This is not, by any means, ‘new’ news. It was reported in the IT press back in February but I never saw it picked up by the travel press.
You will remember the huge British Airways IT outage in May 2017 when the entire airline was crippled over a Bank Holiday weekend by a major power failure.
The exact cause has never been publicly stated, but it was traced to an outsourced data centre run by the managed services arm of property group CBRE – even though it was in a British Airways building – on behalf of British Airways.
It isn’t clear how much money CBRE agreed to pay to British Airways. It was presumably nowhere near the £58m which BA stated it had lost in refunds and compensation. As you’d expect, CBRE paid up without admitting liability, and apparently is still managing data centres on behalf of BA today.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
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:
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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