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 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.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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.
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.