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British Airways launches flights from Glasgow to Palma – with 160 tier points

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We have covered a few new BA route launches recently – to San Sebastian from City, to Portland in Oregon and to a range of new short-haul places from Heathrow.

British Airways is also launching a new summer-only service from Glasgow to Palma next year.  From the end of May there will be a weekly flight on Saturdays departing from Glasgow at 2.45pm, with the return from Palma at 7.50pm.

This is a ‘160 tier point’ route (80 tier points each way) according to BA’s tier point calculator.  If any good value Club Europe fares turn up then it would be a way of working towards, or renewing, British Airways Executive Club status.

If you want to know about other Avios redemption ideas from Glasgow, this HFP article looks at Avios flights from UK regional airports.

There will also be an extra weekly flight from Stansted to Florence starting on 3rd May.

Both of these services will use an Embraer 190, usually used at London City during the week, with 2 x 2 seating in both Euro Traveller and Club Europe.  Cash and Avios tickets are available now at

Win in the BTN Christmas quiz

If you get a quiet 30 minutes over Christmas, you might want to take a look at the Christmas quiz over at Business Travel News.  You need to identify 40 aircraft or airlines, often by just their tail fins.

Malcolm, who runs Business Travel News, has put together a decent list of prizes including easyJet flights, Gatwick shopping vouchers, Heathrow Express tickets and Plaza Premium lounge passes.  It is very possible that no-one scores maximum points so don’t feel bad about entering if you can’t get them all, or even close.

The quiz is over at Business Travel News here. Entries close 4th January.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (71)

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  • Harry T says:

    IHG has launched a flash sale for hotels in Europe.

    Sadly the rates are better than the Cyber Sale, so my stays in January would have been cheaper if I’d booked this week instead of last week!

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