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Here’s how British Airways is helping to reduce carbon emissions in 2023

Plus, First and Club World enjoy new ‘destination’ beverages, two more partner airlines accept Companion Vouchers and Avios payments land at High Life Shop


High Life Shop items now purchasable with Avios

The Avios you collect as an Executive Club Member have just become even more useful thanks to highlifeshop.com, which is now accepting them as payment on its expansive array of products. Everything from skincare sets and designer perfumes to that bottle of something special can be purchased on the site with Avios and delivered on board to your seat (on both domestic and international flights) or, for select items, to your home. The Avios cost of each item is displayed next to the monetary value on highlifeshop.com, so it’s easy to see how many Avios are needed for each souvenir, gift or treat for you. And don’t forget that food and drink can also be ordered with Avios via the Speedbird Café, so plan ahead and pre-purchase your in-flight refreshments before you fly for delivery to your seat. Take advantage of High Life Shop’s Winter Sale, too, which offers up to 50 per cent off various products until 31 January 2023.

First and Club World passengers get a new in-seat treat with Master of Wine

British Airways’ on-board beverage options are getting an upgrade in 2023 with the launch of the Destinations programme, which sees one red wine and one white wine offered in First and Club World cabins (long haul only) sourced from a destination British Airways flies to. Offering both well-known wines and some more surprising tipples, the series kicks off with a selection from the stunning winelands around Cape Town, picked by British Airways’ Master of Wine Tim Jackson (pictured). Customers in First will be able to sample Radford Dale’s Renaissance Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch and the world-class Mullineux Syrah, Swartland, while Club World travellers can savour Leeuwenkuil’s Chenin Blanc, Swartland and Glenelly’s Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch. These ‘destination’ wines aim to inspire flyers to visit the beautiful vineyards and wineries at each of these places. Selections change every quarter, so travellers will be able to enjoy tastes from across the world from the comfort of their seat.

Customers given more ways to offset their carbon emissions with carbon removal credits 

In its ongoing efforts to become more sustainable, BA is expanding its Better World campaign by bringing customers a new way to offset their carbon emissions: through an online platform called CO2llaborate. Here, travellers can purchase carbon removal credits that go specifically towards projects that extract carbon from the atmosphere (as opposed to carbon offset projects, which avoid or reduce carbon). Via a few simple steps on the CO2llaborate website, carbon-conscious travellers can view and calculate their flight emissions, then purchase the carbon removal credits to match. The website is accessible at any time, including during flights.

Executive Club members can redeem Companion Vouchers on Iberia and Aer Lingus flights 

Good news for Executive Club and British Airways American Express® Cardmembers: if you’ve scooped a Companion Voucher since 2021, you can now redeem it with IAG partners Iberia and Aer Lingus, meaning more destinations, seat options and routes are available to you and a loved one. Companion vouchers enable Cardmembers to book an extra seat for free (excluding taxes, fees and charges) on the same flight and in the same cabin when booking an Avios Reward flight. They’re redeemable in either economy or all cabins depending on the type of British Airways American Express Card in use. What’s more, if you fancy going it alone, Companion Vouchers can now be used for solo flyers, offering Avios Reward Flights for just 50 per cent of the usual Avios cost.


Sustainable aviation fuel gets a boost in production

Frequent flyers will likely know about British Airways’ carbon offset options, which include one that contributes towards the development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which plays a crucial part in making the aviation industry greener. Now, the three companies behind Project Speedbird – British Airways, LanzaJet and Nova Pangaea Technologies – have signed an agreement to speed up the development of cost-effective SAF for commercial use in the UK, turning sustainably sourced agricultural and wood waste into 102 million litres of the fuel each year, and reducing CO2 emissions by 230,000 tonnes per annum. That’s the equivalent of around 26,000 domestic BA flights.