It is only a couple of weeks since British Airways brought in its new Club Europe catering. The first genuine improvements to the original offering are already live, having been rushed through with impressive speed.
Unfortunately the two biggest problems with the relaunch – the removal of hot meals from a lot of key routes and the removal of fruit from breakfast – have not been addressed (yet?).
This is a shame as there were some positive changes made, primarily to the longest Club Europe routes. Almost all flights irrespective of length now get a choice of food where there was previously nothing.
Unfortunately, drastically reducing the meal quality on a small but important selection of routes has wiped out any goodwill that may have been generated. These include Barcelona, Bologna, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Innsbruck, Milan, Nice, Oslo, Palma, Pisa, Porto, Prague, Salzburg, Venice, Vienna, Verona and Zagreb.
Anyway, this is what appears to have changed as of last Thursday:
- Fruit plates have been added to ‘brunch’ options
- The salad has got a little bigger and cheese and biscuits have been added
- The panini has gained a side salad
The picture above is a meal served out of Dusseldorf a couple of days ago, with added cheese and biscuits and a slightly bigger salad.
Things are picking up a little although there is still a long way to go before we can genuinely say that Club Europe food has improved without needing to add a list of caveats.
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.
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