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British Airways suspends flights to Oakland and Fuerteventura

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British Airways has announced a couple of additional route suspensions.

The underperforming Gatwick to Oakland route – which was only set up in the first place to annoy Norwegian – is now suspended for Summer 2019, ie from late March.

It was already suspended for the October to March Winter season so it is fair to say that this one can now be treated as permanently cancelled.

British Airways cancels Oakland service

You can either rebook on a BA San Francisco service or fly British Airways to Seattle and connect to an Alaska Airways flight to Oakland.

The Gatwick to Fuerteventura route is also cancelled from 25th November.

You can choose to be rebooked on Aer Lingus, routing Heathrow to Dublin (BA only) to Fuerteventura.  Plan B is to use Brussels Airways, routing Heathrow to Brussels on BA.  Note that Aer Lingus and Brussels Airways do not have a business class cabin.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

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

There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios (SPECIAL OFFER) and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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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 30,000 Avios.

30,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 4th February 2022.

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Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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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 45,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

45,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 28th February 2022.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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45,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (76)

  • oliver says:

    Help, I’m totally confused. Sp my Groupon Avios have posted to Aerclub…Happy Days.
    However, how to I get them to post to Avios. My existing account is only linked to BA & Iberia. How do I link AerClub or do I need and entirely new Avios account linked to AerClub as the BA
    one is closing?


    • the real harry1 says:

      Good point, I guess a telephone call would do it if you have the patience. If your a/c is still open, you could do it on Chat, which is painless, then transfer to BAEC from there?

      Or doesn’t AerClub share the same Chat function as (I thought it was the same platform?) – as the Chat girls (& I guess the odd Jock) are really quick & efficient

      • the real harry1 says:

        Queries regarding our loyalty programme
        0333 0045777

        Gotta be faster than asking BAEC support for help

  • Ree says:

    Hi rob – I love this blog! Slightly unrelated question. What’s the best weekend trip May be able to secure last minute using Avila from the UK this summer. Is it best to use a partner airline compared to BA? I’m a newbie and would appreciate your help! Ideally don’t want to spend more than 25,000 points for two of us! Is points and cash combination worthwhile?

    Thanks all in advance!!!


    • Rob says:

      Easiest way to quickly search is by using the tool and plugging in cities at random. If you want to come back on a 6pm Sunday services you are always going to struggle at such short notice on Avios but if you are flexible something will pop up. Gatwick services are more likely to be available.

  • Del says:

    I cant seem to transfer my Avios from AER to my account. When I go to it will only let me transter from BA and Iberia. Any idea how I can get my Avios from AER Lingus to my BA account? TIA

    • Rob says:

      You Aer Lingus account IS an account. Log in with your Aer Club info.

      • Del says:

        Thanks just noticed that, got confused as I already had a Avios account and I logged onto my original account and not the one created with AER Lingus

    • Rob says:

      Yes, up. But …. the reason we wrote about it was that it was unreasonably cheap – and that is now corrected.

  • Phil says:

    Since my became an AerClub account I haven’t been able to use Combine My Avios to my Iberia account. Just throws an error saying details don’t match. Any ideas how I sort this one?

  • JOHN says:

    same issue with combining
    the 4000 points showing on new Aer Club account, and can see them on the new Avios account that was created
    but when I click on the transfer to BAec button and enter my BAec as required, it does not recognise it

    any ideas how to get the Aer Club 400 points transferred out to my BAec ?

    • Rob says:

      Try doing it from inside BAEC

      • john says:

        ty for fast reply

        Tried to get them moved from inside my BAec, but does not recognise the Avios sign in details that I use for the Aer Club avios account created when I joined for the Groupon deal.

        So unable to get the transfer done from inside BAec, or get transfer from ‘new’ Avios account to BAec.

        any idea what I,m doing wrong ?

  • john says:

    sorted now

    it appears that your Avios account attached to your Aer Club, must have the same email address as your BAec account, or the ‘combine’ will not work.

    so just change the Avios email to match your BAec account email, and it works fine.

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