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British Airways has quietly increased the tier points earned to Hong Kong

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Yesterday we updated our list of British Airways tier points by route.

What we didn’t know at the time, although it is now corrected, is that British Airways has recently improved the tier points you earn when flying to Hong Kong.

The distance between Heathrow and Hong Kong has increased – in the BA system – from 5,979 miles to 6,004 miles.

British Airways has quietly increased Hong Kong tier points

This shifts it into the ultra-long haul tier point band and means that, for a one-way flight:

  • Economy flights earn 20 / 40 / 80 tier points depending on flexibility (was 20 / 35 / 70)
  • World Traveller Plus flights earn 100 tier points (was 90)
  • Club World flights earn 160 tier points (was 140)
  • First Class flights earn 240 tier points (was 210)

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus 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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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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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.

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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.

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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.

Comments (57)

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  • lumma says:

    Back in September flew wizzair to Ljubljana. Delayed for three hours initially, then diverted to Venice due to bad weather. Told there’d be a bus to take us to Ljubljana which never arrived before eventually being sent to a hotel, arriving around 1am (was meant to land in Slovenia at 3pm I initially).

    In the morning, still no sign of onward transportation I decided to stay in central Venice for a night then make my own way to Slovenia. The only thing wizzair eventually paid out on was the train from Trieste to Ljubljana, refused to pay for the first train from Venice to Trieste as they claimed there was a direct bus. They also refused to pay out for the taxi to central Venice.

    • cinereus says:

      Seems simple to resolve, just go MCOL and you’ll get it all back plus the EU261.

  • Wally1976 says:

    Based on the current £890.51 cash return fare, we’ve achieved 3.98p per Avios for our August flights LHR-DLM (booked 355 days out, no 2for1). A good result although we would never have paid that, we just wouldn’t have gone abroad this year!

    Wizz Air and Easyjet flights from LGW on the same dates are less than half the price but horrible flight times as others have said.

    • louie says:

      I got 2.175p based on current prices, more than happy with that. We wouldn’t have paid extra to fly BA if there had been no availability, we would have flown with SunExpress or Pegasus.

  • StaggerLee says:

    I booked twice with Wizz a few year’s ago. Both trips had the flight times changed so much that the journey became pointless. I was lucky in getting my money back reasonably quickly but i said I’d never use them again. Seems like I made the right choice

    • Bagoly says:

      Have had several trips with them which were fine.
      But then similar to you a move from a 12:45 departure to 05:55.
      Hopefully as things settle down post-Covid (they have not yet) this sort of action will become less common.

  • Jan M says:

    Paid for WizzAir’s frequent flyers programme because the flights ended up being cheaper, then they cancelled them. It was a struggle to get a cash refund for the flights and they obviously never repaid the membership fee.

  • Patrick says:

    I fly 60 to 90 times a year. I find Wizz is excellent.

    • Joe says:

      Me too. Flown with them more than any other airline over last 5 years (at least 80+ flights) and very rarely had an issue.

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