We have three pieces of British Airways news to cover today:
£1,150 Club World fares to Cape Town
British Airways is running special deals to Cape Town and Johannesburg from several European cities.
The best deals are from Amsterdam. Cape Town is £1,155 return and Johannesburg £1,227.
See the screenshot below for Cape Town:
The fare rules are:
- Book by 27th September
- Travel between 20th November to 11th December, or 6th January to 30th January, or 18th February to 3rd April
Various other European capitals are available for around €1400-€1500. Try Athens, Brussels, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Vienna etc.
Before booking, I strongly recommend looking at BA Holidays (the Club World holidays page is here). Price up a ‘Flight & Hotel’ or ‘Flight & Car’ package and see how it compares. You may find it is cheaper than just booking a flight.
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.
British Airways drops Muscat
British Airways has announced that it is dropping the Muscat service for Summer 2019.
The last service will depart on 30th March 2019. Flights are expected to resume with the Winter 2019 timetable in late October. No rebooking guidelines have been published yet.
Phoenix services reduced
It has also emerged that BA is dropping three Phoenix services per week from 31st March 2019.
The service will drop back to one flight per day (14.45 outbound, 19.45 return). This is in parallel with American Airlines launching its own Phoenix to Heathrow service. It is not clear if impacted passengers will be moved to the other BA flight or offered the AA service instead.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.