News in brief:
New British Airways route from Stansted
Over the Summer, British Airways has been running a series of routes from Stansted at the weekend. These use aircraft which would otherwise be flying from London City but which are left idle by the 24 hour curfew at the airport from Saturday lunchtime.
Despite the often appalling flight times, such as 06.00 departures, the services seem to be doing OK. BA has announced the following changes for the Winter season:
a new route to Chambery, with an outbound flight on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 17th December
Berlin Tegel to operate all year round (13.15 on a Sunday departure)
Malaga and Faro to be extended by an extra two weeks, with flights to end on 19th / 20th November
I expect further announcements of additional Winter routes to follow.
Cash and Avios bookings to Chambery can be made now at ba.com.
HfP in The Economist
The Economist website picked up on the service reductions at British Airways yesterday in this well-written post.
HfP is referenced in the article (although I did not speak to the author) but irrespective of that I recommend that you read it as it offers a good summary of the current position.
This article is outside The Economist paywall so no subscription or sign-up is required.
British Airways announces a codeshare with China Eastern
British Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement with China Eastern even though the airline is a member of the competing SkyTeam alliance.
You will now be able to book flights to Kunming, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Chongqing on a BA flight code, connecting to China Eastern via Chengdu or Shanghai.
Chinese flyers will be able to book flights to Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle using the MU flight code, connecting to China Eastern flights to Heathrow.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.
You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:
Here are your other options. 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:
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