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British Airways launches a new route to Dammam in Saudi Arabia

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Whilst probably not top of your Avios redemption wish list, British Airways has announced a new route to Dammam in Saudi Arabia.  This adds to the existing services to Riyadh and Jeddah.

It is not a non-stop service.  Dammam is being tagged onto the existing Bahrain service, which will now carry on to Saudi Arabia.

Long-term BA flyers may remember that the Bahrain service used to carry on to Doha before BA launched its own direct Doha service.

British Airways launches Dammam

Bahrain to Dammam should be bookable in its own right as an Avios redemption and a cheap ‘fifth freedom’ cash flight.  Club World return from Bahrain to Dammam would be 80 tier points, should you be in the region and want a quick tier point run! (EDIT: a comment below suggests that BA is not going to sell this leg separately)

Don’t get too comfy though – the flight is only 54 miles …..

Flights start on 1st December using a four-class Boeing 777-200.

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.)