Bits: buy a ‘BA 100’ badge for Flying Start, No 1’s new Edinburgh lounge, BA’s Boeing 747 retirements

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News in brief:

Buy a ‘BA 100’ lapel pin badge for Flying Start

When I was at the oneworld 20th anniversary event on Friday, I was given one of the limited edition ‘BA 100’ pin badges.  You will see these being worn by British Airways staff this year.

As I know these are popular with many people, I have decided to sell this one on eBay.  All of the net proceeds will go to the British Airways Flying Start appeal.

The eBay auction listing is here and you have another five days to bid.  Good luck.

British Airway 100 years pin badge

New No 1 Lounge at Edinburgh confirmed for 8th February

No 1 Lounges has confirmed that its new Edinburgh lounge will open on 8th February.  It will be open from 4.30am to 9pm daily.

Access should be available via Priority Pass (for Amex Platinum cardholders) and Lounge Club (for Amex Gold cardholders).

Until the end of February, No 1 is promoting a £22.40 deal for cash visits by using code EDI20 on their website.  If you collect Virgin Flying Club miles you might prefer to pay £25 via this link and get 350 miles back per booking.

Retirement dates for the British Airways Boeing 747 fleet

Finally, if you’re interested in the future of the British Airways Boeing 747 fleet, this article from Airline Geeks is worth a look.

It is based on internal BA data on the retirement plan for the fleet.  At present British Airways has 34 Boeing 747 aircraft.  13 of those are scheduled for retirement by November 2022 and have not been refurbished.  These will retire in stages from July 2019, at which point they will be between 21 and 28 years old.

The remaining 21 aircraft will soldier on for a while but are expected to depart by February 2024 if new aircraft deliveries are on time.

What will replace them?  BA has 12 Boeing 787-10 aircraft on order for delivery in 2020 and 2023, as well as three additional Boeing 777-300ER (two this year and one next year) and of course the 12 new Airbus A350-1000 planes which arrive this year and will feature the new Club World seat.

These 27 aircraft will not fully replace the 34 retiring aircraft.  As our article on the oneworld 20th anniversary press conference on Friday mentioned, BA is still interested in more A380 planes if Airbus will sell them at a price which the airline considers acceptable.

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  1. rams1981 says:

    OT just completed a stay at intercontinental Mexico City. I’m a spire ambassador and booked one room with points and another for cash under my name. In checking in asked for an upgrade. They gave us two rooms next to each other which were decent (not actually sure what upgrade it was). In receiving my welcome letter I noticed it said I could as ambassador get a free newspaper electronically or from the lounge. I said doesn’t that mean I get free lounge access? She said no usd 35 per night. I said the letter said differently. In the end she got bored of me and both rooms got free club lounge access for both rooms for our 2 night stay. Helps cover a lot of the ambassador fee lol

  2. None of the replacement planes have the capacity of a 747. Given how full the 747’s often are, this is a problem.

  3. OT – Curve..

    So all of my pending payments to Curve have dropped off my Amex card now. So what happens next? I used the top ups using my Curve card, but Curve have failed to take the funds from Amex. I was planning on closing my Amex account this coming week.

    Have other people’s pending Curve payments on their Amex dropped off or have they moved to processed?

  4. BJ,

    Thanks for your help yesterday (and Rob). Tried Robs first but that page just gives me a session timed out. Your walk through BJ is fine if I had 2000 points but currently sitting on less than the minimum conversion so didn’t work.

    Any suggestions warmly welcomed

    • You need to wait for IB and Accor to launch a new promo for earning Avios. The sign in page for that (which will be identical to the ones we linked to) will trigger conversion of existing balances.

      • Cheers Rob just hope that they don’t expire before hand.

        • I’m out at the moment Clive but I’ll post the steps for auto convert sometime tomorrow. IIRC that also transfers existing balance even if under 2k but I’m not certain.

        • That’s the link he wants. The standard route to setting up auto-convert on the Accor website does not convert your existing balance.

        • Thanks for clarifying that Rob, I couldn’t remember. Hooefully not too long before another accor IB promotion.

  5. Shoestring says:

    Should be tax deductible as well: Flying Start, in support of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

    • Jonathan says:

      Not if you’re getting something in return for donation.

      • Shoestring says:

        But the donor is giving all monies received to Flying Start – and the Ebay sale value is presumably the value of the donation.

        • The bidder cannot put in a tax claim.

          I presumably can, if Flying Start is UK registered, but if so I will increase the donation to reflect the tax rebate I will eventually get.

  6. Flying out of Edinburgh on Friday morning so will give the new lounge a try. Wasn’t the biggest fan of the old No 1 lounge.

    • Let us know. No need for a review as I will be up there in about 8 weeks anyway.

      • New lounge is pretty nice, an improvement on old lounge. It’s in the new part of departures and upstairs which means you have a view of part of the apron and runway.

        Food offering is still the same so it’s a one slice of bacon roll plus the selection of pastries, fruit etc.

  7. Globaliser says:

    For anyone who’s really interested in the fine detail of BA’s 747 retirements plan, the precise dates in the Airline Geeks article seem to be out-of-date; indeed, they may already have been out-of-date when the article was published.

    With help from BA insiders, there is a tracker post on FlyerTalk which tries to keep up with the changes in that fine detail. Currently, this is located at

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