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.
Cash tickets are already available for sale at ba.com 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 …..
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
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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