British Airways has announced some (positive) changes to the Club World and Club Europe check-in process at Terminal 5.
From 9th November, check-in for Club passengers will move from Zones G/H to Zones A/B.
Bronze member of the Executive Club will also be able to use this area, as well as Silver members.
BA promises that there will be more space in the new area. There are also two practical advantages:
- it is directly opposite the T5 entrance from the tube, Elizabeth Line and Heathrow Express, saving you the long walk down to the south end of the terminal
- North security is larger than South, and you also have the separate Fast Track area near the north end of T5 which is often ignored by passengers
If you are a Gold member travelling alone or with only one guest, you will find it easier to continue walking down to the south end to use the First Wing security and check-in area with direct access to the Galleries First lounge.
If you are a Gold with 2+ guests then you can’t access the Galleries First lounge. If you arrive by tube or train, you need to decide whether to use the new Zone A/B area directly in front of you or take the long stroll down to rhe First Wing to check-in and then double-back to South security.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:
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. 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.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee 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.
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.