British Airways has once again changed its ‘Book with Confidence’ policy.
All deadline dates have now been removed. It seems that BA has decided that the August 2021 deadline was putting people off from booking for later in the year or for Christmas.
Full details are on ba.com here.
EDIT: ‘Book With Confidence’ ended on 7th June 2022. Bookings made after this date are not covered by the guarantee. Bookings made up to 7th June, for travel by 30th September 2022, can still be cancelled or amended without charge.
What has changed if you booked before coronavirus?
If you booked before 3rd March 2020, you can request a Future Travel Voucher as long as your outbound flight is due to be taken by 28th February 2021. You can also change the date of your trip, subject to the payment of any fare difference.
The previous deadline was January. People who booked ski holidays for February half-term are now covered.
What is the position for all other travellers?
The current policy waives the change fee for new bookings made from 3rd March 2020 for travel at any date in the future.
You can change the date, the destination, or both. You will have to pay any difference in fare, however.
Alternatively, you can exchange the value of your ticket for a Future Travel Voucher valid until 30th April 2022. You can do this at any time and for any reason.
Remember that, for bookings made purely with cash and with no Avios element, these vouchers now come as an eVoucher and can be used online without having to call British Airways.
There was previously a ‘travel by’ deadline of 31st August 2021, beyond which BA was not willing to guarantee the ability to change your flights or take a voucher.
Remember that British Airways is legally required to offer a full cash refund if it cancels flights. Before requesting a refund via a travel voucher, you may prefer to wait to see if your flight is cancelled, allowing you to ask for cash.
Will the Future Travel Voucher deadline be extended?
This is the next question that British Airways will need to grapple with. When it started giving out vouchers, putting a ‘travel by’ deadline of 30th April 2022 seemed generous.
Even if you believe that travel restrictions from the UK will be lifted in a few months, it is unlikely that many of BA’s top long-haul destinations will be welcoming tourists for some time to come.
Full details of the ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee are on ba.com here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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.