If you had ever wanted to use your Avios points to visit Cape Town, Christmas came early back in March when British Airways launched its new route from Gatwick.
Two Club World seats were available on every flight on launch day, and many HfP readers were able to snap them up.
Yesterday, BA added 11 new Cape Town flights from Heathrow. These will run on selected days in the first week of January and throughout February. The flight numbers will be BA44 / BA45 and the service will run with Boeing 747.
If you fancied a February Cape Town trip it is worth having a look at ba.com to see if the ‘day 1’ Avios space has yet to be snapped up.
British Airways has also added additional services to Krakow and Reykjavik starting on 31st October. This comprises:
Additional 4 per week flights to Reykjavik on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Additional 4 per week flights to Krakow on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
These may be worth locking in for a weekend break towards the end of the year.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 10,000 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.
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