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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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(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.)

Comments (106)

  • 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:

    https://headforpoints.com/2019/01/09/british-airways-avios-redemption-pricing-by-route-2/

    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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