The website of Forbes magazine published an interesting article yesterday on the current state of British Airways. It is surprisingly accurate – by the standards of mainstream publications when reporting on airline and frequent flyer issues – and worth a read.
Here are a couple of quotes:
British Airways since its turnaround in the late ’80s has been generally considered a top league airline, innovating seats that turn into beds in both first and business class, and laying on services such as arrivals lounges serving hot breakfast, providing weary travelers showers while having their suits pressed. It offers sit down dining in its lounges before flights, enabling passengers to have more time to sleep.
Implementing [buy on board] has not been smooth. A week after launching its version of “buy-on-board” service for its domestic and European flights that require its top-tier frequent fliers to pay for food and drinks and charges for even tea, coffee, soft drinks and bottled water, the airline is having challenges. BA’s Twitter account and internet forums …….. have passengers and crew telling of flight attendants not able to serve the entire cabin, only getting to a few rows, payment machines not working, and only a couple sandwiches loaded for the entire plane. In yet more cases, no food or drinks were loaded at all. Flight attendants from business class sometimes have to help sell food in the back, impacting service to its premium passengers. Teething pains maybe? Reportedly, cabin crew can’t give out food or drinks during delays for service recovery.
Amusingly, whilst Head for Points is not mentioned, a quote I posted on FlyerTalk is used:
One poster on internet forum FlyerTalk wrote of the cumulative impact of the cuts. “I know that no-one will flounce off purely on the back of BOB (buy-on-board), but everyone has a breaking point somewhere and the loss of free G’n’T may be it for many,” the member who goes by the name Raffles posted.
(A quick search shows that I have never used the word ‘flounce’ in almost 5000 HfP articles, which shows how I change my writing style when the end product is not for this site!)
There are some great extracts from the BA Twitter feed that are well worth a read.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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.