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Excellent SriLankan business deals from Paris to Asia – earn Avios and BA tier points

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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 SriLankan website is here.

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:

SriLankan business class

…. 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

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (46)

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  • Jas Gill says:

    Completely Off-topic

    Just received an offer of 12000 avois with a years’ subscription to the Econimist.

  • Tilly71 says:

    Slight OT – when booking a redemption flight say 355 days from the booking date, does your passport have to be still in date on the date of the flight or just valid still on the date of booking.
    My passport expires in 8 months time but looking to redeem flights 355 days out.

    • harry says:

      No need to give passport details T-355

    • Alan says:

      Just need to be valid when you fly – also remember some countries require 3 mo remaining validity when you enter, some need 6 mo. Remember up to 9 mo of unexpired time remaining on your existing passport will be added to the new one so if you don’t have any upcoming travel you might be worth doing this sooner rather than later.

  • TheCat-DogGirl says:

    My boyfriend and I flew SriLankan Airlines back from Bangkok, via Colombo, in early January, and barring a couple of odd service quirks, thought their business class was excellent. A couple of things to be aware of – our airmiles still have not posted to the Executive Club, and when I submitted a claim, I was told they’d already been allocated. Probably not a feature of the SriLankan/EC interface (and having seen one of the comments above, maybe I just need to be patient) but I hope it doesn’t turn into a saga .. Secondly, the e-ticket T&Cs say that you need to present the credit card used for payment, upon check in. I’ve often seen this on e-tickets, but this time they actually mean it! I didn’t have the card, as I had, like a good HfP reader, used a gold amex charge card to pay for the tickets and had subsequently cancelled it before the second year charge kicked in. I still don’t know why they needed the credit card, but it took three members of staff 20 minutes to sort it out in Bangkok airport – although sort it out they did; a credit to their good service.

  • Julie K says:

    A bit off topic but looking to book business class flights for cash from lhr or DUB to Honolulu. Am I better booking as soon as they go on sale for 2017 or waiting until next Jan and hoping for a sale? TIA for any advice

    • Rob says:

      This should, given recent history, be bookable for £1,000ish return ex Dublin or ex Europe somewhere else in the right sale.

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