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Alaska scraps its 100% earnings for BA flights overnight – when will American follow?

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On the face of it, the fact that Alaska Airways has cut the credit it gives for BA flights does not seem important. Few people even know that Alaska (which is not a oneworld member) is a BA partner although I did an overview of […]

New British Airways sale launched in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus

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British Airways rolled out its Bank Holiday Sale yesterday, which is actually available for booking until May 19th. Depending on where you want to go, you can book for travel up to February 2016. The special home page for the sale is here. The sale ONLY […]

One interesting quirk with the new Avios scheme we never expected

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My main article today summarises all of the Avios changes that took place yesterday. Everything is as we expected.  Except one thing. As you will know if you followed my articles on the changes, Iberia is introducing its own reward pricing chart with its own […]

Your one page summary of the Avios changes

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One of the few upsides from the Avios devaluation, which went live yesterday, is that British Airways seems to have managed to get their IT right first time. This article is a summary of what has changed, with no commentary.  I will be re-running all 17 […]

The Avios changes are live – post your ba.com comments and observations here

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The major changes to the Avios scheme went live at midnight last night. I didn’t do an article today because I want to see how the actual changes compare to what we believed British Airways was planning, given that some of what they announced was […]

How Rick used his Avios for a round-the-world trip before devaluation

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Practical ‘how I used my miles’ stories seem to be popular with HFP readers, so when reader Rick sent an email to show me a complex trip he had booked, I asked if I could run it as an article.  I have edited it so […]

Bits: £15 of Starbucks in T5C gone!, double Avios at Swissotel, Fairmont promotion

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Some news in brief: £15 of free Starbucks in Heathrow Terminal 5C scrapped! If you had a flight departing from Pier C at Heathrow Terminal 5, you were stuffed in terms of lounge access because BA didn’t build one.  Instead, you were allowed to visit […]

£780 Club World tickets to Hong Kong available, bookable for all 2015

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Perhaps it is the fact that Qatar now owns 10% of BA’s parent company that is encouraging BA to follow Qatar Airways into ultra-low pricing?! I’m not sure what other explanation there can be for this astonishing fare to Hong Kong which is currently available from all British […]

British Airways to charge £15-£18 for ‘enhanced’ World Traveller meals

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Two weeks ago, a Head for Points reader sent me an odd market research survey he had received.  It wanted volunteers who were planning to fly certain BA long-haul routes this Summer because “BA are trialling a new service on a select number of routes […]

New British Airways developments unveiled at the Gold Guest List lunch

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One of the participants at the Gold Guest List lunch in London last week, held for British Airways most valued customers, sent me over a summary of the speech that was given.  It has some interesting insights which are generally positive. (Note that this lunch was not […]

Reminder: quick summary of the April 28th Avios changes

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There are only nine days to go to book your flights before the big Avios devaluation kicks in! I wrote a series of ten articles starting here which explain, in worrying levels of detail, exactly what will happen.  For everyone else, here is a reminder […]

Why BA agreed to pay £1m every year to build a door in T5 and why they are paying for another one

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The story of ‘the £1m per year door’ at Terminal 5 is sometimes believed to be an urban myth.  It isn’t. The door in question is the one on your right-hand side when you pass through South Security (the far end, by the First Class […]

How many BA passengers with status use Terminal 5 in a day?

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A Head for Points reader was passing through Terminal 5 over Easter when he found a copy of the daily British Airways ‘Premium Brief’ document on the floor, so he sent me a photo of it! It is for a Saturday, so it is not representative of […]

Your profile is only 87% complete ….

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If you have logged on to ba.com recently, you will have seen this message: My profile, it seems, was only 87% complete.   How could this be after 25 years of flying with British Airways?! Obviously not wanting to appear unhelpful, I went into my profile […]

Booking Reward Flight Saver on BA ‘Fifth Freedom’ routes

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I have written a few articles in the past about Reward Flight Saver flights, where British Airways caps your ‘taxes and charges’ fee at £35 return for economy, £50 return for business or £55 for First. As well as shuttling around Europe with Reward Flight Saver, […]

Now save up to £400 on BA flights with ‘Part Pay With Avios’

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Back in October 2013, British Airways introduced ‘Part Pay With Avios’. This was a new scheme which allowed you to reduce the cost of a cash ticket by redeeming Avios points. This had been rumoured for some time. When it finally launched, it was a […]