Following numerous trials, British Airways has finally decided to push ahead with boarding in groups. The new process will go live on 12th December.
Your boarding pass will now carry a group number.
Group 1 – BA Gold or oneworld equivalent, First Class passengers
Group 2 – BA Silver or oneworld equivalent, Club World passengers
Group 3 – BA Bronze or oneworld equivalent, World Traveller Plus passengers
Group 4 and Group 5 – World Traveller passengers, split by row
Group 1 – BA Gold or oneworld equivalent, Club Europe
Group 2 – BA Silver or oneworld equivalent
Group 3 – BA Bronze or oneworld equivalent
Group 4 – Euro Traveller
Group 5 – Euro Traveller on a hand baggage only fare
It is not clear what will happen with mixed groups – historically there has been an informal policy that children or partners could board with higher status passengers in the same group.
The key to this new policy working will be the announcements. All passengers will be expected to be seated by the departure gate. They will be strongly encouraged not to congregate by the boarding area.
Only when their boarding group is announced should they stand up and make their way to the gate. The idea is to replace what can be a scrum with a more laid back process. It will also be easier to police hand baggage, since it will be clear to boarding staff at each stage in the process how much each group should be allowed to bring on.
Will it work? We will see …..
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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.