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Heathrow Express Staff Travel Arrangements for First Group Staff

  • Thread starter nick80
  • Start date 26 May 2022
  • 26 May 2022

Hi all, I am employed by a First Group TOC (not GWR), and I hold both the First Group card and the priv card. I thought I previously read that First Group rail staff get free travel on Heathrow Express. However, I cannot locate where I read this information from. Can anybody in the know confirm what ticketing arrangements exist for First Group TOC staff on Heathrow Express. Many thanks in advance.  

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Watershed

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Unfortunately this is not the case. If you book a long time in advance, HEx sell tickets which start at £5.50. But otherwise, it's just the usual Priv discount.  

Watershed said: Unfortunately this is not the case. If you book a long time in advance, HEx sell tickets which start at £5.50. But otherwise, it's just the usual Priv discount. Click to expand...

sonic2009

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sonic2009 said: What would the fare be for a Priv holder? I'm not one myself just curious is there a saving over advance for flexibility? Click to expand...

Haywain

  • 27 May 2022
Haywain said: £6.25 single, £9.25 return. Click to expand...
sonic2009 said: So better for anyone with PRIV to just use the extra flexibility for 75p extra over the HEX advances. Click to expand...

Wallsendmag

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Haywain said: Not necessarily - the HEx Advances are for a specific day rather than a specific train, so there is still a good amount of flexibility. Click to expand...
  • 28 May 2022

T-Karmel

Wallsendmag said: But as I found out you have to book 90 days out Click to expand...

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Heathrow Express

Airline staff discount: 75% discount.

How to book: → Book on their website. Make a search for your date, select a normal rate → Click on Add Railcard  → Choose Heathrow Airport Partners → Your rate will be updated with the discount.

Website: www.heathrowexpress.com

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BA staff travel loads are not always accurate and should be taken as an 'approximate' guide to availability. It shows the number of listings and priority, but not commercial overbookings, etc. There are also examples where more available seats are shown than the cabin capacity, particularly in J class, due to moveable cabin dividers. Loads become available 72hrs before the departure of the flight.

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No single bag or piece of baggage will be accepted if it weighs more than 23 kg/51 lbs, regardless of the allowance applicable to the flight on which you are traveling. If you have an item which exceeds that weight, you must re-pack into separate bags. If this results in you exceeding the baggage allowance, you must pay any applicable excess baggage charges.

Duty travel checked baggage

Your allowance will be in accordance with the type of ticket you are using. JIDxxS1 will mean you are eligible to the business class allowance. YIDxxS1 will mean you are eligible to the economy class allowance.

Cabin baggage

One medium bag, maximum dimensions 56 x 45x 25 cm (22 x 17.5 x 9.85 ins), maximum weight 23 kg/51 lbs (but you must be able to lift it into the overhead locker yourself).

One laptop bag OR one briefcase OR one handbag

BA has a dress code which is applied to rebate passengers. Please ensure that your attire is appropriate for the cabin of eligibility.

Seat allocation will depend on how you present yourself. If your attire is inappropriate for the cabin of eligibility, you will be seated in a lower cabin, or may be refused travel.

If there is a need on the day to upgrade on departure to a cabin higher than your cabin of eligibility, those who do not comply with the dress code applicable to the available cabin will not be considered for an upgrade.

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Employees should dress in a smart casual style which may include smart, clean jeans and training shoes.

In any cabin, for comfort on long-haul overnight flights, employees may change into a plain-colored track (running) suit after take off.

Any items of sports or beach wear or any other extremes of leisure wear are unacceptable in any cabin.

Smart national dress or company uniform is acceptable in all cabins.

Listing is required for all flights.

Passengers without a listing will be refused travel.

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Please note that BA will not accept coupons for different airport pairs. The airport pair on your coupon must match the flight on which you wish to travel.

For travel on flights operated by BA, BA CityFlyer, OpenSkies and the BA Franchisees (Sun-Air and Comair), listings must be made via idtravel.ba.com

Our listing site is not currently able to process tickets that feature other airlines and routes that are not specific to BA.

Please be sure to complete the Flight Choices section on the web-site: this gives our check-in system information to help us allocate seats, for example, whether you are prepared to split across cabins or across flights if you are travelling with other people on the same ticket type.

If you have any problems using the site, please check that your e-ticket has been correctly issued. If you are sure your e-ticket is correct, and are still having problems, please advise your staff travel office.

All airports with self-service check-in kiosks

  • Please present yourself at a self-service check-in kiosk at least 60 minutes before your scheduled flight departure.
  • The kiosk will tell you what to do next, so please read the screen carefully.
  • The kiosk will print a boarding pass, which will show your booking reference: this is key information, especially if you are not allocated a seat number by the kiosk.
  • If the kiosk prints a boarding card with a seat number, this means you have been accepted for the flight; please go immediately to the departures lounge and the gate.
  • If the kiosk prints a boarding card without a seat number, the kiosk will tell you what to do next.

Additional information about Heathrow Terminal 5 You must be through the ticket presentation point by 35 minutes before scheduled flight departure time. This point is immediately before Security. You should only go to the Staff Travel area located behind Zone A in T5 if:

  • You are travelling on a standby ticket
  • AND You have checked in and have a standby boarding pass
  • AND You have had any hold bags tagged
  • AND You have had passport & visa checked where necessary
  • AND It is 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight
  • AND You are the party leader (when travelling in a group Once there, information about acceptance onto your flight will be displayed on the Staff Travel Screens.

Additional information about Terminal 3 Staff passengers traveling to destinations from Terminal 3 will need to check-in at a check-in kiosk on arrival at the airport. There will be no staff travel office in Terminal 3. If a seat is allocated at the time of check-in, those passengers with hold baggage should proceed to a Fast Bag Drop desk to have their bags tagged. Passengers without bags should proceed to security. Passengers who are not allocated seats at the time of check-in should retain their bags and go the to Flight Management Desk. Passengers who are not accepted for their flight and who wish to standby for a later flight on the same day will be automatically transferred to the next flight. Alternatively, passengers will be able to re-list themselves at one of the Employee Self Service (ESS) kiosks available by the Customer Service Desk adjacent to the terminal entrance door.

Changes to Terminal 3 check-in effective 17th September 2015 Check in at a kiosk in Zone D. If you are allocated a seat follow the kiosk instructions to have your bag tag(s) issued. You should then proceed to a bag drop desk. Note: there is no dedicated bag drop desk for staff passengers. If you are not allocated a seat at check-in proceed to the Staff Travel Room located to the right at the rear of the zone. You must check the screen in the office for further information. You may also receive a text message if you have registered your mobile/cell number. If accepted for travel go to a bag drop desk in the main area for your boarding card and baggage acceptance. If traveling with hand baggage only, proceed to the ESS Flight Management Desk to have your boarding card issued and documents checked. If you are not accepted for travel you will be automatically listed for the next flight to your destination if it is on the same day. You should return to the area to check the screens for acceptance. If you do not want to be listed for the next flight go to the ESS Flight Management Desk to advise.

At London Gatwick North Terminal All staff travel colleagues who are not assigned a seat when checking in at a self-service kiosk will remain on standby landside until the flight has closed. Staff travel colleagues will then be on-loaded via a dedicated Flight Management Desk in Zone A

All other airports: If there is a desk signposted for standby travel, go to that desk. If there is no signposted standby desk, go to the World Traveler or Euro Traveler desk.

Duty travel check-in Where kiosks don't exist check in at the counter for the class to which you are eligible, which will depend on whether you have JIDxxS1 - meaning business class, or YIDxxS1 - meaning economy.

Check-in times To allow for the added security procedures now in place, please ensure that you have completed check-in formalities by 60 minutes before scheduled departure time .

Through check-in Through check-in is not available to standby passengers. When planning your trip, please ensure you leave yourself enough time to land and check-in again at any intermediate point.

Once you are waiting for your flight at LHR, you can enter your PNR code at www.britishairways.com/onload on your phone. This will give you your flight status. Refreshed every minute.

When there are two or more interline employees travelling on the same flight, the time of check-in at the station where you are boarding your flight will determine the onload/offload and the cabin upgrade/downgrade order.

Please do not ask any BA staff for an upgrade. If on the day of travel seats are not available in your cabin of eligibility, you will automatically be considered for an upgrade to the next higher cabin depending on commercial and operational needs, and subject to complying with the applicable dress code for that higher cabin.

Special meals

It is not possible to pre-book special meals for rebate passengers. Therefore you and/or your eligible nominees who for any reason require a special diet, must provide your own food, in sufficient quantities to last for the duration of the flight.

Seat requests

  • Seat requests are not permitted on Staff Travel. If the flight is open, the check-in agent may ask if you want an aisle or a window seat, but this depends on availability.
  • Even if you are assigned a specific seat at check-in, this may be changed to accommodate commercial requirements.
  • Please note that staff passengers must comply with requests from BA check-in staff, cabin crew, and flight crew, and must change seats if asked.
  • Use of a safety seat for an infant is not permitted on board for rebate passengers.

Unaccompanied minors

Children under 16 years cannot travel on a rebate ticket unless accompanied by an adult travelling on the same type of rebate ticket.

No special service requirement is permitted when travelling on standby travel.

Amenity bags will not be given to staff who travel in premium cabins. If offered, we ask that you politely decline.

Please remember that for international travel, each passenger must have a valid passport, and must have relevant visas for the destination, and for scheduled points en route, in case off-loading becomes necessary.

Also, some countries require Advance Passenger Information (API), and BA requires that this must be provided before check-in, using the Manage My Booking section of ba.com .

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Please note that with immediate effect, our listing website will collect the following data items for all travel to or from the USA before the listing is created:

Gender, First name (as on passport), Last name (as on passport), Date of birth.

This information is sent to the USA authority 72 hours before departure, or at the time of listing if that is within 72 hours.

In addition to API, the USA requires all Visa Waiver passengers to have completed the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application, ideally at least 72 hours before departure. You do not need to enter travel details or address in the USA, and if approved, the authorization is valid for two years, so it is worth applying well in advance if you think you have any intention of travelling to the USA in the coming two years. If you do not have the authorization, you will not be able to travel on BA to the USA. The link to the web-site, which does show who is included in the Visa Waiver program, is:

https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov

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Border Force officers at Heathrow to strike for three days in roster row

The PCS union said more than 500 of its members working on passport control at terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5, are taking action from Friday.

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Hundreds of Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport will launch a three-day strike on Friday in a dispute over rosters.

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) said more than 500 of its members working on passport control at terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 are taking action in protest at new rosters being imposed.

The union said more than 250 staff face losing their jobs or being moved on to other work against their will.

Those who remain will have longer shifts, inflexible shift-swapping rules, no clarity on booking leave and no way to work around caring responsibilities, the PCS claimed.

A petition has been launched in support of the workers.

PCS general secretary Fran Heathcote said: “We call on all trade unionists and the public to support this petition and tell Border Force management to scrap this unwelcome and unworkable roster that has already caused misery to our members.

“PCS has repeatedly called for more flexibility in the new roster but management has refused to listen.

“Until they do, and they put forward proposals to improve the roster, then the dispute will continue.”

The strikes will be followed by three weeks of industrial action short of a strike, including a ban on overtime.

The Border Force staff staged a four-day walkout from the end of April in the same dispute.

The union said it expected disruption over the weekend as families return to the UK at the end of the half-term holiday.

The Government introduced a controversial new law last year aimed at ensuring a minimum level of service during strikes, including Border Force and the railways.

But it has not been taken up in strikes which have been held since the legislation was passed.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are aware of the planned strike activity at Heathrow this weekend.

“Border Force have robust plans to minimise disruption and keep the border safe and secure.

“We recommend that passengers check the latest advice from their operators before travelling.”

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Fans of both clubs will be travelling to the capital for the game.

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Strike action is planned across the UK for the month of June, including Border Force staff at London Heathrow Airport walking out to protest changes in shift patterns.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union argues that the new rotas would force 250 members out of their jobs, while the Home Office asserts that these changes will improve service and align working arrangements with other ports.

Junior doctors in Northern Ireland will also strike due to unsuccessful pay negotiations, citing disparities in pay and conditions compared to other regions.

Following a recent Aslef train strike , there has been a pause in strike action. But more could be announced as the union continues to protest a prolonged pay freeze and lack of government negotiations.

When are the Border Force strikes?

Border Force staff at Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London plan to strike from 31 May to 2 June , protesting a new working rota which they say could lead to 250 job cuts.

Should the strike plan move forward, significant disruptions are likely for international travel to and from LHR from 31 May 31 to 2 June, with reduced severity from 3 June to 23 June as employees will refuse to work overtime.

Border Force staff at terminals 2, 3, 4, and 5 will participate in the work stoppage.

This new strike follows a four-day walkout from 29 April to 3 May 3 and a planned strike from 11-14 April that was suspended at the last minute.

PCS general secretary Fran Heathcote said: “We are keen to resolve this dispute but the Home Office must first put something on the table for our members to consider.

“The Home Office has said it is ‘open to discuss’ a resolution but it only responded to our request for a meeting after we threatened further action.

“Until it comes back with changes to the roster that will benefit our members then the dispute will continue.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The changes we are implementing will bring the working arrangements for Border Force Heathrow staff in line with the way staff work at other ports, provide them with more certainty on working patterns, and improve the service to the travelling public. We have robust plans in place to minimise disruption where possible, but we urge passengers to check the latest advice from operators before they travel.”

When are the Northern Ireland junior doctor strikes?

Junior doctors in Northern Ireland have announced further strike action after pay talks with the devolved Department of Health broke down.

The 48-hour strike will begin at 7am on Thursday 6 June until 7am on Saturday 8 June.

Junior doctors are qualified doctors who are still involved in clinical training, according to the British Medical Association (BMA). Patients may be treated by a junior doctor in a hospital or general practice setting.

The current base starting salary for a junior doctor is about £26,000, although this does not take into account weekend or out-of-hours work payments.

In England, junior doctors have agreed to meet the government for fresh talks in their pay dispute. The Welsh government is in talks over pay with junior doctor representatives, while junior doctors in Scotland voted to accept a pay offer from the Scottish government last August after they got a 12 per cent pay increase from the Scottish National Party.

The Northern Ireland Junior Doctors Committee (NIJDC) says there has been no progress on its key demands, despite “some progress on non-pay issues” since a meeting with Northern Ireland’s health minister Robin Swann following the first round of industrial action in March.

NIJDC chair Fiona Griffin said: “Doctors can see their colleagues elsewhere in the UK and in other jurisdictions getting better pay and conditions for less pressurised workloads.

This, along with years of below inflation or non-existent pay uplifts, the latest of which for the 2023/24 financial year has still yet to be paid, further adds to the reality that the key role junior doctors have in the health service is simply not valued.”

The Department of Health has said it “stands ready” to continue discussions with the Junior Doctors Committee and does not accept that talks have “collapsed.”

Will there be more train strikes?

The last Aslef train strike took place from 7-9 May.

Following the Aslef strikes in May, no further strikes have been announced by rail unions.

However, Aslef members voted to continue striking until at least the summer, while last week, Aslef chief Mick Whelan confirmed that the Government hasn’t taken to the negotiating table since 2022.

Mr Whelan said: “We have given the government every opportunity to come to the table but it has now been a year since we had any contact from the Department for Transport. It’s clear they do not want to resolve this dispute.

“Many of our members have now not had a single penny increase to their pay in half a decade, during which inflation soared and with it the cost of living.”

Junior doctors on the picket line outside the Royal Victoria Hospital in west Belfast during a 48-hour strike in Northern Ireland over pay and staff retention on 22 May (Photo: PA)

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However, those ordering online have found the price increase to £4 for the same deal. 

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Rishi Sunak introduced a freeze on tax-free personal allowance thresholds (the amount you can earn before you start paying tax) when he was chancellor back in 2021. In his autumn 2022 budget, Mr Hunt extended the time it would need to be in place from 2026 to 2028.

The frozen rates mean many have failed to feel the benefit of a the national insurance cut which kicked in this year.

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Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4's Today programme today: "The tax rises that happened as a result of the pandemic and the energy shock, these two giant shocks, will stay for their allotted time period."

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Labour has also refused to commit to unfreezing overall tax thresholds.

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Ms Reeves said: "I want taxes on working people to be lower, not higher."

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Railcard Discounts 

You can use any of the following railcards on Heathrow Express, providing you buy your ticket in advance online or at a ticket machine or a mobile sales advisor at Heathrow stations or London Paddington before boarding. Railcards must be presented with your Heathrow Express ticket when travelling to validate your discounted travel. 

Family & Friends Railcards

The following discounts apply on full-fare Express Saver tickets:

  • Adults 34% off
  • Children aged 15 years and under travel free on Heathrow Express*

A cardholder must travel with a child to qualify for the Adult discount. Maximum group size is one or two named cardholders, plus two more adults and up to four children.

For more information: www.familyandfriends-railcard.co.uk

Two Together Railcard

The following discounts apply on full-fare Express Saver and Business First tickets:

The two named adults on the card must be travelling together in order to receive 1/3 off when they travel together by train.

Discount is available on Heathrow Express after 09:30 Monday- Fridays and at any time on weekends and public holidays.

For more information: www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk

26-30 Railcard

Valid for those aged 26-30 Save 1/3 on most rail fares to travel across Britain for a year

For more information:  www.26-30railcard.co.uk

16-25 Railcard

Formerly the Young Persons Railcard. Holders get 34% off full-fare Express Saver tickets.

For more information: www.16-25railcard.co.uk

16-17 Railcard

Holders get 50% off full-fare Express Saver tickets.

For more information: www.16-17saver.co.uk

Disabled Persons Railcard

The cardholder and accompanying companion are entitled to 34% off full-fare Express Saver or Business First tickets). This railcard can be used to buy tickets on board.

For more information: www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk

Disabled Child Railcard

Whilst not a railcard on its own, a child within the 5-15 age range can travel for free on Heathrow Express and apply for a standard Disabled Railcard which will grant an accompanying adult 1/3 off their ticket as long as they travel together.

For more information:  https://www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk   

Senior Railcard

The cardholder is entitled to 34% off full-fare Express Saver Class or Business First Class tickets.

For more information: www.senior-railcard.co.uk

ISIC Card Holder (International Student Identity Card)

Cardholders get 25% off full-fare Express Saver Class and Business First Class tickets.

For more information: www.isic.org  

BritRail Passes

Holders of the following passes can use them on Heathrow Express, providing they have first validated them at a Heathrow Express ticket office or a main-line rail station.

  • BritRail Pass
  • BritRail England Pass
  • BritRail SouthWest Pass
  • BritRail London Plus Pass

Passes marked UNDERGROUND cannot be used For more information: https://britrail.net/passes/  

For more information: www.hmforces-railcard.co.uk or www.railcard.co.uk/network

Network Card

The following discounts apply on full-fare Express Saver Class:

Discount using the Network Railcard only available on Heathrow Express after 10:00 Monday-Fridays and at any time on weekends and public holidays. For more Information: www.railcard.co.uk/network

Annual Gold

Discount using the Annual Gold Card only available on Heathrow Express after 10:00 Monday-Fridays and at any time on weekends and public holidays.

For more Information:  www.nationalrail.co.uk/tickets-railcards-and-offers/railcards/annual-gold-card

Heathrow Airport Employee

The following discounts apply on full-fare Express Saver tickets only.

  • Adults 75% off

Available to:

  • Heathrow Airport Limited employees who have a valid LHR ID photo card
  • Airport employees at Heathrow who have a valid LHR ID photo card 
  • Employees of airlines that operate out of Heathrow who have a valid airline photo ID card

Discount is only available for 1 adult per ticket, per ID.  Failure to show your LHR ID card or airline photo ID card upon inspection may result in being charged the full on-board fare. Heathrow Airport Limited employees also have free evening (after 6pm) and weekend travel.

*Children aged 15 years and under travel free in Express Class when accompanied by a paying adult, or can travel unaccompanied if they have proof or air travel such as a valid booking or boarding pass. Photo ID will be required

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  1. Onboard Staff

    Limited availability, terms & conditions apply. *15 minute journey time to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 with an extra 6 minutes to Terminal 5. A free transfer is available to Terminal 4 taking an extra 4 minutes. Please note: We only sell Heathrow Express tickets. Heathrow Express is the fastest way between Heathrow & Central London.

  2. Where Can I Go and Restrictions

    Sunday Northbound - Version 1 - 29 November 2023. Sunday Southbound - Version 1 - 29 November 2023. Staff Travel Restrictions - Summer 2024. Valid from 2 June 2024 to 14 December 2024. Restrictions on the use of travel facilities in Great Britain for staff, eligible family members. (Version 1 published on 13 May 2024).

  3. Onboard Staff

    Members of the Heathrow Express and Heathrow Airport teams are on hand to help you enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey between London Paddington and Heathrow. Whether it's help with your train ticket, terminal information, train time information or help with facilities on board the train, our friendly and professional team are there to ...

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    Email us at: [email protected]. Please include your full name and postal address so that we can find your Rail Staff Travel record and respond appropriately. Write to us at: Rail Staff Travel, PO Box 80612, London EC4P 4NH. If you are sending us cards or passes by post, we strongly suggest Signed-For Delivery.

  5. PDF Staff Travel Restrictions

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  8. Onboard Staff

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  10. Public transport

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  11. Heathrow Express Class

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  12. Heathrow Express

    Heathrow Express is a high-frequency airport rail link operating between London Heathrow Airport and London Paddington.Opened in 1998, trains run non-stop, with a journey time of 15 minutes. The service is operated jointly by Great Western Railway and Heathrow Express Operating Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heathrow Airport Holdings.Around 16,000 passengers use the service each day.

  13. PDF Staff Travel Restrictions Winter 2023

    1 Scope. This document applies to all employees who are eligible for free and privilege rate travel, as described on Employee eligibility on Working at TfL. These restrictions apply from Sunday 10 December 2023 to Saturday 1 June 2024. The contents of this document are subject to change by the Train Operating Companies at any time.

  14. Heathrow Express Train, London

    Airline Staff Discount: 75% discount. How to book: → Book on their website. Make a search for your date, select a normal rate → Click on Add Railcard → Choose Heathrow Airport Partners → Your rate will be updated with the discount. Website: www.heathrowexpress.com. ∼ Must show a valid Airline ID ∼.

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  16. Heathrow Express Review (2023): Is It Worth It?

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  17. Save free and discounted travel for Heathrow Airport staff

    Staff will be charged there and back at £1.50 each way. On top of that, (TFL) Transport For London are intending on increasing the cost in the beginning of 2021 by 2.1%. Discounts on the Heathrow travel card scheme, and rail discounts, will also be slashed causing further financial pain for staff traveling to work at Heathrow.

  18. British Airways staff travel information

    Additional information about Heathrow Terminal 5 You must be through the ticket presentation point by 35 minutes before scheduled flight departure time. This point is immediately before Security. You should only go to the Staff Travel area located behind Zone A in T5 if: You are travelling on a standby ticket

  19. PDF Judgment

    contrast, is a summary of some 14 different benefits available to Heathrow Express employees, of which discounted leisure train travel is just one. It is also not obviously part of the same document in as much as it does not have the Heathrow Express logo and appears to be in a different style. 45.

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  22. Heathrow Express

    The terms and conditions below relate to the discounts and deals found on the main Heathrow Express page. Kids travel free: terms and conditions ... Children travelling alone must get a ticket from a Heathrow Express member of staff, in terminal or at the station; As of 19th February 2019 Child Oyster cards (5-10 Zip Oyster photocard, 11-15 ...

  23. June 2024 strikes: Full list of walkout dates, from Border Force ...

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  24. Benefits

    You will also qualify for free travel on the Heathrow Express train service at any time. Heathrow also offers interest free travel loans (to a maximum level), free long-term parking at the airport (to a maximum of 31 days annually) and access to purchasing a bicycle in a tax efficient way.

  25. Tickets, prices and fares

    Tickets, prices and faresBook early to save moreKids aged 15 and under travel freeMulti-ticket offersGroup bookingsRailcardsBooking & picking up ticketsHeathrow Express mobile appHeathrow Rewards. Early Bird ticket offers. Travel with us from just £15. Limited Early Bird tickets are available, saving up to 40% off Express Saver fares...

  26. Help Centre

    Yes, you can use a number of railcards on Heathrow Express to obtain discounted travel. To qualify you must purchase at the ticket office or online. We accept all the following cards: Family & Friends Railcard Senior Railcard Disabled Child Railcard Disabled Persons Railcard 16-17 Saver 16-25 Railcard 26-30 Railcard HM Forces Railcard Network ...

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  29. Network Railcard Discounts

    Adults 34% off. The two named adults on the card must be travelling together in order to receive 1/3 off when they travel together by train. Discount is available on Heathrow Express after 09:30 Monday- Fridays and at any time on weekends and public holidays. For more information: www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk.