Since late 2019, British Airways has offered an ‘overnight bag drop’ service at Heathrow, letting you drop your bags off the day before you fly. Gatwick and Edinburgh have had the feature for some time, although it isn’t clear if Edinburgh is currently open.
In many ways it is a win-win service: passengers can travel lighter the next day and can head straight through security, whilst British Airways can shift some of the check-in and baggage drop volumes to its quieter afternoons and evenings.
Fortunately, overnight bag drop weathered the pandemic, and British Airways is now tweaking the service slightly.
The service is now available from both Terminal 3 and 5. The number of eligible flights has been reduced – your flight must now depart before 10am the following morning – but the drop window has extended to between 4pm and 10pm the day before.
At Gatwick, overnight bag drop remains available from 6pm until 9pm for flights until 1pm the following day.
In addition, British Airways will now let you drop bags for other people on your booking, even if they are not present, so long as you have their documents and passport. This means that one person from your party could handle the bag drop for all passengers, which makes life a little bit easier. This has been standard policy for other airlines for some time.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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:
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.