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British Airways adds new Cape Town services – plus Krakow, Reykjavik

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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 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

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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

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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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes 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

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (10)

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  • Andy says:

    thanks for this. booked Club World for me and girlfriend using Amex Avios voucher in January 2017. so happy I managed to find 2 seats for both of us!!!!

  • Jon Bird says:


  • Anon says:

    More like OTT!!! :-p

  • Fc says:

    Here’s a little fact- BA044 & BA045 were flight numbers used for the route to Dhaka, bangladesh from heathrow which used to use a 747!

  • harry says:

    Krakow is a gem, much better than Warsaw. We were once treated like royalty in Warsaw by our business partners, taken out for dinner in the city’s finest restaurant. Pièce de résistance was carp – which tasted, as you might imagine – of mud with too many bones in. Resist temptation and leave it for the Poles.

    • Frenske says:

      I thought Carp was only for Christmas. Needless to say my Polish wife is reluctant to go to Poland with Christmas. Strange that chauvinistic traditions alter the taste buds. It taste like mud but hey ho it is Polish.

      • John says:

        I had carp in Ealing for Christmas. No need to go to Poland. (My neighbours and London friends are mostly Polish)

  • Mark E says:

    Prince only died two weeks ago and people are already getting his song titles wrong

  • reds says:

    Love it! Definitely time for a HFP members get together session.

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