Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

The Japan Airlines A350 will be coming to London soon

Links on Head for Points may support the site by paying a commission.  See here for all partner links.

Back in autumn 2023, Japan Airlines unveiled the interiors of its new intercontinental flagship aircraft. Thirteen A350-1000s will gradually replace JAL’s existing Boeing 777 fleet and will arrive with new seats in all four cabins, from First Class to Economy.

They look impressive. You can see my full article here which delves into more detail. The aircraft will have six First Class suites, 54 Business Class suites, 24 Premium Economy seats and 155 seats in Economy.

First Class moves to a 1-1-1 layout, with extra wide seats:

Japan Airlines new A350 first class seat

Whilst in Business, JAL is adopting Safran’s unity seat in a staggered formation:

Japan Airlines A350 business class seat

More fascinating, however, is the “Introduction of the world’s first headphone-free stereo with built-in headrest speakers, allowing customers to enjoy the inflight entertainment system without using headphones.”

I believe JAL is the first airline to offer this technology, and I can’t wait to see how well it works on board.

Japan Airlines is part of the oneworld alliance, which means you’ll be able to redeem Avios for these cabins when they launch.

New York was given as the first destination to receive the aircraft, followed by Houston. London was noticeable by its absence.

That has now changed. In an email to London-based customers it says:

“We are also pleased to announce the launch of our Airbus A350-1000 international aircraft between London and Tokyo, Haneda within this fiscal year. We will announce more details when they become available.”

The JAL fiscal year runs to March so what do they mean? It is too short notice to launch it by next month given it is not in the timetable yet. Did they mean calendar year? Irrespective, it looks as if we’ll be seeing these new seats in action soon.

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

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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 £15,000 Read our full review

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

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

40,000 bonus points 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.

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 sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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.