News in brief:
BA dropping First Class food during the strike
If you were wondering how British Airways is managing to run so many services during the cabin crew strike today and Wednesday, here is one reason.
On many services with a First Class cabin, the number of cabin crew on the aircraft is being reduced. There will be no First Class meal service provided on these aircraft. They will receive the standard Club World meal.
Passengers impacted by this are being offered 10,000 Avios as compensation.
BA has also stated that there will be “some changes to our meal service routines” on Thursday and Friday. This is due to aircraft which flew out on Tuesday and Wednesday being short of crew to fully staff the return flight.
Reader loses 220,000 Diamond Club points
Last year I ran a number of articles reminding readers that BMI Diamond Club was about to close and that they should move out any remaining points. I also suggested they check old BMI accounts for any forgotten miles.
To be honest, I assumed that no-one would be in this position. I was very surprised to hear from so many people who had forgotten about Diamond Club balances, some in six figures.
I was also surprised to hear from a new reader yesterday who had not received any communication about the end of Diamond Club. It turns out that he had 220,000 points (= 220,000 Avios) sitting there which have now gone. He had kept them in Diamond Club due to the false belief that if he moved them across to British Airways Executive Club they would expire.
I have suggested he raise it with BAEC but I doubt he will get far, especially as IAG will have removed a chunky balance sheet liability from its books when his points were expired.
Double Heathrow Rewards points on food and drink
Heathrow Rewards has launched a double points offer in all of its restaurants, bars and cafes.
Between 11th January and 28th February you will receive double base points in all of these outlets. Food and drink bought in Boots, WH Smith etc does not count.
11th January, by an amazing coincidence, is the day that British Airways starts charging for in-flight short haul catering.