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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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Comments (40)

  • #FML says:

    I changed my date of travel on an IB avios redemption on a BA flight the original date was peak 120,000 avios but the new date is off peak102,000 avios.Will IB recredit the 18,000 back to my
    IB account ?

    • swhostring says:

      No. But you can ask for it @CS. You just reminded me to try the same. I didn’t change my dates but BA changed the Easter 2019 peak/ off-peak calendar, so by booking earlier I paid 1000 Avios more (x4 of us travelling).

      If you don’t get a friendly agent & a positive answer, HUACA

  • James P says:

    Wow, searched 25th May to the 1 June for 2 people in Club next year…£1,900.

    • ChrisC says:

      Bank holiday weekend and 1/2 term no doubt affecting fsrss

    • Prins Polo says:

      I think BA loads full fare tickets initially. Promos follow closer to the date. Was the case with Seychelles and other new routes.

      • Mark says:

        Ah the complexities of fare setting….

        I believe its generally the case, for economy at least, that a certain number of seats are assigned to a series of fare buckets and, as the cheaper fare bucket allocations are exhausted, prices increase. That’s notwithstanding promos that may temporarily reduce the fares available, or a change in the fare bucket allocations that may be applied where seats are selling less (or more) quickly than originally anticipated.

        Of course for a peak period such as the summer half term there may be little if anything assigned to the cheaper fare buckets and, in the case of Club Europe particularly, there’s less incentive to use cheaper fare buckets as a means of filling the flights when more rows of CE means fewer seats overall, is subject to a hard limit (particularly on new aircraft with less trolley storage) and potentially devalues the CE experience for higher spending customers.

        We got very good HBO fares to Gran Canaria when BA launched the weekly Heathrow flights last year.

  • Bob says:

    Yet an other flight destination looking after the South of England from our national airline no connecting flights from Manchester to Gatwick only Heathrow which is pointless for Gatwick

    • swhostring says:

      Driving Manchester to Gatwick isn’t exactly Le Mans 24 hrs

      • Anna says:

        No but it adds at least a day either side to the journey (not feasible for a week-long school holiday, and the last thing you want when you arrive back is a long drive home ????. People up here will fly to e.g. the Caribbean via the US rather than go via Gatwick!

        • swhostring says:

          Just checked on Viamichelin and Manchester-GTW is 371km, 4hrs 12mins, whereas my journey Cornwall-LHR is 399kms, 4 hrs 10 mins.

          So I do the same every Avios redemption plus there are no alternative airlines any closer, Bristol is useless as restricted calendar so you miss out on more days beginning & end of school hols.

          Stressful? Yes. A PITA? Yes. Something to moan about when you are getting Reward flights on the cheap & a lounge to look forward to? No.

        • David S says:

          Agree with you Anna but plenty of alternatives available though. Going to Caribbean, there are the VS flights from Manchester.
          Swhostring- at least you have the option of flybe to Gatwick from Newquay but from Manchester, either have to drive and possibly stay overnight near Gatwick with parking and a long drive back when you return. I have done this but as you said it is still a PITA. Alternative is flying into LHR and transfer to LGW on the national express after collecting your luggage which is also a PITA. So even though I am BA gold, I am perfectly happy to pay other airline for the convenience if BA doesn’t want my business from the North.

        • Anna says:

          Where does Virgin fly to though? Jamaica and Barbados? Not exactly a lot of choice!

    • Mikeact says:

      There are more than enough ways to get to the Greek Islands from Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds etc.etc.

    • Nick says:

      Bob – There is a very good bus service from Heathrow to Gatwick which takes about an hour. Typically there are around 4 buses per day. It is operated by National Express and costs £25 each way. Neither Gatwick nor Manchester airport operate at capacity so presumably British Airways, Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe have all concluded there is insufficient demand to economically operate a flight between Manchester and Gatwick. A better option might be for you to fly direct from Manchester to Kos with TUI Airways who operate the route in peak season.

      • Bob says:

        I know Manchester is well served with other airlines But just a shame BA use Gatwick so much I’m using flight to Malaga this week from Manchester before the end of the service till next May and then October fly to Mauritius with train down to Gatwick from Wakefield cross the road at Kings Cross to St Pancras. Which we found quicker than flying to Heathrow and transferring to Gatwick, that took forever! But cheers anyway.

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        4 a day? There’s a number of buses every hour! It needs to be relatively frequent as National Express is the recommended way between the airports for connections.

    • Stu N says:

      It’s not our national airline. These things barely exist any more and BA certainly hasn’t been a national airline for 3 decades. It’s now a brand operated by a Spanish incorporated European airline group.

      • Mark says:

        A Spanish company headquartered in London with a range of British and other European subsidiaries / brands…

        I’d be interested to be a fly on the wall in their Brexit preparation meetings 🙂

    • Andrew says:

      “Our National Airline”? It’s a white-label brand of IAG.

  • Lee says:

    Lettuce all got to Kos 😉

  • PhilW says:

    O/T looking at hotels for san fran next year. Thinking of booking a cancellable Hilton as backup should cheaper offers not come along and as the H financial district seems to have a nice lounge. Will Hilton put a hold on my card for the full amount for a whole year?

    • Anna says:

      I’ve booked a flexible Hilton rate that far out – the cancellation policy seems to be determined by the rate you choose, not the date you make the booking. This info is included when you are shown the rate.

    • Genghis says:


    • Jv says:

      No, usually only when the cancellation period passed which is 23:59h in the UK.

  • Simon says:

    Thanks Rob. Just booked Kos for May half term next year….. Assume prices will only go up….

  • Rts says:

    Amex cross referrals are back.

  • Jordi says:

    Thanks for the heads up!! Booked a holiday for end of June 🙂
    Unfortunately only 2 CE seats available and we are with 3.
    Do you know if its possible to upgrade 2 people and the third not ?
    (and hoping for a later redemption seat)

    • ChrisC says:

      Yes but the 3rd person would have to be split off the booking and given their own to enable the other 2 to upgrade.

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