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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.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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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  • Joe says:

    Virgin Atlantic Card still doesn’t work for Google Pay. Annoying.

  • CJ says:

    When I buy flights on Amex directly from the airline, the details are itemised on my bill. They seem to get more data from airlines than from other merchants.

    Whether or not they have programmed the Emirates offer to check for travel class is a different matter, but they will probably get the data to check if they want.

    • Mart says:

      Anyone know if emiratesholidays bookings are eligible?
      Not sure how you are billed with a booking through them

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Flights are the only type of transactions afaik that provide level 3 data , hence allowing Amex to out (considerable) data about your booking on your statement. It would therefore be the only occasion that in fact they would be perfectly able to identify J/F bookings and treat accordingly.

    Just because it would be trivial doesnt mean they’ll do it of course but I would keep in mind that on some level st least Amex will certainly know the details of your booking

  • Graeme says:

    Completely OT – I need to refer a friend for the Plat. This is the first time I’ve done it since the changes – would I be better off referring from Gold or BAPP for the referral bonus?

    Thanks all.

    • Shoestring says:

      we could tell you the answer (and I’m sure somebody will!) but you can see for yourself in about a minute as if you log in to your Amex accounts, it tells you prominently what you’d get for a referral.

      • Graeme says:

        Really? I thought the cross-referrals weren’t detailed. Apologies for assuming.

      • Graeme says:

        Blimey. A few months without referring and I apparently forget everything.

        Where’s everyone getting their 3V cards from? 😉

        • ankomonkey says:

          In some Tesco stores, people are hiding the 3V cards they don’t buy behind other cards to stop others seeing them and buying them.

        • Graeme says:

          Whoops, I was only joking!

          • ankomonkey says:

            But the hiding strategy was real – there were people trying to stop others buying by hiding what they couldn’t/didn’t buy, then going back to buy them later.

    • bsuije says:

      Per this website, you get 9k Avios on BAPP and 6k reward points on Gold.

      Depends on what you want the points for, but if you want / don’t mind Avios, then the BAPP would be better (unless I’m mistaken that Amex MR transfer into Avios at 1:1?).

      But otherwise, it’s as Shoestring says – you get a referral bonus based on the card you refer from. What card your friend chooses to take out is irrelevant.

  • ee says:

    OT – has anyone successfully redeemed the most recent HSBC/Visa offer at Morrison’s?


      Oh yes…

      My 1k x £1 vouchers were paid for on a Friday and £100 rebated Monday…

      Cher ching

      • ee says:

        Mmm my transaction was 12 days ago and not tracked! Might have to contact them!

    • Rich says:

      Thanks for this. Beats the 5% I get with SPG Amex.

      Only just switched to HSBC for the £175 switching bonus and was looking in the wrong place for offers. This requires registration at, as opposed to Somewhat confusing!

      I’ve never had any offers on my Santander or Club Lloyds current accounts. Should I be looking elsewhere for them too?

      • John says:

        If you only have current accounts, you need to use the debit card frequently for a few weeks before offers start to appear, which means missing out on lots of CC points for uncertain benefit. I guess you could buy lots of cheap things.

        • Andrew says:

          Try and use multiple retaier types (MCC codes).

          Don’t forget that these stack with InStore points

          • Rich says:

            Thanks both. I’ve put a few low value transactions through both cards – pub and supermarket. As you say, it’s throwing away CC points for the hope of an unknown offer.

  • Alan says:

    OT – Is the IHG part of the Creation website down for everybody or is there something dodgy about my system? Go to log in and it says its down for maintenence – was the same yesterday evening.

    • Genghis says:

      Working fine for me just now.

      • Alan says:

        Thanks – it appears to be back up again between teh time I left for work and the time I arrived.

        Cheers Genghis

        • thehornets says:

          It does this almost every other time for me. I just try again straight away (or with a different browser) and it normally works

  • Alan says:

    RE Virgin CC. Do they still not offer a route to upgrade from the free to the paid card?

    • Genghis says:

      They are treated as discrete products

      • Alan says:

        Yes but when you try and get a new card they say you can’t apply for one unless you haven’t applied or held one of their products for 6 months. This means that if I want to get a paid card I have to cancel my free card for 6 months before I can apply – which seems madness

  • Chris says:

    OT/ Heads up. My Creation IHG statement this month awarded the incorrect points for foreign transactions. Hit me as I put a 60k SEK plane ticket on it get closer to my annual spending target; so am missing over 10k points…

    • Mark2 says:

      Are they refusing to correct it?

    • Genghis says:

      Remember it’s “overseas spend” not “spend in non-GBP”. Internet payments in non-GBP not eligible.

      • Chris says:

        It’s posted to my bill as “Qantas Stockholm Swe”. Will see what they say…

      • Andrew says:

        I used to find my copy of “Scotland on Sunday” under “Overseas News” in WH Smith..

        • Rob says:

          If you look at the Sun (Scottish version) today you will see the cover is ‘Boris Johnson is a disaster / idiot / etc’. The English version says ‘Boris Johnson is the son of God and all must worship him / etc’ on the cover!

      • Andrew says:

        Lucrative for Isle of Wight residents then?

        • Genghis says:

          I got 4 IHGs / £ in Feb in Guernsey with no FX fee, obvs.

          • Roy says:

            The Amazon Prime annual fee seems to be billed by some department of Amazon in Ireland, so that gets double points, too.

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