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British Airways launches new route to Kefalonia – Avios seats now bookable

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British Airways announced a new Summer 2018 Heathrow route to Kefalonia in Greece yesterday.  Seats are now bookable at ba.com for cash and Avios.

Kefalonia is apparently home to some of Greece’s best beaches and the setting for Louis de Bernieres’ novel-turned-film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Here are the key facts:

Services will run from 15th May until 6th October

Departures will be on Tuesdays and Saturdays

Services will operate from Heathrow Terminal 5

It should be 80 tier points each way in Club Europe, due to the distance, but this is not confirmed

British Airways has been stepping up its Summer services for next year.  The model appears to be to run a Saturday flight (presumably dropping a rotation from a more business focused route where weekend demand is low) and a second midweek flight.  Other recent route announcements have included Figari (Corsica) and Almeria in Spain.

As usual with new routes, BA has loaded at least two Club Europe seats and four Euro Traveller seats for every Kefalonia flight.  This gives you an excellent opportunity – if you book today – to pick up peak season holiday flights at a time when other routes may have limited Avios availability remaining.


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 (48)

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  • EvilGazebo says:

    Thanks very much for this Rob – picked up 4 seats for a week in the summer.

    16K Avios plus £266 for one pair (good deal vs 40K and £66).

    50K AA miles plus £80 for the other pair (I know, I know crazy but I’ve had them for ages and unlikely to find a better use, especially post devaluation, so worked for me….)

    Cash would have been £1400 so pretty pleased with that.

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