News in brief:
United cancels Manchester – Washington
United Airlines has announced that it will drop its Manchester to Washington route for Summer 2017 after six years.
The airline has already announced its intention to drop its Belfast to New York service.
Demand for flights to the US from regional airports, which are more leisure driven than routes from London, is expected to fall next year due to the stronger $. These routes were both aimed at UK travellers flying to the US than US residents flying here and the fall in UK passengers cannot be balanced out by increased US visitors.
BA redemptions via Iberia Plus now refundable
At some point recently, Iberia changed its policy. Avios redemptions on BA made via Iberia Plus now appear to be refundable according to a message that comes up via the booking process.
Redemptions on other oneworld partners remain non-refundable so any bookings for Qatar, American etc should continue to be made via ba.com and not Iberia Plus.
Changes in the way household accounts treat children?
There also appears to have been a change in the way that British Airways Executive Club treats household accounts with children in them.
In the past, if you closed a household account, the Avios of any children would pass to the head of the account.
According to a reader who did it recently, this has changed. He removed a child from his household account and the Avios were not transferred.
This is the email he got:
We confirm that XXXXX has been removed from your Household Account as you requested.
If this Member is under 18, then their Executive Club membership and their Avios have been cancelled.
If you have removed the last Member of your Household Account, then your Household Account has been closed.
It seems that temporarily creating a household account for your children before a major trip and then cancelling it afterwards – to transfer all the Avios to the parents, who do not actually want to be in a household account long-term – is no longer a strategy.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.