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 (August 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 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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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