The 2020 Olympics is proving to be a good opportunity for authorities, airports and airlines to tweak many long haul flights to Tokyo.
For the last decade or so British Airways has offered two daily flights to Tokyo, one to Narita and one to Haneda. It will now be consolidating its operations at Haneda, beginning on the 28th March.
This makes sense, for several reasons:
Haneda is closer to central Tokyo, and both cheaper and faster to get to/from
oneworld partner JAL operates more domestic flights from Haneda, so there are greater opportunities for connections
all first and business class passengers can now use fast track security
JAL will re-open its renovated First Class and Sakura lounges in March
….. not to mention the financial benefits of consolidating operations at one airport rather than two.
The flight timings have been roughly preserved. The two flights will now be:
BA007, departing Heathrow at 11:35 and arriving in Haneda the following day at 07:10 (Boeing 777)
BA008 departs Haneda at 09:55 and arrives in London 13:15 the same day (Boeing 777)
BA005 departing Heathrow at 15:40 and arriving in Haneda at 11:15 (Boeing 787)
BA006 departs Haneda at 13:15 and arrives in London at 17:25 the same day (Boeing 787)
In July BA5/BA6 will be replaced with an A350 with the new Club Suite so it is worth targetting this flight if you can.
PS. If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on 10 good reasons to think about getting the British Airways American Express credit card.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
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.