If you had been due to travel to China or Hong Kong over the next few weeks but had been concerned about Coronavirus, British Airways is now allowing you to request a refund.
The guidelines are simple and straightforward.
If you are due to fly on British Airways to China or Hong Kong before 23rd February then you can request a full refund.
If you booked via British Airways you can contact the airline directly. If you booked via a travel agent, you will have to discuss it with them as British Airways cannot deal with you.
The only grey area would be if you had any onward connections on the same ticket which were not operated by British Airways.
Even if you are still willing to travel, this may be an opportunity to refund your existing ticket and rebook at a cheaper rate. However, any fresh booking is likely to put your travel insurance at risk as this would be seen as a known issue at the time of booking.
You can find out more about the British Airways refund policy on ba.com here. Any policy updates, including refund extensions beyond 23rd February, are likely to go onto the same page.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:
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.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.