British Airways has announced additional measures today to conserve revenue in the face of continued Government restrictions on outbound travel.
From next Monday, according to an email sent to staff today by Mel Birch, BA’s Director of Heathrow, ALL managerial staff at Heathrow (including, ironically, Birch herself) will be placed on full or flexi furlough.
It has since emerged that ALL British Airways managerial staff, whether they work at Heathrow or not, are in the same position.
Staff have also been told that all British Airways projects at Heathrow will be halted as part of a need to conserve cash unless:
- they “deliver instant revenue”
- deliver cost savings
- are operationally critical
“Everything else will be stopped” according to the email circulated this morning.
Heathrow employees working ‘on the floor’ have been given an email address and telephone number to contact if they need to speak to a manager from Monday.
In a statement to HfP, British Airways said:
“Like many companies we’re using the furlough scheme to protect jobs during this unprecedented crisis. However, it’s vital the Government follows its risk-based framework to re-open international travel as soon as possible, putting more low-risk countries, like the US, on its green list at the next available opportunity.”
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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 10,500 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.