In an aggressive move, following the Maldives being placed on the UK Government ‘Red List’ of travel restrictions, British Airways appears to have cancelled all flights to Male until 13th August.
It was only back in February that BA decided to run a Summer service to the Maldives this year. This was initially for one flight per week, later upgraded to two.
ba.com will still sell you a flight to the Maldives, but this will be on Qatar Airways with an aircraft change in Doha. This is clearly risky, because you would need both Qatar and the Maldives to be removed from the ‘Red List’ if you were to avoid hotel quarantine on your return.
I would also expect that Iberia will now cancel its plans to launch Maldives services in July.
BA flights are currently scheduled to return at a low level from 13th August, with a full Winter season (five per week) due to operate from the timetable switch in late October.
This is the second time this week – coming on the back of the launch of multiple Greek routes for routes – that British Airways has placed a big bet on the timing of restrictions being lifted. With infection data now widely available and the criteria for restrictions being published, it may be that the airline feels it can make such moves with greater confidence.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)
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.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
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.
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.)