So, how bad are British Airways forward bookings at the moment? I was surprised that the current British Airways sale (covered here) was so underwhelming. I couldn’t even bring myself to write a full article on it.
However, now we have a very serious statement of intent – BA has brought back its offer of triple base Avios on all British Airways flights, irrespective of ticket class or price.
If you are travelling to North America from Europe, flights on Finnair, Iberia and American Airlines are also included if you credit them to your British Airways account.
It is not yet clear if members of the On Business small business scheme will also receive triple OB points – they did when this offer ran last Autumn.
Let’s look at an example of how good this could be.
Berlin to Hong Kong on British Airways, Club World
Avios earned as a Blue member (a status member would get more):
Calculated at this web page as (869 + 8969 + 8969 + 869) + a bonus of (579 + 5979 + 5979 + 579) + (579 + 5979 + 5979 + 579) = 45,908
That is a VERY generous incentive and, if you manage to pick up a cheap business class deal, a substantial rebate on the cost of the flight itself.
I expected this promotion to come with a catch (ie excluding non-refundable fares) but there isn’t one. The only rule is that your flight must be BOOKED and flown between the start date – which is not named in the rules – and 31st March 2017.
There is some risk here if you are looking to book a BA flight today. Who knows what the official start date of this promotion is? Whilst the website is live, BA has not yet emailed anyone about the offer.
The registration page is also buggy at present. This is what I got:
Thank you, you are now registered for this offer.
Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer.
For clarity, EVERYONE can register for this offer, irrespective of what country their BAEC account is in.
Here are the other rules:
You get the bonus on up to EIGHT segments (ie four return flights or eight one-way flights) – this means, weirdly, that you may want to keep your BAEC number out of some short haul bookings so you can get triple Avios on later long haul flights
You MUST register via this page of ba.com
All cabins and all ticket types are included
Only base Avios are tripled, not any cabin or status bonus
American, Iberia and Finnair flights will count if they are for travel between the EU, Norway, Switzerland and North America, Mexico and Puerto Rico or an OpenSkies service from Paris Orly to Newark or New York JFK
Unlike the September version of this offer, Comair flights in South Africa ARE included this time
SUN-AIR franchise flights are excluded as are BA numbered codeshare flights on other airlines
I strongly recommend that you register now by clicking here. You will also find full details on this page. You could easily forget if you end up not having any qualifying flights until nearer the end of the offer in March.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 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.