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.