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As part of #BA100, British Airways will be giving away 5,000 My 1st Years mini backpacks to children passing through Gatwick and Heathrow on selected days during August.

They are quite sweet as you can see below.

My 1st Years British Airways backpack

My 1st Years is also selling them directly to the public.  You get FREE personalisation, up to nine characters, which is a nice touch.  The ones given out in the airports have ‘Mini Adventurer’ on the back (which I know is more than nine characters!).

You can order one for a child in your life via this page of the My 1st Years site.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

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British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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Comments (66)

  • A270 says:

    OT: Flying for the first time by First Class with my child (13 years) in January. The aircraft type is shown as 777. I can see online that sometimes it’s a Boeing 787-9 and other times Boeing 787-9. Not sure if there is much of a difference in First Class seating. Anyway, what seating would you recommend for us two as I don’t want her to be far from me? Apart from 1A and 1K, all seats are available for Row 1-4. Thanks.

    • Genghis says:

      If a 777, ie 4 rows, I’d prob do 2A and 3A (you seated in 3A) so you can peep out. If 789 (sounds like you’re not Gold), so 2A and 2E

      • A270 says:

        Thanks. I guess I won’t know which one it will be as I checked flight history and they are using different ones.

  • DaveWinch says:

    If they’ve got any sense the selected days for giving away 100 anniversary freebies like backpacks will be tomorrow and Tuesday.

    • The Original David says:

      “I’m very sorry you have to queue for 3 hours for security, but here’s a free backpack for your troubles. Which incidentally we won’t let you take on board the aircraft, so you’ll have to go and check it in. And then we’ll probably put it on the wrong flight, it will end up in Peru, and then we’ll lose it. Do you want a BA 100 lapel badge too? It has a nice sharp point on it that will flag you for secondary security screening, and delay you another hour. Thanks for flying British Airways!”

      Not sure about your idea tbh…

    • Lady London says:

      Why canton kids over 21 Yeats old get one ?

  • Rui N. says:

    OT: some advice needed about using Tesco vouchers for hotels.com.
    Following the Tesco mobile promotion I now have £40 in Tesco vouchers. I’m booking a trip and was trying to use them on hotels.com. I found one place at £60 before taxes. I went to Tesco to exchange £20 of vouchers for £60 in hotels.com credit, but when I received the email they’ve sent me 2 hotels.com codes, one for £45 and one for £15. Since hotels.com only accepts one code per booking, I now have a useless £15 coupon. Is this normal on the part of Tesco? The language on the Tesco’s website warn for a lot of stuff (voucher can only be used in certain hotels, they only cover base price, etc) but I didn’t see anything warning about the possibility of receiving 2 vouchers. TIA.

    • Lady London says:

      Call Tesco clubcard, if there’s been a mistake made they will dix and reissue there and then. Be very sûre you’re only converting enough for base price (pre-VAt)/though.

    • Peter K says:

      I got one voucher for £540 last June with no trouble.

      • Rui N. says:

        Thank you both. I’ll follow up with tesco then. £15 is not a lot, but it’s them that messed up.

  • Nick says:

    For a single traveller, club world better on a A321 or 789?

    • Qrfan says:

      The ba a321 mid haul seats are really not ideal for a single traveler unless you get both seats to yourself. I’d say worse than a 787. Great for a couple though!

    • lev441 says:

      The A321 has throne seats so ideal for a single traveller!

      • Qrfan says:

        If you can get the throne seat, yes. The others are a pain though…

  • Nika says:

    If you want to change the date on an avios RFS booking, do you lose the fee (ie £17.50 per person) and then pay another 17.50 per person when you book the new dates?)

    • Lady London says:

      If you do the move to new date in 1 hit it’s the £17.50. If moving or forced move for strike etc, then usually free.

  • Brian says:

    It’s a ‘backback’ in the heading! 🙂

  • Chris says:

    Discount code EVERYTHING20 will take 5 quid off the backpack

  • Roger says:

    Another OT – Iberia damaged bag

    Iberia seems to offer two choices for damaged bag.
    1. Replace bag
    2. Amazon voucher in lieu

    Any idea what should I select?

    • Shoestring says:

      When BA replace damaged bag you get a nice Samsonite

      ask IB what they’re proposing

      • Alex M says:

        was not samsonite in my case couple years ago – the replacement suitcase was called K9 or smth like that. was not a bad quality though.

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