News in brief:
Earn Avios with the new Malaysia / Emirates partnership?
It is a little known fact, unless you read HFP, that you can earn Avios points and British Airways tier points when you fly with Emirates. The secret, as I explained here, is to book your Emirates flights under the Qantas flight code and not the Emirates one.
Malaysia Airlines has just launched its own codeshare arrangement with Emirates. Most Emirates flights outside Asia can now be booked as Malaysia Airlines codeshares with an MH flight number.
Do these earn Avios and BA tier points too? No.
As you can see on this page of ba.com, a flight with a oneworld flight code but operated by a non-oneworld airline does NOT earn Avios or tier points. The Qantas / Emirates partnership is an exception to this rule as the small print shows:
“Flights booked under the Qantas code (QF) operated by a non-oneworld airline will earn Avios and Tier Points unless operated by Jetstar in a class other than L class.”
If you book an Emirates flight on a Malaysia flight number, you will be out of luck. Stick with the Qantas flight codes.
Changes coming to Peak and Off Peak BA pricing?
British Airways has been reticent about publishing new ‘peak’ and ‘off-peak’ redemption calendars recently. This is why it is impossible to know if this situation is a bug or not.
If you go to ba.com and try to book a redemption flight for Tuesday 14th February or Wednesday 15th February 2017, they are pricing at peak rates. This will be half term for most schools.
When the new peak and off-peak timetable was introduced, BA promised that every Tuesday and Wednesday would be off-peak, whatever the season. Something has either gone wrong with the IT or BA is planning changes.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)