British Airways launched its Autumn sale a few days ago and although at the time I only focused on the excellent long-haul First Class and Business Class fares that are available, it would be remiss of me not to point out the fantastic short-haul Business Class fares that are available and that will earn an Executive Club member an incredible 160 Tier Points in just one trip.
British Airways has launched its first Avios sale for a while and, as it has done in the past, it's offering bonuses of 50% on Avios purchases made through 30 September 2020. This represents the best bonus we generally see British Airways offer (even during a pandemic!), if you need to top up an Avios account this is may be a sale to consider.
British Airways has partnered with the Lounge Pass program to allow customers to earn Avios when they purchase lounge access through a dedicated page. British Airways doesn't sell access to its own lounges but if you're considering purchasing access to a third party lounge, earning some Avios from your booking could be a good way to offset some of the cost.
British Airways is in the process of emailing out a new promotion to Executive Club members in which it's offering double the usual number of Avios on flights and vacations booked by 31 August 2020. Registration is required.
A number of people have emailed me to say that their British Airways status hasn't been extended despite hearing about other flyers seeing their status extensions post. This seemed odd as I know for a fact that most statuses have now been extended and, following a little bit of investigation, it was revealed that for once the fault doesn't actually lie with British Airways - a lot of people have been looking for their status extension in the wrong place!
Back in April, I said that the argument that airlines shouldn't extend elite statuses because it will encourage flyers to defect to other airlines is nonsensical because people look to earn status to enjoy the joys of that status. Generally speaking, they don't earn status only to then fly with airlines with which they have no standing. I also said that if British Airways extended my status I wouldn't be seeing what other airlines I can fly. Well, it turns out that this isn't entirely true.
At the beginning of last month, I highlighted a pretty amazing Tier Point run that was available for travel between London and the West Coast and, at the time, I said that I was tempted to make a booking for 2021. Well, a few weeks passed by, the fares for the trip didn't disappear (this trip is still bookable), and the temptation to jump on such a fantastic deal grew to such an extent that I couldn't hold out any more - the deal was too good to miss so I had to book.
The headline says it all. British Airways has finally followed most other global airlines in announcing that it is extending elite status for its frequent flyers by a period of 12 months.
British Airways has been running a pretty fantastic Avios sale for anyone who holds a British Airways co-branded credit card as it has been offering the biggest bonus we have ever seen the airline offer on the sale of its currency. This promotion ends on Monday 18 May so if you have been considering buying Avios to reduce the cost of an upcoming trip, you don’t have much time left to lock-in these savings.
British Airways is far from a perfect airline but it's still one of the airlines with a loyalty program that allows travelers to earn valuable elite status relatively cheaply if they're prepared to take circuitous routings on some of their trips. In this post I'll show you how you can earn British Airways Silver status for £1,200/$1,500 and how you can earn over half the points needed for British Airways Gold status for only marginally more. In both cases only one trip is needed.