BA lowering Tier Point requirements for some members, and more news from this week

Mar 28, 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:

Good news: British Airways lowering Tier Point requirements and extending vouchers for some members

For members with status renewal dates in April, May and June, BA is reducing the number of Tier Points needed to requalify by 30%. In addition, unredeemed Gold Upgrade Vouchers will have their expiry date extended by six months.

British Airways extending expiration date of Companion Vouchers by 6 months

Earlier in the week, we also found out the BA was extending the expiration date of its Companion Vouchers by six months.

Rebooking, voucher or refund? What’s your best option for upcoming British Airways flights?

So you have an upcoming flight with British Airways. You have three options if you don’t want to take the flight: rebook, get a voucher or a refund. Which one makes most sense for you?

Where is Virgin Atlantic parking its planes during the coronavirus outbreak?

The coronavirus crisis has forced many airlines to park large parts of their fleets. Here’s a look at where Virgin is parking its aircraft.

In pictures: Grounded aircraft around the world

And for other airlines around the world, here’s a sad look at what large numbers of parked aircraft look like.

The logistical problems with grounding aircraft and pilots

Making the decision to ground aircraft isn’t easy. Here are some of the logistical problems with doing so.

While other airlines cut capacity, Qatar begins flying A380s to London

In the midst of mass capacity cuts from airlines around the world, Qatar announced this week that it would be increasing the number of seats on flights to Europe. More specifically, it’s placing its superjumbo A380 on its route to London.

I raced back home to the UK during the coronavirus pandemic — here’s what it was like

TPG U.K.’s Ben Smithson was in the middle of a holiday in Central America when he decided to cut the trip short and come home. Here’s what his experience was like racing back to the U.K.

What are the differences between business class and first class?

Before booking that first-class ticket, do your research to see if the experience will be that different from one in business class with the same carrier.

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