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British Airways expands its flights from Inverness – which makes it easier to avoid APD

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British Airways has announced plans to increase its services from Inverness from the start of the Summer timetable in late March 2019.

The number of weekday services will increase to two per day, and the number of weekend services will increase to three per day.  This will drop down to 14 per week (losing one weekend service per day) during Winter 2019.

More importantly, the flights will also be retimed to improve onward connections.  An aircraft will now be parked at Inverness overnight to allow a late evening arrival and early morning departure.

Inverness Airport

The reason this is interesting is that there is no Air Passenger Duty on flights departing from Inverness.  This applies to all airports in the Highlands and Islands region where many flights operate with Government subsidy.  This means that you can save £150+ per person in ‘taxes and charges’ if you book a long-haul Club World or First flight which is ticketed Inverness – London – XXXXXX.

Is this worth it?  I wouldn’t do it.  That said, perhaps the me of 20 years ago would have done it.  Inverness has no hotels connected to the airport and is pricey in summer so I doubt you’d want to stay overnight – and it would wipe out your saving – but you could certainly fly up on a one-way Reward Flight Saver redemption (£17.50 + 4,500 Avios) and then come back. 

If you live near Heathrow you could book your long haul flight for the following day as long as it departed within 24 hours of the Inverness service landing in London.

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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:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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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 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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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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