British Airways extends its codehare deal with Loganair
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British Airways has announced an expansion of its codeshare deal with regional airline Loganair.
The deal will take BA flight numbers, albeit not BA-liveried aircraft, into a number of new airports.
Routes included in the new deal are:
- Aberdeen to Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, and Southampton
- City of Derry to London and Liverpool
- Cornwall Airport Newquay to Manchester
- Exeter to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle
- Isle of Man to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester
- Inverness to Birmingham
- Norwich to Aberdeen and Edinburgh
- Teesside to Southampton
If you book any of these flights via ba.com, you will earn Avios and British Airways Executive Club tier points.
Not all of these routes seem to have been loaded into the BA system yet, but some are. Not all of them, it seems, can be booked as standalone flights, but some can. As expected, you don’t get the best deal by booking at ba.com.
This is not a problem that is unique to British Airways, of course. It is common for codeshare flights to be more expensive than booking with the operating carrier, which will often have special deals for its own customers.
Here’s an example for 21st March, from Aberdeen to Birmingham. The Loganair website offers three flights, with prices from £73:
…. whilst ba.com only offers two flights, with prices from £92:
These two tickets are not strictly comparable in terms of luggage allowances, but its worth noting that Loganair – if you book direct – has a changeable ticket for just £88 which also undercuts the standard BA price.
The best deals are likely to be available on routes which connect to BA mainline services, since you can get your baggage checked through. You might also consider the ba.com price premium worth paying in order to pick up some Avios and tier points.
For clarity, you cannot redeem Avios on these routes but you can use ‘part pay with Avios’ to reduce the cost of a cash ticket.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2023)
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express 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
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.
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
30,000 points and unbeatable 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.
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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
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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
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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.