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Up to 4,000 bonus Avios on UK departure flights

Until 14 July 2015, British Airways and Iberia are offering up to 4,000 bonus Avios when you take a return flight departing from most British airports.

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You need to be a UK resident to qualify, and must register here. Subject to the terms and conditions (below), you will then collect:

  • 4,000 bonus Avios on any British Airways-operated long haul service.
  • 500 bonus Avios on any British Airways-operated short haul service plus Iberia and Iberia Express services to Madrid, Tenerife North, Las Palmas and Palma de Mallorca.


Global BA Business Class sale – discounts on Business and First Class

British Airways has just launched a “Luxury World sale” – with First and Business Class flights and holidays heavily discounted.

ba business class sale

You need to book by 9 June 2015, but can generally travel until the middle of 2016 (see terms and conditions for the full range of dates).

Some headline fares from the UK include (all-in Business Class return): (more…)

British Airways Economy/Premium Economy sale

British Airways has launched a sale on Economy and Premium Economy flights, and holidays from the UK to its destinations worldwide.

british airways sale dates 2015

You can use the BA low price finder to find the better priced fares, or browse the discounts on holidays via the holiday finder tool. The sale runs until May 19, 2015.

Headline return prices from London include: (more…)

UK British Airways American Express cards – bonus Avios increased

The bonus Avios that you will earn on the UK British Airways American Express has been boosted to 10,000 Avios on the standard free card, and 26,000 Avios on the Premium Plus card (£150 per year).

british airways american express

To get the fully boosted amounts, you will need to be referred for the card (see below): without a referral, you will earn 1000 Avios less in both cases.

Full summaries of the cards, and details of how to get a referral, are as follows: (more…)

Review: BA Galleries lounge, Heathrow Terminal 5 (Arrivals)

The BA Galleries lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 Arrivals is not your typical airline lounge. Open from 5.00 am to 2.00 pm, and offering a Full English breakfast until 12.30pm, it is essentially designed to set you up for the day ahead, after a long flight.

galleries arrivals lounge heathrow

The lounge is unusually exclusive, being only available to BA First or Club World passengers, or Gold Executive Club Members arriving on a British Airways long-haul flight. Here are my thoughts on it… (more…)

British Airways Business Class to Hong Kong – at £780 return

BA and Avios guru headforpoints is currently reporting that you can secure British Airways Business Class flights from Germany to Hong Kong for a quite superbly priced £780 all-in return.

british airways business class

You need to book by 30 April, and commence your travel (from any BA departure point in Germany) before 5 July 2015. Interestingly, you can even stop over in a number of Asian cities (Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok, Chengdu, Beijing or Kuala Lumpur) should you wish to, at no extra cost.

To benefit from this price, you will need to book through Expedia’s Hong Kong site(more…)

Review: Qantas lounge Hong Kong airport

The flagship lounges in Hong Kong airport are obviously the various Cathay Pacific offerings, so when my BA flight directed me to the Qantas Business Class lounge, I was somewhat curious as to what I’d find.

qantas lounge hong kong

I was, however, instantly impressed. The lounge is spacious, modern and extremely well-stocked with quality food and drink.

With the exception of a spa area (which can often be limited in their appeal, and slightly gimmicky), the Qantas lounge provided everything I could reasonably look for in a business lounge, and did it very well.  (more…)

UK BA flights – free first class upgrade

Until 26 June 2015, UK passengers travelling in British Airways Business Class (fully flexible J class or semi-flexible C, D or R class) can upgrade to First Class, one-way at no extra cost when you book an eligible  class Club World return flight.

ba free first class upgrade

The free upgrade can be on the outbound or return leg of your journey, as you choose. While you need to book by 23:59 GMT on 26 June 2015, outbound travel can take place on or before 30 August 2015.

It’s also worth noting that you can take advantage of this offer as many times as you like during the promotion period.


Double Avios on select flights from London City Airport

British Airways is currently running a double Avios offer on its routes from London City Airport to Edinburgh, Isle of Man and Dublin.

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To benefit, you first need to register here and then book a flight by 27 April 2015, for travel before 31 May 2015. (more…)

Review: A380 from Heathrow to Hong Kong – British Airways Business Class

While it may lack the in-your-face glamour of the Middle Eastern airlines, the conservative Englishman in me has always rather enjoyed flying good old British Airways.


Throw in the fact that it was my first time on a BA A380, and this was a trip that I had long been looking forward to.

While I always try and be as objective as possible in my reviews, I must confess to a slight natural bias towards BA. It’s my home nations’s flag carrier airline, and it runs the frequent flyer scheme that I am both most comfortable with, and rich in – Avios.

However, putting down my cup of Earl Grey for a moment, was it really any good? Here’s what I thought… (more…)



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