In another ‘I never thought they’d do that, but it might be worth a go’ moment, British Airways has announced a new route to Bergerac in France – from London City.
The service will start on 5th May and operate over the Summer only. It will operate with a mix of Embraer 190, Embraer 170 and Saab 2000 aircraft.
The timings are pretty random:
Monday and Thursday 11.15 – 13.50
Friday 09.30 – 12.15
Sunday 17.10 – 19.45
Monday and Thursday 14.25 – 15.00
Friday 13.00 – 13.45
Sunday 20.25 – 21.00
A fourth weekly service will be added over the peak Summer months.
There is little point in booking Club Europe on this route, given the lack of a lounge at London City and the fact that seating is 2 x 2 across the entire aircraft.
Cash and Avios tickets are already bookable at ba.com. Availability seems to be restricted to two economy and two business class seats per flight. As usual with new routes, Avios availability is excellent. At the time of writing, the August bank holiday weekend was available, for example – albeit I expect a HfP reader to have snaffled that by 7am ….
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
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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 10,500 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.