British Airways announced this morning that ALL flights to Italy have been cancelled.
This will continue until at least 4th April, which is the length of the current country-wide quarantine period.
Weirdly, 90 minutes after making this annoucement, it was withdrawn and replaced with an announcement that ‘some flights are affected’. However, a quick look at – for example – flights to Rome for this Saturday shows:
You can see the current situation on the BA Travel Trade site here although at the time of writing (2.30pm Tuesday) it is still saying ‘some’ flights are affected.
Rebooking guidelines have yet to be updated. However, the existing British Airways policy only covered flights up to 4th April anyway. As your flight is cancelled you are entitled to a full refund. BA may remain willing to rebook you to Zurich or Geneva instead for no extra cost.
There is still no British Airways policy on awarding Avios or tier points for cancelled services, so you will not receive anything.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)