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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.

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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:

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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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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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  • Lady London says:

    Re Melia would have helped me to decide whether to look at this or not if a sentence or two about some typical or current points cost per night was included in the article – say an example in each of 2 or 3 cities 1 UK 1Spain 1 other country, would be included.

    Right now I have no idea what 10,000 Melia points would buy me but I know this off the top of my head for IHG, Hilton and Accor. As a relatively less known hotel group the usual quick list of their brands upfront might also have given me a push me to look closer.

    • Rob says:

      It’s in the original article which we link to and which we published only two weeks ago.

  • nige says:

    still 9 x 55,000 points on the german site

  • The Original Nick says:

    Hi All. What is Curve cash card? I have a the free Curve card but it’s currently blocked as I had to order a new one as it my old one was lost. I have the email about the 10% off Amazon too so a little annoyed about not being able to purchase the Melia points. Hopefully my new card will arrive tomorrow. Then again, I could use my Halifax Clarity MC to purchase from

  • The Original Nick says:

    I have 9386 Melia Rewards points. My account shows them expiring 19/02/21. Do they expire even with status? I’m Gold. If so, If I was to book a hotel for April using the points or some of the points would this stop me losing them? Or would the points not be taken until the day of my check in to the hotel?

    • Rob says:

      Buy 1,000 points for €5 and your problem is solved.

      Booking may also reset them but I don’t know what happens if you then cancel the booking – does the date remain a year in advance? Points are taken immediately.

  • Nick says:

    For the ferries, always good to remember the exceptional deal where for £40ish you can travel from any UK railway station to Dublin. Have used that many times – you can upgrade to the ferry lounge for around £20 (paid onboard or at the terminal), and even as someone who loves flying I have to say it’s so much nicer and easier than the plane. Am looking forward to trying the new boats, I haven’t done any of them yet.

    Oh and Rhys, if you do the Liverpool route… note the ferry actually leaves from the Birkenhead side of the river!

  • Concerto says:

    I just can’t get the German link, which would be much more useful for me, to work. Clicking through the link here it always says product no longer available.

  • Concerto says:

    Must just have been too late both times. As an indication, I paid 28,000 points per night including breakfast for a stay in the top notch Meliá Boutique hotel in Mallorca. They have some nice properties like this, but quite a few humdrum ones as well.

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