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British Airways will keep flying Iberia and Finnair aircraft until late August

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If you have a British Airways short haul flight coming up this Summer, the chance that you will end up on an Iberia or Finnair aircraft – with Iberia or Finnair crew – is increasing.

According to Aeroroutes, the following routes will be operated partially or wholly by Iberia aircraft until the end of August:

  • Barcelona
  • Copenhagen
  • Milan Malpensa
  • Palma de Mallorca
  • Rome Fiumcino
  • Stockholm Arlanda
British Airways A320

Meanwhile, the following routes will be partially or wholly flown by Finnair:

  • Billund
  • Bologna
  • Brindisi
  • Budapest
  • Faro
  • Gothenburg
  • Krakow
  • Ljubljana
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Nuremberg
  • Olbia
  • Oslo
  • Pisa
  • Prague
  • Pula
  • Split
  • Toulouse
  • Valencia
  • Vienna
  • Zagreb

Whoever ends up operating your flight, you will receive the standard British Airways onboard service.

Feedback about these Iberia and Finnair services has generally been positive. However, BA will allow you to change your flight to a BA-operated one if yours is impacted, which may be handy if the original time and date was not totally convenient.


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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:

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

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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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.

Comments (54)

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  • Paul says:

    I’m no longer able to attend (stuck at work – Heathrow!) Gutted. Let me know if anyone wants a spare ticket… We can split the raffle prize 🤣

  • Rob says:

    Any spare tickets? Would love 2

    • Lev441 says:

      I have one rob

      • Polly says:

        Hey Lev,
        Missed catching up with you tonight.. let’s hope for a Christmas party, cheers, hope it was super fun…

  • Matt says:

    We have BA (FinnAir operated) flights coming up next week. Can anyone confirm whether the cabin baggage allowance applied is the BA one (ie larger bags and up to 23kg) or the FinnAir one (up to 8kg).

    Our plan had been to take hand luggage only but 8kg including the weight of the bags is getting v tight…

    • Rob says:

      If its a BA flight (as opposed to a codeshare) which has just been swapped to one of the Finnair planes then the BA rules apply. If its a codeshare then its whatever your booking confirmation says.

  • Mattsan1 says:

    Thanks Rob!

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