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It looks like British Airways has kicked off its 100th birthday celebrations, although it has been kept very much wraps.

At noon yesterday BA launched its special ‘£200 return’ flights to selected destinations in Economy / World Traveller.  This deal will run until Thursday, with two new destinations launched each day at noon.

More interesting, however, is the 2019 Avios which are mysteriously appearing in British Airways Executive Club accounts!

Some people – and my wife and I are NOT among them – received 2,018 Avios from British Airways on their birthday last year.  It isn’t clear what you had to do to receive these (my wife and I are both BA Gold) but we clearly didn’t do it!

If you received 2,018 birthday Avios from BA last year on your birthday, it seems that you should have received 2,019 Avios from British Airways yesterday to celebrate BA’s 100th birthday.

Why? Who knows?  It is a generous gesture, although now you’ve read about this – and realised that you haven’t got them – the net balance of ‘people who now feel happier towards BA’ versus ‘people who now feel grumpier towards BA’ may not be positive ….!

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Comments (118)

  • Simon Schus says:

    Off topic but I appreciate quite late in the day today so might need to ask tomorrow:

    I have a flight DUB-LHR-JFK (BA then AA). I am taking a positioning flight LHR-DUB the same day, with a reasonable time between inbound to DUB and outbound to DUB for delays. I have two questions from your wisdom:

    1) Rather than dragging my bags to DUB, can I check them in early with AA in LHR despite not having flown the DUB-LHR segment yet? I’d still take the DUB-LHR segment, just trying to minimize what I need to do in DUB.

    2) If not, do you think I could check my bags in at LHR after taking the DUB-LHR flight? I could drop it in storage for a few hours if LHR offers that (I can’t remember if they do).

    • Peter K says:

      Don’t know about 1)
      My guess is no to 2) as you check in bags before security and if on a connecting flight you don’t go back through security between flights but stay in the airport terminal, airside.
      Your boarding pass would not be for LHR (but DUB) so if you did try to leave to check in a bag you might have difficulty getting airside again.

      • Simon Schus says:

        Thanks for getting back.

        Re 2:
        After DUB-LHR, I’d have to reclear security anyway on a connection which would involve scanning my boarding pass and then proceeding back through the hand luggage scanners (from memory, it’s been a while since doing a connection from DUB-LHR). I’d have an inter-terminal connection from T5-T3 which I could do by the “airside” buses but could also just go through the LHR passport egates and hop on the HeX/Underground between the two terminals.


        • Simon Schus says:

          (The boarding pass would be for LHR as I would have the onward boarding pass likely in my phone and if not I could have AA print a new one out when I get to to the bag drop desks).

      • TGLoyalty says:

        I’m confused I’ve read this as Simon leaves his bags in lhr and flies round trip to Dub and rather than using flight connections goes landslide grabs his bags and checks them in.

        I’m sure there’s no issue as there would be a boarding pass for lhr to jfk and getting airside again would’t be an issue.

        A connection is just another flight and it’s perfectly reasonable to leave an airport between flights if you can.

        Re 1 you can always try if it’s a baggage machine it may well accept it if not 2 will 100% work if time allows.

  • Tim says:

    Have been BA Gold since 2002. Now Star Gold instead. Often placed in between Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald – there are a good few locations where food and champagne is better than BA GF. On another note… £7 access to Dragonpass lounges is possible. Which is why I’ve abandoned BA and shifted to Star. The £7 access to lounges is a secret I’m keeping.

  • Trev says:

    Got both promotions. 2018 on 14 Jan and 2019 on 21st. Nice!

  • Mike says:

    Not sure about Avios, but I did get a suprise 2000 Virgin miles on my birthday. Which was nice.

  • Thunderbirds says:

    I’m Blue and got both, perhaps it it a reverse status thing…

  • Sarah says:

    Grrrrr…. 🙁