British Airways and BA Executive Club

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Time running out to redeem Avios on Air Malta and Aurigny

Avios (as in and not British Airways Executive Club) is, very quietly, winding down its redemption partnerships with non-oneworld or IAG airlines. What is happening? When the Avios scheme was launched in late 2011, brought in a range of new airline partners alongside […]

Bits: mystery bonus when you buy Avios, Alex Cruz loses his 2016 bonus

News in brief: “Mystery bonus” when you buy Avios British Airways is offering a random bonus of between 15% and 30% when you purchase Avios points between now and 23rd March. To find out what bonus you are getting, you need to visit the ‘buy […]

New BA Holidays Club World & Club Europe sale, and ‘flight only’ deals too

British Airways Holidays has launched another Club World and Club Europe ‘flight and hotel’ promotion.  This seems to be becoming the new way for BA to quietly slip excess flight capacity onto the market whilst keeping the actual price of the flights opaque. Travel dates […]

Bits: new BA Copenhagen lounge, Hilton Diamond Extension live, where we’re going

News in brief: British Airways has a new lounge in Copenhagen A new lounge opened at Copenhagen Airport last week – “Eventyr”, operated by Menzies.  British Airways has adopted this as its lounge instead of the “Aviator’ facility which is still open.  A photo is below. The new […]

Bits: last day for 2400 Avios with LEGO, Etihad / Kaligo deal, buy Flying Blue miles offer

News in brief: Last day for new Tesco Direct LEGO deal This is quick reminder that – until midnight tonight (Monday) – Tesco Direct is giving you 1,000 bonus Clubcard points (worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club miles) when you spend £60 of LEGO Friends. […]

Bits: no families in T5 First Wing?, new Virgin route to Oz, 30% off Millennium Hotels

News in brief: Are families and groups banned from the new First Wing? I ran some new pictures yesterday of the dedicated ‘First Wing’ about to open in Terminal 5.  This will feed Gold and First Passengers directly into Galleries First. One of the comments […]

Exclusive: New images of the British Airways ‘First Wing’ in T5

The new First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5 is due to open in the next couple of months. This should radically improve the journey through the terminal for British Airways Gold card holders and First Class passengers. Situated behind the current First Class check in […]

BA responds to my question on 2-4-1 downgrade compensation

I ran another article last week about BA’s treatment of downgraded passengers who are travelling on an American Express 2-4-1 voucher and claim compensation under EU261. When downgraded whilst travelling on an Avios ticket, under EU261 BA is obliged to refund you 75% of the Avios used […]

Bits: 2400 Avios for £60 of LEGO, Nobu Hotel Shoreditch open for reservations

News in brief: Good new LEGO deal launched at Tesco Direct Tesco Direct has launched a good new LEGO promotion.  You will receive 1,000 bonus Clubcard points (worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles) when you spend £60 of LEGO Friends before Monday night. You […]

BA domestic Club Europe – book with Avios today, check existing flights

As we revealed exclusively on Head for Points two weeks ago, British Airways will launch Club Europe business class on domestic flights from 1st April. Some behind-the-scenes work was going on yesterday to get things ready.  No domestic flights could be booked for travel from […]

Last day for 50% Heathrow Rewards Avios bonus – and new partners coming

(EDIT: there is some confusion over the closing date for this offer.  The Avios page of the HR website still shows ‘250 points = 375 Avios’ but confusingly says transfers must be made ‘before’ 1st March.  On the other hand, the HR home page says […]

Bits: new BA strike dates, Qatar relaxes baggage rules – will BA follow?

News in brief: New British Airways strike announced Another wave of mixed fleet cabin crew strikes have been announced for next week. Certain cabin crew will walk out from Friday 3rd March to Thursday 9th March. Disruption will be minimised by merging certain flights and […]

Bits: new way to spend Emirates miles, BA removes therapeutic oxygen, Abu Dhabi ‘no rain’ promise

News in brief (we’re a bit behind after spending two days at the Business Travel Show last week): A new way to spend expiring Emirates Skywards miles I get a lot of emails from HFP readers concerned about some Emirates Skywards miles which are approaching […]

Bits: Laithwaites offer update, 15% Iberia discount, Finnair A350 daily from London

News in brief: Wine Explorer link fixed I ran an article yesterday about Wine Explorer, the new BA wine venture in association with Laithwaites.  You will receive 1,000 Avios points with your first order. For some odd reason, the link I provided in that article […]

Get 1,000 Avios with Wine Explorer, the new Laithwaites / British Airways wine club

British Airways and mail order wine group Laithwaites ran The British Airways Wine Club for many, many years. At some point in the last couple of years this was quietly retired, although Laithwaite’s continued to offer Avios points with wine purchases. BA and Laithwaite’s have […]

Bits: last day for 2400 Avios on £50 of toys, Good To Go code correction, Flying Blue hotel offer

News in brief: Last day to get 2,400 Avios with £50 of toys Today, Sunday, is the last day to take advantage of the Tesco Direct offer of 1,000 Clubcard points when spending £50 on Nerf, My Little Pony, Play Doh and Hasbro Gaming. This means you get […]

More evidence of BA prioritising Avios bookings for downgrades?

(UPDATE: BA has agreed to give me a legal opinion on Monday on whether it believes a BA Amex companion ticket qualifies for EU261 downgrade compensation.) A month ago I ran this article speculating that BA has begun to target Avios ticket holders for downgrades. […]

My review of the (BA) JAL Sakura Lounge at Frankfurt Airport

This is my review of the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge at Frankfurt Airport, which is where you may end up if flying with British Airways. This is the last article from my recent review trip which took in Ibiza, Madrid and Frankfurt.  Frankfurt was my last […]

New BA Holidays promo – NYC and other routes from £1,299 Club World including hotel!

British Airways Holidays has launched a special Club World promotion for travel over the Summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year on core routes to the US and Middle East. There are some decent prices here but you need to book by Monday.  The prices are not […]