BA launches Durban – excellent chance for you to visit South Africa on Avios this Winter

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The two British Airways routes to South Africa are always very tricky if you want Avios availability, especially Cape Town and especially over the peak Winter tourist season.

The exciting news is that British Airways has announced a new route to Durban.  It is not, at the time of writing, bookable via but I would expect the seats to appear during Wednesday.

There will be the standard two Avios seats available in Club World on all flights once booking opens, even for the peak Christmas and New Year dates.  There will also be the four guaranteed World Traveller / Economy seats.

Whilst Cape Town is probably more attractive than Durban, there are plenty of connecting flights between the two cities – including FIVE flights each day on British Airways, operated by its South African franchise partner Comair.  These can be booked on Avios although you cannot use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher.

British Airways launches Durban flights

Here are the details of the Durban service.

The first flight is 29th October

It will operate from Heathrow Terminal 5

It will use a Boeing 787-8 (so no First Class)

It will operate three days per week – outbound on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, returning on Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

Flight times are 15.45 outbound (arriving 05.35) and 07.35 inbound (arriving 17.45)

So, if you fancy a South African break this Winter but thought you had missed the boat over Avios availability, you luck is in.  Keep an eye on and hopefully the flights will become bookable on Wednesday.

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  1. Mark Priest says:

    Well the club seats didn’t last long!

  2. Thanks so much for the heads up, I was one of the lucky ones to grab Club redemptions for November this year, out Saturday 17th and back Sunday 2nd December.

    The day return works for me as hard to get a real nights sleep in Club before returning to work!

    • Genghis says:

      I’ve seen it mentioned quite a lot recently but why don’t people sleep well in BA club?

      I’m a big guy but sleep very well and manage to go to work straight from the airport on an early morning arrival into LHR.

      • I think it’s the stress of knowing you NEED to sleep if you have work the next day, coupled with seat dimensions (72″ by 20″) that I’m slightly too big for!

  3. Thanks for the heads up. Managed to get Club World flights over the Christmas period using the 2 for 1 voucher. Just happy I will not need to go through immigration at JHB again!

    • Genghis says:

      That must have been a long queue!

      • I frequently travel to Durban via JHB, and with some flights, you have under 2 hours from landing to the onward flight. There have been a few instances where immigration was quick, but also times when it was not. Additionally, the return flight from Durban you are faced with a similar issue.

  4. Oh my gosh what a stressful time! Managed to get economy redemption with 241 over xmas and new year 🙂 Tried once and got through to payment and then it said the flights had sold out during the booking process, but went back and started again and luckily all still ok. Now all gone. I also had to buy a few thousand avios (which is against my religion) as although we requested a MR transfer yesterday in case it was in the higher band they haven’t appeared yet! Probably worth it to get the peak time seats though!

    • Alex W says:

      Economy cash fares over £1000 so you probably got decent value for your Avios there.

  5. Mark Priest says:

    Was tempted to get 3 x premium but at 360,000 avios thought better of it!

  6. Jean Baird says:

    A million thanks just booked two business class tickets from Jersey to Durban in March 2019 using 2-4-1 comp. ticket and Avios plus taxes as soon as seats became available i.e. today!!

    Just missed out on bonus Avios points if 50% if you buy them boo hoo

    Please let us know if the Avios bonus comes back out …

    Thanks once again for news of this route

  7. aliks says:

    Lots of availability left as of the time of this message, but business class seats are going fast around main holidays.

  8. Availability to Durban is now live on BA Redemption Finder – check it out at There are plenty of seats available, even in Business!

  9. MudIslandMlungu says:

    Got in at 11am on Wednesday when it went live. Got 17th Dec to Jan 6 in Club on 2-4-1.


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