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British Airways launches Riga with airBaltic and Hamburg with SUN-AIR

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British Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement, this time with airBaltic.

It only covers one route, from London Gatwick to Riga in Latvia.  I had a good trip to Riga a few years ago, and it is worth a visit if you have exhausted the usual Eastern European bucket list.

Tickets are now on sale at ba.com for travel from September 23rd.

Air Baltic

Whilst you will be able to earn Avios and tier points flying on this route – if booked under the BA flight code – it seems unlikely that redemptions will be available.

(Even if Avios redemptions were available, you would not be able to use Reward Flight Saver so you would be liable for the full tax of £70 – £90 per person.)

As always with codeshare flights, you should double-check the price on the airBaltic website before booking.  You would lose your Avios but the price may be lower over there, depending on how successful each airline has been in selling their respective ticket allocation.

SUN-AIR to launch Hamburg flights

In a separate bit of route news, BA franchisee SUN-AIR of Scandinavia is launching a Hamburg service from London City Airport.

Unlike the official British Airways services from City, this will use a small Dornier 328 turboprop aircraft.  Running only from Monday to Friday, there will a morning and evening flight in both directions.

The first flights will depart on 27th October.  This service is available for Avios redemptions and it is available as a Reward Flight Saver.  It looks as if two seats per flight have been allocated for redemptions

SUN-AIR also runs London City to Billund (for Legoland), Manchester to Billund and Manchester to Gothenburg, all as franchised BA services.  These are bookable at ba.com just like standard BA flights.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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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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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We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

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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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Comments (6)

  • Alvin says:

    Also take into account buying the BA fare may include a different baggage allowance than buying through airbaltic.

  • littlefish says:

    airbaltic.com is a notoriously un-transparent site. Hate booking there. But even so, taking one 20kg bag each way comes in at c.£176 using the airbaltic fares compared to around £270 through BA.
    BA would need to be closer to £200 for me to book their codeshare.

    • Will says:

      Nice little £94 per ticket there for BA doing sweet FA. They’ve really got London seen up nicely. I’m a firm believer, certainly on code shares, that at booking time the company your booking through should be forced to show you other farr’s from other companies operating the route your seeking to book.

      An example of BA exploiting its market position and the laziness of its customer base to make extortionate profits.

      I know that’s just business, and that ultimately the customer should wise up but it’s such a rediculous allocation of resources when they sell one of these overpriced tickets.

      • N1AK says:

        A lot of business is companies exploiting laziness (and BA’s profits are hardly extortionate?). I’m not against more transparency, but it always seems odd to require companies to market against themselves. Perhaps we’ll have petrol stations telling people pulling in that the Asda on the other side of town in cheaper, Tescos forced to put the prices of other supermarkets on the shelf labels and Amazon forced to show Play prices as well on product pages 😉

  • Rich. says:

    Sun-air flights very good and worth supporting.
    All economy but catering is to CE standard (cold meal) and CE china ware.
    Sun air rarely sell cheap tickets, the focus is firmly business passengers.

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