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BA CityFlyer expands at Belfast City Airport

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When the Air Lingus Regional franchise holder Stobart Air collapsed in June, BA CityFlyer stepped up to operate some of the services that the airline had been flying from Belfast City to the UK.

This was a smart move for both sides. IAG was able to keep the routes operating until Aer Lingus can arrange a new franchise partner, and BA CityFlyer was able to use some of the Embraer aircraft which were sitting idle whilst services at London City Airport remain depressed.

BA CityFlyer E190

BA CityFlyer was due to pull out at the end of October 2021, but it has now been decided that the airline will continue flying for another six months to the end of March 2022.

From 31st October, BA CityFlyer will offer the following routes from Belfast City:

  • Belfast City – Exeter (four flights per week)
  • Belfast City – Glasgow (13 flights per week)
  • Belfast City – Leeds Bradford (10 flights per week)
  • Belfast City – Birmingham (16 flights per week)

Birmingham is a new route and will be the only British Airways presence at the airport.


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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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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

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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 a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (31)

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  • Cuchlainn says:

    No flights loaded for BHX-BHD on Avios or BA sites yet, unfortunately.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      Some of the cash rates are quite low. I’d not be spending points on this.

      • Cuchlainn says:

        HBO / off-peak, yes – unfortunately my children don’t understand these things 😟

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