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British Airways news: more lounges open, BA and Kenya Airways launch codeshare

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BA news in brief:

British Airways reopens more European lounges

British Airways is reopening three of its directly controlled lounges in Europe. Rome and Milan opened this week and Geneva will follow next week.

These are all modern lounges which are BA branded and fitted out to a high specification. You can see our review of the British Airways lounge in Geneva here and a picture is below.

A photo from Rome is further down below – sadly we haven’t managed to make it down there since the makeover.

British Airways Geneva lounge reopens

British Airways launches codeshare with Kenya Airways

British Airways and Kenya Airways have launched a new codeshare agreement.

A British Airways flight number will be added to Kenya Airways flights to 20 destinations from Nairobi. These will include Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa and Entebbe, as well as leisure routes to Mauritius and Seychelles.

Benefits of the codeshare deal include:

British Airways Rome lounge reopens
  • you can book flights from the UK to, say, Mombasa on with a protected connection in Nairobi
  • you will earn Avios and tier points on the Kenya Airways connecting legs to and from Nairobi

Two things you can’t do, unfortunately, are:

  • book Kenya Airways flights from Nairobi under a BA flight code without a connecting BA flight from London
  • book Kenya Airways flights on Avios (Kenya Airways is in the SkyTeam alliance and not alongside BA in oneworld)

A codeshare deal has also been agreed in the opposite direction, with Kenya Airways flight numbers being added to 26 short-haul British Airways routes from Heathrow.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 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 with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel 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

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 card

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

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

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (49)

  • JandeW says:

    As of 22 October, still no BA lounge in Schipol

  • KK says:

    Got the £100 off £400 Amex travel offer on my Gold Business and Supplementary cards.
    Can anyone confirm has worked ok for them on cumulative spend booking flights and hotel in separate transactions on the same day?
    Speaking to CS , seems to be unsure and cannot confirm if will qualify and trigger the £100 off.

    Much appreciated

    • Alan says:

      It always has historically, plus flight bookings often get out through as separate transactions (eg one per pax), so I think they have to have the system setup to cope with multiple transactions.

      • KK says:

        Same. Historically ( couple of years back) booking flights on a single transaction( 2 pax), showed up as 2 line items individually on the card statement but triggered the offer nonetheless.
        This time the ask is if the transactions are 2 separate ones albeit in the form of flights and hotels , would that still be applicable?

        • Alan says:

          It certainly has been previously for me – booked items weeks apart. I don’t think their IT would be good enough to tell the difference so if they had to code it to accept being in more than one transaction I don’t think the day will matter.

    • Kirsty says:

      I can confirm the offer was triggered when I booked a rental car (£350) and a hotel stay (£75) in two separate transactions on the same day. I had asked on the online chat in advance and they had confirmed that cumulative spend would trigger it.

      • KK says:

        Thank you for sharing. Will go ahead with the planned flight and hotel bookings.

  • Andrew says:

    Is there a disadvantage to booking a complex BA 125- ticket / itinerary with Amex vs BA direct in terms of IRROPS / rebooking?

    • Doug M says:

      Yes. For the inevitable changes you’ll be dealing with Amex, and not the airline directly. Amex Travel obviously legit, but any intermediary makes things harder later on. IRROPS not a problem as at that point ticket is under airline control.

    • ChrisC says:

      Unless it’s a routing only Amex can create and / or it’s significantly cheaper I’d book direct with BA.

      Best to eliminate any middle men at the moment.

  • pigeon says:

    No offer on personal gold here – is it targeted or should I check back later?

    • Kirsty says:

      My other half and I have it on his Platinum (personal card, not business, and on the main card only, not on the supplementary), and my Business Gold (both main card and supplementary) but not on our Personal Gold card.

      • KK says:

        Thank you for sharing. Will go ahead with the planned flight and hotel bookings.

    • Rob says:

      Amex hasn’t said its open to all but no-one else seems to be saying they don’t have it ….

  • Luke says:

    Hi, for Amex travel, can I make payment from multiple cards for flight booking over the phone? Thanks

  • Lynsey says:

    I have the Amex travel in my Platinum offers, my supplementary card (my mum) also has it in her offers, can we both use it or does one knock out the other (sorry if that’s a daft question it’s my first time with a supp cardholder)

  • PHILIP HALLY says:

    peas anyone know when the BA Codeshare with Kenya Airways starts?

    • Rob says:

      Now. If you search London to Entebbe for 26th October you will see it in action. Nairobi to Entebbe is BA7738.

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