British Airways has launched a new service at Heathrow to help delayed inbound UK domestic passengers reach their connecting flights.
It is, I assume, a delayed reaction to the (no fault of BA) traumatic transit experience at Heathrow. KLM has built up a major franchise by persuading travellers outside London that they will have an easier life if they transit in Amsterdam via a KLM connection from their local airport instead.
The service is called Premium Transfer Drive.
To qualify you must be:
on a domestic flight into Heathrow
travelling onwards in Club Europe, Club World or First, or holding a British Airways Executive Club Silver or Gold card
This service is not guaranteed. BA is not stating the parameters under which you will be collected from your incoming flight, and there will obviously be capacity controls too. You should also remember that, whilst you might make the plane, your luggage may not …..
You will need to be booked on a single through-ticket in order for BA to know you have a connection.
Whilst this service will only be used by a handful of people, it is – to be honest – more ambitious than we have come to expect from British Airways of late. Perhaps things are picking up.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.
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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.