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 ba.com 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.
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 ba.com and hopefully the flights will become bookable on Wednesday.
To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays. You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.
Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
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