British Airways has, it seems, lost confidence in the Asian market and its ability to open up post pandemic.
A range of service cuts have been made this week.
Most importantly for the leisure market, Bangkok has been dropped for the entire Winter season, from late October to late March. If you are holding a ticket to Bangkok for late October onwards, BA will be in touch to discuss rebooking, most likely on Qatar Airways.
- Beijing Daxing – service withdrawn for the Winter season
- Hong Kong – one of the two daily flights has been withdrawn for the Winter season
- Shanghai – service withdrawn for the Winter season
- Tokyo Haneda – one of the two daily flights has been withdrawn for the Winter season
It is obviously possible that flights could be reinstated if demand picks up, but with British Airways still short of long haul aircraft following the Boeing 747 retirement – a situation which will take longer to fix than hiring new cabin crew – I wouldn’t expect much.
Bangkok in particular is regarded as a low yielding route, with relatively little business traffic, meaning that aircraft can be more profitably used elsewhere.
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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