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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.

Malaysia Emirates

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 credit cards

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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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.)

Comments (36)

  • Liz says:

    Gavin you missed a trick there because for most of Feb they were doing 5 packs for a £1 – I bought a couple of batches – got some for my daughter at Uni and the rest went in the food bank box!

    • Gavin says:

      Liz, looks like I did miss a trick, still a good deal regardless though!

      Will have some tonight for the team, they look very much like student stodge convenience food but the avios is welcome.

      • Gavin says:

        My conclusion is if you need some noodles it’s worth spending 39p on the maggi ones for a 48 avios brucey bonus

  • Mr Fluff says:

    Not sure if this is the best place to ask, but looking for advice on BA Club World seating on A380? I’m travelling LHR-YVR in August with my wife and 6 mth daughter. Currently have seats 10J and K booked, but wondering what 14E and F would be like? I’ve read posts saying avoid the centre seats as you have to climb over the passenger in the aisle seats, but I was hoping this would be different on row 14 due to being the row before the bulkhead? Can anyone confirm?

    • mark2 says:

      Can’t answer your question (sorry) but you confirm what I thought that the flight to Vancouver is on A380, but on 1 Oct 16 according to the timetable on BA web site it changes to 747.
      I am not intending to go until May/Jun 17 so anything may happen in the meantime.

  • kevino says:

    Anybody know if this works on either of the emirates from New Zealand to Aus (SYD or MEL), and if so how do you book it?

  • Genghis says:

    OT but I received a letter today from Amex about a closed Amex Gold account. In Sep 15 they told me that I’d earn 2MR points on petrol, supermarkets and travel for 12 months and in Nov 15 that said that this was a mistake. Today I’ve been awarded GBP9.29 (the cash value of the missing MR points on the points I should have been awarded between Sep and Nov as informed). Has anyone else had this?

  • Genghis says:

    Also OT – I need to send some money to a Swedish bank account in SEK (paying in GBP). Any advice on the cheapest (with points earning?) method of doing this? TIA.

  • Carl says:

    Quick FYI for anyone struggling with the Emirates / Avios trick. No go with NRT-DXB-LHR. Although there is a codeshare on the DXB-LHR leg which can be booked on a QA flight number (via a travel agent), there is no codeshare on the NRT-DXB leg.

  • nick smith says:

    I notice that Emirates points are transferable to Quantas.
    Does this not mean that you can earn Emirates points (via a non code share flight) and just transfer them to Quantas ff programme then move them to Avios. (i’m sure not otherwise you would have suggested it !)

    • Rob says:

      They are NOT transferable to Qantas. You can earn Emirates points when flying Qantas (and vice versa) and redeem EK for Qantas (and vice versa) but you cannot do a straight transfer from Skywards into the Qantas scheme.

  • Tilly71 says:

    You paid 39p for 20 cc points?