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Avios seats now bookable on additional British Airways St Lucia flights next Summer

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Extra Avios seats are now bookable on St Lucia flights for next Summer.

Virgin Atlantic recently announced that it was pulling out of its St Lucia route from next June.

British Airways is picking up the slack.  It is adding two additional weekly flights to St Lucia in Summer 2020.  Extra flights are scheduled between 4th July and 29th August 2020 from London Gatwick to St Lucia.

Since these flights have recently been added to the schedule there is still excellent Avios reward availability.  Remember that British Airways guarantees two Club World and four World Traveller seats available for Avios bookings on every flight it operates.

More Avio seats to St Lucia

The easiest way to see reward availability is by using Reward Flight Finder. It is currently showing very good availability for flights in July and early August, which is as far out as you can currently book.

BA is cancelling one weekly Orlando service and one weekly Las Vegas service during this period to free up an aircraft.

To maximise your miles when paying the taxes, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at  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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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.)

Comments (148)

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  • Gtellez says:

    OT- I have realized that Marriott is not crediting points properly. Last week I stayed in Marriott Leicester for 3 nights, the total expense was 392 pounds (326 excluding VAT), but I only received 2685 base points (including the platinum bonus, 2k points less). I looked at my previous stays and all of them were wrong… I had to contact Marriott and after more than hour talking with them and sending the invoices, they fixed my last 5 stays, in total more than 10k points more.

  • Rda says:

    Chemical Brothers are available too for the o2, only two packages left.

    • ankomonkey says:

      Finally something worth considering. I’m fed up of all the Barry Manilow-type offers.

  • Crafty says:

    OT: Has Hilton Bankside really gone from 45,000 to 70,000 points per night?!

    Hilton points seem to have devalued quite severely this year.

    • Kai says:

      It’s just variable pricing. I couldn’t believe it was only 45000 points per night before the structural change.

  • Stu_N says:

    When does bidding close on Moments? It just lists a date – is there a precise time when bidding ends and what timezone would it be in?

    • Stu_N says:

      Answered my own question, if you click through to bid there is a precise “time remaining” and they are all different.

    • Rob says:

      The exact time is usually in the small print somewhere. Late bids extend it – if someone bids in the final 2 (?) minutes the auction is extended by 2 (?) minutes. This can carry on for some time so if you are carving out diary time to make a late bid you need to give yourself 30 minutes at least!

  • Mikeact says:

    OT, but may be of interest to those highlighting expensive flights.
    The top two airlines posting last fiscal year route revenues ;

    1 BA with US$ 1.159 London – New York
    2 Qantas with US$ •861 Sydney – Melbourne

    Obviously, costs have to be taken out of the above, but interesting all the same. And of course there is far less competition on the Sydney/Melbourne run.

  • SG says:

    Morning all
    I thought the Virgin Atlantic CC Plus fee counts towards the expenditure for the sign up bonus just as the BA Premium
    Can anyone confirm please?
    Had the 15000 miles posted fine with the first statement and expected the remainder of 15000 miles with my statement yesterday but not there
    I can only think of this reason but readers reported here issues regarding the promised bonus

    • AndyW says:

      ‘I thought the Virgin Atlantic CC Plus fee counts towards the expenditure for the sign up bonus just as the BA Premium’
      Have to say I didn’t think that was the case for the BA card, though I have probably never been in a position where I would notice.

    • Spaghetti Town says:

      I always thought annual fees didn’t count

      • SG says:

        It was from one of Rob’s articles that I’ve learned that BA Premium annual fee counts
        Need to contact Virgin Money CC,although a few days ago they asked me about 10 questions to pass security!!!

    • Harry T says:

      I’m 90% sure the fee doesn’t count towards the sign up bonus on the BAPP or the Virgin card.

    • Rooster says:

      No and never known a annual fee to count towards any spend on any card

  • Pablo says:

    OT: if booked through Iberia, can you upgrade a WTP flight on BA metal with avios (award space available in CW), or does the flight need to be booked directly through BA? Also, I understand that you need to pay the incremental taxes and surcharges – are these the charges labeled as YQ on ITA? Many thanks in advance for the help.

  • Rob H says:

    Anyone else seeing an error when they try and view their BA Exec Club via the Web? (Of book reward flights after logging in?)

    I keep getting an error and forwarded to this page:

    (Tried deleting cookies, different browser and also my wifes account – same result)

    • meta says:

      Have the same problem since yesterday evening. I am using the app instead.

    • Frank says:

      Same here. Error message appears every time i log on for past hour. Also tried different browsers…

      • Dev says:

        Hasn’t worked on the app for me since yesterday, when I was looking for an Avios redemption.

    • MKB says:

      Happening to me as well. If in Chrome, click on the padlock on the left of the URL bar, select cookies and remove them. That fixes it for a while.

      • RussellH says:

        Had the same problem this morning, using Pale Moon.
        Tried just now, but deleted all BA cookies first (what do they use them all for?) and BA a/c worked fine.

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