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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 ba.com 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

Dream Tickets British Airways Durban

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 ba.com 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 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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

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

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

(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 (173)

  • Doug says:

    @Genghis
    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:

    Toledo.

    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