From Thursday, there are changes to how Iberia flights are handled at Heathrow Terminal 5.
Because Terminal 5 was built exclusively for British Airways, the IT systems were not designed to handle other traffic. This meant that the Iberia services to Madrid were given BA flight numbers and, behind the scenes, treated as BA services.
This all changes on Thursday. From this date, the Iberia flights from Terminal 5 will have their own check-in desks in Zone E. The flights will no longer carry BA flight numbers and the Iberia check-in system will be used. There is a dedicated group of BA check-in staff who have been cross-trained to work here.
Premium BAEC members can no longer check-in for Iberia flights at the Business Class desks in Zone H or the First Wing. Gold card holders without checked luggage and with an online boarding pass may still use the First Wing security lane, and of course any Gold member with luggage can check it in at Zone E and then clear security via the First Wing.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
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.