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Great deal: book £1,050 British Airways Club World business class flights to Durban

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As part of its occasional ‘Dream Tickets’ promotions, British Airways is running a 2-4-1 offer on Club World tickets to Durban.

Full details are on here.  You must:

book by 1st March

travel between 1st April – 31st May or 1st July – 31st August

both passengers must travel together at all time

The cost will be £2,099 for two tickets which is EXCELLENT value, albeit that you are heading into Winter.  Availability is limited so there is no guarantee you will see seats at that price for your chosen dates.

You can use ‘part pay with Avios’ to reduce the cost further but you’re getting well under 1p per point so I don’t recommend it.

If your ultimate destination is Cape Town or Johannesburg, remember that you can redeem Avios for direct Comair flights from Durban to both cities.  Full ‘Dream Tickets’ details are on this page.

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 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 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (173)

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  • Doug says:

    Can you please recommend ryokan and onsen in Kinugawa onsen area? Planning to do the 2 day trip to Nikko and sleeping there, been to Hakone before, I could do it again, but heard this area is famous too.

    • Genghis says:

      Sorry. Not been. I’m a Kyushu onsen kinda guy.

      • Doug says:

        Thanks, I dropped my kyushu plans as Mrs not keen on extra flights down there

        • Shoestring says:

          Monty Don has 2 progs on Japanese gardens this week & last – you might want to catch them, he got around a bit

  • Orla says:

    With the Amex travel offer, I think i’ve Seen comments previously that it can be used to book in other currencies (although it specifies gbp) as long as it meets the spend requirement when converted to gbp. Could anyone please confirm if this is the case? Looking at booking a hotel in US before offer expires!

    • Alan says:

      Yes it’s not a problem, all ends up as GBP on your card anyway.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      The offer only covers European hotels though?

      • Craig says:

        Amex Travel £200/£50 or £600/£200 in anywhere I hope, just booked Loews in Orlando.

        Hilton £250/£50 is Europe as per the published list.

  • Shoestring says:


    Nobody talks about Toledo.

    One of the best little towns in the world & we all try to keep it secret.

    • Peter K says:

      Only Seat try to make it known via a car!

    • sedgie252 says:

      I agree Harry, a little gem of a place. On our last trip we also visited Segovia which has a lot in common but Toledo is much nicer.

  • Mike C says:

    Anyone had any experience of transferring Marriott Bonvoy points to Avianca? It’s been 10 days now since the transfer and they haven’t arrived. Marriott customer service are saying I must allow 6 weeks. 6 weeks! Sounds bonkers

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