British Airways has committed to a ‘no lay-offs’ policy when the Government furlough scheme ends tomorrow.
This represents a step-change in employee relations from the situation over the past 18 months. The company has previously used coronavirus to push through substantial cuts to the pay and conditions of legacy cabin crew, as well as making several thousand redundancies.
Under the plan announced by CEO Sean Doyle to staff this week, all furloughed staff will return to the payroll and will receive their basic pay.
This will still leave cabin crew well short of their historic take-home pay, because of the loss of the allowances received based on flying hours, but the move represents a heavy cost to the airline given the limited flying schedule planned for the Winter.
British Airways will be encouraging cabin crew to look at alternative options, including taking a period of unpaid leave or moving to a part-time role. Some will also be asked to move into call centre roles.
Comment on Flyertalk suggests that some Boeing 777 pilots have been asked to move to Doha to fly for Qatar Airways over the Winter.
British Airways is also re-opening its Waterside head office, allowing management to escape the brutalist horrors of the upper floors of Technical Block C at Hatton Cross, pictured above.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.