British Airways has cancelled all flights to Beijing and Shanghai due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
There will be no services until at least Friday, and no tickets are being sold for flights until 1st March. This implies that a further mass cancellation is to be expected. It follows Foreign Office guidance to avoid all travel to Mainland China until further notice.
Hong Kong services are still operating as normal. Iberia flights to China are also still operating.
It isn’t clear if the flights will operate, but empty. The Foreign Office has still to decide whether to fund an evacuation of British citizens from Wuhan and possibly other areas, and of course there are people due to fly back.
The Government has now confirmed that anyone returning from Wuhan will be quarantined for 14 days on a military base, with the aircraft potentially landing there directly. It is worth noting that the Australian Government is forcing its 600 returning citizens to spend two weeks on Christmas Island, which is 1,200 miles from the mainland.
The special advisories page of ba.com is here and has the latest information.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.