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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 (December 2022)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 unbeatable travel 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

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.

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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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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  • George says:

    OT: Want to book a hotel for my OH for a weekend using my reward points. Are there any chains who are particularly amenable / cause particular trouble around this? Not hugely concerned which chain I use, only that I find somewhere nice that doesn’t cause her any trouble.

  • lee says:

    Just tried to book my UK Spg Amex free night certificate but cant use is as its saying it will be past the exp date .

    I thought you could use it as long as it was still valid at point of booking is this not the case ?

  • John2 says:

    Virgin points.
    Can you transfer between accounts?

    • Mark says:

      only if gold, but can pay for whole sectors of a booking from different accounts.

      • John2 says:

        Thank you Mark.
        So if I have enough for redemption for me and OH has enough for her, can we link bookings if we make them separately?

        • Rob says:

          Why would you need to do that? The only reason to do this on BA is free seat selection for all but that isn’t an issue with VS.

          Only reason would be if you did 2 x oneways to North America when a return would be cheaper in taxes, in which case ringing to book by pooling the miles is cheaper.

          My understanding is that you don’t even need complete sectors in each account, but don’t quote me on that.

        • Mark says:

          my latest booking said there has to be enough for a whole sector form each account but I believe some people have spoken to CSA who will pull the number of miles from any account to make the booking so depends who you get.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Still think a booking with more than 1 person is less likely to be bumped but also less likely to be upgraded I guess.

    • Rob says:

      No, but if both people are travelling the call centre will mix and match between accounts.

  • Harvey says:

    Anyway to earn points by paying it?

  • Paul says:

    Is there an expiry on Hilton points? Expecting a baby soon so wondering if it’s worth buying the points to save up for a future trip to the Maldives.
    With the caveat that points could change, Is it still worth me maxing the offer just for me now, which is 100%?

    • Genghis says:

      How far in the future? I wouldn’t buy now for a speculative redemption in a few years’ time. 100% bonus is not that uncommon. There could be further devaluations etc. Keep the cash.

      • Paul says:

        Probably around 2 years or so.
        Thanks, have kept the cash and will keep an eye out for future

    • bsuije says:

      There is an expiry, yes. I think it’s 1 year, but can be refreshed by e.g. buying a handful of points.

      • Paul says:

        Thanks – decided to keep the cash for now as it will be probably a couple of years out.

  • Polly says:

    Just checking in, saying hello, from the new Malaysian Golden 1st Lounge, on our way home. Didn’t go to CX lounge. It really is a huge improvement on the old lounge. And very silent as reported.
    On the good old A380, very sad to see them go. Great use of our 241. Trying to guess who our fellow pax will be in F. What a hoot…hope for good weather in the morning in T5.

    • BJ says:

      Are BA operating an a380 to KUL? A bit confused by reference to 241 as I thought at first you were referring to MAS.

    • Nick_C says:

      She was in Hong Kong, and is currently flying back on a BA A380.

      KUL is currently operated by a 789 on BA or an A350 on MAS

      • BJ says:

        Thanks, now I make sense of it. I thought MAS had put one a380 back on LHR, I guess that was short-lived.

    • Enjoy says:

      Are you using the A380 wifi? I used it on the same route last week.

  • Canuck says:

    Double Marriott points question… I have a large reward booking coming up soon. If I book a cheap local room before this stay, will my reward night now count for double points on all the incidentals / room charges? Thanks in advance to anyone who knows.

    • Rob says:

      Need to see the T&C’s which won’t be available before 5th. It is PROBABLY OK. However, I can’t believe that your incidentals bill would be so big that you could even begin to justify it.

      If you value a Marriott point at 0.5p and your mattress run is £50, you’d need to earn 10,000 bonus points to break even which would require $1,000 of base spending in the hotel (I think).

      • Canuck says:

        Thanks Rob. Appreciate the insight. I’ll keep my eyes open for the terms. I have an upcoming stay at Calgary airport before my trip which I’m considering switching to Marriott, should the price justify it, as you point out.

  • Lewt says:

    OT: I am a very small spend from hitting my 241. Is it possible to book outbound and return in different travel classes on a voucher? Does aBA IT support it? I.e. out in F return CW

    • Genghis says:


    • Rob says:

      Yes, not an issue but must be booked by phone.

      • Genghis says:

        I’ve done it online many times. The only circumstance I foresee the requirement to call is to mix and match F and Y.

    • Anna says:

      I’ve booked out in CE and back in ET online several times, and also booked my upcoming trip to NYC, which is out in F and back in J, online. As Ghengis says, the only issue might be combining F and Y, which you can’t see on the same page!

      You have to call up to book a BA holidays package in different classes but flight only can generally be done online.

      • Polly says:

        We had to call in to mix Y and F tho..
        Anna, are you planning to upgrade to F if you get the chance?

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