Perhaps not surprisingly, British Airways has postponed the launch of its Heathrow to Newquay service.
The first flight was due to take place on 2nd July.
The delay is only a short one, however. The first flight is now scheduled for Saturday 18th July although there are now only three flights per week initially.
I am booked on this for the August Bank Holiday weekend so hopefully it does go as planned.
As far as I know, there is still no word on who is picking up the contract to run subsidised flights between Newquay and London.
Until it collapsed, Flybe was paid £850,000 per year by the Government to underwrite the cost of operating year-round flights between Newquay and London. The service had been running into Heathrow but Flybe had negotiated a deal to move flights to Gatwick in return for launching additional routes out of Newquay.
Newquay Airport was hit particularly hard by the collapse of Flybe, which accounted for 66% of its passenger traffic. Given the current economic circumstances, it is possible that British Airways shows more of an interest in picking up the Government subsidy and operating the route year-round.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)
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.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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 10,000 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.
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