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British Airways Centenary documentary starts on Channel 5 tonight

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British Airways has given Title Role, the producers of last year’s ‘100 Years in the Sky’ documentary, exclusive access to the business as part of the #BA100 celebrations.

The four part series is called ‘British Airways 24/7: Access All Areas‘ and airs on Channel 5 tonight at 9pm.  It is narrated by James Nesbitt from Cold Feet.

British Airways Channel 5 documentary

The first episode focuses on the delivery of BA’s 30th Boeing 787 as well as meetings with DO&CO to produce new menus and the Queen’s visit to the British Airways offices at Waterside.

Filming has been taking place all year. I met the camera crew at the A350 arrival event so you may spot me in a later episode.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2023)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

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

Comments (86)

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  • fivebobbill says:

    Sorry, misread, it’s DOUBLE “Nights & Stays Awards”, not points.

  • Rob says:

    Believe it is targeted, yes.

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    Girlfriend has booked a hilton stay through booking.com, gave my HH number at check in and got upgraded to a suite. Can i expect points, probably not?

    • Pangolin says:

      I’ve sometimes got elite benefits by adding my HH number to an OTA reservation but I’ve NEVER been given points/stay credits and it’s not something you’re ever likely to get.

  • Ron says:

    OT- Amex Wheely offer, is it possible to ask the driver to drive around to get to £25?

    • Rob says:

      He doesn’t know the fare either! It is calculated when he stops the ride.

  • GRIMZ says:

    OT, Away to buy some disney tickets using my CURVE card linked to my Virgin cc. The charge is in dollars so is it best to change the card currency to dollars?

    • Rob says:

      No. Curve translates it to £ for no fee Mon-Fri.

    • Scallder says:

      Look at ticket sellers in the UK – quite often have deals (unless you’re just looking at going for a day or two) which makes it considerably cheaper than buying direct in USD.

  • Borntofly says:

    Anyone try the Emirates deal with any success? Ie if you spend £1,800 on Economy flights or on taxes and charges for Emirates Skywards redemptions. Thanks

    • Boon says:

      Would love to know the answer to this too! Looking at a pair of economy tickets on Emirates, coming up to about £2k, so this £200 savings would be very useful!

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