SriLankan Airlines joined the oneworld alliance in May 2014. From that time it has been possible to earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly with them, and to redeem your Avios for flights to Colombo and beyond.
I haven’t covered the airline much on Head for Points because the route network is limited and it was not aggressively priced.
SriLankan seems to have taken a lesson on pricing from Qatar Airways, however. It is currently selling some very attractive business class fares from Paris:
Paris to Tokyo (via Colombo) – €1,074 return (£811)
Paris to Hong Kong (via Colombo) – €1,035 return (£781)
Paris to Singapore (via Colombo) – €1,035 return (£781)
Paris to Shanghai (via Colombo) – €1,026 return (£775)
Other destinations may also be available. Keep an eye on the connection times as you could be stuck with a long stopover in Colombo.
Flights from London are available for around £300 more and from Frankfurt for around £150 more.
The Paris flights are on new Airbus A330-300 aircraft. This would appear to get you a Virgin / Cathay style herringbone 1-2-1 layout with a fully flat bed, presumably this:
…. which seems more than acceptable. Looks like SriLankan is another one for the ‘better business class than British Airways’ list …..
You need to book before 29th January for travel before 30th June. A five day minimum stay is required.
As I wrote in this article, Opodo has some ‘flight only’ discount codes at the moment which in theory you could use in conjunction with these fares. In my tests yesterday, however, I could not get Opodo to match the fares showing on the SriLankan website.
Note that, for tier point purposes, Singapore only earns 360 points return (140 + 40 + 140 + 40) because the 2nd flight is under 2,000 miles. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai should earn 560 points return (140 x 4).
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:
We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
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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