Three BA-related bits of news in brief:
60 free Avios for everyone via Tesco Clubcard
Tesco has launched a new online game in association with Kit-Kat. You can find it here.
Whilst I wouldn’t normally waste time with such things, you will receive 25 Clubcard points the first time you play it. This is worth 60 Avios or 62 Virgin Flying Club miles and potentially worth a few seconds of your time. If you take it seriously there are various techy prize to be won as well.
British Airways increased extra bag charges
With immediate effect, British Airways has announced a substantial increase in baggage fees.
On short-haul and domestic flights from Heathrow or City, any baggage in excess of your allowance will cost you £60 per suitcase when booked in advance. This is up 50% from the current £40.
On ‘hand baggage only’ fares, your first checked bag will cost from £20-£40 depending on route if paid in advance. All excess baggage fees paid at the airport on all short-haul routes will be £65 per case.
Prices from Gatwick have not changed and are substantially lower than the Heathrow or City costs listed above.
On long-haul, the cost of a second case in World Traveller will rise £5, from £55 to £60, when booked in advance. 3+ cases will cost £120 each. If paid at the airport, the cost is a stunning £65 / £140 respectively.
These charges are one-way so you need to double them for a return journey.
If you live outside the UK, other excess baggage fares have also been increased when priced in € or $ to take account of recent currency fluctuations.
New British Airways route to Valencia
Finally, British Airways announced a new route to Valencia from London Gatwick on Tuesday.
This will be a year-round service, starting at four flights per week from November 6th and increasing to six flights per week from next Summer. If you’ve exhausted ‘the usual suspects’ of Spanish weekend break destinations then Valencia is well worth a look.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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