The rumours we reported a couple of weeks ago were true. British Airways is resuming flights to Islamabad in Pakistan after a ten year absence. The original service was suspended following the bombing of the Marriott Hotel, the main international hotel in the city, in 2008 which killed 54 people.
There will be three flights per week, departing Heathrow Terminal 5 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The first flight is 2nd June 2019. The aircraft will be a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with a three-class configuration.
BA is running a special offer for flights booked at ba.com before 3rd January:
World Traveller – £499 (travel out 15/6-16/7 or 21/8-30/9)
World Traveller Plus – £773 (travel out 5/8-10/12)
Club World – £1799 (travel out 15/6-16/7 or 21/8-30/9)
Avios seats are also available and bookable.
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 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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
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:
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.)