British Airways and BA Executive Club

British Airways Executive Club is the main reason that Head for Points exists!

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NEW: Book an Avios flight now, earn the Avios later!

Avios has launched, as a trial, ‘Avios Advance’. This is something radically new for airline loyalty programmes although Marriott has been doing it for years with its hotel programme. You can now book an Avios flight even if you don’t have enough points.  You have until […]

How to earn Avios with Budget car rentals

Following a lot of rationalisation over the last couple of years, Avis emerged as the sole British Airways car hire partner. The website offers a range of benefits including free additional drivers for BA Executive Club members and bonus Avios if you pay using […]

LAST CHANCE: Get up to 10,000 Avios for investing in an ISA or SIPP with Nutmeg

Time is running out to take advantage of the current Avios promotion organised by financial services group Nutmeg.  You will receive up to 10,000 Avios points when you open a Stocks & Shares ISA or a pension with Nutmeg before Sunday (19th February). Full details can […]

Bits: BA launches Dublin and Edinburgh flights, new BA Milan routes, new BA strike dates

Some BA news in brief: BA announces weekend routes from Dublin and Edinburgh British Airways has announced another two random European weekend routes using aircraft freed up by the weekend closure of London City Airport. First up is Dublin to Ibiza.  This will operate from […]

EXCLUSIVE: Launch information for Club Europe on BA domestic flights

I’ve managed to get my hands on the details of the changes to British Airways domestic flights.  As was first flagged in a BA investor presentation last year, domestic flights are going to be split into a two cabin service. This is what is going […]

How I claimed my €250 EU261 compensation from British Airways

A couple of weeks ago I was out of the office on a week long review trip (Ibiza, Madrid and Frankfurt … you may have read about it). As I wanted to be back in London for the weekend, I booked a Friday late afternoon […]

Bits: Virgin Flying Club / Kaligo offer, Atlantis The Palm Dubai Avios promo

News in brief: 50% bonus Virgin miles with Hotel booking site is offering 50% bonus Virgin Flying Club miles on bookings between now and 31st March. Both new and existing customers can take part.  The only condition is that bookings are made via […]

My review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick South (Part 1)

This is my review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. Following a false start two weeks ago, when I went over to see the new BA operation at Gatwick only to find the new lounges closed, I finally got to […]

My review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick South (Part 2)

This part 2 of my review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick Airport.  Part 1 can be found here. Inside the First Class lounge The First lounge can be accessed by British Airways Gold members, and oneworld equivalent members, as well as ticketed […]

What is the best value Avios redemption per minute of flying time?

I had lunch with a reader last week and he gave me an old spreadsheet he had put together.  I agreed to update it and tweak it, and we now have a comprehensive list of the flying time of British Airways long-haul routes compared with the Avios […]

BA and Hilton launch confusing ‘up to quadruple Avios’ promotion

British Airways Executive Club and Hilton Honors have launched a new mileage deal for the Spring. For some people – but not many – this may be more attractive than the main Hilton Honors ‘2000 bonus points per night’ promotion.  I outlined the ‘2k Every Day’ deal in […]

How to use ‘part pay with Avios’ to book Iberia flights

‘Part Pay With Avios’ has, apparently, been very successful since it was launched.  It allows you to redeem your points for a discount against a cash ticket, although you are not allowed to pay the entire price with points. Unlike an Avios reward redemption, you […]

Bits: beat Gatwick ‘buy on board’ with The Grain Store, new BA strike dates announced

News in brief: Beat ‘buy on board’ with your Priority Pass Last week I wrote about how The Grain Store bar and cafe in Gatwick South had joined Priority Pass and Lounge Club.  Flash your card and you receive £15 per person – depending on […]

It’s back: Get up to 10,000 Avios for investing in an ISA with Nutmeg

Wealth management group Nutmeg has brought back its generous Avios offer, just two months after the previous offer closed. You will receive up to 10,000 Avios points when you open a Stocks & Shares ISA or a pension with Nutmeg before 19th February 2017. Full […]

Bits: BA Manchester changes?, Bonus Avios from Avis, 20% off Friends & Family Railcards

News in brief: Big British Airways changes at Manchester? Following on from the launch of BA’s weekend European flights from Manchester, I have heard from a couple of sources that other major changes are now in hand. First, there are strong rumours that British Airways […]

Bits: BA launches new USA Club World ‘flight and hotel’ deals; new Finnair deals

News in brief: New BA Holidays offers to the USA British Airways has launched a new round of ‘flight and hotel’ deals to the USA, partnered with Club World flights. These deals are nowhere near as good as the £1,100 deals we saw to New […]

Bits: Bremen scrapped, bonus Heathrow Rewards points, Aer Lingus to Newquay (and Vegas?)

News in brief: British Airways drops Bremen SUN-AIR of Scandinavia, a British Airways franchise partner, has announced that it is dropping its BA-branded flights from London City to Bremen and Manchester to Bremen from 25th February. In a cynical but economically sensible move, SUN-AIR / […]

BA adds new weekend services from Birmingham and Bristol

No sooner has British Airways confirmed their new weekend services to Europe from Manchester (see here) than BA has announced routes from Birmingham and Bristol this summer. It is a long time – 10 years for Birmingham – since the BA logo was last seen at a […]

Why earning Avios via a Tesco current account is now more attractive

Back in June 2014 Tesco Bank launched its current account.  There was a lot of hype about the account at the time but Tesco was, probably correctly, keen to play it down whilst the IT bedded in. I expected that, after a few months, there […]