Following the collapse of Jet Airways, British Airways has moved to fill the capacity gap on the London to Mumbai route.
From 2nd June, BA will operate an additional four flights per week to Mumbai. The additional service will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday outbound.
BA has already cancelled certain Mumbai flights in late June due to lack of aircraft, caused by continuing issues with the Boeing 787-9 fleet. It will therefore be July before we see the full benefit of this additional flight.
There should be good Avios availability on this new service as it has only just been added to the schedule, so if you had tried and failed to find seats to Mumbai recently it is worth looking again.
However, as Jet Airways had been operating up to three flights per day from Heathrow to Mumbai, overall capacity is still substantially reduced and you can expect to see higher fares and fewer Avios seats going forward.
It will be interesting to see if Virgin Atlantic, which already flies to Delhi, takes the opportunity to add Mumbai too.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.