As we covered a few weeks ago, British Airways has retired the ex-BMI Airbus A321 fleet which flew many mid-haul routes. These were short-haul aircraft which still had flat beds in business class and so justified higher ticket prices.
Moscow had it even better, being served by a long-haul aircraft with First and Club World on selected services. Cairo has also had long-haul aircraft in the past – I remember flying back from there in First Class many years ago.
Going forward, these routes will be served exclusively by standard short-haul British Airways aircraft. A five hour flight now gets you the same cramped seating as the hop to Amsterdam.
To tie in with the reduced service, British Airways has cut the tier points you receive for flying three routes in business class. Routes which used to be treated as long-haul are now treated as short-haul.
As you can see from the BA tier point calculator here, Amman now shows as just 80 tier points each way in Club Europe – the same as Heathrow to Athens:
Weirdly, as you can see, the Royal Jordanian flight between Heathrow and Amman still earns you 140 tier points each way as it is over 2,000 miles. This is the cut-off for partner flights.
The same applies to Moscow and Cairo. Both now only earn 80 tier points each way in Club.
Beirut and Tel Aviv, the other routes historically served by the ex-BMI A321 fleet, still show as 140 tier points each way. Beirut is not expected to return, however, and Tel Aviv faces direct competition from Virgin Atlantic.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points 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.
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