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A great new bonus of 45,000 Avios launched last month on the British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card.

This card is aimed at small businesses and sole traders. You can get the bonus even if you have a personal British Airways Amex card. The only people who are excluded are those who have had an Amex Business card in the past year.

This is a VERY generous offer if you run your own business, however small. You can find out more in our article here.

You can apply here. The offers runs to 28th February.

British Airways BA Amex American Express cards


As a reminder, here are the limited time credit card sign-up bonuses on the personal British Airways American Express cards which are currently running:

British Airways American Express

Until 28th February, you will receive 10,000 Avios when you apply for the free BA Amex credit card. Click for our full article or apply here.

British Airways Premium Plus American Express

Until 28th February, you will receive 40,000 Avios when you apply for the BA Premium Plus Amex card. Click for our full article or apply here.

Finnair A350 business class seat bed

The latest travel and aviation news:

Finnair surprised us on Thursday by revealing a brand new innovative business class seat in addition to its new premium economy cabin. The seat features no recline – which has been controversial in our comments – and is meant to be more like a sofa at home. What do you think? It is well worth reading this article as this could be the future of business class seating.

The strike action at Heathrow between ground staff and Menzies Aviation that was planned for this weekend has been called off after an agreement was reached. We have details of the pay rises and bonuses awarded.

Plus, this article looks at all the European short haul routes to feature fully flat business class beds. There’s a lot more than you think!

British Airways news:

British Airways has admitted that its cabin layout on the A350s is flawed and that cabin crew are struggling to deliver a full service within the constraints of the galley space.

The Economist Avios offers are back. Get up to 18,000 Avios with an annual subscription which also stacks with the current £45 Amex cashback.

British Airways has decided to lease hundreds of Gatwick slots to competitor easyJet as its relaunch at the airport is slower than expected.

A few years ago, BA launched £1 Avios redemptions on short haul routes. But are they good value and do they put the Avios scheme in a bad light, given the large number of points needed if you pay £1 of tax?

Credit card news

Here’s how you can get two bottles of Champagne for £2.20 with the new American Express Platinum / Harvey Nichols cashback deal.

Our annual reviews of UK rewards cards have begun:

Plus, we take a look at the most valuable credit card sign-up bonuses here.

A £120 cashback offer with Qantas has also been popping up on Amex cards.

Hotel news:

Which? magazine has published its annual survey of the best and worst UK hotel chains. No prizes for guessing who came last (again).

Plus, a review of The Rock Hotel, Gibraltar. Has this iconic hotel stood the test of time?

Cathay Pacific Business lounge Heathrow plants

Other interesting articles:

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to booking holiday covid tests, the Covid Testing Network is a good place to start and will help you work out country requirements too.

We try to rank the best lounges at Heathrow Terminal 3 after Rhys did his recent lounge safari.

Singapore Airlines is offering flights to Australia in business class for well under than £2,000 if you’re happy to start in Paris.

Top threads from our forums this week:

The full forum index is here.

See you next Saturday.

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