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British Airways to restart flights to Dhaka after 12 years

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Local media reports suggest that British Airways is looking to relaunch a service to Dhaka, in Bangladesh, soon.

British Airways has flown to Dhaka before, and last operated a scheduled service to the city in 2009.

BA British Airways 787-9

With transatlantic traffic stalled, BA is hoping to make better use of its aircraft to other destinations. In September, it announced it would be returning to Lahore and increasing the frequency of its Islamabad flights.

By launching Dhaka it is betting that the ‘visiting friends and relatives’ market picks up faster than its core US business, which remains closed to passengers who have been in the UK and Europe recently.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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 £15,000 Read our full review

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.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (59)

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  • Sideshow Bob says:

    I didn’t see a Curve card Amazon offer but I only have the free card. Does that make a difference?

    • John says:

      I got it on the free card

    • Harry T says:

      Just logged into Curve and seen the offer. I have the free card. Can’t find it again now I’ve dismissed the offer!

      • Alex Sm says:

        You don’t need it because it’s just there and you don’t need a code or anything, just spend 100 and get 10 back

  • Dubious says:

    I notice that the Melia points T&Cs says:
    [From the date of purchase, the Gift Card recipient will have six months to activate their code. Once activated, they have one year to use the points.]

    Do we know if the points are actually ring fenced and will expire if not used within that 1 year horizon?

    • Eugene says:

      I did this last year. Spend 5 euro on site to buy 1000 extra and my balance stayed live

  • James says:

    Trying to redeem my Melia points but getting an error page every time I hit the “Redeem” button. Anyone else had this problem?

  • s879 says:

    I saw the email for Curve offer and clicked on the link and bought the £100 giftcard. It’s only showing as 1% ie gbp1 in my app. Was I supposed to add it like we do for Amex?

  • Chris H says:

    Any idea how much the 1st class lounge costs? Or is it only 1st class passengers?

    • Jonathan says:

      Its about an extra £20, or free if you buy the fully flex ticket I think. They recently changed the rules to say no children under 8.

  • Jonathan says:

    On Stena you also get free lounge access if you have a Stena gold card – and its pretty easy to get.

  • Mark Peterborough says:

    Pity about Now TV, that was exactly my plan after avios was leaving.

    • Jonny says:

      Yes is a shame about NOW TV as you could also combine with special offers – so it essentially works as cash.
      It is still possible to order a load of vouchers though and add as credit to keep you going for a while.

    • Gary says:

      I came on to say the same thing. I just loaded my account with enough credit to keep me going for the next 6 months and I’m on an offer to so it’s cost me very little in CC vouchers. You can convert up until end of Jan.

      • Mark Peterborough says:

        Cheers , I think I will convert some of mine before the deadline for future use.

  • John says:

    Stena Plus lounges on their Irish sea ferries have been around for over a decade!

    What they are actually announcing is three new ferries on those routes, not the lounges.

    They are nice though, and the main advantage is if you have a car you get priority disembarkation when you arrive

    • Rhys says:

      You can tell we don’t write about ferries often!

      • BuildTheWall says:

        Rhys, why not do a review of the ferry including the lounge and cabins? Can combine with some hotel reviews on either side.

        • Rob says:

          Could do actually. Check out the Pullman is Liverpool and then try something in Belfast.

          • SM says:

            The Merchant hotel in Belfast? I will miss their cocktail bar this Christmas 🙁

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