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BA bits: win a trip to Prague, use Apple Pay to buy your BA flight

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British Airways news in brief:

Win a trip to Prague

BA is running a competition giving away return flights to Prague.

To be honest this is not the most generous prize as the flights are only Economy and accomodation isn’t included.

(The entry page says ‘What more could you want?’ to which the answer is probably ‘a free room as well please’ ……)

Clearly budget cuts are hitting the marketing department. However Prague is a pleasant destination for a short break so it may be worth entering.

All you need to do is enter your name and email address on this page of the BA website and you are automatically entered into the prize draw.

The competition closes at midnight on 31st October.

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Use Apple Pay to pay for your BA flights

The latest British Airways app feature makes paying for your flights easier.

If you have recently updated your app, you can now book flights using Apple Pay. This makes the process of booking much quicker as you won’t have to enter your card and payment details every time you make a booking.

Simply add Apple Pay to your different payment choices on the app and next time you book a flight, you can do this with the tap of your finger.

Currently this feature is only available for UK issued cards when booking BA flights departing a UK airport.

In addition the app has introduced another new feature.  The cash upgrade offers which occasionally appear in ‘Manage My Booking’ close to departure will now appear in the app as well.  This may well increase the popularity of these, especially if the app notifies you when an offer becomes available.

You can find out more about the BA app on this page of the BA website.

PS.  Another relatively new app feature is multiple check-in.  You can now add up to eight boarding passes on one device, as long as they are all part of the same booking, which means that a whole family can check-in online.  This is a genuinely welcome improvement.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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 (48)

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  • Guy says:

    I believe at the time of launch they aren’t even accepting their own credit card via ApplePay.
    No reason/excuse given and it’s certainly not an Amex issue as they’ve been on ApplePay pretty much from launch.

    Given the state of the entire company, I’m not surprised by this massive oversight.

  • Sam says:

    O/T – my parents are flying to HKG with my sis and want to use up their Avios to upgrade. If I book 3 people into PE, is it possible to upgrade to CW for only two people in the booking? Also, is it possible to check CW upgrade availability on a flight before booking?

  • Martin says:

    O/T- Can anyone advise me of the BA definition of short haul flights, in terms of time or miles.
    B A customer relations are giving me different answers, so I am still unsure if I will be receiving complimentary catering on my trip to Larnaca Cyprus, in March 2017, or not.
    Love this website.

    • Dave says:

      Larnaca will be classed as short haul, so will be BoB in economy come March.

      The key words to look for are “Domestic”/”EuroTraveller” (short haul) vs “WorldTraveller” (not short haul).

      You have the further complication that to at least Moscow (not sure of anywhere else), depending on what flight/plane you get, you could get either !.

      • Genghis says:

        I thought Moscow was all World Traveller / Club World vs Euro Traveller / Club Europe?

      • Nick says:

        Moscow is not BoB on any flight and there has been no suggestion of this. It’s the service not the aircraft type that determines whether it applies. Even if that means LED and DME get different products.

        • Scallder says:

          If you did a dummy cash booking, I presume you can tell as in the information bit above the prices it would say whether BOB or complimentary food?

  • Martin says:

    Thanks Dave.

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