News in brief:
British Airways Gatwick lounge to close in January
British Airways confirmed yesterday that its lounge at Gatwick will close in January. This is to enable work to begin on a new lounge pavilion in time for the consolidation of easyJet flights in Gatwick North next November.
At that time, British Airways will move to Gatwick South and into a new lounge complex. It is believed that this will feature the new ‘Concorde Bar’ concept for ticketed First Class passengers instead of a Galleries First lounge for Gold card holders.
Between January and November, British Airways will not have a lounge at Gatwick. Customers will be invited to use the No 1 Traveller lounge instead. Whilst currently full to capacity on most days – to the extent that Priority Pass customers are often turned away – work being done at present is intended to lead to additional space.
There are still various questions to be answered. Will the No 1 Traveller cap of three hours per visit remain? Will BA guests be able to have premium drinks and food for free, unlike standard No 1 Traveller clients? Will BA passengers have a dedicated room in the lounge? We will find out in January.
Virgin Atlantic to stop carrying car seats for infants
Virgin Atlantic announced yesterday that it will not carry infant car seats onboard from December 1st.
If you have booked a seat for an infant under 2, you will need to bring your own car seat. If you do not bring one, the infant will still be allowed to use the seat booked for it but not during take off, landing and turbulence.
Upper Class customers have never been able to use a car seat for an infant because of the air bags contained in the seats and this policy will continue.
To accompany this story, here is a photo of me at work on a Virgin Atlantic check in desk, for reasons that will become clearer later in the week …..
New American Express statement offers
Finally, three new American Express statement cashback offers have been launched. Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement.
South African Airways – spend £500, get £100 (valid to March 21st)
House of Fraser – spend £70, get £10 (valid to November 1st)
Fat Face – spend £50, get £10 (expires, at a guess, on November 1st)
None of these are yet available for general registration on the cardmemberoffers.co.uk website.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
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.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.