British Airways announced a major change last night which will impact anyone hoping to catch the new A350 – and the new Club Suite – in action.
The original plan was that Toronto would see the first flight on 1st October, although there was always a view that this date would come forward if the plane was delivered on time and in working order. Dubai was due to follow from 8th October.
BA has now torn up this plan.
The first A350 flight will now be to Dubai on Monday 2nd September. As the A350 has no First Class, passengers booked on the affected Dubai service will offered a downgrade to Club Suite which is not a bad alternative.
ba.com does not yet reflect this but it has been announced on the BA Travel Trade website. It will be the day flight out and the overnight flight back.
This also means that the plans for training flights to Madrid have been changed. A draft schedule has been circulating on Flyertalk for a few weeks but we didn’t publish it here because we were told that it was a draft which would see considerable changes – it seems this was true.
Don’t worry – as soon as the Madrid training flights appear in the timetable we will let you know.
In terms of timing, there is a special arrival event for the media at Heathrow on Friday 26th July. This is followed on Monday 5th August by a media / VIP flight to Madrid, for which the Club Suite cabin has been blocked, followed by a party. We will be at both events.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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.
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.