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British Airways launches flights from London Heathrow to Preveza and Bastia

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British Airways has announced two new Summer routes to Preveza (Greece) and Bastia (Corsica) starting from May 2019.

Flights to Preveza will be operating on Wednesdays and Sundays starting on 26th May, departing London Heathrow at 08:20 on Wednesdays (arriving 13:45) and 11:25 on Sundays (arriving 16:50) and returning from Preveza at 14:45 on Wednesdays (arriving 16:10). This seasonal flight will be operated until 29th September.

British Airways A320

Starting on 25th May there will also be a once weekly flight from Heathrow to Bastia. This flight will be operating on Saturdays leaving Heathrow at 07:40 (arriving 11:00) and returning from Bastia at 11:50 (landing at 13:10). The last flight of the season will be on 28th September.

As new routes, London Heathrow to Preveza and Bastia are wide open for Avios availability and bookable as of now.

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.

On the downside, British Airways has announced that flights to Murcia will not resume next Summer.  There has also been an unannounced cut in the weekend services from Manchester to Ibiza, which drop from four weekly flights to just one.


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Comments (144)

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  • RWJ says:

    If adding a supplementary card do I need to follow a link in order to get a bonus in the cold card? Or will the bonus just appear once supp card is issued?

    • BJ says:

      There is an option to add another cardholder in your online account. IME the bonus has always posted immediately on completion of a successful application (IIRC you need to log out and in again to see it). There appears to be 3k bonus for BAPP and 5k bonus for platinum ATM but nothing is guaranteed. Never been any bonus for SPG AFAIK.

  • Kathryn says:

    I wonder if the Murcia decision is because of the new airport..

  • Roger says:

    OT- ATM with Horizon CC
    If using overseas ATM with horizon card, do I need to repay the same day to avoid any interest/fees?

    I assume prepaying would also work i.e. going in credit and then spending that money via overseas ATM withdrawal.

    • pablo says:

      Ok to do if you don’t have any balance on the card. Otherwise wait a couple of days for the transaction to change from pending to processed and then pay. Any payment before the cash withdrawal is shown in processed transactions would pay off existing debt.

    • the_real_a says:

      Or just put the card in credit before you go… and you would not receive any interest Technically you would lose s75 but i have never heard this being enforced. I have done this for 20 years without issues on zero fee cards.

  • Roger says:

    OT- Do all/most AMEX cards charge 3% foreign exchange fees (+ whatever prevailing market exchange rate)?

    • Shoestring says:

      Yep seems like some airlines were on life support and the low oil price (=aviation fuel) kept them going, but now oil has gone back up (Brent crude as high as $86 a few days ago) they’re getting snuffed out as forward projections get made.

      Wonder who might be next?

    • Russ says:

      Shame I was thinking of trying out their business class next year. I see they’re advising customers to get in touch with their credit card provider but what happens if you’ve spent over the max claw back? Do you get shunted to the back of the queue and wait for assets to be sold off or, are they obliged to put you on another carrier? Never really thought about the longevity of an airline before so perhaps I should pay more attention.

      • the_real_a says:

        I believe the “limit” is that of the original purchase amount (so in effect no limit) and credit card companies generally refund without any hassles. Coverage for consequential loss is debated however.

        • Shoestring says:

          £30K limit

        • the_real_a says:

          Yes quite right. £30k it seems… especially applicable when paying deposits for very high value items. The total price of the of item (i.e. timeshare) when paying a deposit is considered the value the item not the deposit amount. Good learning here.

  • AndyGWP says:

    OT – Avios (iOS) app has eventually stopped working 🙁

    • AndyGWP says:

      Website says avios accounts will be closed over the next few weeks. I noticed they took the site down for scheduled maintenance for a good few hours last night so looks like the ball is now rolling

    • BJ says: is working fine.

  • Nick OCallaghan says:

    Wanted to point out, its Preveza, not Prevenza! No N 🙂

    • Shoestring says:

      Got a feeling I must have flown in & out of Preveza 30 years ago, as I had a great 2 weeks on Lefkada with a girlfriend. Great part of Greece, Lefkada is all about lemon groves & seafood at tavernas looking out to sea, ISTR lots of yachts moored on the sheltered side with owners coming ashore to eat locally. I daresay it would be easy to grab a cheap flight & put together your own itinerary/rent a car to explore.

    • @mkcol says:

      Glad it wasn’t just me!

  • Ammar says:

    Ot – thinking of spending a week in early April 2019 in Cyprus with a 6 month old baby and wife -first time:
    1) is the weather reaonable for sightseeing? imagine too cold fof swimming outdoors/sea
    2) recommendations for hotels whilst in Cyprus and where is best to Base overselves- our flights are to/from lca
    3) any recommendations on car rental agencies whilst there
    Thank you for the input

    • ankomonkey says:

      2. We stayed at The Elysium in Paphos a few years ago with our 7 month old (at the time). Very pleasant stay and located next to a historical site. We used Paphos Airport, so can’t comment on convenience from LCA.

      • Gavin says:

        I had afternoon tea at the Elysium when my OH lived in Cyprus. Agree decent hotel, and Valley of the Kings is worth a look next door. Paphos harbour quite charming but probably not busy then. About 90 mins drive from LCA with a fairly traffic free dual carriageway all the way.

        Aphrodite Hills is a resort outside of Paphos with golf etc, think I’d want to have a car to explore if I was staying there.

        I swam in the sea (Kourion Beach) in April and it wasn’t too cold. I’ve been in Cyprus in late March and it’s been 25 degrees and definitely warm enough to get a tan.

      • Brighton Belle says:

        +1 Elysium Stayed twice. I was pleasantly surprised by the bar tariff on the terrace where you watch the sunset. It was cheaper then my local pub. Don’t go to their breakfast session with any thoughts of dieting. Probably the widest selection of stuff I have ever had.

        Very easy to get there by bus from Paphos airport.

    • Shoestring says:

      Sea would be freezing without a wetsuit but the daytime highs (air temp) will be hitting 21C, more so at month end – early April more like 19C (UK 8-10C comparison).

      So a perfectly good time to go after the UK winter, not so crowded though this might mean some restaurants won’t have got going yet.

    • Sandra says:

      I go regularly to the Paphos area as a good friend lives in Cyprus. I got back last week & the weather was unseasonably warm, still a daytime high of 30 dropping to 20 at night. In mid April daytime could go up to 25/26 with a light jumper needed for evenings but the sea will be cool & you’ll probably want to ensure a hotel pool is heated, especially for a small child. There will most likely still be snow on the Troodos ski slopes! There are quite a lot of upmarket hotels & Tui do have some resort style (Sensatori is one) hotels there so maybe one suitable for children. Self catering is also an option, you’ll find plenty of places up for rent. There are car rental places everywhere, main roads are good but watch the speed limits, they can change suddenly & despite them driving on the same side as the U.K. speed signs are in KM not miles.

    • Mark says:

      We went in April a few years ago. Unfortunately it rained heavily most of the week, which coupled with the 19 hour outbound delay meant it wasn’t the most successful break ever… albeit compensated by the EC261 payout.

      I think we were quite unlucky but not the best time of year if you want guaranteed sunshine.

      We did have an interesting day trip over to occupied Northern Cyprus though.

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