Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

You can buy British Airways First Class crockery and bedding: the sale is now live!

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

And now, from Waterside …. it’s the Sale of the Century!*

Over the course of the last few months lots of airlines have been selling off their excess stock of amenity kits, snacks and even entire (stocked) bar carts.

Whilst some of BA’s catering partners have sold off their stock (such as the Speedbird IPA by Brewdog and Pickering’s Centenary Gin) British Airways has not sold anything directly ……. until now.

BA First Afternoon Tea William Edwards crockery
BA First afternoon tea on William Edwards crockery

British Airways is selling a number of items from the First Class service including a range of bedding and crockery. In the press release it said:

“Although the at-home experience is no match for the real thing, customers or collectors can pick up items such as William Edwards plates, soup bowls, cups, saucers and even a butter dish for reasonable prices, allowing them to create an authentic First Class dining experience at home.”

Bread baskets, hot towels (which arrive cold!), hot towel plates, champagne flutes, coasters and the Club World casserole dish are also be available, as will the First Class slippers and day blanket.

All of the crockery and bedding is brand new, for clarity!

William Edwards crockery British Airways First class
The BA First William Edwards crockery

Why is BA selling First Class stock?

Given none of the items listed are perishable, you would think that BA would be happy to hold on to them rather than sell them.

It would not be the first time BA sells off excess stock. Staff sales are a semi-regular occurrence at HQ; Covid-19 may just have pushed this online.

There are a few reasons why BA might have chosen to liquidate its stock:

BA thinks it can raise some cash from the sale of the items, which can only be positive given the flying outlook for the winter;

The retirement of the 747 fleet and the significant reduction in available First Class seats means BA now has an abundance of crockery and bedding, more than it can realistically make use of in the coming years;

The lack of flying in the past months means that breakage has significantly reduced, leaving BA with a mountain of items;

It plans to introduce a new service in the near future (this is, I accept, very unlikely given the current situation and the fact that the William Edwards crockery is only 18 months old!)

The First bedding has a thread count of 400….

Anything off the trolley dears?

The sale is now live and it turns out that the range of items is far more eclectic than we first expected …..

In addition to the family china, British Airways is also selling a range of general items, where you can buy stuff such as aircraft catering boxes or a waste top loader trolley for £150!

Notably absent, however, are amenity kits or first pyjamas.

The bargain of the day? You could get a set of 6 larger (28cm) dinner plates for £5! However, it turned out that this was a BA IT error and it should have read £50 ….!

How to buy

Looking at stock sales by other airlines, these items are likely to sell out fast.

The link to buy is here, and is now live. Click on ‘British Airways’ in the menu bar.

Let us know what you manage to pick up! If you want to use your British Airways American Express to pay, select PayPal as your payment option as Amex is not accepted directly.

We have bought a few items which we intend to give away in a reader competition in a few weeks.

*We know this is a misquote. You can see the Sale of the Century title sequence here, featuring a brief glimpse of a BA aircraft in Negus livery!

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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.)

Comments (445)

  • Nigel W says:

    My order #1 (well it could be both my orders!) has arrived today. I eagerly await if they actually got it right or it is a mess.

  • Amber Lynn says:

    This stuff is now for sale all over e bay if you don’t see what you want on the official sale site

    • Margaret says:

      Yes, I finally gave up hope on the website and bought a first day blanket for a negotiated £20 including postage from someone with dozens to sell:/

      • Margaret says:

        And to add that I’ve made 3 smallish orders starting on Monday afternoon as things came back in stock, been emailed confirmation and invoices, but nothing about dispatch yet.

  • Gary says:

    Order the Champagne flutes last Thursday evening – got despatch email last night and arrived via DPD this afternoon. Well wrapped in box labelled fragile. Must be random picking or depends on stock ready for despatch.

  • George K says:

    Did anybody get a trolley by any chance?

  • Maxime says:

    Ordered and paid on day 1 (Monday 23rd), have contacted Whatabuy through all possible channels since, but still waiting for even a shipping confirmation… Obviously I don’t need any of the stuffs, but what an absolute joke! Waiting a few more days before claiming a chargeback.

  • Nigel W says:

    Got to finally open the items tonight, shocked they got everything right in the order and none of it was broken.

    I dare say I prefer the ‘white non-contrast pattern’ on the pasta bowl etc.

    • Margaret says:

      Me too. I thought that the coloured pattern was a bit old fashioned, but the white matches our other white crockery. Bought the little white bowls for deserts, nuts etc. too, as we use that size a lot.

  • Chef says:

    Just received an email from Whatabuy requesting a little bit of patience on my behalf, they’re doing their best.

    • Neil says:

      Me too :

      Dear Customer,

      Following the launch of the partnership between British Airways and the Whatabuy team on 23rd November 2020, there has been an unprecented level of demand for product and some orders are taking longer to process. Please be assured that we are doing our upmost to fulfil all orders as quickly as possible.

      We have also been alerted to a potential system error which has meant that some customers have not received a confirmation email following a purchase. We are working with our IT developers to resolve this. Please be assured that if you received a ‘confirmation of order’ screen at the end of your transaction, we have a record of your purchase and are working on processing this, even if you did not receive a confirmation email.

      We would urge all customers to thoroughly check their junk email folder and ensure that the whatabuy email address [email protected] is included in your safe senders list.

      We thank you for your patience during this time.

      Kind Regards,

      Whatabuy team

  • Stuart says:

    I have not even received this email – I have lost all patience with them and just want a refund, and for them to collect the couple of incorrect items they sent in place of my order. I have totally lost enthusiasm 🙄