British Airways has announced a number of long-haul service cancellations for the Winter season, running from October 26th to March 29th 2015.
These cuts are in response to weakening demand – although, you may ask, if demand was so weak, why have Avios redemptions on these routes been so difficult to find recently?
BA generally takes its time to notify passengers of flight cancellations to avoid overwhelming their call centres. If you are flying on any of these routes you might want to check your booking and get on the phone before you are officially notified.
Cancellations from October 26th to March 29th:
London Heathrow to New York JFK:
BA181 outbound Monday to Saturdays cancelled
BA180 inbound Tuesday to Sundays cancelled
London Heathrow to New York Newark:
BA187/186 outbound and inbound on Mondays cancelled
London Heathrow to Accra:
BA079 outbound on Mon, Thu, Fri and Sun cancelled
BA080 inbound on Mon, Tue, Fri and Sat cancelled
London Heathrow to Montreal:
BA095/094 outbound and return on Tuesdays cancelled
London Gatwick to Las Vegas:
All services cancelled from December 2nd to March 2nd (Heathrow services are not affected)
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2023)
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.
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 10,500 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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.