Farewell: British Airways Announces Immediate Retirement Of It’s Entire 747 Jumbo Fleet


Today, the same day as Qantas has their last 747 farewell flight yet another airline – British Airways – has announced it’s decision to retire all of their jumbo jets effective immediately.

The “Queen of the Skies” will have it’s final hurray for British Airways but the airline is yet to announce if there will be a farewell flight for the 747 like the other airlines did.

British Airways Art Collection Sale Begins!


British Airways, the once-glamorous “world’s favorite airline,” has begun auctioning off its art collection of more than 1,500 pieces that have been hanging at various airport lounges and corporate offices worldwide.

The first piece gone for sale is Bridget Riley’s Cool Edge that is sold by Sotheby’s in London. The auction estimate is 800,000 – 1,200,000 + fees.

Airfare of the Day [Club Europe] BRITISH AIRWAYS London to Milan from £151

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to British Airways and their basic season business class excursion non-refundable round trip fares between London (LGW), United Kingdom and Milan (BGY), Italy.

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American Airlines Will Move Into London-Heathrow’s Terminal 5 Tomorrow July 7, 2020

If you’ve ever transferred flights between American Airlines and BA at London Heathrow Airport it might have annoyed you that you had to change terminals to/from Terminal 3 in order to catch your connection – this will now change effective tomorrow July 7, 2020 as the carrier moves into British Airways’ Terminal 5.

Terminal 3 where American operates for as long as I can think back is sort of a collection all all different airlines including most oneworld carriers such as Cathay Pacific that also operate their own lounges there (T3 airlines have temporarily moved to T2 in late April as part of a consolidation effort due to Covid-19).

British Airways Reopens First Class Lounge With Concorde Terrace & Arrivals Lounge On July 4, 2020

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British Airways has been slowly ramping up its operations at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 where it has consolidated all flights from terminal 3, Gatwick and London City.

The airline will reopen its First Class lounge (in reality Emerald lounge) with a new Concorde Terrace for First Class and CCR passengers, and an arrivals lounge. The Club (business) and Concorde Room (first) lounges stay closed.

British Airways Tier Extensions Have Posted


British Airways took its time and announced 12-months long tier (status) extensions to Executive Club members the other week (read more here).

The status extensions have just posted, and my Gold Guest List expiry per app is April 2022. There is no change in the tier collection years, however.

British Airways Extends Executive Club Tiers By 12 Months


British Airways has been a bit slow at its response to the Covid-19 pandemic when it comes to blanket Executive Club tier extensions (most airlines already have).

The airline has today decided to extend everyone by 12 months, whose tier collection year ends between July 2020 and June 2021. BA has also decreased the number of Tier Points required for renewals and upgrades in the following qualification period by 25%.

British Airways Is Auctioning Off Their Art Collection In Effort To Raise Cash


British Airways has reportedly sought out a reputable auction house to sell off some of the airlines prized artworks which have been exhibited in various public areas over the past decades.

Apparently the carrier has quite a few pieces of valuable artworks of British artists in their possession that gained significantly in value over the years (not uncommon for the art market).

British Airways Threatens To Lay Off All 4,300 Pilots If Union Won’t Agree To Concessions

British Airways is in another round of battles with pilots, demanding additional concessions from the pilot union to be able to cut a further 125 jobs or they will fire all pilots at once and re-hire at individual contracts.

The carrier is already seeking to reduce their pilot workforce by 1,130 positions and these 125 further cuts BA demands would be in addition to this number.

British Airways Finnair R-Class Earning Update

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Finnair made some fare changes a couple of months ago that involved moving R-fare class from the discount economy, which hardly earns anything on partners, to discount business.

These changes are often problematic to those who credit these flights to Oneworld programs (remember QR R-fares?) as they are usually very slow at updating earnings charts.

British Airways Forces U.S. / Canadian Members Into Arbitration Agreement & Class Action Waiver


British Airways has just sent out an email to their U.S. and Canada based customers informing them that effective today they are subject to an arbitration agreement and class action waiver.

According to BA’s email to customers will be asked to accept these changes the next time they book with the carrier on their main website (ba.com).

LATAM Awards Using Delta SkyMiles Or British Airways Avios?

LATAM Pass and Delta SkyMiles members can now book each other’s awards online, and LATAM flights, for now, continue to be available using Oneworld frequent flier programs excluding AA’s.

I decided to execute a few searches for LATAM routes that I tend to flow both using Delta SkyMiles and British Airways Avios to see if there are availability differences.

British Airways Executive Club Tier Points LATAM Earning Change May 1, 2020


LATAM (was formed when Chilean LAN and Brazilian TAM merged) exited Oneworld Alliance on an expedited schedule on May 1, 2020 (read more here) due to Delta buying a stake in 2019 (read more here).

LATAM’s goal was to continue frequent flier partnership (earning and burning miles + elite benefits) with all other Oneworld members than AA (Delta’s competitor) after leaving the alliance. I was already questioning back then if this would even be possible?

LAST CALL: British Airways Buy Avios 50% To 75% Bonus Through May 18, 2020

British Airways launched the other week an Avios sale for Executive Club members at a 50% or 75%  bonus that ends tomorrow (May 18, 2020).

Executive Club has capped the number of Avios that one can purchase any calendar year before any bonuses at 100,000, but the limit has been lifted during this sale to 200,000 (max 350K with bonus).

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