Whilst it isn’t fully clear what is going on, British Airways is suffering from another major IT meltdown tonight.
ba.com is dead and it is impossible to make or amend bookings.
EDIT: We believe that the back office systems are back on line as at 10pm
Flights have been departing late, although at this point in the evening (9pm) there are only two services left to depart – Newcastle and Abuja.
The call centre IT system is also believed to be down.
We don’t know anything more at this point. For better or worse, with very few departures at present even a huge failure such as this one isn’t going to cost much in terms of revenue and will not cause substantial scheduling issues.
Let’s hope Alex Cruz left his hi-viz vest in head office for Sean Doyle to put on.
PS. A comment below from someone who we know works for BA states that there was another small data breach this week and that it could be linked to this. We obviously cannot verify this.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
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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