Air Belgium, which has been operating some Dubai and Abu Dhabi flights for British Airways in recent months, has got a more high profile contract.
From 1st April to 8th June, BA184/185 from London Heathrow to Newark will be operated by Air Belgium.
This is two class plane. First Class passengers who accept a downgrade to Business Class will get back the fare difference but retain access to The Concorde Room at Heathrow and receive First Class Avios and tier points.
World Traveller Plus passengers can either have an upgrade to Business Class (free) or accept a downgrade to Economy, receive the fare difference and be guaranteed World Traveller Plus Avios and tier points.
All passengers, even Economy, can request to switch to the 2nd daily Newark service which remains BA-operated.
The Air Belgium aircraft is an ex-Finnair plane, see above, and arguably has a better seat than British Airways Club World although it is reportedly a little worn.
This is another knock-on from BA’s Boeing 787-9 engine issues which have taken a number of long-haul aircraft out of service.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.