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News: two lounges reopen to British Airways passengers, BA Holidays Green List sale

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News in brief:

Two UK lounges reopen to British Airways passengers

On Thursday we published an article looking at which British Airways lounges are open, which are closed and which have been permanently shuttered and ripped out.

By coincidence, two of the lounges on the list have now started to re-admit British Airways passengers after the airline decided to pay up.

Effective immediately, you can enter the lounges at Jersey (which has some BA branding but is actually independent) and Belfast City (recently taken over by Aspire, pictured below) again. You need to be flying in British Airways Club Europe or have relevant British Airways or oneworld status.

Our review of the airport lounge in Jersey is here. Our coverage of the original opening of the British Airways lounge at Belfast City is here – but it is now merged with the Aspire lounge at Belfast City reviewed here and which is next door.

Aspire Belfast City seating

Enjoy the new Green List with a discount on a British Airways Holiday

British Airways Holidays has launched extra discounts to the countries added to the travel Green List this week – see here.

The offer applies to travel to Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Ibiza, Madeira, Malta, Mallorca, Menorca and Turks & Caicos.

You must book by 30th June and travel by 30th September.

You will save:

  • £300 on a flight + hotel booking with a total cost of £10,000+
  • £200 on a flight + hotel booking with a total cost of £5,000+
  • £100 on a flight + hotel or flight + car booking with a total cost of £2,500+
  • £50 on a flight + hotel or flight + car booking with a total cost of £1,000+
  • £25 on a flight + car booking with a total cost of £500+

You can book and see the full terms on this page of the BA Holiday website.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

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:

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 £12,000 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

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

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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.

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