BA has now announced three new Summer routes from the regions as well as increased frequencies on three key London City routes. This is due to the arrival of two new Embraer 190 aircraft in January and April, taking the BA Cityflyer fleet to 22 planes.
Here are the changes:
From London City from January
Flights to Milan double, from 11 per week to 23 per week
Flights to Frankfurt increase from 20 to 24 per week
Flights to Dublin increase from 32 to 36 per week
Flights to Dublin launch 18th May – outbound Sundays 09.55, inbound Fridays 22.20
Flights to Florence launch 19th May – outbound Saturdays 19.25, inbound Saturdays 17.10
Flights to Florence launch 19th May – outbound Saturdays 10.45, inbound Saturdays 15.30
These flights went on sale last Friday on ba.com here and the regional services will operate until September. Good Avios availability should still be there. The problem, of course, is that unless you plan to stay away for a week the new Manchester and Edinburgh services are not very practical. You may end up travelling in one direction via London.
Note that the extra Milan flights are an interesting option if you are looking for a ski holiday.
These will be two class flights so Club Europe is an option. That said, the Embraer aircraft used are 2 x 2 seating throughout so the only difference will be lounge access and a free meal.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.