British Airways extends elite status by 12 months, and more news from this week

Jun 13, 2020

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG U.K. this week. Here’s what you need to know:

British Airways extends Executive Club elite status by 12 months and reduces thresholds for all

In the biggest loyalty news to come from British Airways since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the carrier announced several pieces of good news for its most frequent flyers. Check out all the details and what it means for you.

BA enhances temporary in-flight catering, brings back free snacks in short-haul economy

On the same day, BA also announced some improvements to its temporary meal service for both long-haul and European short-haul flights.

Emirates boss says first A380 with premium economy is ready and ‘waiting to go’

The Dubai-based carrier has long been throwing around the idea of premium economy. The product is closer than we may think — in fact, the first aircraft with it installed is ready to take to the skies.

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

British Airways quietly removes some hotel benefits for Executive Club Gold members

BA quietly removed some hotel benefits for its elite members — including status with Langham.

Airlines threaten legal action as UK pushes forward with mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival

On Monday, the U.K.’s controversial 14-day quarantine policy for all arriving international passengers took effect. However, that’s not stopping some airlines — like Ryanair — from operating flights between the U.K. and Europe.

Casualty of 2020: These loyalty programmes likely face major devaluations

We take a look at the loyalty programmes that are ripe for a devaluation.

Believe it or not, cruising is back — and it’s weirder than we expected

While it may seem like a far off idea, cruising is, indeed, back. Here’s what it’s like.

My post-coronavirus British Airways Companion Voucher strategy

TPG U.K.’s Ben Smithson discusses how he’s considering using his valuable Britsh Airways Companion Voucher in a post-coronavirus world.

An experience not to be repeated: Review of Royal Air Maroc in economy on the 787-8 from Casablanca to Washington

Finally, bad service reveals how a flight experience can be ruined.

Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.

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