British Airways has announced a major change to its Winter flying schedule to key holiday destinations in Spain as well as a couple of other launches.
These changes mainly impact Heathrow.
This is an excellent opportunity to book seats on routes where Avios availability on existing services sold out months ago. Even on super-peak weekends over the Winter, you may well find the seats you want as these flights were only added to ba.com yesterday.
British Airways is launching a new Winter service from Heathrow to Tenerife on 21st October. This will operate on Saturdays.
The existing six weekly flights from Gatwick will continue.
Palma, Malaga and Palermo
The existing Summer-only services from Heathrow are becoming ‘year round’ from late October.
There will be four Heathrow flights to Palma per week, four to Malaga and two to Palermo.
The existing Gatwick to Paphos route will now operate all year round. There will be three flights per week from the end of October.
British Airways is launching a special Christmas Market service to Nuremburg in Germany, photo above.
Flights will operate four times per week from Gatwick between 30th November and 7th January.
Other Gatwick changes
New services have been added to the following routes from Gatwick:
Vienna – increases from four to five per week
Tirana – increases from six to seven per week
Marrakech – increases from seven to eight per week
Turin – increases from 13 to 14 per week
Geneva – increases from 20 to 21 per week
These services are all bookable now on ba.com.
The standard six Avios seats (two in Club Europe, four in Euro Traveller) will be available on each additional flight, and often far more. It is a good opportunity to grab seats to, say, Marrakech where standard availability is often taken many months in advance.
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.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)