View from the Wing reports on a potential US lawsuit against BA due to the high level of taxes and surcharges on Avios redemptions …..
Whilst it is easy to shout ‘mad Americans!’, it is difficult to argue that something shoudn’t be done. At the most fundamental level, BA issues a new timetable and files new base fares with IATA twice a year …. so surely a fuel surcharge should only cover any sharp jump in oil prices over the last few months?
Ghetto IFE has details of the new seat layout (and indeed brand new style Club World seat) that BA will be putting on BMI’s A321’s, initially to Tel Aviv and Cairo.
And Miles from Blighty repeats the rumour that BA will lose security pre-clearance at Shannon for one of its London City to New York flights. (These flights stop at Shannon to refuel, since an A318 cannot take off from London City will full fuel tanks due to weight, which gives passengers the chance to clear security at Shannon as US immigration has an outpost there, for weird historical reasons.)
Losing this would take away one of the benefits of the LCY flights, since you currently enter the US as a domestic passenger and avoid what can be a huge wait at passport control.
Finally … I have just applied to Turkish Airlines to see if they will match my BA Gold card, which would give me another 2 years of Star Alliance Gold after my Miles & More Gold expires in Feb 2013. I will report back!
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.