British Airways has announced a new holiday route for Summer 2020 – Antalya in Turkey.
The route will operate from London Gatwick. There will be up to six flights per week – frequency increases as we get into the Summer – with the first flight departing on 30th April. It is scheduled to run until 29th October although there is always the possibility that it will become a year-round route if successful.
British Airways already runs a Summer-only service to Dalaman from Gatwick and, of course, there are daily flights to Istanbul from Heathrow.
Tickets are bookable now, for both cash and Avios. A standard redemption is 17,000 Avios off-peak / 20,000 peak + £35 in Euro Traveller and 34,000 Avios off-peak / 40,000 peak + £50 in Club Europe. Under the current variable pricing trial, you can choose to pay as little as £1 in tax by using more Avios, although this option is not available if using a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher.
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.
I don’t know anything about Antalya, although British Airways says:
“Antalya is often described as the gateway to the Turquoise Coast with some of the most stunning landscapes in Turkey. The beaches and crystal-clear Mediterranean Sea are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and water sports. As well as the rolling landscapes and beaches, the region has two-thousand years of history with a range of spectacular temples and Greco-Roman ruins close by, as well as a bustling food and cultural scene.”
The hotel scene looks a bit desperate, to be honest. The best option appears to be the four star Crowne Plaza – website here and photo above – which is handy for anyone with IHG Rewards Club status or with IHG points to redeem.
PS. BA giveth and BA taketh away. This announcement came in parallel with the dropping of Summer services from Gatwick to Gibraltar and Limoges. The Heathrow service to Gibraltar will continue.
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