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BA adds new Mauritius services for November and December – excellent Avios availability

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British Airways seems to have added a new route between Heathrow and Mauritius today.

This is a route which normally goes from Gatwick – I have it booked for next May – which is how we can tell they are additional services.

Fancy Christmas in Mauritius? You can book it (as of 8pm Thursday).

Here is a SeatSpy screenshot from 8pm today showing the dates with FOUR Club World seats available. As you can see, there is a lot.

There is also excellent availability on the new services in World Traveller Plus and, of course, Economy but I have not shown that.

Outbound is to the left, return to the right:

There is also a First Class cabin, but no Avios seats ….

The outbound is 9pm (arr 12.55) with the return leaving Mauritius at 22.10, arriving at 06.20.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year 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.

Comments (37)

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  • Rachel Wallis says:

    Hello travel connaisseur,

    I was hoping to book on Avios for Easter next year as it is school holiday. Any tips? Is there any hope? 2 adults, 2 children!


    • Rob says:

      Hi Rachel. Yes, there’s hope. The reason is that BA is adding back new services every week to different destinations, and on the day they are added you get the guaranteed 14 Avios seats on every flight.

      I’d set up a SeatSpy alert covering LON-MRU for the Easter school holiday period. If the Heathrow flight is a success, BA is likely to extend it into 2022. If it does, you’d get a SeatSpy alert on the day the flight is loaded and if you’ve got the Avios ready to go you can jump in and book.

  • TomL says:

    anyone been to the JW Marriott resort (previously St Regis)?
    thinking of booking a trip

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