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British Airways launches new route to Malta in March – Avios seats already available

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One of the little-known secrets about avios.com (as opposed to British Airways Executive Club) is that it allows you to redeem your Avios points for Air Malta.  I wrote about this here.

However, getting to Malta will soon be even easier.  British Airways has announced the launch of flights to Malta from Gatwick, starting at the end of March.

Valletta Malta

The service will run seven days per week.  From Gatwick:

Mon / Tue / Wed – leaving 09.35, arriving 13.45

Thu / Sun – leaving 16.45, arriving 20.55

Friday – leaving 16.00, arriving 20.10

Saturday – leaving 08.00, arriving 12.10

On the return:

Mon / Tue / Wed – leaving 14.30, arriving 16.45

Thu / Sun – leaving 21.40, arriving 23.55

Friday – leaving 20.45, arriving 23.00

Saturday – leaving 12.50, arriving 15.05

Tickets are already for sale at ba.com.

An Avios redemption will cost you 20,000 Avios points + £35 tax return in Economy and 40,000 Avios + £50 in Club Europe / Business.  However, it is worth noting that cash fares are looking very reasonable at the moment so you should do a comparison before deciding to use your Avios.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

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BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (8)

  • Mark says:

    Some great firework festivals in Malta

  • GUWonder says:

    When did the BA/British Med service from LGW to Malta get cancelled?

    Nice to have BA back on this route, even as using my AA miles on it is no longer as good a value as it used to be.

    • David says:

      I don’t think BMed – who were a BA franchise (and bought by BMI) – operated to Malta?

      GB Airways, who were another BA franchise (bought by easyJet) certainly operated flights to Malta. It was their being bought by easyJet, that brought easyJet to operate flights to Malta.

      Following the loss of GB franchise flights, BA operated flights themselves until 2009.

      (E&OE)

      • MaltapointsTom says:

        That was my understanding – the BA operation was operated by GB Airways, so when EZY bought GB (around 5 years ago), the “BA” flights became Easyjet.

  • erico1875 says:

    Not so happy with this. Its probably replaced Tunis.

  • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    Delighted! (as a Maltese reader)
    I’ve now achieved status on Air Malta, the world’s dodgiest frequent flier scheme. Going back to BA is going to be so much better. The times work too. Previously it was very difficult to arrange a weekend in Malta as they had early flights from the UK to Malta on Fridays and early from Malta to Gatport Airwick on Sundays.

    I agree with the price warning. My parents had just taken up KM’s 25% off offer for booking their next trip in May. BA’s standard tickets are coming in a third lower than that. It may well be worth treating these as revenue flights.

  • aeroflott says:

    Any views on Malta in April? Weather, etc? Also, when is the best day to arrive for villa bookings? Is it Tuesday?

  • MaltapointsTom says:

    Aeroflott –

    Malta is pleasant in April but certainly not too hot. The main issue is that the sea is still pretty cold from the winter, so not much beach action. Ideally, if you come off-season, you should come just after (not before) the summer, when the sea’s still warm.

    Re villa bookings, not a clue! But in April you’re off season so will definitely get a good rate (and bargain hard – there’s a lot of empty properties over here).

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