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.
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
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
Flights are already bookable at ba.com 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 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 (September 2023)
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.
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 10,500 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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.