British Airways dropped a surprise last week when it announced a new route to Austin, Texas. This is certainly not one that was on the radar for new routes.
More surprisingly, the route will be launched with a brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner (assuming it isn’t having some further emergency engineering work done!)
Starting in March 2014, the route will run five days per week, stepping up to a full seven day service in May.
I have never been to Texas and can make no comment on whether it is a good place to burn your Avios! (Dear BA, if you’d like to invite me on your press launch flight for this one, I will come! I’m less bothered about Chengdu …. although I could be tempted ….) However, at the time of writing I was struggling find Avios seats so they may not have been loaded yet.
At the same time, BA also announced, from the end of March 2014:
Seoul – increases from five per week to seven per week
Ghana – increases to ten per week from the Winter 2013 timetable and gains a 747 (replacing a 767) from March 2014
Tel Aviv – Boeing 777 introduced to the route, and a terminal switch from T1 to T5 at Heathrow
Jeddah – Boeing 777 introduced to the route, bringing First Class for the first time
Seattle – increases from 10 to 11 flights per week
Entebbe – increases from three to four flights per week
Lusaka – flights suspended from October 27th
Some odd Moscow changes were also announced. This is now starting to look like a confusing mess:
One flight will be a four class Boeing 747
One flight will be a short-haul A321 plane, albeit fitted out Club World seats up-front
One flight will be a three class Boeing 767, except for one day a week when it will be another A321!
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2023)
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:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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 10,500 Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
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.