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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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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:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

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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.

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Comments (54)

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  • Frankie says:

    Have an amazing time at the party tonight everyone who’s going. I look forward to seeing the pics.

  • Chris Cannon says:

    Yep. It’s finnair for me to Faro in Club in October

  • Tarmohamed says:

    Can we sneak in tonight?

    • Rob says:

      No. We are not running the door and there will be no flexibility.

      That said, if you pitch up at 9pm I would expect around 50-100 of us to still be drinking in the hall.

  • Luke B says:

    I have two tickets going if anyone wants them

  • Cat says:

    Have a fabulous time tonight everyone!

    I was planning to be there, but I have covid, so instead I will be spending my evening with my sofa and a box of tissues.

    Boo! Have fun without me!

    • Doommonger says:

      I spend most evenings with a box of tissues! but tonight for one night only I will be at the social event of the year, I’m positively tingling with excitement.

      If I don’t win a prize I with leave in a huff and will flounce in my customary fashion, you have been warned!


    • Nick Burch says:

      Oh no, poor you Cat! Had been hoping to catch up

    • Lady London says:

      Poor Cat! ummm …. isn’t this the 2nd time?
      Does it get better 2nd time round?
      hope you get better soon

  • Jeremy I says:

    I have a spare ticket for tonight if anyone wants it – email me on jezisaacson [at]

  • Si says:

    Sadly for me. Maybe happily for you…

    2 tickets available

    simonfennemore -at

  • Just Nick says:

    The railway between Reading and London is closed until further notice. This means I cannot attend the HfP party. Will be really annoyed if I win a prize in the draw but won’t be able to keep it due to the travel disruption. What a pain as I was really looking forward to the party.

    • Ggos1 says:

      The disruption is meant to be sorted from 7pm. Waterloo is also accepting Tickets from Reading.

      This affected me going back home to Reading to change / freshen up out of my work clothes!

    • planeconcorde says:

      According to National Rail the line has re-opened. Alternatively take the longer route from Reading to Waterloo.

      • Ggos1 says:

        GWRHelp on Twitter are the most reliable source for Paddington disruption ai find.

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