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British Airways launches flights to Montego Bay

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British Airways has announced that it will be launching a new route from Gatwick to Montego Bay in Jamaica.  The first flight will be on 13th October 2020.

With leisure destinations now at the forefront of travel, I imagine BA is hoping that Caribbean routes will keep them ticking over during the winter season.

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The route will join Antigua, Barbados, Kingston and St Lucia which are now operating or re-starting in the coming week.

The flight will operate twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with a three-class Boeing 777. You won’t be getting Club Suite on this flight unfortunately, as the Gatwick fleet will be the last to get it retrofitted.

You can book on the British Airways website here.  As this is a new route, you are likely to find wide-open Avios availability in Club with two seats guaranteed per flight.

Montego Bay is also a Virgin Atlantic route so you may be able to mix and match inbound and outbound flights across the two airlines if it helps you get the dates you want.

This could be the start of a run of new leisure routes, as British Airways looks to move its aircraft to destinations where leisure – rather than business – travellers are likely to be visiting over the next few months.


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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:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Comments (53)

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  • AndyGWP says:

    Rob – Any news or insight on a possible extension to Virgin’s policy (for flexibility on re-bookings). It currently stretches until end of September (and has done for a while I think)…

    • Rob says:

      Hard to imagine it won’t be extended whilst US restrictions remain.

  • ChrisC says:

    My patience with BA is running on empty

    Had a flight earlier this year, cancelled so took voucher (really wish I’d hung on the phone and took the cash now but phone ringing off the hook)

    Booked flights for over bank holiday weekend (AMS) using cash as easiest to do at time. Those flights cancelled so made sure I took the cash.

    Rebooked the flight home (AMS-LCY as getting eurostar on the outbound) using voucher.

    Email tonight flight cancelled.

    Looked at a date for next spring in the app – very limited options – only 5 from AMS to LHR or LCY

    Check paid for flights and many more options available – 15 in total including LGW. What gives?

    BA don’t give me fewer options just because I’m using a voucher!

    Don’t treat me badly BA just because you’ve already got my money.

    Am stuck with a voucher I guess because I used a voucher. I really would rather have the cash!

    BA sort yourself out and treat your customers right.

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