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 (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.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)