On Saturday we ran a review of the ANA lounge at Porto airport. This is notable because – whilst it is the only lounge at Porto – British Airways refuses to pay for Club Europe or status passengers to use it.
(If you read HfP by email, you didn’t receive this review because I felt it was a bit of a niche topic to drop into 10,000 inboxes. You can read the article here.)
Courtesy of Flyertalk, I have a list of all British Airways short-haul destinations which do not offer lounge access. This is a great bit of crowd sourcing work from the FT community. Keep this list in mind next time you book a trip and are considering whether to upgrade to Club Europe or not.
These airports have no lounge at all so you can’t blame BA for not letting you in:
Bergen, Flesland Airport BGO
Corfu / Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport CFU
Chania International Airport CHQ
Frederico Garcia Lorca GRX
Innsbruck INN (EDIT: a Priority Pass lounge opened 12/17)
Skiathos Island National JSI
San Javier MJV
Nantes Atlantique NTE
These airports have a lounge but BA refuses to pay for it:
You can use a Priority Pass instead at these airports:
Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis HER
John Paul II International Krakow-Balice KRK
Olbia/Costa Smeralda OLB
Francisco de Sa Carneiro, Porto OPO
Palermo/Punta Raisi PMO (landside)
Thessaloniki Macedonia International SKG (as of 1st July 2017)
Rhodes – Diagoras International RHU
These airport lounges only accepts cash and not Priority Pass / Lounge Club:
Bodrum – Milas Bodrum International BJV
Bari/Palese International BRI
Dalaman International DLM
London City Airport LCY (in the Private Jet Terminal)
Paphos International PFO
Stavanger, Sola SVG
These airports have lounges run by other airlines which BA cannot access:
Keflavik International KEF
Please bear in mind that this is crowd sourced list and 100% accuracy is not guaranteed – but it should be close enough.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses.
There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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 30,000 Avios.
30,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 4th February 2022.
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 45,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
45,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 28th February 2022.
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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