When I was sent a link to itv.com by a reader yesterday morning, I was more than a little surprised by what I read.
British Airways had announced that it was launching flights from Stansted.
This made no sense at all – until I saw the details.
British Airways is launching flights to Faro, Malaga, Ibiza and Palma
There is a grand total of one flight per week, per route
All of these flights will take place on a Saturday or Sunday
All of these flights will use tiny Embraer 190 aircraft
Alert readers will have worked out what is going on now. London City Airport is closed between lunchtime on Saturday and lunchtime on Sunday. This means that British Airways has a few planes hanging around with not much to do.
Just look at these flight times:
Ibiza – departs 06.45 (lands 10.15), returns at 11.00 (lands 12.30), Saturday only
Malaga – departs 13.15 (lands 17.15), returns at 18.00 (lands 19.50), Saturday only
Palma – departs 20.45 (lands 00.15), returns at 01.00 (lands 02.30!), Saturday (back Sunday) only
Faro – departs 05.40 (lands 08.30), returns at 09.05 (lands 10.00), Sunday only
Basically, the same plane will be flying all of these services.
The good news is that there is a new ‘Escape’ lounge at Stansted – although whether it is open for a 5.40am departure is another matter.
Flights are now available for booking, for cash or Avios, at ba.com.
The services run from 28th May to 30th October.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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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.
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.