Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

British Airways launches new Heathrow route to Almeria – bookable now with Avios

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

British Airways has announced a new route to Almeria.

From the end of March 2018 there will be two flights a week from Heathrow to the southern Spanish city.

As with all new routes, this is especially interesting news as it means there will be lots of seats available today to book with Avios. Virtually every flight should still be showing the guaranteed two Club Europe and four Euro Traveller seats, even on peak dates, until HfP readers snap them up.  If you are looking for an interesting Summer holiday or short break destination, you should look at Almeria.

BA Almeria

Flights to Almeria will be twice-weekly from Heathrow Terminal 5 starting on 27th March 2018.

The flights will be operated on an Airbus A320.

The route will be a Summer only route, ending on 27th October, with flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of network and alliances, said:

We’re extremely happy to start flying to Almeria, situated on part of Spain’s most unspoilt shores. If you want to jump into crystal clear water, explore the volcanic cliffs of the Wild West and drink sangria in the desert, then this stunning part of Andalucía is a dream holiday destination.

A hand baggage only Euro Traveller fare will be available starting from £66.  Flights went on sale yesterday and can be booked using cash or Avios on ba.com.

Make sure to choose a Tuesday or Saturday for your flight dates as you’ll otherwise be routed via Madrid.  The airport code for Almeria is LEI for those who prefer to search that way.

PS. British Airways will also expand its route to Inverness from March 2018 adding three flights to the current seven per week.  This means that on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays there will be two flights daily.  Flights from Inverness are excluded from Air Passenger Duty, saving up to £166 in taxes on long-haul Avios redemptions.


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 (13)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Neil says:

    Have tried a bunch of dates and no Avios availability showing…

    • Eastbourne Guy says:

      Try with actual dates (Tuesdays or Saturdays) booked avios flights with no problem

  • Scarecrow says:

    Me too, also tried the BA redemption finder nothing showing there. Maybe they will loaded tonight.

  • Olly says:

    Think these must be at the expense of flights to Nantes. Was booked on a Weds-Weds LHR-NTE flights next May and received a text yesterday to say the flights had been canned…

    • World Traveller says:

      With the Almeria addition, Kos/Montpellier & Biarritz are cancelled. Increased frequency to Inverness and Basel.

  • Nathan says:

    Slightly OT, has anyone had a good experience of BA’s reward flight finder functionality via a mobile interface? I can’t recall it ever returning anything but a ‘Sorry, there seems to be a technical problem. Please try again in a few minutes’ error message.
    So much for their new website!

    • Scallder says:

      Hi Nathan – I find the functionality of the reward flight finder excellent (use Android). I think it’s particularly good when going from a region search and then drilling down to specific countries. I have had a few problems on very popular routes where there is no outbound availability, but some inbound and it won’t show it up because it can’t process one-ways but will only show returns. But on the whole, I find it excellent and very quick and easy to use

      • Nathan says:

        Thanks. I find it works on a desktop but I can’t recall it ever working from my iPhone. And what else is commuting for but dreaming of escape?!

  • dicksbits says:

    Almeria showing A319 equipment on BA website.

  • Katie Hooper says:

    I’ve tried over the last week to book Avios to Almeria and still get “ sorry route not available” – why does this happen when some people have managed it??

  • Katie H says:

    I’ve tried over the last week to book Avios to Almeria and still get “ sorry route not available” – why does this happen when some people have managed it??

    • Rob says:

      If you search directly in the BA Avios booking system, on the days it flies, it will show. If you’re messing about with the stupid BA redemption calendar thing then it won’t show because it is rubbish.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.