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British Airways suspends Oakland flights for the Winter timetable

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The new British Airways service from Gatwick to Oakland on the US West Coast, which has reportedly been running with loads as low as 50 passengers, is to be cancelled for Winter 2018/9. 

The last flight seems to be Saturday 20th October.

British Airways suspends Oakland

To fill the gap, three of the ten weekly services from Heathrow to Las Vegas are to be moved to Gatwick.

It is not clear at this point if Oakland will return for the Summer timetable starting in late March 2019.  Like Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale, the route was started primarily to annoy Norwegian who were operating identical services.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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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

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Comments (76)

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  • Daftboy says:

    Thanks for the Sixt tip, very useful for an early AM flight on the first May bank holiday weekend, and came in at around half the price of Addison Lee (best comparison for me, as you can pre-book AddLee but not Uber)

    • Anthony says:

      I now use Sixt for all my airport transfers – you can’t really beat their prices – and they have a code SAVE10UK, which will take a further £10 off the fare. I just booked my transfers for May Bank Holiday,

  • RussellH says:

    I would personally be sorry to see OAK go. It is actually much nearer to downtown San Francisco than SFO (too BART last year from OAK to SFO) and as a smaller airport I find that one gets through much more quickly. No trekking for miles just to find a gate.

    It is also much more convenient for anywhere north of the Bay Area – Marin / Sonoma / Napa / Mendocino etc. Picking up a hire car is easy – no real crowds.

    OAK is also very convenient for Berkeley and U Cal. Yes, Oakland has its rough bits, it is a working class town, but then San Francisco has some very rough areas too, and a major homelessness problem! And it is good to be remionded of this sort of thing occasionally.

    Jack London Square in Oakland is well worth a visit, and you have regular ferries across the bay to San Francisco if you want

    • JohnT says:

      Nice to hear – we are using LGW-OAK in September (BA 241 Club trip) as live in south east so much prefer LGW! Also found good Avios availability. Hope they don’t start running service down early!

      • JamesB says:

        To add to Russells comments, it is also very convenient for getting to Sacramento, Tahoe, and Lassen National Park if venturing further afield. Ages since I was there but Spengers fish restaurant in Berkeley used to be very good. norther California is fantastic, enjoy your stay.

  • RussellH says:

    Apropos of Sixt mydriver; does anyopne have any experience of minicabit.com? I have an Amex offer for this, but had never heard of it before (not least because I am a taxiphobe).

    • JPV says:

      I’ve used them six or seven times. It’s not exactly a premium service, and you sometimes have to wait for ten minutes at arrivals depending, but I’ve never had a major problem and the prices are competitive.

  • John says:

    OT: Virgin Atlantic cards are not coming today, sometime this week…

    https://twitter.com/VirginMoney/status/981117853473615873

  • Gill says:

    OT
    Anyone know if you can upgrade an avios booked using Lloyd’s voucher? Have a PE outbound and wondering if its worth keeping an eye on J availability. Thanks

    • JamesB says:

      Not sure I understand you fully but sounds like you already used the voucher to book WTP for WT avios? If so, just call avios if CW becomes available and ask them to change it for you to CW for WTP avios.

      • AndyR says:

        JamesB any idea if you have to pay the £35 change fee for that?

        • Polly says:

          If they allow it, yes change fee applies.

        • JamesB says:

          Yes IM E, seems to go on just about everything. I recently changed dates on a cash WTP flight that I had UUA, I was charged £150 pp and the £35 pp was applied on top of that too.

      • Gill says:

        Thanks James
        Yeah – i have used the voucher WTP booked for WT avois. I’ll keep an eye out and hope my avios stash is sufficient should they appear.

        • JamesB says:

          I should add for clarity that when I changed a Lloyds voucher flight the agent said she would allow changes but not cancellation otherwise I would lose the voucher so take care not to fall into that trap.

  • Andrew says:

    OT used my other half’s PRG to pay for our holiday and we want to split the Avios we got. She is in my household account for BAEC but only for the purposes of the 2-4-1 voucher we used. We were otherwise hoping to keep finances including Avios separate (I know… we’re a sweet couple…). So what are my options to end up with the Avios in my BAEC?

    – How is Amex on matching details of either Iberia or BAEC? I have both accounts. Would they pick up on me changing my name, receiving, changing my name back?
    – I understand another option used to be set up an Avios.com HHA and then dissolve it and request Avios to be apportioned as you wish. Still an option?
    – Neither of us are gold so don’t believe we can transfer for free within BAEC.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Genghis says:

      I sent (genuinely by mistake) avios from my MR account to my wife’s IB+ account (or was it the other way around) a few years ago. Went through OK. Same surname and same address. Could be worth a 1k tester?

    • Anna says:

      The details on your BAEC account need to match your Amex or they won’t let you move Avios in. I don’t know if you can move them to Avios.com from SPG.

    • mark2 says:

      Iberia are very touchy on details. I managed to put my wife’s second name in the second last name box so cannot do transfers as name does not match Avios/BAEC.
      But they did not object a few months ago.

  • Wivus says:

    O/T but Bits. Sorry if these have been answered a hundred times before but I have looked but cannot find:
    If you have an Amex Platinum Supplementary can you also upgrade from your own Gold to Platinum and get the bonus?
    If you have a supplementary is that part of the 6 months too or only if you are the primary holder?

    Thanks in advance

    • Genghis says:

      1) Yes. Holding a supplementary on someone else’s account and having your own accounts are completely independent
      2) No, same reason as above.

  • Richard Saunders says:

    So if you want to fly BA Manchester to Last Vegas you’ll have to get from Heathrow to Gatwick by train or bus. BA is useless

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Use one of the 7 Heathrow flights?

    • Matt says:

      Not necessarily – there will still be a daily flight from LHR to LAS – there are three weekly flights from LGW in addition to the LHR service.

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