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British Airways news: £1,150 Club World to Cape Town, Muscat suspended, Phoenix reduced

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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.

Cape Town holiday deals

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.

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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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 (71)

  • Degsy says:

    Bits, has anyone stayed at the Intercontinental Porto? Due to stay for 3 nights all booked on points. I see they don’t have a club lounge that we can pay for would we be entitled to any extras? Thanks

    • Genghis says:

      We stayed two nights in June. Great hotel. We booked two separate nights in a bog standard room: first in my name (SE AMB) on points, second in wife’s name (just SE) using IHG reward certificate. Emailed in advance and linked bookings. Upgraded to duplex suite. 4pm check out. Tasty chocolate as welcome gift. Usual water and snack (a plate of cakes and pastel de nata). Two free drinks in bar. No other benefits. I’d stay again.

      • Genghis says:

        I can highly recommend Tapabento restaurant just to the north of Sao Bento station, about 3 mins walk from the hotel.

      • Fastbowler says:

        May be worth mentioning that IC Porto is easy and cheap to get to from Porto Airport on the Porto metro system.
        Take the metro to Aliados station and then its a short walk downhill to IC Porto

    • Fastbowler says:

      We stayed for two nights on points at IC Porto in July..
      Our booking was for standard room and we were also upgraded to an excellent duplex suite
      We also received chocolate gift plus water and snacks plus two drinks in the bar
      We were offered and accepted breakfast for 15 euros each which was excellent value. This offer was also extended to our grown up daughters who were staying in an AirBnB nearby.
      Porto is a lovely city to visit and the IC is an excellent hotel.

    • h2d says:

      Another recommendation – we would stay again. As a Spire Ambassador on a points booking like others we were upgraded to a duplex suite, chocolates/Natas left each day, two complimentary drinks in the bar. Well located and if you don’t mind the hill all the main sites are walkable, plus good nearby cafes if you don’t want to get breakfast in the hotel. Certainly one of the better European ICs with consistently good feedback

    • Pid says:

      Spend 3 nights on points in Aug and the hotel was excellent. Same benefits as Genghis as a Spire Amb, including the duplex suite upgrade. Could use the free drinks in the bar for anything from the cocktail menu. I would defiantly stay again.

      They offer a reduced amb rate for breakfast as it will not be included in the room. Recommending emailing the hotel and they will confirm the offers available and price for breakfast.

  • Stuart says:

    Yesterday I booked a March flight to Cape Town routing AMS LGW CPT and returning CPT LHR AMS for £1140 – very pleased with that, especially the outbound trip as I don’t need to transfer betweeen Heathrow and Gatwick after arriving from Amsterdam as some of the flights require

  • Optimus Prime says:

    OT – Marriott Platinum challenge seems to be back, requiring 16 nights in 3 months.

    • Crafty says:

      Would be very interested to hear from anyone who tries it and sees a reward night crediting.

      • Rob says:

        Didn’t count before, unlikely to count now I think – it is still the Marriott IT plaform we’re talking about.

        Given we’re in September, this challenge is best done in early 2019 which would get you status until March 2021. Doing it now is a bit of a waste given that 2018 is almost gone.

    • KevMc says:

      Does anyone know if booking a meeting room and receiving 10 elite nights credit count toward this?

    • Optimus Prime says:

      BTW how do status matches usually work? Do you get the status immediately and enjoy it during your qualifying nights/stays or only upon completion?

  • Zoggle says:

    We booked this back at the end of Jan – early Feb for 10 nights in SA. AMS-LHR-CPT out and CPT – LGW- AMS on the return. £1,140 ish.

    We were in the upstairs cabin on the 747 on the way out, which we love. Even though it was an 18 year old plane… 🙂

  • C77 says:

    If London based you can always book CPT-LHR then LGW-AMS on the return sector. You then get your bags bag at London and can conveniently miss your connection to AMS. Only works on the inbound journey – don’t even attempt to do this on the outbound unless you want the thrill of a M25/Central London transfer.

  • Clive says:

    We just flew from BKK to DOH on a 787 with 30 Pax onboard and only three of us in Business myself Wife and Daughter. Exceptional flight and now heading to Muscat.

    • BJ says:

      That amazes me, love to know what the problem is. I wonder if QR simply now have too much capacity to Thailand or if it is more to do with Qatar political issues. If QR were to reduce their premium fares exUK to match AY, KL and TK I am sure they would fill a lot of those empty seats in business class.

  • Nigel the Pensioner says:

    If BA made the PHX fare more reasonable, then the usage might be better. Im trying to book 2 J class returns for mid January and the fares are extortionate – even from AMS or DUB. There is also zero reward availability for our dates. So much for BAEC Gold and Avios rich – no wonder, you simply cant use them for anything worthwhile these days.

    • Peter K says:

      I disagree. I saved Mrs K and myself £400 to the canaries and back by using avios rather than cash.

      • BJ says:

        +1, my partner got lucky and got CW from EDI-BKK rtn over Xmas and new year for 165k avios and about £700.That was booked a few months back and even then the cheapest economy seats left were about £1500. Locked it in secure in the knowkedge it can be cancelled for just £35 if some better opportunity cones along. Nevertheless I appreciate Nigel’s frustration, we all end up in the same boat at one time or another.

    • Zoggle says:

      Ref the reward seats, all I can say is just keep checking. We are off to Houston in Feb half term next year. Nothing available. I logged on a week or so later, everything available WTP, J & F. On both daily flights. So we both booked J seats. No doubt it will be a 16+ year old 777 being the only downside. It used to be a 747, so the upper cabin was an option.

      • Mark Smith says:

        +1, you just have to be on it. Posted here earlier in the week that I booked an open Jaw 241 to Newark back from Washington for this coming October., both in CW. Saw 2 single CW tickets outbound on flights very close together and called to ask if they could be combined. Was told no but checked availability 20 mins later and lo and behold 2 seats were now open on one of the flights (and swiftly taken up by me!)

  • Darren says:

    OT, would Amex Platinum travel insurance cover be applicable for the following. Picking a hire car up but forgot the credit card used to make the booking, this meant I was refused the car and had to book again. Or do I put it down to experience?

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