airbus 320 and 321 fleet. In plain English we'd call it cramming more seats into the aircraft. The Airbus A321 will have an additional two rows added, more space will be made by moving the rear toilets from their current location just before the rear doors and instead use half the space of the rear galley. There will still be two toilets in the rear, but these will be smaller than before.


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