This is, I should stress, from the BA rumour mill, albeit from a well placed source.
The story is that British Airways has signed off on a full refurbishment of the 12 x A380 aircraft. First Suite and Club Suite will be installed, with the layout tweaked so that the upper deck is exclusively Club Suite.
The current A380 seat map is in our ‘BA A380 best seat guide’ here. As you can see, the Upper Deck is currently a mix of Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller.
You could see this as a vote of confidence in travel demand. However, it is also the case that – without the 747 fleet any longer – running 1 x A380 per day instead of two smaller aircraft is a way of bringing back a broad network whilst waiting for the next wave of deliveries.
A key issue will be the small cargo hold on the A380, which favours routes with high passenger volumes but low freight demand.
Let’s see if there is any word in IAG’s 2020 results presentation on Friday.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 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.
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.