British Airways first started offering cashback via Quidco in June 2012. However, the airline seemed to quickly get bored of you – I think they woke up to the fact that it wasn’t driving new business, simply draining money away from bookings they were getting anyway. In April 2013, it was withdrawn.
However, it didn’t actually disappear altogether. Websites can still sign-up as British Airways affiliate partners, but the rates are poor – 1.25% on long-haul flights and just 0.5% on short-haul. Only cashback sites are blocked.
As of today, you cannot earn cashback on BA flights on TopCashBack. For some reason, you can still earn it on long-haul flights via Quidco, at a flat rate of £7.50 per booking.
There is, however, a new alternative, as was pointed out in the Head for Points comments section last week.
Train ticket bookings site RedSpottedHanky has a shopping portal like the Avios e-store. You earn points which are added to the loyalty points you pick up from booking train tickets, or playing their online games. These points can be spent on train tickets or redeemed for retail vouchers such as Pizza Express or Costa Coffee.
For long-haul flights, you earn the equivalent of 1% cashback. If your booking is over £750, it will be a better return than using Quidco.
For short-haul flights, they are very vague! The site says: “You will receive a lower reward for shorthaul flights”. (Note that domestic flights do not earn anything.)
Now, the standard affiliate commission rate is 1.25% long-haul and 0.5% short-haul. If you pro-rata that, I would imagine that you would receive 0.4 loyalty points for every £1 you spend, so a grand total of 40p in points for a £100 ticket. (They do pay out on the full balance, I think, not just the base fare.)
So, nothing to get too excited about. However, it is better than nothing, especially if you already have a RedSpottedHanky loyalty account and can top off an existing balance.