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Qatar Airways increases its shareholding in IAG, parent of British Airways

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Qatar Airways has announced that it has increased its shareholding in IAG (International Consolidated Airlines Group), the parent company of British Airways, from 21.4% to 25.1%.

This is more significant than it sounds, because it gives Qatar Airways a veto over any major decisions (‘special resolutions’ in City parlance) which would require 75% of the shares to vote in favour.

Non-EU investors are limited to a 49% shareholding in total under EU aviation rules, and IAG does at times restrict purchases of shares by non-EU groups in order to remain under this limit.

As IAG is legally a Spanish company this position will not change under any UK / EU  trade deal.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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.

Comments (160)

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  • Peter K says:

    If you pay off your Capital on Tap balance by card after the statement is created, does it reduce down the direct debit (like the IHG card) or does the full amount get collected anyway (like the Virgin cards).

    I’ve tried looking at the comments on previous CoT articles and on the CoT website but can’t find the answer.

    • Chas says:

      It reduces the balance collected by DD. I can’t advise on how far beforehand you need to do it, but use common sense in not leaving it too close to your DD date.

      • Peter K says:

        Thank you for that! I’ve already paid it by card a couple of days after the statement date.

  • Boi says:

    If a credit card allows me to pay using another card directly( eg pay IHG with Hilton) will Hilton then charge cash advance?
    This is hypothetical I am not saying it is possible to pay IHG with Hilton.

  • Boi says:

    Oh yeah, it was £48 for me. Thanks.

    How long does it take for the £100 to get confirmed?

    • Shoestring says:

      about 10 weeks – but judging by last time won’t be payable until ISTR month 9 (it’s a 6 month minimum but I let it ride rather than cancel for the last 2-3 months as you never know if they might decline you)

  • Ron says:

    O/T had a CX LHR to HKG one way business redemption booking this Sat which was cancelled due to operational changes. Rebooked onto Sunday of which is now also cancelled and bumped to Monday. Does EC 241 still apply post brexit? And do I have a case for two hotel nights as per their duty of care ? Thanks!

    • Anna says:

      We are not yet post-Brexit, so yes, you are covered. Shoestring is the expert on duty of care.
      I wonder if the UK will keep the current EU261 legislation, and if so, what will happen if the EU changes the rules as rumoured recently?

      • Shoestring says:

        no great expert but I do try and keep up with what C-W-S is saying 🙂

        yep in the OP’s case, duty of care definitely applies but the airlines try and argue that you don’t need anything in the way of hotels/ food etc when your flight is departing the UK (& you live in the UK)! – crazy but they assume you’ll just stay at home free of charge – which is to say: claiming back duty of care might entail more determination

      • marcw says:

        The UK has left the European Union – whether you like it or not. Pragmatically it hasn’t changed (yet). as in the transition period, the UK has to follow and obey all EU rules and regulations.

        • Lady London says:

          Eu261 has been incorporated into UK law so it won’t just stop applying until it’s actually repealed.

          • Anna says:

            But if the EU changes the regs so that pax can only get compo after a 12-hour delay, would the UK still have the old regs unless they were actively repealed for us as well?

        • Anna says:

          I didn’t say we hadn’t left, I said post-Brexit arrangements don’t apply yet – they haven’t been agreed yet for a start!

          • marcw says:

            By definition, we are post-Brexit. Brexit relates to the process of leaving the EU. The UK has LEFT the EU. During the transition period, nothing changes, but the UK is not a member state of the EU.

    • Charlieface says:

      If you were actually rebooked on a new flight then you have two separate claims each of which will have duty of care and also compo if applicable.

    • Lady London says:

      Yes full duty of care 2 accomm, meals, comms (so hotel WiFi if charged), transport to and from hotel.

      • Ron says:

        Thanks all for the advice. Had already made plans to travel to London for sat and would have been quite annoyed at having to change.
        Anticipating some to and fro of emails. Thanks @charlieface for reminding I can raise separate claims!

  • Max says:

    Anyone know what’s the current policy for cancelling partner awards to China due to Coronavirus?
    Got a CX flight from HK to China booked with Avios travelling on 31st March. Is it possible to cancel for free now?

  • Kathleen says:


    Any ideas:

    When you transfer Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Avios how long does it take for them to show up?

  • Adam says:

    OT. just seen a new Amex offer on my gold card. £200 statement credit for any booking made and paid for on by 30th June.

    Prices vary greatly but on a random date in June I found two bed houses in both Paris and London for around £165 a night. Are Amex really going to pay me to take advantage of this…?

    There are countless properties under £250 a night in great locations.

    • Shoestring says:

      From HFP: [$200 credit on EVERY onefinestay house rental
      This is potentially very interesting. You will get $200 cashyback each time you spend $200 or local currency equivalent on The Platinum Card on a onefinestay house or apartment rental.

      (Rentals in the UK receive £150 cashyback on stays of £150+. Rentals in the Eurozone receive €170 cashyback on stays on €170+.)

      I thought this would come with a catch, but it doesn’t. I have spoken to Amex and you will get the cashyback on each and every booking. The nearest thing to a ‘gotcha’ is that you must opt-in to this benefit via the American Express website when it goes live on 11th June. If you forget to opt in, you won’t receive your cashyback.

      The only snag is with onefinestay itself. Most of their houses require a three night minimum stays – not all of them, but most. Looking at a low cost country such as Thailand, the cheapest place I could find is $185 per night in Koh Samui with a three night minimum. The cheapest with a two night minimum is $450 per night – although you are, of course, getting a monumentally large Koh Samui villa for this! If you think that you will be able to book yourself a cheap $200 property and essentially pay nothing due to the $200 cashyback, you will be disappointed.]

      • BJ says:

        Good! We in Edinburgh and Glasgow need to find an extra £150ish from our cards this year to offset our Council Tax increases. Edinburgh really taking the P, they just announced they are setting increase at 4.79 %, 0.01% below the maximum allowed. Meanwhile over in Glasgow they keep open a crap arts centre frequented mainly by visitors at the expense of a residential outdoors education centre for the kids from the city.

        • Shoestring says:

          Save to Card to get a £200 statement credit when you book and stay at by 30/06/20. Valid once per Card. Terms apply.

          OFFER TERMS
          Book, pay and stay by 30 June 2020.
          Offer includes online payments and is only valid on online spend.
          Visit to book.
          This promotion is intended for UK Cardmembers only.
          Offer is only intended for the targeted recipients of this offer.
          Offer only applies to the amount settled in Great British Pound (GBP) on the Card to which the offer is saved, including an American Express Card loaded into a mobile payment wallet. Offer does not apply to spend on other Cards you might hold and is not valid for transactions made using third-party payment aggregators. Only one £200 statement credit per UK Card. A rewarded credit may be reversed if qualifying transaction is refunded or cancelled. Offer available to every Cardmember that saves the offer to their Card. Credit should appear on your billing statement within five days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from 30 June 2020. Spend must be billed to your Card account by 30 June 2020 to be eligible for this offer. If onefinestay does not charge your Card during this period you may not be eligible for this offer. For full offer Terms and more details about statement credits click here. By saving the offer to your Card, you agree to the offer terms.

          So you couldn’t be charged in Euros, @Adam

          • Shoestring says:

            Enter a date range equal or longer than 3 nights
            London has a 3-night minimum stay policy. Please enter a date range equal or longer than 3 nights to see available homes in London. Alternatively you can contact us and one of our advisors will be able to assist.

      • Lady London says:

        ?not each and every booking; conditions say only one per card

    • Harry T says:

      The clever thing to do, if you have a PRGC with the offer and a Platinum card, is to book one or two nights of a multi-night stay on your PRGC to trigger the offer and the subsequent nights with your Platinum card to get the pre-existing c@sh b@ck. Can’t see why that wouldn’t work.

  • Shoestring says:

    Sorry to ask the same question but I already forgot – I want to book 2 flights on the same route – on Avios – on consecutive days, knowing I will cancel one of them:

    – do I need to book the Avios + 50p RFS option to only pay 50p when I cancel online?
    – or can I choose any combination of Avios + Money and still only pay 50p cancellation online (as things stand)?

    • Peter K says:

      From comments on here: As things stand you can book for any amount and only pay 50p cancellation each way.

    • Harry T says:

      You only pay 50p for each leg either way, regardless of the taxes and charges you pay (for RFS). I’ve done this numerous times recently.

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