No sooner has British Airways confirmed their new weekend services to Europe from Manchester (see here) than BA has announced routes from Birmingham and Bristol this summer.
It is a long time – 10 years for Birmingham – since the BA logo was last seen at a check-in counter at either of these airports.
As with the Manchester service, these flights will use one of the Embraer 190 aircraft which are usually based at London City Airport but which sit idle over the weekend whilst City is closed.
Both airports are gaining the same routes – Ibiza, Malaga, Palma and, a surprise fourth choice, Florence.
All flights operate once a week. The operating dates are 20th May – 30th September 2017 for Ibiza / Palma and 20th May – 28th October for Florence / Malaga.
Here’s the timetable:
Birmingham – Florence
- Outbound 19.20 – 22.40 Saturday
- Inbound 17.10 – 18.35 Saturday
Birmingham – Ibiza
- Outbound 22.10 – 01.45 + 1 Saturday
- Inbound 19.50 – 21.25 Saturday
Birmingham – Malaga
- Outbound 23.05 – 02.55 + 1 Saturday
- Inbound 20.25 – 22.20 Saturday
Birmingham – Palma
- Outbound 23.00 – 02.30 + 1 Saturday
- Inbound 20.40 – 22.15 Saturday
Bristol – Florence
- Outbound 13.10 – 16.25 Saturday
- Inbound 11.05 – 12.25 Saturday
Bristol – Ibiza
- Outbound 15.25 – 18.50 Saturday
- Inbound 13.10 – 14.40 Saturday
Bristol – Malaga
- Outbound 16.00 – 19.40 Saturday
- Inbound 13.30 – 15.15 Saturday
Bristol – Palma
- Outbound 16.30 – 19.55 Saturday
- Inbound 14.15 – 15.45 Saturday
These times don’t match up between inbound and outbound flights because the aircraft are switching between Birmingham and Bristol rotations. The flight which lands in Palma from Bristol at 19.55, for example, returns at 20.40 but heads to Birmingham.
These will be two class flights so Club Europe is an option. That said, the Embraer aircraft used are 2 x 2 seating throughout so the only difference will be lounge access and a free meal.
The flights are available for booking at ba.com. As a minimum, you will have 2 x Club Europe and 4 x Eurotraveller seats available for Avios redemption.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.
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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.