British Airways to move six long-haul routes to Heathrow Terminal 3
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In another sign of something like normality returning to the British Airways network, the airline is moving six long-haul routes from Heathrow Terminal 5 to Terminal 3.
This isn’t new, of course. Pre covid, British Airways ran a number of long-haul routes from Terminal 3.
The list of routes may look random but it isn’t. These are meant to be routes with fewer connecting passengers, meaning that the number of people who have to transfer from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 is minimised.
The routes and switch dates are:
- Accra – 25th April
- Austin – 25th April
- Barbados – 30th March
- Orlando – 30th March
- Las Vegas – 25th April
- São Paulo / Buenos Aires – 25th April
(EDIT: It turns out that Phoenix is moving too)
The best thing about flying from Terminal 3, if you are in Business or First Class or have British Airways Silver or Gold status, is to visit the impress Qantas and Cathay Pacific lounges. There is no point visiting the British Airways lounges, frankly.
- our recent review of the Qantas London Lounge
- our recent review of the Cathay Pacific Business Class lounge and
- our recent review of the Cathay Pacific First Class lounge
The latter can be accessed by BA Gold card holders as well as First Class passengers.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
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.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
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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.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.