Donald Trump made a late announcement yesterday stating that all travel between continental Europe and the USA will be suspended from midnight on Friday.
Travel from the UK will not be affected.
It is not clear how the ban will be implemented, although a statement from the Department of Homeland Security suggests the ban will target non-US citizens and permanent residents who have been to the Schengen area in the last 14 days. More guidance is due to be issued in the next two days.
That means that British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will be spared the brunt of the impact, although there will presumably be problems with connecting traffic from Europe.
We are not sure what this means for the recent British Airways flash sale from Paris, or what BA’s response may be, since you would be prevented from entering the US if starting your trip from Europe. We expect British Airways to issue travel guidance for transatlantic and European travel today.
American citizens and permanent residents will be able to return from Europe providing they undergo increased screening.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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.
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.