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British Airways launches flights to Kos, wide open for Avios redemptions

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British Airways has launched a new route to the Greek island of Kos.

The service will start next Summer and operate from Gatwick.  It joins a wide range of other destinations in Greece: Athens, Santorini, Rhodes, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Zante, Mykonos, Kefalonia, Kalamata, Crete and Corfu.

British Airways launches flights to Kos

The new Kos service will operate as follows:

First flight 15th May 2019

Final flight (for the season) 26th October 2019

Departures on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

Departing from London Gatwick

British Airways launches flights to Kos

The timings are all over the place:


Tuesdays – depart 13.45, land 20.00

Wednesdays – depart 14.05, land 20.20

Saturdays – depart 07.10, land 13.20


Tuesdays – depart 21.10, land 23.10

Wednesdays – depart 21.30, land 23.40

Saturdays – depart 14.10, land 16.20

British Airways launches flights to Kos

Flights are already bookable at for cash or Avios.  The standard four Euro Traveller and two Club Europe seats per flight seem to be available.  However, with under 80 flights each way in total over the season they won’t last long.

With Avios it is a Zone 3 redemption.  It will cost 17,000 Avios off-peak / 20,000 Avios peak in Euro Traveller (economy return) and 34,000 Avios off-peak / 40,000 Avios peak in Club Europe (business return).

For cash, this will be a route earning 160 tier points in Club Europe.  This could make it an attractive tier point run if you are close to Bronze, Silver or Gold status and fancy a short break.  BA’s tier point calculator is here if you want to confirm it.

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 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.

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

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

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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