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SriLankan Airlines to join oneworld alliance in early 2014 – more Avios redemption options

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SriLankan Airlines has confirmed that it will officially join the oneworld airline alliance, alongside British Airways, in ‘early’ 2014.

SriLankan is not a large airline, operating just 21 aircraft to 22 countries from Colombo (below). Routes do, however, include Heathrow, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo, so it will open up opportunities for getting around Asia.

Importantly, Colombo is also a key stopping off point for The Maldives, with Colombo being just an hour or so from Male. This opens up yet another potential redemption routing from London, and adds to the new Qatar Airways option that opened up when they joined oneworld.

British Airways resumed its own flights to Colombo this year after a number of years, tagging it onto the end of three existing flights to The Maldives each week.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

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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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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.

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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.

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American Express Business Gold

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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.

Comments (9)

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  • James67 says:

    Flew them for first time this year in their new J class. Was pleasantly surptized by whole experience. Nice seat, nice plane, lovely friendly personable staff and good food if you opted for their local cuisine. Alsoexcellent revenue fares which hopefully will not increase as a result of their joining OW. Seat tip – front row on new J class on a330s best avoided. Centre seats had wall mounted screens that were too low, and window pairs had small screens folded into armrest IIRC,,

  • darrenf says:

    Flying to CMB next August. I’ve got a revenue ticket back but would rather redeem on BA or UL. Fingers crossed!

  • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    Wasn’t (Emirates’) Skywards once a joint (or perhaps, separate) scheme with Sri Lankan?

    • James67 says:

      SriLankan were part of Skywards but no longer. I think EK had a stake in them or it was some joint venture but no longer. There a340s are old EK metal and still have EK J seats which are comfy enough for intrasia flights. Not sure where they got the a330s but the new J they fitted is not bad at all. They have a number of new a330s on order. Unless necessary to save cash I’m not sure I would want to do Europe to Asia via Sri Lanka in Y but J was fine.

      • needroos says:

        Emirates actually used to run Sri Lankan airlines. However, when the their appointed CEO refused to give VIP access and bump revenue passengers to accommodate government officials, the SL government yanked his visa! Flown UL twice now. Nowhere in the league of gulf airlines, but a decent level of service.

  • craig says:

    All good news for OneWorld at the moment. TAM joining prettymuch seals South America as LAN was already a OneWorld partner there. Qatar Air joining in the Gulf region and no SriLankan.

    • James67 says:

      Bangkok Airways, although small, would be icing on the cake for me. Nice little boutique airline with some useful routes out of BKK that could cut journey times compared to CX and MH options.

      • Rob says:

        Yes, its a bit odd you earn Avios with them but can’t redeem (see https://headforpoints.com/2013/06/12/british-airways-launches-codeshare-deal-with-bangkok-airways/ )

      • World Traveller says:

        Bangkok Airways are a bit like Alaskan & Hawaiian airlines – they’re not part of an alliance but partner with several airlines.

        Bangkok Airways (PG), whist partnering with BA, also partner with KLM & Air France. Executive Club members are more fortunate than Flying Blue members – Flying Blue can only book & earn points on PG operated sectors when they’re in combination with a connecting AF or KL operated longhaul flight. Executive Club members can access and book the BA codeshares on PG operated sectors without a longhaul connection.

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