News in brief:
British Airways Club World US deals from Leeds Bradford
BA is currently selling some interesting Club World fares from Leeds Bradford. You can fly to Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and possibly other US cities for £1,500.
You need to book 28 days in advance and stay away for a Saturday night.
Here is a typical deal from January, showing a £1,526 fare:
For comparison, the cheapest price on the same dates is:
From Manchester: £3,072
From Newcastle: £3,070
From Heathrow with no domestic connection: £3,054
All very odd, but an attractive deal if you live within driving distance of Leeds Bradford. Our review of the Yorkshire Premier lounge at Leeds Bradford, which you’d get to visit, is here.
These deals are all bookable at ba.com here.
British Airways call centres receive a short-term reprieve
As we have mentioned on Head for Points before, the British Airways call centres in Manchester and Newcastle have been ‘under consultation’ for some time over their future.
The decision was due this week. Staff have been told, however, that it has now been pushed back until the New Year. The official reason given is that Carolina Martinoli, the new Director of Brand and Customer Experience (the most powerless job in BA, as the previous two occupants – both of whom left quickly – have found), is too new to the role to take an informed decision.
Capita has put an outsourcing offer on the table but it isn’t clear if this involves moving the operation to India, as happened with the BMI call centre.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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.
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 10,500 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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.