16 MARCH 2020
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Plastic cards issued automatically for Gold, Silver and Bronze members of British Airways Executive Club are to be dropped by the airline. Paper ‘Golden Tickets’ for handing to staff who give exceptional service are also ending.
The Head for Points frequent-flyer website said Gold members will still be able to issue digital ‘Golden Tickets’ via a forthcoming feature on the BA website, reportedly with the added advantage of allowing those handing them out to nominate multiple people.
HfP said the airline would continue to issue membership packs and physical Golden Tickets to Gold Guest List members, Premier card holders, Gold for Life and Gold Guest List for Life members.
Those who do still want to receive a Bronze, Gold or Silver plastic card and associated luggage tags can order via their Executive Club accounts.
The move follows BA announcing a new target to remove more than 700 tonnes of single-use plastic on board its flights in 2020 (BTN 2 March). The figure amounts to more than a quarter of a billion individual items, or 30,000 suitcases full.
The airline has already rolled out initiatives to remove 25m pieces of single-use plastic on board each year, equivalent to 90 tonnes. The new target means an increase of more than 700%.
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