Our grand plans to cover the arrival of the first British Airways A350 at Heathrow yesterday hit the buffers.
Heathrow and Gatwick were facing substantial delays yesterday due to radar problems, which compounded delays caused by the storms on Thursday evening.
At very short notice – the media were already assembled at Hatton Cross – it was decided to pull the flight which had not yet left Toulouse. It seems that BA felt it would be unreasonable to use one of the few available slots to fly in an empty plane whilst many passengers were still delayed or stranded on their way to the UK.
British Airways wants its crew back, so the aircraft will be flown in without fanfare today (Saturday). There will be a press tour on Monday from 1pm which we will live-stream on our Instagram page.
It’s unlikely this will be affected by any airspace disruption since the aircraft will only need towing to the hangar.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 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 10,000 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.