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British Airways expands connection car transfers for premium passengers

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British Airways has announced an extension of its chauffeur driven executive car connection service at Heathrow.

Passengers travelling in First, Club World or Club Europe, plus British Airways Gold and Silver Executive Club members who are at risk of missing their connection, will be driven to their next flight.  Apparently an initial trial has proved successful and more vehicles are being added to the airline’s fleet.

British Airways expands premium car transfers

Other current initiatives to improve the Heathrow connection experience are in-air rebooking with your new flight details sent to the crew and a boarding pass waiting for you at the plane door, the allocation of planes with large numbers of connecting passengers to a gate in the same part of T5 and self-service boarding pass printers in the Flight Connections Centre, pictured below:

British Airways car connections for late arrivals


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (178)

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  • JamesCG says:

    O/T I am trying to self refer from a Gold Amex to a Black BA card but when I click on the refer link I only get the option of a Gold or Plat Amex even when clicking “view other cards.” What am I doing wrong? Thanks.

    • swhostring says:

      Did you see ‘our other credit cards’? If not, you’re probably doing nothing wrong, likely it hasn’t promulgated to other cards yet, I think people here reporting it’s back are talking about Plat

    • Jonathan says:

      It defo working again from both my Platinum and my wife’s Gold. Visit the link in a new browser, click the ‘View our other Cards” button and you should see three tabs ‘Charge Cards’ ‘Credit Cards’ and ‘Business Cards’. Click learn more on the required one and fill out the application form.

    • Wally1976 says:

      Try a different browser?

  • PB says:

    OT – just called amex to cancel my BA PP card. They said I’d lose my unattached / unused 2-4-1 voucher which still has over a year to expiry. Thought I had read here previously that cancelling the card wouldn’t void the voucher, can anyone confirm?

    Many thanks.

    • swhostring says:

      Many people have confirmed this over the past few years. I just read 1 plausible case history where somebody lost the 2-4-1 voucher in that time, could easily also have been user error.

      You’re 99.9% safe

      • Rob says:

        I haven’t even seen one example for a credible source. The only one I’ve seen is from someone working for BA.

    • Alan says:

      Haha perhaps one of the oldest ones in the books 😉 Advice on here is correct, Amex agents are wrong.

  • swhostring says:

    Current Wine Explorer offer @BA Offers is pretty good – 14 drinkable wines @ £3.93p/ bottle delivered, 2 free Dartington glasses and 1000 Avios – @1p makes the wines £3.21/ bottle delivered

  • Gave S says:

    Hi Rob
    Any info ad to the definitive date of closing?
    Need to do a transfer and combine,hoping the avios will not go in a black hole!!

  • Benylin says:

    OT: Gregg’s doesn’t accept AMEX . On plus side drinking my free cappuccino via Three’s wuntu app.

    • BlueThroughCrimp says:

      Greggs app + Top up with PayPal = Amex in Greggs

      Plus there’s the occasional freebie with the App.

  • swhostring says:

    Passports, good to know: the Passport Office is no longer adding unexpired months onto your new passport, effective 10th September. Many countries require 6 months left on your passport, so this rule change will work against you. For others, you may want to delay renewing your passport until the last month or so, depending on travel plans. No word yet on whether the EU will need you to have 6 months remaining or not when you enter.

  • swhostring says:

    O/T Tesco’s new discount store format, Jack’s – meant to take on Aldi & Lidl – will NOT give Clubcard points.

  • Harry says:

    Does anyone here use Experian web monitoring? I’ve had several emails from them last week telling me that my email phone number last name and postcode have been published and sold illegally online. Wonderful. Thanks BA.

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