BA launches new Heathrow route to Almeria in Spain – bookable now with Avios

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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

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.

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  1. 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

  2. Scarecrow says:

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

  3. 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…

  4. 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

      • 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?!

  5. dicksbits says:

    Almeria showing A319 equipment on BA website.

  6. 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??

  7. 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??

    • 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.

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