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British Airways cuts Johannesburg flights from June

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On Tuesday we covered British Airways launching an additional four weekly services to Mumbai.  This is to pick up some of the slack following the collapse of Indian group Jet Airways.

There was some discussion in the comments about where the Heathrow landing slots and aircraft were coming from.

It turns out that British Airways is suspending the ‘four flights per week’ BA50 and BA51 service to Johannesburg from the beginning of June.  This is a permanent cancellation and not just a Summer (South African Winter) hiatus.

British Airways drops Johannesburg

British Airways only launched this service last October.  It added a third daily flight following the decision by South African Airways to drop one of its two daily services.  Virgin Atlantic also launched an additional Johannesburg flight, however, and it seems that there is now too much capacity in the market.

Iberia is also dropping its Johannesburg service as we covered recently so there will be a big overall reduction in Avios availability.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(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.)

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