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News in brief:

Changes to BA’s buy-on-board menu

British Airways has made changes to their short-haul economy buy-on-board menu – and, if you click the link, you’ll see they don’t look great.

There is a new tapas meat and cheese platter with a couple of crackers, a new roasted falafel and spinach wrap as well as a turkey sandwich. But several (healthier) options have been taken off the menu and if you are avoiding wheat or gluten, you’ll have to be happy with cashews and crisps.

The couscous salad and the fruit salad have disappeared without a decent replacement. You can’t get olives any longer and the sweets selection has been reduced from 12 items to 5.  Yoghurt seem to have disappeared  too.  Basically, if it was at risk of going off, it has gone.

If you want to know what the menu was like before, here is a link to our buy-on-board article in January.

The new menu can be found on this page.

British Airways short haul food menu

25% off Radisson Blu and Park Inn

Radisoon Blu and Park Inn have launched a half term offer aimed at families.

Club Carlson members can get up to 25% off during the Autumn holiday, free wifi, kids under 16 stay for free in the UK and Ireland and kids under 12 eat for free.

This offer is valid for stays between 16th October and 27th October in the UK and Ireland and stays between 13th October and 12th November in Belgium and France.

The Radisson Blu page to book is here .

The Park Inn page to book is here.

You must book by 24th October to get up to 25% off.  The offer is also available at Radisson Red and Quorvus Collection.

Avis Budget renews British Airways IAG deal

IAG renews its exclusive Avis / Budget car rental deal

Avis Budget Group has renewed its car rental partnership with IAG.

The brands will remain the exclusive car rental partners of British Airways, Iberia and Iberia Express, with Aer Lingus to be added later.  The two brands will also remain the only car hire brands to earn points in any of the Avios loyalty schemes.

In general, I think the Avis partnership has worked well.  It does offer good benefits via including a free second driver .   The ability to earn bonus Avios by paying with a British Airways American Express card is a rare example of partner brands working together.

Regular Hertz renters will have to stick with crediting to Virgin Flying Club, although their 1,000 miles per rental deal is attractive.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (104)

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  • Egg says:

    wonder how long before BA stop you bringing food on board

    • Alan says:

      I’m surprised Ryanair haven’t done this yet so I wonder whether there is something in the regulations that mean they can’t?

      • Angmo says:

        UN Convention on the right to access food. Not all states are signatures but the UK are as I believevare Ireland.

        • the real harry1 says:

          BA are also perfectly OK about you bringing your own booze on board – this is legal & permitted

          they won’t be OK about you getting sloshed on half a bottle of Scotch

          however, a few beers or perhaps a bottle of decent wine should be acceptable

          unfortunately the real issue is supply airside – not at all difficult to get spirits in Duty Free – but spirits will be frowned upon/ very quickly removed from your possession for the duration of the flight

          if you go for wine, then white will be unchilled so a bit desperate – red would be OK but try finding DF outlets that sell it by the bottle plus you’ll need a corkscrew

          don’t think you’ll find beer in DF but you might find a bar that will sell you a few tinnies for the journey

          I’ve pondered this problem since BA introduced BOB – obviously pinching something from the lounge would be an option but possibly not a very honest one if done in quantity

        • the real harry1 says:

          coming back to UK doesn’t always present such a problem – eg our airport back from the place in the sun sells chilled premium beers for under £2/ half litre in the convenience stores, airside

          shame UK airports don’t do this

        • HAM76 says:

          @TRH1 miniature bottles like Gin are actually fine to get through security, if you don’t mind placing them in the plastic bag along with toiletries during the security scan. Judging from the reactions of the security personnel it doesn’t happen often, though.

        • Genghis says:

          They’re actually quite reasonably priced. Difficult to get tonic water airside though? Lemon is easy but precut (otherwise where’s the knife coming from?)

  • Jason Hindle says:

    I still keep the faith that one of these days BA will make a change that turns out to be an actual improvement for the paying customer.

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  • Anthony Dunn says:

    Remarkably straightforward: if I am flying in the Economy section, I buy my own food and drink and before I get onboard. That way, I choose just what I want and have the drink of choice. Most UK terminals have a pretty wide choice of food and drink offerings airside these days.

  • Andrew-A says:

    OT slightly but just did an Edi-Lgw then Lgw-Tfs in CE using a 2 4 1. On the Edi flight down we randomly got upgraded to CE , my wife has just hit bronze so not sure if that had any bearing on it. Once seated however we were informed that they had only catered for the original CE passengers so could only offer breakfast if anything was left over. This wasn’t a problem for us as we had 4 hours to wait in gatwick and had planned to eat there anyway ( ate at Grainstore using PP cards which was good) then into BA lounge.
    On the way back from Tenerife on Saturday they ran out of champagne within the first half hour of the flight so some people didnt even get the chance of a glass. Food was ok though on both CE flights.
    To summarise our BA experience was fine, just a bit inconsistent.

    • Alan says:

      Must say it didn’t look great on recent LHR-EDI flight. Crew seemed surprised I didn’t want any of the delectable food or indeed anything to drink, but hopefully anyone that was upgraded to the cabin got it instead!

  • Diane says:

    Flew to Turkey last week. Had eaten in the airport, so just ordered a couple of drinks and a packet of Percy Pigs ! Delivered swiftly and instant payment with contactless card. I actually think the food and drinks prices are ok and comparative with other airlines. No complaints from me.

  • Geoff says:

    We have had good results using the avis and ba but why is the avisba website so appalling?!

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