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 (May 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. 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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.
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