I don’t want to spend too much time on the British Airways pilot strike, because it is being covered enough by the mainstream media.
Interestingly, British Airways did not make an effort yesterday to run even a skeleton service with non-BALPA pilots. The only flights from Terminal 5 yesterday were:
Tokyo (due to Rugby World Cup commitments – this was the sole BA departure)
Cairo (which Air Belgium is currently flying on behalf of BA due to a shortage of operational Boeing 787 aircraft)
Madrid (the Iberia flights, not the BA ones)
I’m not sure what, if anything, departed from Gatwick or Terminal 3. I doubt that Tuesday will be any different.
If your flight was cancelled and you accepted a refund or were moved to a non-oneworld carrier, remember to request the Avios and tier points you would have earned from British Airways.
Nothing stops you also earning miles from the carrier to whom you were moved – as long as you didn’t credit the flight to British Airways Executive Club – so you could double dip with a handful of Star Alliance, SkyTeam, Emirates, Etihad etc miles on top.
British Airways must announce cancellations for the 2nd wave of strikes on 27th September by Friday 13th September. If not, British Airways will have to pay EC261 compensation on top of the costs of moving you to another carrier. Once those cancellation emails have been sent, it is highly likely that the strike on the 27th September will happen regardless of whether discussions restart, as passengers will already have been moved.
You can find the latest official strike updates on this page of ba.com.
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:
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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