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100,000 extra Club World Avios flights have been released for booking

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British Airways has confirmed that it is offering thousands more seats for Avios redemption across its network for the next few months.

We wrote last week that we had been seeing increased Avios seat availability across the British Airways network including to the east coast US as well as some parts of Asia.

We have also seen the introduction of temporary additional flights to Seattle, Cape Town and Miami.  These flights, using aircraft no longer flying to Asia, need filling up.

These changes are a direct impact from the disruption caused by coronavirus.  The reduced demand for travel between London and Asia is clearly affecting the airline and forcing it to respond by encouraging people to fly to other destinations in the short term.

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British Airways is releasing a total of 100,000 additional Club World seats for Avios redemption across its entire network. It is attempting to pull a massive demand lever and generate bookings in other parts of its network in order to keep cash coming in.

The additional seats are being made available for travel from today, 24th February, until 31st July.  This gives you good coverage of the Easter break as well as a significant chunk of the Summer, although it finishes too early for many state school pupils.

If these seats are spread out evenly – which won’t happen! – it would means there are approximately 800 additional Club World seats available for Avios redemption per day.  This is about 10 seats per route, per day.   British Airways usually only guarantees two Club World seats per flight so this is a BIG increase in availability.

That said, based on what we saw opening up last week, it seems that the seats are heavily focused on key business routes where traffic is down the sharpest. Leisure routes are likely to see fewer seats opening up.

EDIT: We now have a list of excluded destinations: Chatam Islands, Cape Town, Durban, Hong Kong, Incheon, Kansai, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat, Nassau, Narita, Beijing, Beijing Daxing, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney.

You can book on the British Airways website here.  You have a week to book.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons to get the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card.


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:

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 (106)

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  • Okrib says:

    Spoke to CS at BA to check my previous question.

    Off peak return LHR – Toulouse end of Sept is 51,000 Avios + £2 for 2 PAX in Club. I was expecting 31,000 Avios based off the chart here:

    That seems a hell of a lot of Avios. Has something changed that I’ve missed?

    • Rob says:

      It IS 31,000 points (give or take) if you pay the historic £50 per person tax.

      You have chosen to pay an extra 20,000 Avios to say £98 of tax. This is a bad deal but the choice was there.

      • Peter K says:

        I’m sure replies similar to Rob’s were given to your original question.

  • Shoestring says:

    anybody got a Santander International bank account? any good?

  • Shoestring says:

    Poor old Mr Hoon:

    [Mr Hoon, who is the director of an engineering company, said: ‘It’s not been the best of breaks.
    ‘We’re in a very nice hotel but I wasn’t expecting to spend so much time in the room. First it was the weather and now it’s the coronavirus.
    ‘These four days have been very stressful, which will only push my blood pressure up. I was also due to return to work later this week which has just increased my worry.’
    He added: ‘The boredom is already getting to us. There’s only one English language channel on the television and we have only one book to read.’
    Fearing that the hotel’s air ducts might spread the coronavirus, Mr Hoon has switched off the air conditioning in his room, making things more testing. Temperatures in Tenerife at this time of year can reach 84F.
    He said: ‘It’s already getting hot and sticky. I don’t know how long we’ll last just stuck in this room without a clue about what’s happening.
    ‘I fear that things will only get worse and we could be here for some time.’]

    • Shoestring says:

      Indeed. The coronavirus deniers are doing nobody a favour:

      [THE Iranian government has insisted it is not covering up the true scale of the coronavirus outbreak in the country after an MP claimed the death toll from the disease was five times higher than official figures.
      Neighbouring Middle Eastern states have since shut land borders and cancelled flights to the Islamic republic.
      Iran’s health ministry said there were 64 confirmed cases of the virus with 12 deaths, but Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani, an MP from Qom, said the government was “lying” and that there were 50 deaths in his city alone.
      The World Health Organisation believes the coronavirus has an estimated 2 per cent fatality rate, meaning that the total number of infected people in Iran could be about 2,500.]

    • Ricatti says:

      That is the Spanish way of doing things. Simple, stupid and no ceremonies.

      Yokohama-docked cruise liner shows exactly what happen if you lock 1000+ people in small quarters, no quarantine, sharing breakfast utensils… the number of infected goes 20 –> 600 in days, exponentially indeed.

      • Ricatti says:

        Meaning no real quarantine, single-use items, cleaning, medical supervision. Under old ventilation systems that stir only more aerosol and no HEPA filters.

        • Shoestring says:

          Ricatti – you are correct – you know the best place to find HEPA filters in the UK? – Henry Hoover!

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