We were, to put it mildly, a little surprised when British Airways announced that it was opening 11 routes from Southampton Airport this Summer.
Southampton was, as the picture below shows, a major Flybe base before the airline collapsed last year. The services will be a welcome respite for the airport which lost virtually all of its scheduled services.
The BA flights will use Embraer aircraft which serve London City Airport during the week but have nothing to do when City is closed over the weekend.
The original block of routes were:
Berlin, Bergerac, Edinburgh, Faro, Florence, Ibiza, Limoges, Malaga, Mykonos, Nice, Palma
Yesterday, BA added a 12th route – Alicante. This will launch on 26th June with flights every Saturday until October. Cash and Avios seats are available now.
The start of the other routes has been pushed back from 1st May to no earlier than 29th May.
And, yes, there is a lounge. Here is our review of the Spitfire Lounge at Southampton Airport.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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:
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.)