Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

The final British Airways London City A318 aircraft is scrapped

Links on Head for Points may support the site by paying a commission.  See here for all partner links.

As we covered last year, British Airways announced that the London City Airport to New York JFK service was not going to return post coronavirus.

There were originally two adapted A318 aircraft serving this route, covering the two daily flights.

BA A318

When the service was reduced to one flight per day, one aircraft was taken over by Titan Airways for charter work.

The final aircraft has now been sent to Twente Airport in the Netherlands. It will be broken up and used for spare parts, many of which can be used on other short-haul Airbus types.

Here is my review from my last A318 BA1 New York trip in 2019 which did leave me unenthusiastic.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year 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.

Comments (141)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Paul says:

    People actually buy the Daily Mail, I thought they had to give it away! Personally wouldn’t use for toilet paper!

  • Paul says:

    BA 1 and 2 will at some stage be resurrected but the demise of LCY JFK can’t be a surprise. The stop outbound was not clever and with improvements at JFK immigration, AA’ superb business class seat it was a no brainer to avoid both the baby bus and club world.

    • ChrisC says:

      The stop outbound was what made the flight work – let passengers clear US immigration whilst the plane was fuled up for the SNN-JFK leg due to the take off limits at LCY. Was rather very clever to combine the two.

      Admittedly once Global Entry was opened up to UK citizens the immigration process at JFK was easier for those passengers with it

      Personally I liked the seat on the A318

  • Worzel says:

    Good of Rhys to defend(11:04)- they’ll be OK!

    • Harrier25 says:

      Sorry, I didn’t quite hear what you said…Did you say “they’ll be OK!” or was it “they’ll be in OK!” 😂

    • Anna says:

      Can we have the £32 million back we spent on the wedding, please?

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.