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New BA Heathrow routes for Summer 2018 – bookable now with Avios

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British Airways has announced further changes to its Summer 2018 schedule from Heathrow.

It includes two new routes.  This is what has changed:


Heathrow to Las Palmas – a new Saturday service, from 31st March 2018

Heathrow to Tenerife – a new Saturday service, from 31st March 2018

Both of these routes are already operating over Winter 2017 but it is now confirmed that they will continue into the new timetable.


Malaga increased from 2 to 8 per week

Reykjavik increased from 4 to 7 per week (photo above)

Faro increased from 2 to 4 per week

Pisa increased from 9 to 10 per week

Berlin increased from 45 to 46 per week

Warsaw increased from 14 to 18 per week


Barcelona cut from 53 to 49 per week

As always, these new routes, and the extra flights on existing routes, are bookable NOW with Avios.  You should still find at least 2 Club Europe and 4 Euro Traveller seats available on each flight, as tickets only sent on sale yesterday. 

You can book at here.

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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Comments (36)

  • Robbie says:

    Good to see BA’s EDI-PMI direct flights back for Fridays over summer – presumably Saturday equivalent flights will continue to be Barrhead Travel charter flights on the same E190 aircraft as for some years now. Don’t quite understand, however, why doesn’t allow EDI travel to PMI through LHR on other weekend dates, or the direct BA flight out on Fridays and return through LHR other dates… I’d much prefer to pay BA direct and earn TPs etc…. Any thoughts?

  • Adam says:

    When trying to book a cash ticket on BA.COM for LPA in May 18, I get this message: “Sorry, there’s a problem with our systems. Please try again, and if it still doesn’t work, you might want to try again later or call +44 844 493 0787”. I also can’t seem to book an Avios version?

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