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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.

BA additional Avios reward seats

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.

BA additional club world avios reward seats

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 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.

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.

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

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Comments

  1. Just a shame that the BA product is so poor in business. I hate the poor Yin Yang style, especially when compared to AAs offering.

    • Lady London says:

      Someone called the British Airways seat layout in Club “reverse sardine” today! It reminded me of how they stack sardines in a tin… Oh, wait….!

    • I just did LHR to DFW on AA, 3a, in theory it’s better than BA Club with a more private seat. In practice I found the seat uncomfortable despite multiple set ups. Food, drinks were poor, crew were awful. IFE was good. Overall I prefer BA even with the stranger danger view at take off and landing…

  2. “It’s exciting to be able to make more than 50,000 extra reward seats available, as we havnt been able to flog them by any other route. This gives more members a chance to be ripped of paying just taxes, fees and the highest level of carrier imposed charges of any airline. They can also pay these charges when flying on other airlines who do not impose them at all. 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 overpaying their next getaway. To be treated badly onboard, in the air and by customer relations. And, as a bonus to members, should we lose your data, compromise you credit card or just …k in any other way we will set our lawyers on you. It’s the way we make you fell that is British Airways.

    • Love it!

    • Thywillbedone says:

      Easy to spot the loyal customer!

    • Lady London says:

      I am going to print this out and frame it !

      Re the ‘carrier charge’ aka the ‘British Airways got sued in court in the USA for calling it a YQ fuel charge when it wasn’t’ charge. So far as i can tell British Airways has kept charging and increased those same charges. So why dont we just call it the CG charge instead ‘carrier greed’.

      • I have done, still think its brilliant. Laughing again just reading it.
        Re AA seats above, tend to agree…centre 2 seats in J always worth going for, if possible. Or F, so worth it…
        LL, see you at da party…

  3. nigel whitehouse says:

    can anyone help me with this issue ? i have paid top $ for business class Qatar flights to Oz for Xmas, and i have just been moved to BA for 1 of the legs; obviously im not happy as i selected the specific QR flights on booking, but can i do anything about it ? i booked thru an agent. thanks in advance. N

    • Nigel
      You don’t have to accept the change. Maybe the agent can get a different flight for you that suits better. The crew in q suites have deteriorated quite a bit it seems, so it may not be all that it’s geared up to be. Presume it’s on of the london sectors. It’s a shame, but you will have are on 3 other sectors. See how you go.

      • nigel whitehouse says:

        thanks polly
        you say i dont have to accept the change which is good news but why ?
        my original QR7 flight has moved 3 hrs later, but there are other QR operated flights. can i insist they put me on 1 of these ?
        thks again N

    • Question is, who moved your flight? Was it Qatar or the travel agent? From experience some travel agents will take your cash for a flight and not actually complete the flight booking until later on and then will try and put you on different flights (which i assume are cheaper), in one case a relative had a nightmare trying to get either the airline or the travel agent to accept responsibility and change it back to the original (but it did get done).

  4. Thanks Rob, picked up some Dubai flights for March with much better days / times than available before.

  5. I think many of the extra seats may have been loaded on Monday. I’ve been looking to change a 241 return flight from DUR to JNB but there were only 2 seats available in the entire month, until I checked Monday morning, and low and behold any day, any flight suddenly open. Very handy.

    • They were. BA had IT issues with the associated ‘buy Avios’ bonus so the notification was pulled back despite seats being loaded.

  6. Scallder says:

    Can’t help but feel this is being done ahead of their financial year end the same way banks often cut their mortgage rates to get stuff on the books. Reduces their liability for the amount of outstanding Avios and ups their Q1 loads (which clearly are poor if they’re offering this amount of seats in such a short window), which I’m guessing they’ll have to discuss on investor calls/publish in their annual report…

    • Lady London says:

      I am going to print this out and frame it !

      Re the ‘carrier charge’ aka the ‘British Airways got sued in court in the USA for calling it a YQ fuel charge when it wasn’t’ charge. So far as i can tell British Airways has kept charging and increased those same charges. So why dont we just call it the CG charge instead ‘carrier greed’.

    • Lady London says:

      50_000 is not that many seats though out of their totality of seats.

  7. nigel whitehouse says:

    thanks polly
    you say i dont have to accept the change which is good news but why ?
    my original QR7 flight has moved 3 hrs later, but there are other QR operated flights. can i insist they put me on 1 of these ?
    thks again N

    • Yes, it’s a qr booking..you can always say the new time doesn’t suit you, layover time etc..any excuse..

    • Lady London says:

      And you should prepare ahead a list of the other QR flight(s) you prefer, in your own order of preference, and politely suggest the other one you’d prefer as their newproposed flight/timing (even difference in aircraft type, if so) does not work for you… It always helps to be able to suggest your pre-prepared alternative, it helps them out too.

  8. OT, what’s the number to call to use the Lloyd’s upgrade voucher? My Avios account is closed

  9. HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have purchased a BA premium economy T class return flight and tried to then upgrade it using Avios.
    I get the error message online telling me that changes can’t be made, please call customer services.

    I’m in Egypt at the moment with my UK sim and a cheapo egyptian sim with about £1 on (basically for data) so this is tricky.
    I managed to figiure out how to do it using Skype but the line is a bit fuzzy and I did get cut off on my first attempt.
    Anyhow, managed to sustain a conversation and the chap looked up my booking, found there was availability in CW (which I already knew as am monitoring it). Good so far.
    He then tries to process the upgrade.
    Fails.
    Asks me to hold while he checks with supervisor.
    After few minutes reports back that the fare class means it can’t be upgraded.

    Surely this is incorrect ?
    This is a PE flight booked in T class via American Express Travel.

    Is there something I am missing ?

    Should I HUCA (a laborious task from here !!) or does anyone know why this might be happening and is legit ?
    Obviously the availability in CW could go at any minute 🙁

    • Which fare classes can be upgraded? Surely if this must stated somewhere so you can refer CS agent to the Ts and Cs.

      • Odd UNLESS Amex has sneakily sold you a package holiday / Inclusive Tour ticket. A lot of travel agents scam customers by secretly selling them restrictive tickets but marking up the ticket massively so you are charged the same as ba.com.

        Amex has form here – read this readers story: https://www.headforpoints.com/2014/04/09/take-care-amex-travel-selling-non-earning-airline-tickets/

        • I understand it is all sorted now.
          I am awaitng confirmation of the upgrade though so until I have that in my hand I will be wary.
          Long story which I may write here once I have a chance to relax a bit, but the summary is:
          Staying calm and explaining with logic which can’t really be faulted certainly helps.
          The agents were sympathetic but sticking to their guns.
          I asked to speak to Mr. Alex Cruz in his high viz vest and hard hat (at which the agent had a little giggle) but wasn’t really sure how to do that ! I settled for speaking to a supervisor / manager.
          I think the last agent I spoke with (yes, there were a few before this points hence this is the short version of events !!), whilst adament that she could not process the upgrade put in a good word for me with the supervisor / manager who took about 5 or 6 minutes to review what had been going on before speaking to me.
          Fortunately for me this manager / supervisor agreed that she would process the upgrade because of x,y,z (for the long version of events !) but that in the future they absolutely would not be upgraded.
          I await confirmation. If something else goes wrong I think I’ll cry and ceremonially post Cruz my BAEC card cut into little pieces.

          So moral(s) of the story:
          Travel Agents can be sneaky buggers,
          Keeping cool, calm, level headed and thinking the logic of your arguments through is vital,
          HUCA,
          Perservere,
          Mock Alex Cruz,
          Be polite & nice to the agents, they are people just enforcing company policy – not out to get you personally !!
          Don’t try to use Skype from Egypt over a crappy hotel wifi even if it is your only option other than a very large phone bill (One of the agents early on in the debacle was just taking the last 4 digits of my credit card to process the upgrade when the connection dropped !!! The next few agents I got hold of said they couldn’t do it. For the sake of 6 more seconds it would have all been sorted bloody ages and a lot of stress ago !!)

          Phew !

        • Would you believe it !! Just this second an amex travel customer service survey request has landed in my inbox. Just loading up a glass of Glenmorangie and both barrels 🙂

    • I might be about to cry. Think I’ve been at this since about 5pm (now quarter to 9).
      A suspicious charge from BA of about half the price of the agreed cash portion of the fee for the return upgrade (not much money) has appeared on my ccard. Upon reviewing my booking only one way has been upgraded despite all along we all knew we were talking about both legs and the supervisor signing off with “so that’s £xx and YYYYY Avios for the upgrades”………….I can’t face another wifi skype call from Egypt getting passed from pillar to post 🙁

      Kill me. Please just kill me.

  10. OT: I still have an amex travel purchase pending after 4 days. Am I right in thinking that unless this is processed in the next few hours, I will miss out on the offer that was given a deadline of today?

    • Just seen some comments posted elsewhere in relation to the above.

      • Well given my debacle caused by Amex Travel today I wouldn’t be surprised if the sneaky b****rs were holding up payments deliberately.

        I hope it goes through Okay.

        • I’m trying to chase up my missing 2 x 500 avios and no chat reps available – is this your fault? ????

        • @Anna ????
          James was talking to three reps on the phone, 4 on live chat plus all supervisors available. Only Alex Cruz was not in contact with him as he was being measured up for a new high vis jacket and trousers to go with his waistcoat.

        • V funny Peter!

  11. D Cumming says:

    Good news.
    I search for Seychelles on the BA website, and cant find it in the avios redemption page.
    Not a case of no available flights, but Seychelles just isnt available to select

    https://www.britishairways.com/travel/flightfinder/execclub/_gf/en_gb?eId=100001

    Any ideas?
    DC

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