News in brief:
£1,060 British Airways Club World fares to Dubai
About 10 years ago, for no logical reason, Lisbon was the holy grail of cheap British Airways Club World tickets. You could be pretty certain that, wherever you wanted to go, the cheapest route would be by booking a flight out of Portugal.
As a one-off, this deal is back.
You can currently book a Club World return flight from Lisbon (or Porto or Funchal or Faro) to Dubai for €1,152 (£1,060).
There are very few restrictions:
you cannot travel before 1st November
you need to stay away for a Saturday night and
you need to book by 21st September.
That’s it. You can book as far in advance as the schedule allows, ie 355 days, as long as the cheapest Club World fare is not sold out.
For flexibility, due to the multiple departures per day, Lisbon is the easiest starting point. Lisbon flights also go into Heathrow which is where the Dubai flight will depart from. However, Funchal (Madeira) is 80 tier points to London compared with 40 tier points for Lisbon, Faro or Porto.
This fare will earn (40 + 140 + 140 + 40) 360 tier points if you start in Lisbon, Faro or Porto and (80 + 140 + 140 + 80) 440 tier points if you start in Funchal.
For €100 you are allowed a stopover in London. On the way to Dubai, this will prove expensive because it will also trigger long haul premium class Air Passenger Duty. On the way back, it will only trigger short haul Air Passenger Duty back to Portugal. You may want to build in a stopover on the way back and use the last leg for the first part of a weekend away in Portugal at another date.
On the outbound, you can have up to 24 hours in London from your landing time from Portugal without triggering Air Passenger Duty. You could, for example, land from Lisbon at 21.20 on a Friday, go home (if you live nearby) and then return the next day with your suitcase to catch either the 12.35 or 20.40 flights to Dubai without triggering APD.
This is clearly a bit of a faff but if you are after a cheap fare, tier points, a pile of Avios and fancy a short break in Portugal it is worth a look. Pop over to ba.com and have a play around.
British Airways no longer crediting Air Berlin flights
With Air Berlin and its loyalty scheme, Topbonus, in receivership, it seems that British Airways has decided to cut its losses.
Presumably on the grounds that they will never be paid for the points, you can no longer earn Avios or tier points in British Airways Executive Club from Air Berlin flights. The only exception would be an Air Berlin codeshare carrying a BA flight number.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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:
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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.
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.