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Send your children on the British Airways work experience scheme

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If you have a child at school or sixth form college (not university), British Airways is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2019 work experience scheme.

Positions are available at Heathrow (customer facing, operations, engineering, Waterside HQ), Gatwick (customer facing and engineering), Glasgow (engineering) and Cardiff (engineering).  There is also a gliding scholarship in High Wycombe available.

British Airways work experience programme

There were 600 roles offered in 2018 and BA is promising to increase the number in 2019 as part of its 100th birthday celebrations.  Each placement lasts for five days and will require a week off school.

You can find out more on the British Airways careers website here.  The deadline to apply is Friday.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.

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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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 (147)

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  • Clive says:

    Wifes 1000 VS miles for Tesco Auto Tip posted today

  • Jon says:

    O/T – have Amex Plat which I might not keep too long. Is there any benefit in waiting until Jan 2019 before registering for hotel/partner benefits? (in order to get longer duration memberships)

    • TGLoyalty says:

      there would be as you would keep the status for longer as it’s usually all of the year you reach the status and the year after. So if you get it now it’s only for a year vs 2 if you achieve in early 2019

      • Benylin says:

        If you signed up to hotel status this year (2018), is there anything I can do come 2019 to extend my hotel status length?

  • Ming says:

    Can I assume if the cash back deal did not show up in my offers today, it is not going to?

    • Shoestring says:

      Not always a correct assumption.

      • Ming says:

        Has it been a case that some people get the same offers few days later?

        • Shoestring says:

          With other offers, definitely yes. I haven’t specifically tracked this one but probably same principle. Ie Amex want to release it to (say) 10,000 people. If, after some days, only 5,000 people have saved it, they’ll release it more widely to make the number.

  • Alberto says:

    I have the offer in my Platinum (200 pounds back when spending 600+)
    Anyone know if it should be done in one single transaction?

  • neil says:

    I had a wonderful time in the late 80’s doing my work experience with BA engineering at Glasgow. From boarding BAC1-11’s and dousing myself with the club europe aftershave , to visiting the 757 cockpit. Lovely memories

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