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Send your children on the British Airways work experience scheme

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If you have a child at school or sixth form college (not university), British Airways is currently accepting applications for its Spring 2020 work experience scheme.

Positions are available at Heathrow (customer facing, operations, engineering, Waterside HQ), Gatwick (customer facing and engineering), Glasgow (engineering) and Cardiff (engineering).  There is also a gliding scholarship in High Wycombe available.

British Airways work experience programme

Each placement lasts for five days and will require a week off school.  Historically each of the three annual intakes has taken over 200 children.

You can find out more on the British Airways careers website here.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

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:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (174)

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  • Jamie says:

    Regarding Rewards for thoughts… when do these 625 initial points post to my BA account?

    • AJA says:

      They usually post to BAEC within 2 days of appearing on your Rewards for Thoughts account. I do on average 2 surveys every time I do any. Have amassed a tidy sum of Avios this year through the scheme

  • PointsCatcher says:

    OT – I am looking to book a 2 4 1 to South Africa and have picked up from here that the best chance of my getting a seat is to call a BA call centre at 1:00 AM BST 355 days before.

    I am guessing calling BA in the USA is as good as anywhere or is there another call centre anyone would recommend? I am a Blue card holder and the only number I have been able to find is 1-800-AIRWAYS, is there a separate Executive Club number that should be used?

    Also, if anyone has recently done this can you please share with me the wait time you had before connecting to an operator?


    • Jason says:

      When are you looking to go a availability looks ok on most dates, so can save yourself the hassle

      • PointsCatcher says:

        Unfortunately I do not have any flexibility on the departure date and for the last 10 days there are only 2 days with flights available with no flights for the last 4 days. I would normally avoid the hassle but in this case…….

  • Anna says:

    Interesting anomaly when buying IHG points – 10,000 + 10,000 points costs $136 but 11,000 + 11,000 costs $126.50! These pricings seem to work at the moment.

    On the subject of IHG, I got the Rewards Club MC as a replacement for the Lloyds cards but it’s not proving very useful. More often than not it won’t work with Revolut or Curve and also declines payments to companies which will happily take other credit cards. I’ve asked them to look into it but I’m not feeling it’s great value for the £99 fee.

    • Roger* says:

      Anna, I use my Curve card linked to my black IHG MC regularly and have had no problems. I only use it for purchases, not cash, in case that is relevant.

      • Anna says:

        Thanks Roger – ironically cash withdrawals Curve are the only consistent transactions for me! The most annoying issue is that I wanted to pay my monthly PCP car payment on the card as Santander Finance accepts MC payments, however IHG keeps declining the transaction whether directly or via Curve, whereas payments from the Lloyds MC or HH visa are fine. I’ve plenty of HH points at the moment and wanted to start amassing IHG ones for a specific stay.

  • ankomonkey says:

    The BA work experience offer sounds like a positive thing. A rare thumbs-up to BA from me.

  • Shoestring says:

    Attention boi! Worldremit back at £55 bonus for new customer transfers £500+ (today only)

    • Callum says:

      Not sure what this is? Is it with them direct or from the website that shall not be named?

      • Shoestring says:

        yep bank to overseas bank transfer – boi was after a good bonus for first time customer

    • Harry T says:

      Is it possible to set up a new account under the same name? I used this offer last time it was on the other one of your favourite sites.

  • JC says:

    O/T – is it possible to use AAdvantage miles to book BA intra-Europe flights on AA website? Doesn’t seem to work when trying to use website.

    • Lyn says:

      It should be possible. What problem are you running into?

      I sometimes use the AA web-site to check availability of BA award flights in Europe using their calendar and without bothering to log in to BA. I’ve just tried this to check and it is showing flights. However I’ve never actually tried booking, because it takes more miles than avios for the short flights we usually take and they don’t have RFS. The situation might of course be different for longer flights with connections because they charge a fixed number of miles within Europe rather than per sector / distance with BA.

  • PaulC says:

    O/T Captial On tap – I recently signed up to the COT card before the change came to Visa came in. I’ve just tried to pay my first VAT bill with it and it wont go through on HMRC website unless I pick a card type with a fee. I thought HMRC accepted these cards fee free but the new Visa one’s coming soon wouldn’t?

    • Rob says:

      It goes through perfectly well as a Mastercard Debit – at least, always has to date. If you are trying a big number then try a smaller sum.

      • PaulC says:

        I get this error message at the top of the screen when selecting Mastercard Debit.
        “Card number does not match card type. This might be because you’ve entered your card number incorrectly or selected the wrong card type. Check that both are correct.”

        • PaulC says:

          Apologies, user error although it failed on the last screen after entering a security number that was sent to my mobile but that may have been down to timing out. Have to keep mobiles in a locker outside the office on this job so by the time I’ve nipped out, got a signal and waited for the text to come through before going back in the office to enter it may have been too long.

      • rams1981 says:

        Just put through a payment and it was fine. Code sent to phone. Still waiting on details of card replacement so I can hopefully cancel for fee refund.

  • Don says:

    The press are reporting that TC have 600k pax abroad of which 150k are Brits?

    How is this possible? TC was mostly a British company and the subsidiaries are much smaller. 450k pax across the smaller companies?

    Condor isn’t even bust (yet) so no one from
    there is “stranded”. The Danish one has shut and I think some other small ones?

    Were the management telling pokey’s?

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