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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 (July 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

30,000 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 (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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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  • AndyGWP says:

    OT – is is still possible to enter the BA and Amex competition detailed here:

    I’m getting a “Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer”

    Not sure if it’s just me :/ (and know there’s no point asking BA!)

  • Lee says:

    Not sure I would agree about the Virgin app.

    It is outdated and you can only have one card in it.

    Not helpful if you have both Virgin cards (virgin money and Virgin Atlantic)

    • Liam J says:

      Agreed. It also requires you to input debit card details every time for payment, including name and address.

      • Spaghetti Town says:

        The app is an absolute nightmare, keep having to go on to desktop to pay my bill

  • Jonathan says:

    Has anyone managed to link their CoT card to Revolut?

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    What are Virgin like giving credit limit increases?

  • Tom Cook says:


    We’re flying CW from Gatwick to Vegas at the start of October. Having not flown from Gatwick since I was a child what lounge would people recommend? We have a Plat so can get into the lounges covered by PP also.

    • Genghis says:

      Go to the Grain store for some proper grub / stock up with PP (if supp = £15 x 2 x 2 = £60) then BA galleries is pleasant.

    • Rob says:

      BA lounges are the best by far (very rare you can say that!)

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    SS – Can you give us a low level breakdown of what this is?

    • Rui N. says:

      Hear hear. Just posting the same thing all over again without any explanation just looks like a get rich scam – I’m sure that it’s not the case, but more background is needed.

      • Genghis says:

        Not exactly rocket science. It’s a Daily Mail competition. And the penny stock strategy is pretty obvious to anyone with half a brain. I.e. National Grid isn’t exactly going to grow hundreds of percent in a week…

  • Shoestring says:

    100 free Nectar points!

    Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – it’s unsustainable. Now there’s something you can do to help. Join Second Hand September and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days.

    Talking about throwaway, I wouldn’t use your real email address or you’ll get spammed for 2 years

    • Rob says:

      Erm …. but Oxfam is paying for your 100 free Nectar points ….

      • Shoestring says:

        Don’t you think they got Nectar to contribute the points?

        • Rob says:

          No. Nectar is absolutely not a charity. It comes out of the Oxfam marketing budget.

          • BJ says:

            Presumably they think it is worth it though, even if they are paying the full price, because it’s effectively cheap advertising? Their brand will be visible to a vast number of people, far more than the number they will have to stump up 100 points for. I don’t think Harry or anybody else need worry about their conscience on this one.

          • Shoestring says:

            @BJ they use your email address to try and get future donations

          • BJ says:

            @Harry, no worries, I have multiple email addresses and there is always the mark as ‘chopped pork’ option.

          • BJ says:

            And come to think about it, I would not put it past them to sell the email addresses too.

          • Lady London says:

            And some people would say Oxfam is not like you would imagine a charity either.

      • Cat says:

        You could sign up, get the 100 free nectar points, then donate some clothes to Oxfam…

        • Shoestring says:

          my conscience is clear, I read a lot so am always buying books from the charity shops, another £8 worth already this week 🙂

          plus as you suggest, I’m always giving hardly worn (teenagers’) clothes & shoes to one particular charity shop, maybe not Oxfam but it all evens out

          • Harry T says:

            Yeah, I’ve given plenty of clothes to charity this year, so my conscience is clear.

          • BJ says:

            Do you give the books back to the shop too? I used to buy used best sellers on amazon for 1p, read them and hand them in to charity shops who then sold them for a more reasonable price.

        • Freddy says:

          Oxfam probably desperate for some cheap advertising after the recent PR disasters in the news about their employees. Take the points and run!

    • Andrew says:

      Interestingly, in Oxfordshire (where Oxfam is based) no domestic waste goes to landfill.

  • Matthew says:

    OT. Got a Lloyds upgrade voucher to use on one-way SYD-LON route. Now the process has changed and can’t be booked online, I’m concerned the seats will have gone by the time ‘opens’ in the morning, having called BA initially. Any ideas how to get round this? I know with BA you can snag them at 1am the call to link to companion voucher and get the refund of Avios. But with a lloyds voucher I believe this idea isn’t possible. Think I’ll just have to hope they don’t get snapped up. I’m hoping the Lloyds voucher expiry date is book by rather than use by too! Thanks 👍

    • Anna says:

      Yes book by. But I used my last Lloyd’s voucher by calling BAEC, so I don’t see why in theory you couldn’t go via one of the overseas call centres in the early hours as presumably they have the same access to your account. My concern would just be that it would be very difficult to get them to understand what the voucher actually is!

      • Matthew says:

        Good point, thanks Anna. Worth a try for sure!

      • BJ says:

        I don’t believe it works this way. When you call BA and mention the Lloyd’s voucher they put you through to another team (probably just the avios team), and unless I am mistaken they are probably only open their usual times. If so, calling the Japan number or wherever isn’t going to help. Still, no harm in trying in event I’m wrong but J’ve called about Lloyd’s voucher to BA a few times and call was always transferred.

        • Matthew says:

          Ok thanks for the info. Prob makes it impossible to snag the seats I’d like!

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