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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 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.


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)

  • Derek says:

    I’m checking daily for a potential First seat appearing for a Canadian outbound flight… it’s undersold so far so fingers crossed… hope they extend the extra seats to First… please!

    • Chris says:

      They’re usually pretty generous, last year I was looking to book Vancouver in CW and they all of a sudden started releasing multiple F seats on every LHR flight for the period we were looking at. Turned out I had just enough avios to book it so looking forward to my first F experience in January!

  • Alan says:

    BA-related. Just had my IHG card blocked and a phone call to say a new one being issued due to BA data breach – apparently my card number on a list they were provided with by Mastercard.

  • ChrisC says:

    No thanks. it looks like a spam link to me.

    You could always just tell us what the offer is though.

  • Max says:

    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….!

    • Chuck says:

      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…

  • Paul says:

    “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.

    • Polly says:

      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’.

      • Polly says:

        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…

  • 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

    • Polly says:

      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

    • CV3V says:

      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).

  • Richard says:

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

  • Paul says:

    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.

    • Rob says:

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

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