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British Airways has released more than 50,000 extra Avios seats in Club World

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British Airways has launched a special Avios promotion adding more than 50,000 extra reward seats in its Club World cabin.

Until 2nd December there will be increased Avios business class availability on a number of BA’s long-haul routes.  The extra seats are available for travel from mid December through to the end of March 2019.

It is well worth taking a fresh look at what is available, especially if you previously drew a blank when searching for seats.

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The routes included are:

London Gatwick:

Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Jose (Costa Rica), New York JFK and Mauritius

London Heathrow:

Abuja, Accra, Amman, Atlanta, Austin, Bahrain, Baltimore, Bangalore, Beijing, Beirut, Boston, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Calgary, Cape Town, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Moscow, Nairobi, Nashville, New Orleans, New York (JFK), New York (EWR), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Seychelles, Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tokyo (NRT), Toronto, Vancouver and Washington

The extra 50,000+ seats are available either for direct Avios bookings or for ‘upgrade using Avios’ seats upgraded from World Traveller Plus to Club World. Seats are  not allocated by route.

British Airways Gatwick Airport

BA’s Club World taxes, fees and recently increased carrier charges will apply.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said about this promotion:

“It’s exciting to be able to make more than 50,000 extra reward seats available, giving more members a chance to travel paying just taxes, fees and carrier charges, or upgrade their cabin. With these seats spanning a vast array of long-haul routes across a number of continents, we’re hoping it will give members plenty of options for their next getaway.”

More information and full T&Cs are here.

You must book by 2nd December and best availability is for flights between 16th December 2018 and 31st March 2019.

To maximise your miles when paying the taxes, 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.

PS.  Alongside this deal, British Airways is also offering a bonus of up to 45% when you buy Avios between now and 25th NovemberThe ‘buy Avios’ page is here.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

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

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (84)

  • Alex W says:

    Virtually nothing available from Kuala Lumpur to LHR over the next 8 months. Singapore not much better.

    • Alex W says:

      Thanks very much for the heads up though, Rob, don’t mean to sound ungrateful!

    • Michael C says:

      SIN I know is crazy popular all year, but I was expecting KL too, Alex!

  • KP says:

    thats good news, unfortunately India is excluded

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Come on BA, give us a few more Avios seats in First!

  • Nick says:

    I have had good fortune this year with my redemptions for next year but I feel I only got fortunate because I was doing it at T355. I know if you try book not so far in future it’s a nightmare to get where you want to go.

  • Stoneman says:

    But why would anyone want to use points on Club World? An overall medicore product (and that is being generous).

    • Mike says:

      Why bother with CW? Because with the 241 or upgrade voucher it means those of us with only a moderate number of points can treat ourselves to something much more comfortable than Y.

      • Stoneman says:

        The points difference is barely a credit card churn away! Or a quick spend on BA’s shopping portal. For the points difference, first is by far and away your better choice.

        • Gavin says:

          Personally the flat bed is 95% of why I book CW with my 241 (on an overnight at least) – the extra Avios for F are not really worth it for me.

        • Alan says:

          I’m with Gavin, the extra Avios for F adds little for me. For all the flaws CW still has (for me at least) a decent comfortable fully flat bed with no dreaded foot cubby! Upstairs on 747 was even better but sadly becoming few and far between as they get rid of those planes.

        • Genghis says:

          Whereas I see F worth the 33% extra. I always sleep like a baby in F due to bigger seat meaning I can roll.

        • Michael C says:

          The few times I’ve flown F I’ve actually found it kind of creepy! One thing is having a Club seat with decent prviacy, another is not seeing anyone for 10 hours!
          Also, with a CW redemption, with the points saved we can tag the kid on for another Club seat.

        • 1nfrequent says:

          Having treated my mum to a first class redemption to KL earlier this year using a 241, her reaction was that it was “okay to do once” but she was perfectly happy with CW. She wasn’t even that happy with the Concorde lounge. She preferred the Club lounge because she didn’t like being waited on.

          She is now on at me about CW redemptions for the next few years …

      • Polly says:

        Agree, easier to reach j redemption using a 241, and still better than PE or y

    • Chris says:

      It’s no worse than Delta One, I can say that…

  • Gill says:

    Upgrade query
    I’ve got two separate redemption bookings for our winter holiday – one avios Lloyds booking and one BA 241. Anyone know if BA could upgrade the lot or would I need to call both ba and avios? If I’m changing both is there any way to link the bookings up?

    • Anna says:

      I don’t think you can upgrade redemption bookings with avios?

      • Jonathan says:

        I had a similar query a short while ago, the exec club line told me….. You can upgrade redemption bookings but only with avios and only if redemption seats are available in the class you want. Extra taxes may apply.
        Alternatively ask at the ticketing counter at the airport before you check in.

        • Gill says:

          Thanks all. Boxing day flight so I might hold out till the airport & hope its quiet.

        • Anna says:

          This is why I’m confused. On the “Flight upgrade with avios” page on, it says “Avios upgrades are not available on reward flights.”

        • Rob says:

          You’re not “upgrading” it though, you are effectively cancelling your original redemption and booking a new one.

        • Jonathan says:

          It’s worth using the brilliant BA redemption finder page to help you see if F seats become available, and then contact BA to make the change. I guess it’ll be the standard £35 per person.

          I should add that I’m pretty sure that if you wait for upgrades at the counter, you can only do this with cash.

    • Mikeact says:

      Anna, it’s been like that since day one, your comment refers to BA, not as it was.

  • Eli says:

    Would love to see some more for early December esp on LHR/TLV rtn

  • RedAlan says:


    I’ve booked with AA for next year on their Main Cabin product which allows free select selection. One of the flights is on BA metal (AA codeshare) and I can’t seem to select a free seat. It’s asking me to call BA.

    Am I entitled to picking my seat for free on this flight? Do I just call up BA and they allow this?

    • ChrisC says:

      With BA unless you have status you have to pay to select a specific seat in advance of OLCI

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