This is, I admit, not necessarily the best time to be planning a holiday in Asia.
However, hear me out.
British Airways has opened the floodgates on Avios availability to some Asian cities between now and, in some cases, the end of 2020.
You may never, ever see it as good as this again in Club World.
Don’t dismiss the idea. The key with Avios travel is that you can cancel your ticket and get all your Avios and cash back for just a £35 per person fee.
If British Airways cancels your flight due to coronavirus, you will get it all back without a cancellation fee.
On some routes, if we look ahead to December – ten months from now – there are loads of dates with virtually unlimited amounts of Club World availability. Coronavirus could be a lot worse by December, but it could also be a lot better.
Here are some screenshots from seatspy.com this evening. They show days where BA is offering AT LEAST 9 (NINE) Club World seats outbound.
If you don’t need nine seats for your family, you will have even more options 🙂
There are probably MORE than 9 Club World seats on these dates, but ba.com won’t show more than 9. I have only looked at outbound travel but the return patterns are similar.
The ‘hollow’ rings are off-peak dates. The ‘solid’ rings are peak dates. Click to enlarge.
To Singapore (Singapore is only wide open until May):
Hong Kong (Hong Kong is only wide open until August):
Tokyo (not so good due to the Olympics, but still plenty of days with 9+ Club World seats):
Seoul (to be honest, I think the days with 9+ Club World seats are just standard availability with no coronavirus impact):
Oddly, seats are still very restricted to Bangkok, Osaka and Kuala Lumpur if you want nine Club World seats.
It’s up to you if you want to risk a booking, but it is really a one-way bet given the Avios refund rules.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:
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.
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.
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.