British Airways has announced four new European routes this morning. All are bookable now with Avios, so if you want to take advantage of the guaranteed Avios availability you may want to jump in.
The choice of destinations is a little eclectic, and gives the impression that BA wants to put some pressure on Wizz Air. There is also a distinct focus on the ‘visiting friends and family’ market rather than the holiday market, although there are definitely good weekend break opporunities here.
The new routes are:
- Wroclaw, Poland (image below)
- Gdansk, Poland
- Riga, Latvia
- Cluj-Napoca, Romania
All flights will operate from Heathrow, potentially from Terminal 3.
The frequencies are:
- Wroclaw – twice per week (Thu, Sun) from 1st July
- Gdansk – three times per week (Wed, Fri, Sun) from 2nd July
- Riga – three times per week (Wed, Fri, Sun) from 2nd July
- Cluj-Napoca – three times per week (Wed, Fri, Sun) from 2nd July
All appear to be 40 tier point routes, one way, in Club Europe so are unlikely to work as cheap tier point runs. Although personally I’d rather pay more per tier point and visit places I actually want to see ….
To quote BA:
“Wroclaw is known for its beautiful architecture and array of stunning bridges and islands that cross the Odra River.
Gdansk, on the Baltic Sea, offers fine museums, a dominating church building and a beautiful old city.
Riga, the largest of all three Baltic capital cities, houses a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is known for its Art Nouveau style buildings.
Cluj-Napoca, or simply Cluj, is Romania’s second largest city and often described as a cultural hub.
British Airways last operated flights to Riga in 2007, and flew briefly to Gdansk between 1999 and the early-2000s. The airline has never served the other two airports.”
And Perugia is definitely starting this year …..
British Airways announced flights to Perugia in Umbria for Summer 2020. For obvious reasons, the route never launched.
It is now happening for Summer 2021, hopefully, with the first flight on 28th June.
How should you pay for your tickets?
To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.
You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card.
Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
Tickets are bookable now over at ba.com.
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.
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