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British Airways adds new Maldives services – Avios seats available

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If you’ve wanted to fly to the Maldives on Avios, today is your lucky day.

British Airways seems to have relaunched the Maldives as a year-round service, albeit in a limited way.

A new service has appeared in the timetable today.

British Airways Avios Maldives

It departs on Fridays, leaving Heathrow at 19.15, arriving into Male at 09.40 on Saturday.

It departs Male at 11.40 on Saturday, arriving back into Heathrow at 19.05

Avios seats are available

British Airways has only made the minimum number of Avios seats available – 4 in World Traveller and 2 in Club World.

However, they are available, at least at 5.45pm on Thursday. Here is a typical screenshot from October (the last week of the Summer timetable) although flights are available from May onwards:

If you can find a pair that work for you, either for 8 or 15 nights, I would jump on it ASAP.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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

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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 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 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

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American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

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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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 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.

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Comments (33)

  • Matt says:

    Does Combine my avios work for you? BA page always keeps loading and expires, Iberia always throws an error

    • Matt says:

      Update – I’m in, but this is strange: You can only move Avios from British Airways to Iberia Plus – you cannot move your Avios back again.

      Any idea why pls?

      • Gtellez says:

        That happens if you have a family account with BA. You can move the avios through if you have an account with Vueling or Aer Lingus; first from Iberia to and then to BA. I just did that to book two business flights for Sept; not amazing weather but well I hope we could have few hours a day of good weather

  • meta says:

    Thanks Rob for the mention.

  • Doug says:

    Only Sept available now, I don’t want to risk the weather and missing my potential second dose. I guess more opportunities will show up eventually

  • Tom says:

    More availabilityust be getting loaded. I’ve just managed to get the exact dates I wanted in August that weren’t showing until around 20 minutes ago.

  • TeesTraveller says:

    The Rockliffe lounge is shown in the photo which is being created in conj7nction with nearby Rockliffe Hall (5 star golf resort). Construction currently underway on both lounges at Teesside Airport and should be complete by the summer.

    The terminal is undergoing a full renovation right now with an extended check-in area, ultra-modern security scanners and new shops & bars

    Suspect you will be able to fly there on a BA code soon but let’s see…

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Judging from the picture this looks like an excellent facility. I’m in Cheshire but I would absolutely consider flying from Teeside just to experience the reef and clear blue waters while waiting for my onward connection. It looks like a game changer.

      • Toppcat says:

        +1. Absolutely revolutionary. Teesside up there with Changi in the ‘top airport facilities’ stakes now. More airports should consider installing house reefs.

  • Anna says:

    Don’t laugh but the Holiday Inn Maldives looks to be a decent option if you’re on a budget! They do have overwater villas and different meal plans you can add, and rooms are bookable on IHG points. Someone posted on here a few months ago that it’s actually a decent place to stay.

    • chabuddy geezy says:

      The Intercontinental also has some reasonable food and beverages prices compared to other resorts.

    • Mrs_Fussy says:

      Anna – I have been to holiday inn, jumeirah, Niyama, taj and one & only. The food at Holiday inn was phenomenal, the rooms were a little run down when we went ( 2016) but beautiful white sand ( unlike niyama which was shingles ). The only problem is there is a local island next to it ( you could literally swim up there ) and that may not appeal to many. Otherwise perfectly reasonable stay esp if you are doing it as part of twin centre holiday. If you manage your expectations, it won’t disappoint

  • TripRep says:

    Rob I am awaiting the refund of a 241 voucher.from a flight I cancelled 2 weeks ago.

    Can I go ahead and book the outbound to MLE without using the 241 voucher and then phone up CS in a couple of weeks for them to apply the refunded one to the booking?

    • Anna says:

      If you come back to this, TripRep, I would suggest calling BA about that voucher, they normally come back as soon as you cancel (by phone anyway, I am also waiting for avios requested online a month ago!) I’ve never heard of BA applying a 241 to a whole booking, just to the return portion but others may have had different experiences.

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