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.
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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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.
(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.)