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These are the routes where British Airways will still make you wear a face mask

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It’s fair to say that the scrapping of its face mask mandate was not the finest hour at British Airways. The policy was announced, and then withdrawn the evening before launch, and then brought back in a random fashion with the decision seemingly at the whim of cabin crew.

The good news is that British Airways has finally published a list of routes which require face masks.

You can find the current version of the list on ba.com here under the ‘Do I need to wear a mask to travel?’ section.

British Airways A380

It doesn’t seem to be correct – Portugal is not on it, for a start, which easyJet believes still requires masks.

(EDIT: The Netherlands is on the updated list, which is now in the article. Ignore our comment from the first version this morning.)

However, as of this morning, the ‘you must wear a mask’ list contained:

  • Algeria
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • St Kitts
  • St Lucia
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos
  • UAE
  • United States

You can find the current list on ba.com here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

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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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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 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

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

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.

(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.)

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  • Jamie says:

    I flew to Poland and back last week without a mask. The crew were too

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