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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 points from UK credit cards

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.

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios (SPECIAL OFFER) and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 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

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.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

30,000 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 45,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

45,000 Avios is a special offer which runs to 28th February 2022.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

45,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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)

  • Ned says:

    Seems that most of the availability is for leaving the UK rather than the return journey unless maybe I was late to the party and missed the chance to change my Easter holidays return from JFK-LHR to ORD-LHR. On an off-topic note, did I miss it when BA put their cash costs up across the board for avios bookings in Club? I knew it was c.£650 for going to the US but it now looks the same to go to HKG/HND?!

    • Polly says:

      Yes NEd you missed it, like we all did. Only noticed the increase when we were booking KUL in F.

  • Okrib says:

    Got to get to Toulouse later in the year which I expected to be 15,500 Avios each way (Zone 1) in Club, but it’s showing up as 25,500 (Zone 2). This is despite it being 548 miles.

    Should I contact BA or is there something I’m missing?

    • Lady London says:

      From London is 4,000 or 4,500 in Y so 8,000 or 9,000 or so one way in Club.
      If you’re coming from, say, US then any BA routing to TLS would be made up of US to London then the above from London to TLS.

      • Okrib says:

        That’s for LHR and showing up on BA website. Will have to contact them I guess.

        Made an error in the original post, it’s pricing at 12,750 each way in Club and 7,500 each way in Economy. 2 of us going and in Club they want 51,000 return which is insane.

        • AppleW says:

          LHR to TLS return in Club shows as 25,500 Avios + £1 or 15,500 Avios + £51……….so it depends on the cash amount you choose.

    • mark2 says:

      If you have Virgin Miles you could look at Air France but you will probably have to change and the charges will be much higher!

  • Hersh says:

    Hardly any availability on South American routes. Looking at internal Colombia flights for example at the end of March and there’s hardly any availability (Bogota to Santa Marta on 26th March, 27th March etc has no availability).

    • Rhys says:

      Not sure how you would expect BA to open redemption availability on domestic South American flights given it doesn’t fly them!

      • Alex Sm says:

        Why does BA NOT flying to the Falklands? And they are served by LatAn. Scandalous! Hope post-Brexit adjustments will correct it

        • Rhys says:

          The MOD operates flights to the Falklands that you can book as a normal human being 🙂

        • Fred says:

          Alex, what have the EU got to do with BA flying (or not) to the Falklands? I imagine the reason BA don’t fly there will be very simple; zero (or minuscule) demand.
          Don’t believe everything you read, especially on the side of a red bus. But enjoy your new blue passport (which is manufactured in Poland).

          • Shoestring says:

            It’s because the non-RAF flights to Falklands/ Las Malvinas have to go via Chile (Santiago), Brazil (Sao Paulo) or Argentina (Punta Arenas) – hence the importance of Portuguese and Spanish influence in these matters – not the EU as such, just 2 countries belonging to the EU & their strong relationships with South American countries – and the rest of the EU will typically show solidarity with any other EU country in external matters

  • Hersh says:

    Anyone know the best redemption for London to Bogota? I have 50k avois, 100k Virgin Atlantic miles and 100k AMEX MR points.

    Dates I’m looking at are departing London on 26th March 2020 and departing Bogota or Medellin on 11th April 2020.

    • Cat says:

      I’d see what you can find for your dates on Iberia. Book via Iberia website, not BA. Avoid APD by starting LH in Madrid, but you’ll have to re-check bag.

  • Stuart says:

    To quote the BA website:
    ‘100,000 reward flight seats available in Club World
    From just 52,000 Avios, you can fly in style. There’s never been a better time to treat yourself.’
    Where in the world is 52k avios in CW? Even at off peak pricing I can’t see a redemption at this price unless they count Moscow but then it’s actually less than 52k

  • Doug says:

    Is there any hint of additional availability from the regions to allow connections onto the additional CW seats? Struggling so far…

  • Lou says:

    So happy about this! Was able to upgrade my JFK-LHR flight to CW. Before there was no availability

  • Guy G says:

    When did BA fly to the Chatham Islands?!

    • Rhys says:

      We were wondering this too…

      • New Card says:

        Looks like someone started with the airport codes…? Was this supposed to be CLT (Charlotte) instead of CHT…? CPT is already on the list…

        • Rhys says:

          BA don’t fly to Charlotte either!

          • Anna says:

            It’s a hub for AA, have they also released more award availability?

          • Rhys says:

            Not that I know of

          • Lady London says:

            Speaking of AA, apparently they agreed to do some codesharing of their flights with QR now.

            Interesting. Especially followed by news in past few days that QR has increased the investment they hold in IAG . IAG owning IB and BA who have Transatlantic cartel, sorry I meant revenue-sharing joint venture, existing with AA.

    • GeoffGeoff says:

      Appears to be a typo for Cayman islands.

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