As preparations continue for the first proper commercial flights of BA’s first A380, the airline has announced the third route to utilise the plane – Johannesburg.
The airliner is currently timetabled to fly the route from 12th February 2014, although it is reported that BA will bring the date forward if it can. Initially, three flights a week will use an A380, increasing to six a week from March 2014.
This will hopefully free up some Avios award availability to the region, which has become very tight since South African Airways dropped London to Cape Town.
Europe to South Africa has always been troublesome for airlines, because it typically requires the aircraft to spend 10-12 hours on the ground before returning due to take off and landing restrictions.
As I wrote recently, the first scheduled route for the A380 is Los Angeles from 24th September, followed by Hong Kong from 22nd October. It has also been announced that Los Angeles will increase to 2 x A380 rotations per day from the new year.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.