Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Fly British Airways Club World on short haul – or fly Titan

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

As spotted by Simple Flying, British Airways is bringing its long haul Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft to selected European flights this Spring.

This is not the first time this has happened – during covid, BA operated a number of widebody flights to European destinations for cargo reasons, including to Athens.

British Airways has historically operated a widebody flight (usually a 777) to Madrid for cargo reasons, although this appears to no longer be the case. Iberia continues to operate its once-daily A350 service to London which makes it the best way to travel between the two cities.

British Airways 787

This time around the destinations and service are a bit more select, with the majority of widebody flights going to Frankfurt. However, a couple of services are also running to more tourist-focused cities – Berlin and Dublin. Simple Flying dug up the following dates:


  • February 18, 25
  • March 4, 6, 7, 11, 16, 23, 24
  • April 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12 (x2), 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28


  • March 4, 25


  • March 5, 7

If you are booked on one of the widebody services you’ll either get BA’s new Club Suite on the 777s, or the older yin-yang seat on the 787s.

Whilst Club Suite is the better product, the old seat is still a massive upgrade on the Club Europe seat you’d otherwise get on an A320.

Titan Airways British Airways charter

…. or you might end up on Titan Airways

It’s not all good news for short haul flyers.

British Airways appears to be facing a shortage of aircraft and/or pilots and/or cabin crew for its short haul operation, which is why the 777 is being used on certain routes.

This doesn’t seem to be enough extra capacity. In addition, British Airways has leased various aircraft from Titan Airways, complete with crew.

Titan aircraft will be operating selected services to Athens, Barcelona, Geneva, Lisbon, Manchester, Marrakech, Nice, Rome, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich from Heathrow. The swaps will run from 16th February to 12th March.

If you wish, you will be allowed to change your flight by +/- 2 days to another British Airways flight which is operated by BA itself. No refunds are allowed.

That said, Titan Airways and its crew have a decent reputation so I wouldn’t rush to swap. Here is Rob’s review of a Titan Airways flight.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (77)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • flyforfun says:

    …. or you might end up on Titan Airways…

    Well, how about if you end up on “China North”. Booked a work trip from LCY to AMS on the company Egencia site. When toggling through Economy Basic to Plus and up the rest of the options including Business fares on the RHS of the screen, for a second, it shows BA8XXX operated by China North. before disappearing.

    I dare say this has something to do with Egencia’s website, but it would be quite a scary thought if I rocked up to the tarmac and saw a China North plane there!

    • Sean says:

      China Northern hasn’t existed for about 15 years now. While BA has codeshares with China Southern you don’t have to worry on AMS-LCY. Most likely it’s just a site error as the flight should be BA Cityflyer.

  • JG says:

    Is it definite that the Club World cabin is open on these flights – weren’t there previous cases of CE passengers being placed in WTP? As a Silver EC member I’m getting error messages when trying to reserve seats on the DUB flights, which is a bit concerning.

    • JonathanC says:

      Too many other HfP readers almost certainly trying to do the same thing might be the best guess !

    • SG says:

      I have just booked to Berlin on 4 March and when seat selection came I was shown Club Suite 1-2-1 seat Map

    • TGLoyalty says:

      You could get either.

    • SonicStar817 says:

      The Club cabin will be used mainly. The only time the WTP cabin gets used is if the main Club cabin is full and there’s no F cabin to move people forward.

      • JG says:

        Update: seeing a 14 seat (all forward facing) 4 row cabin, rows numbered 1-4 with two toilets aft, all seats greyed out and unable to select any. 4 seats per row apart from row 3 which has 2 seats. Can’t seem to match this up with any seating plan? Perhaps in this seating roulette I have ended up in F… I could call of course but that would spoil the anticipation 🙂

      • Jonathan says:

        When I flew on BA2547/6 this time last year, I got seated in a WTP seat, even though BA were only selling CE/ET tickets

  • Richie says:

    Will Airbus bother with replacing A330 with something ‘all new’ and better than B787, perhaps with SH versions?

    • G says:

      The A350-1000 says hi.

      • Richie says:

        I’m thinking of an aircraft with 2-4-2 seating in economy with narrow aisles, so smaller than A35O and B787.

    • AJA says:

      Isn’t that what the A330 neo is? An upgrade on the original A330 with engines more comparable with the 787? The first A330 Neo flight was only in 2017, and TAP was the launch airline with its first delivery in Dec 2018 so its only been flying commercially for 4 years.

  • Ray says:

    Why is it you cannot use one of these planes on your LHR to LCA routes. Although you charge for business class on this trip the seats offered are on where near business standard. I am a regular user but will.never pay your premium price for cattle class seats

    • Rob says:

      Royal Jordanian is a better option to Larnaca if you want a flat bed, albeit you’ve got the change in Amman.

      • Jonathan says:

        I flew CAI to AMM, and when I walked through to my seat, I looked at the business class offering, and said to myself ‘that’s a proper business class seat, and they’re definitely not following BA’s joke card offering’
        Since the flight was only about an hour or so I wasn’t fused by flying in economy, and the complimentary catering was also good.

        I don’t know how good other airlines are with their short haul business class offerings, let’s hope they’re not as bad as BA who seem to think they’re competing with the likes of Ryanair, but charging an absolute fortune !

        • Hardpack says:

          Lufthansa seating on similar routes just the same. Maybe better food offering but I’ve found flight times terribly inconvenient eg overnight

      • tony says:

        I fail to see how something with an overnight 10+ hr layover in both directions can in any way, shape, or form be seen as a better option here. If RJ could coordinate this part of the schedule however, I think they would be onto a winner…

        I was never a fan of Monarch, but those extra legroom seats they had up front were a great call – even better if you could keep the middle seat empty.

  • Ghosty says:

    Are the Titan flights still classed as BA flights regarding tier points, especially the double points for BA holidays and part of the 4 BA flights required for silver

  • Davey says:

    Booked x2 seats Berlin 4th March. Shame no Avios availability to return the next day with BA! Not sure i’m brave enough to return on the same aircraft and return straight back.

  • Ian says:

    What’s the current situation for UK passport holders arriving at Frankfurt? I’ve heard stories that immediately post-Brexit there were lots of cases of interrogations about the reason for your visit…is that still the case?

    • Hardpack says:

      It depends who the border agent is. Some of them want you to know that you’re having to queue due to Brexit which they don’t understand, most just stamp and you go through, maybe a question about how long is your stay. Nothing too onerous

  • JDB says:

    It’s difficult to understand the moaning about BA service on these medium haul routes. If you book Club Europe, that’s exactly what you will get and there should be no surprise on board. Yes, you can say that you would have preferred beds, caviar and a some big TV screen, but that’s not what you booked or were given to expect. If other airlines provide that and that’s what you want, book with them.

    • Hardpack says:

      The point is, 2-3 hours on those hard seats is very different to 5. If you’ve not done it before, you realise it’s a very different experience CE for 2 vs over 5 hours. Then you know from experience for next time that there’s a better choice.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.