News in brief:
British Airways drop Kos
British Airways has decided to cancel the Kos route next year. This is unfortunate, because tickets have been on sale for 5 months ….
The service was due to run between 5th May and 29th September 2018.
Cash passengers will be offered a re-route via Vienna, changing onto the Austrian Airlines service to Kos. There is also an option to fly to Athens and then change to an Aegean service. In both cases, business class passengers will be downgraded to economy for the second leg as they are ‘one class’ flights.
Note that Vienna is an 80 tier points route and Athens – like Kos – is a 160 tier points route. If you have booked in Club Europe then it is easier to go via Athens if you want to be sure of your tier points. BA should ‘make you square’ if you go via Vienna but it is likely to require a few emails back and forth.
Avios passengers will not be re-routed. Your Avios will be refunded and you will have to make other arrangements at your own cost.
Passengers who are on a codeshare and not travelling on BA-issued tickets (ie a ticket number which does not start 125-) will also not be re-routed and will have to claim a refund from the airline with which they booked.
British Airways launches short haul Club Europe holidays sale
If you are planning a short break over the Winter, BA Holidays has launched a ‘Club Europe holidays’ short break promotion.
These offer excellent value for money compared to the cost of booking flights on their own. You will also get at least 80 tier points each – more for longer routes – which makes this a cheap way to help your plans to earn or retain your British Airways Executive Club status.
You need to:
book by midnight on Monday 23rd October
travel between 1st November 2017 and 18th March 2018
These are the headline prices being promoted by British Airways Holidays, although there is no guarantee this price will be available on the dates you want. All hotels are four or five star.
- Bilbao business class flights + 3 nights hotel £272 pp
- Paris business class flights + 3 nights hotel £284 pp
- Amsterdam business class flights + 3 nights hotel £286 pp
- Istanbul business class flights + 3 nights hotel £299 pp
- Athens business class flights + 3 nights hotel £420 pp
- Palermo business class flights + 7 nights hotel from £308 pp
- Larnaca business class flights + 7 nights hotel from £585 pp
- All inclusive Malaga business class flights + 7 nights hotel from £421 pp
- Palermo business class flights + 7 nights hotel £308 pp
- Malaga business class flights + 7 nights hotel £370 pp
- Mallorca (Palma) business class flights + 7 nights hotel £374 pp
- Larnaca business class flights + 7 nights hotel £585 pp
- Krakow business class flights + 3 nights hotel £311 pp
- Berlin business class flights + 3 nights hotel £340 pp
- Prague business class flights + 3 nights hotel £345 pp
- Vienna business class flights + 3 nights hotel £353 pp
- Budapest business class flights + 3 nights hotel £383 pp
Upstairs on a British Airways Boeing 747
Finally, a random personal picture. We flew down to Dubai on a Boeing 747 last week and sat on the upper deck.
If you have been flying BA for as long as me then this may not be a novelty, but younger readers may never have experienced it. Whilst BA remains the biggest global operator of the Boeing 747, they are being shuffled towards the retirement home one by one.
If you get a chance to try a 747 in Club World, on the upper deck, you should.
There is no doubt that some of the planes are well past their prime, and the cabin environment is not as classy as the new Boeing 787 Club World cabin. However, as you can see from the photo below and the picture above of the stairs, it is a unique experience with such a small cabin. The only BA experience that compares is the BA1 service on an A318 from London City to New York.
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.
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.