British Airways has opened the floodgates on Avios availability to the US East Coast and Canada in Club World for the rest of 2020. This even includes Easter and key Christmas dates.
Our main article on Wednesday covered the amazing Avios availability to Asia. Unsurprisingly, this is not top of many peoples lists although I would be happy to risk a (refundable, remember) Avios booking for later in the year.
There are no risks to the US or Canada at the moment, of course.
The availability is astonishing on East Coast routes. Here are some screenshots showing days where there are NINE or more Club World seats available on one aircraft.
I have even seen dates with 9+ seats available on the BA New York flight from London City, which only has 32 seats on it!
If your family is smaller than nine, you will have even more choice.
My gut feeling is that this is a cash grab by British Airways. It needs money, and quickly. Getting you to pay a couple of thousand pounds in taxes and charges for four Club World redemption seats is a FAR easier way of getting a few quid in the door than trying to sell a flight to Singapore for cash …..
Here are screenshots from seatspy.com taken on Wednesday. A ‘hollow’ circle is off peak, a ‘full’ circle is peak. Click to enlarge. Remember that these are dates with at least NINE Club World seats showing on one aircraft.
(Do not look for First Class availability because, due to issues with the BA data feed, you will get false positives. The Club World data is perfectly fine.)
Seats are wide open for Easter weekend (10th-13th April) on most routes.
It doesn’t work everywhere. Orlando doesn’t have much, for example, and neither does San Diego. Miami has a huge amount in late April but not much else. It doesn’t cover new, niche routes like Portland, Nashville, New Orleans or Charleston either.
Turning to Canada, there is a lot between now and April if you need 9 Club World seats.
There is a lot to go at here. See what you can find.
If you are looking into next year, you can find the 2021 calendar of peak and off-peak Avios redemption dates in this article.
PS. If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on 10 good reasons to get the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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.
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.