If you a high level member of the Executive Club you may, depending on your tier points, receive a ‘Gold Upgrade’ or ‘Gold Upgrade for Two’ voucher, generally known as a GUF1 / GUF2. This lets you upgrade a cash or Avios British Airways ticket by one class.
Most GUF holders think that you need Avios availability in the higher class to use the voucher. This is NOT true if you are upgrading a cash ticket.
What IS true is that, if you try to use your GUF on a cash ticket via ba.com, there MUST be Avios availability in the higher class. However if you book via a travel agent then this is NOT the case. Your GUF upgrade can be processed as long as CASH tickets are still available in the higher class in the cheaper ticket buckets.
You can find out more on this travel agent website here which is one of the few agencies who actually know how to process a GUF.
If you want to upgrade a cash-bought Club World ticket to First Class, you need an ‘A’ class ticket available in First. These are the cheap(er) non-refundable ones.
Now we get to the point …..
From 10th December, British Airways is withdrawing ‘A’ class availability on Dubai and Boston. Only ‘F’ bucket First Class seats will be sold on those routes. This is part of “a trial of new inventory buckets” – you can read more about it here.
It is likely that a travel agent will NOT be able to book a GUF into a cash bucket for Boston or Dubai after close of play on December 9th. If you had been planning to use your GUF to travel in First on either of these routes you may want to move quickly. Abu Dhabi remains a nearby alternative for Dubai of course.
This will also impact the ‘joker’ reward space opened up for Gold Guest List members since that also requires First Class to be showing ‘A’ bucket availability.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee 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.
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.