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British Airways launches Costa Rica flights from May 2016

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British Airways announced yesterday that it will launch flights to Costa Rica (San Jose) in May 2016.

The service will operate from Gatwick.  It will start out at two flights per week, on Wednesday and Saturday, before increasing to three flights per week for Winter 2016.

It will be operated by a Boeing 777 in a three-class configuration, which means that there will be no First Class cabin.

Costa Rica

Cash tickets are already available for sale at although Avios seats have not yet been loaded.  When they are, you should see excellent availability – as is usual with new routes – so it may be worth thinking about a trip for next year.

If you do not have a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher to spend, you should also look at the existing Iberia service from Madrid.  Tax on Business Class redemptions out of Madrid is over £300 lower than on BA flights from London, which easily covers the cost of a connecting flight.  The connection must be on a separate ticket to avoid paying long-haul UK Air Passenger Duty.

It is impossible to say if you will need more or fewer Avios for the Iberia service.  You will need to compare the table of peak and off-peak dates for both BA and Iberia – which, of course, do not match.  On some days BA is peak and Iberia is off-peak, whilst on other days it is the other way round.  Or both might be peak.  Or both might be off-peak.  What a great system …..

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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:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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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.

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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 10,000 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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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 (9)

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  • Phillip says:

    Surprised they haven’t tagged Liberia on there as a triangulated route to cater for explorers and beachgoers alike!

    • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

      I thought you were making a comment about the slave trade until I realised that there is a Liberia in Costa Rica.

  • idrive says:

    Goodnews, this is a destination I am looking at! let’s see when Avios availability shows up…i got 2 241 to spend..

  • e14 says:

    Only taken four years …. am not surprised though about the SJO vs. LIR – given the timings I assume they will use AA staff as the IB staff will be handling their daily departure to MAD at around the same time

  • Danksy says:

    I think there maybe a scramble for flights when the rewards window is open!

  • What's the Point says:

    Was looking at Costa Rica last year with IB. This route gives me a great option with the 241 when the release availability.

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