I thought it was worth an update on the current changes to the British Airways flight schedules due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The good news is that there are now plans to put Beijing and Shanghai back on the schedule during April, although it is would foolish to see these flights as anything more than tentative at this stage.
Here the changes by route:
All flights cancelled until 17th April
From 18th April to 31st May, British Airways will operate three flights per week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday
From 1st June, the standard 10 flights per week service will resume
If you are booked to fly to Shanghai before 1st June, British Airways will refund your flight or rebook you on a later flight, up to 1st August, at your request. You may also change to a Hong Kong flight although BA will not pay to get you into China. Rebooking on selected other airlines is also available.
All flights cancelled until 17th April
From 19th April to 31st May, British Airways will operate four flights per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
From 1st June, the standard daily service will resume
If you are booked to fly to Beijing before 1st June, British Airways will refund your flight or rebook you on a later flight, up to 1st August, at your request. You may also change to a Hong Kong flight although BA will not pay to get you into China. Rebooking on selected other airlines is also available.
British Airways will continue to operate just one daily flight, instead of two, until 1st June.
If you are booked to fly to Hong Kong before 1st June, British Airways will refund your flight or rebook you on a later flight, up to 1st August, at your request.
Flights continue as usual but the A380 service has been withdrawn on some dates and replaced by a smaller Boeing 777
No changes have been announced yet despite the recent spike in coronavirus cases. It is possible that the Foreign Office will advise against travel in the next few days in which case BA will have little choice but to suspend services.
And nearer to home ….
No changes to services so far despite 11 towns being placed in lockdown over the weekend
Remember that many countries are refusing or restricting entry to anyone who has visited China, Hong Kong and/or Macau in the past 14 days. Seek additional advice if this applies to you. The list includes (taken from the BA Travel Trade page linked below):
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago
The aircraft removed from these routes are being used to operate additional flights to Miami, Seattle and Cape Town, as we covered in this Head for Points article.
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.