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Bookable now with Avios – new BA winter sun routes from Heathrow and Gatwick

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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 yesterday.

British Airways Nuremburg service


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

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 points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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.)

Comments (9)

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  • Lou says:

    We’ve booked a break to Tenerife a while back in Dec with BAs flights & hotel. What are the chances of being able to swap the return leg to LHR rather than to LGW?

    • Stu N says:

      Close to zero, I’d expect. The change fees are pretty much prohibitive and unless your flights are re-timed before you fly by more than a few hours then you’re probably out of luck.

      If you cancel before you pay the balance (6 weeks before travel IIRC) you only loose your deposit – may be worthwhile checking the total cost of cancelling and rebooking the trip before you decide what to do.

  • AndyF says:

    American Express Platinum.

    As a side note, I canceled my Amex Plat on Monday for a refund I had the card just over 71 days. Using it for lounge access etc On canceling the card and looking at the fee refund due to me they had miscalculated the fee by 4 days. I know this does not seem a lot in the grand scheme of things, it was £4.93 but it’s something which they should have been done correctly very easily. They, however, didn’t see their mistake when I pointed it out to them, they had to check it twice before they agreed it was wrong.

    A very small niggle but other people may have the same.

  • Linda says:

    Does anyone know why the Avios Map tool has disappeared from the BA Website again? It wasn’t available for a number of months last year too. I know I can use the Avios site but more convenient to access via BA especially if you’re flexible with travel dates & destinations. It’s time consuming using ‘Reward Flight Finder’ only 3 destinations & specific travel dates 🙁 …..a subtle ploy to make it difficult to redeem?

  • Alastair Majury says:

    Thanks for highlighting these new winter sun routes.

  • Tim Millea says:

    Malaga, Paphos, Tenerife yes – they are all great winter sun destinations. In fact, the Andalucian pueblo of Torrox, 40 mins East of Malaga holds the record for the most sunshine of anywhere in Europe. Tenerife is warm rather than sunny but a good escape from the UK winter. Palma no – Majorca is cold, wet and generally closed in the winter. I can’t see the latter lasting as a BA winter route.

    The obvious winter destination missing is Antalya. It is many years since BA operated that route. In the intervening years five-star hotel capacity in Antalya province has increased five-fold and it has the same winter climate as nearby Cyprus.

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