British Airways has announced six new ‘Summer sun’ routes from Heathrow, including Pristina and Podgorica.
These routes are all available for booking now, with the guaranteed six Avios seats per flight available.
Some of these are brand new whilst others are re-instatements of previously cancelled routes. They all offer you additional options for your 2020 holiday.
The most intriguing, and somewhere that I have never been, is Kosovo. British Airways will operate Saturday-only flights to Pristina from 4th July to 29th August.
This is obviously a low-risk way of testing the market, with only around 1500 seats in each direction over the season. I got an error message when trying to book this at 12pm but it should appear soon.
BA is also entering Montenegro, although not to the more obvious holiday option of Tivat. Instead, there will be a weekly flight to Podgorica. The operating dates are identical to Pristina.
Heathrow will also see flights to Perugia in Italy. Services will run on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2nd July to 31st August.
Turkey is also seeing expansion. British Airways already flies to Dalaman from London Gatwick but is adding an additional Heathrow service too.
Bodrum, pictured above, is also back on the BA map.
Both routes will be Saturday-only, operating between 23rd May and 24th October. Remember that British Airways is also launching Antalya from Gatwick from mid April.
Turning to Greece, there will be a new service between Heathrow and Rhodes. This will operate on Saturdays between 4th July and 29th August. The existing service between Gatwick and Rhodes, pictured below, will remain.
Corfu is also gaining an additional two flights per week from Gatwick on Fridays and Sundays between 1st May and 23rd October.
Frequency increases have also been announced on 16 routes including Larnaca, Brindisi, Nice, Ibiza, Tenerife, Split, Olbia, Kefalonia and Preveza. Unfortunately we were not given a full list. If you previously tried and failed to find Avios space on these routes for the Summer you may want to check again.
Seats should be bookable on all these routes, for cash or Avios, at ba.com.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses.
There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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 30,000 Avios.
30,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 4th February 2022.
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 45,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
45,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 28th February 2022.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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