In the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor made the surprise announcement that Air Passenger Duty would be scrapped for children aged 2-12 years old from 1 May 2015. This only applies to economy tickets.
Since British Airways sells tickets a year ahead, there are plenty of people who booked flights between May and December 2014 for travel after 1 May 2015.
BA has now released guidance for how these people can receive a refund on any APD paid for a child:
If you booked directly with British Airways the APD charge will be refunded back to your original payment card as soon as you have flown the outbound sector from the UK.
If you booked with a travel agent and British Airways processed the payment (ie BA appeared on your card statement and not Expedia etc) then the APD charge will be refunded back to your original payment card as soon as you have flown the outbound sector from the UK.
If you booked with a travel agent and the travel agent processed your payment (ie their name appeared on your card statement) then you must contact your travel agent once you return to the UK. British Airways is not automatically refunding travel agents so the agent must make a formal refund request on your behalf and then transfer the funds to you.
I feel this last one could be a slow process ….
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)