Today is 31 March, and that means that after a slightly longer process than was first anticipated, today is the day that will finally see Alaska Airlines join the oneworld alliance as a full member. We've already seen Alaska Airlines make changes to its award chart as it prepared to join the alliance, and now British Airways has updated its systems to reflect Alaska Airlines' new status as a member of the oneworld alliance.
British Airways has launched a new Avios sale in which it's offering its top bonus (50%) on all Avios purchased made through 11 April. Considering the uncertainty that's still surrounding travel in 2021 and considering the flexibility of Avios bookings, this may be a useful sale to use to top up an account.
In a move that's very true-to-form, British Airways has quietly and without any notice to Executive Club members, increased the cost of some of its short-haul awards. The increases are already in effect (so there's no way to avoid them) and they affect most of the routes that British Airways operates within Europe.
Yesterday, British Airways announced that it would be extending the elite status of a significant number of its Executive Club members and as these status extensions have now posted and as they caused some confusion the last time they were offered, I thought I'd resurrect a post showing exactly how to check if your status has been extended.
In a move that goes further than I ever thought the airline would go, British Airways has announced that a significant proportion of its Executive Club members will be given a further one-year extension to their elite status to see them into 2022 and in some cases, through to the end of 2022.
Towards the beginning of January, Virgin Atlantic launched a promotion with a view to persuading BA's Executive Club elites to test the water on the other side of the fence. Since then, the airline has been offering status matches to anyone with British Airways Executive Cub status and it has even improved its original offer. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and there are under 5 days left to make the most of this promotion.
I haven't searched for Business Class fares between continental Europe and the United States for months, so when I finally allowed myself to dream of traveling for fun later on this year and I started to check fares, I was amazed to discover that a fantastic Business Class deal that I first saw in May last year is bookable in the final months of 2021.
Avios are often a much-maligned currency due to the high surcharges that are usually added to most long-haul awards by British Airways. Using Avios to upgrade a cash fare, however, can be an excellent way to get great value out of the currency so I've put together a brief post showing just how easy it is to upgrade a British Airways booking using Avios.
My chosen airline loyalty program, the British Airways Executive Club, has extended elite statuses by a year and cut the targets for elite status in 2021 but it still looks like I may have to accept that I'll have to give up my top-tier status when it runs out at the end of the year.
Are you a British Airways Gold or Gold Guest List elite member? If you are, you may have been targeted by British Airways for a reasonably easy opportunity to earn a Gold upgrade for up to two passengers.