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News in brief:

Last change to book Qatar Airways at an amazing price

Today is your last full day to take advantage of the Qatar Travel Festivalthe deals end at 9pm UK time on Sunday.  Some of the business class prices are simply astounding – Oslo to Bangkok for £772, Oslo to Cape Town for £914, Copenhagen to Sydney for £1550 etc.

All Qatar Airways flights earn British Airways Avios and tier points.   You can book until 16th December at these prices so you have no excuse.

The home page for the Qatar Travel Festival is here.   My full article from earlier in the week is here.

Qatar A350

British Airways cancels Gatwick services for Winter 2016

British Airways announced a raft of cancellations for next Winter yesterday.  They will not have told customers yet so check if you are impacted.  If you call BA now you will have a better chance of getting first choice of alternative flights.

Tampa – reduced to six flights per week with the Wednesday flight cancelled

Barbados – reduced to 11 flights per week with one Monday and one Wednesday flight cancelled during December, January and February

Kingston – reduced to three flights per week with the Saturday flight cancelled during December, January and February

Orlando – reduced to seven flights per week with one Monday, Wednesday and Saturday flight cancelled in November and March

Remember that using the My Flights app would have alerted you to these changes to your flight automatically.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

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

Comments (60)

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  • Marco says:

    I just tried to download the My Flights app via your link and I got a message saying it was not available in the UK?

    • Raffles says:

      Eh? Very weird. Try the iOS App Store direct (not on Android) or use their desktop programme.

      • Jason says:

        I had a similar problem trying to download it on my iPad a couple of weeks ago, however it downloaded it on my phone first then on to my iPad.

    • Pat Butcher says:

      I just had an etihad flight change. First found out via text from etihad. So checked website to look at changes properly. Couple of hours later got an e-mail from etihad.
      My flights app didn’t notify me until several hours after that. Not what I was expecting!

      • Rob says:

        MyFlights is not ‘real time’ – it checks box a day I think. This is usually faster tag the airlines. Etihad will never tell you of an equipment change.

  • Will says:

    I wonder if this is the knock on effect of G-VIIO being out of action due to the engine fire and a lack of ‘spare’ aircraft.

    • TimS says:

      I doubt it. The knock on effect would be being felt already if so, not just from next winter’s scheduling onwards.

      I think G-VIIO’s flying is being covered by a couple of scheduled airframe retirements being postponed.

  • mark says:

    This QR sale has been great for Y passengers too, OSL > SGN GOI KUL £330

    These are all my 62 year old mother has booked as she starts to backpack around asia, while keeping status :/

    • Raffles says:

      I like the sound of your Mum!

    • Olivula says:

      Can I go with her? I’ll even carry her rucksack

    • Lady London says:

      Don’t tell everyone about my plans Mark

    • JamesW says:

      Was really tempted last night to do a cheapy to SGN in economy £220 (if they did Jto SGN for £600 same as BKK then I’d absolutely have booked that but it’s ~£1200) and whilst I’ve flown a dozen or more QR flights I’ve never done so in economy so took to review sites to see what people say about it……Oh my Gosh !! The economy setup on the Dreamliner gets severely slated !! And the seats have almost an inch less width than Ryanair ! and only 2 inches more recline. Savage. If they’d been like Emirates Y on the A380 then I’d have gone for it and braved the great unwashed in cattle class 🙂

      Good on your Mum for still having her adventurous spirit 🙂

      Just can’t bring myself to do it though !

      Hopping from BKK to Ho Chi Minh and back from Hanoi adds about £120 (and faff !) and whilst it’s not too much extra it is a totally unnecessary extra holiday so decided £720 (plus positioning to OSL) was a bit OTT given I was thinking of a real cheap trip @ £220 !

      Nuts. I know I’ll be sorry at 9pm tonight that I oly snagged one business class trip (Nov) when the deals are off the table 🙁

      Hopefully a few more airlines have mass sales of this magnitude (and OTAs undercut them too !!) this year so I can grab something else later.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Isn’t the £100 code for ex-UK flights only?

  • Tilly71 says:

    Strange how BA axe flights to Barbados during their peak season months from London.

  • simon says:

    choice of either a 7.25pm or 1am BKK back to DOH

    both are 777, which would you choose?

    • John says:

      Depends whether you want a full day in Bangkok before you leave, or a full day in London after you arrive (or wherever you’re going)

      • simon says:

        Thanks John, but i misread the flights. one was the A380 so i’ve gone for that!

  • RIccati says:

    This is crazy. The real sale where the supply of tickets increased and they got cheaper on the last day.

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