If your holiday plans for 2016 are not yet firm, British Airways has thrown you a curve ball with the potential to use your Avios points to head down to ….. Lima! A trip to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu might be on the cards.
From May 4th, you will be able to fly from Gatwick to Peru. This will be the only direct service available between the two countries.
Operated by a three class Boeing 777 (so no First Class option), the service will operate three times a week – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – in Summer and twice a week in Winter.
Cash tickets are already available on ba.com although they had not loaded Avios availability when I checked yesterday.
As is usual with new routes, you can expect very good redemption availability whilst the route beds down.
Iberia also flies to Lima and, of course, Iberia Avios redemptions in Business – when booked on iberia.com – usually save you around £300-£400 per person in tax. If you are not using an American Express 2-4-1 voucher, you may still prefer to book from Madrid. To avoid UK long haul Air Passenger Duty, you would need to buy or redeem a separate ticket to Spain.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)