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New British Airways Gold card benefits start today

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With very little fanfare (unless British Airways Gold card holders have been emailed directly about this), two new benefits have been added today.

Technically, these new benefits have been given to all top tier cardholders with any oneworld alliance airline.

Can I get into a British Airways lounge with a Gold card?

You will benefit if you hold any of these cards:

airberlin topbonus Platinum
American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum
British Airways Executive Club Gold
Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Diamond
Finnair Plus Platinum
Iberia Plus Platinum
Japan Airlines Mileage Bank (JMB) Diamond and JAL Global Club (JGC) Premier
LAN’s LANPASS Comodoro
Malaysia Airlines Enrich Platinum
Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One and Platinum
Royal Jordanian Royal Plus Platinum
S7 Priority Platinum

Here are the two new benefits:

An extra checked baggage allowance, above the standard limit for the cabin class in which they are traveling – either one additional item where the piece concept applies, or an extra 20 kg (44 lbs) where the weight concept applies – when they fly on any oneworld member airline.

Use fast track lanes through security when flying from select key airports worldwide on select oneworld member airlines.

The second one is very vague. I assume Terminal 5 at Heathrow will be included, opening it up to all oneworld elite members, but there is no list.

Full details of these new benefits can be found here.


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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:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (4)

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  • g2-c74d428b3fe4991fc2f2089b312fa3f9Iain says:

    Maybe it also includes some reason why ‘the rest of us’ have been unceremoniously dumped out of paid-for Row 64 seats on 747s in the last week or so as well…..

  • Alan says:

    There actually aren’t any UK airports listed on the page on announcing these benefits, however LHR and EDI already offer Fasttrack security to Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald, so I don’t see what will change with this unless they remove Sapphires?!

  • Sir Stamford says:

    The list of airports offering Fast Track is listed here on the Oneworld website. It is not extensive though but a useful benefit nonetheless.

  • littlefish says:

    Very useful, though more a polish of OWE than anything specific to BA Gold.
    The baggage thing had needed aligning.

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