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Book now: BA adds extra Dubai flights over Christmas and New Year, wide open for Avios

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British Airways has announced an extra Dubai service this morning. It starts on 8th December and appears to run until 9th January.

Because this service has just been added to the booking system, Avios seats are wide open.

At the time of writing (11am) you will have no problem getting seats for Christmas or New Year.

British Airways adds Avios seats to Dubai

Here is a SeatSpy screenshot showing dates with at least TWO Club World seats available:

Avios seats to Dubai

Outbound is on the left, return flights are on the right. The darker circles are peak dates in terms of Avios pricing.

There is also plenty of available in World Traveller Plus. There is no First Class availability.

What aircraft do I get?

The new service is showing as an A350 so you would get the new Club Suite in Business Class. Whilst BA plans to use one on the Dubai route from 5th December, it looks like it will not be swapped onto this service.

This new flight is timetabled to leave Heathrow at 19.55, arriving in Dubai at 06.55.

The return leaves Dubai at 09.25, arriving into Heathrow at 13.10.

If you’re looking for a hotel, Rhys has just returned from nine nights in Dubai checking out various Marriott Bonvoy properties. A series of reviews will follow in a couple of weeks.

I would strongly consider buying hotel points over this period, as we did for our Waldorf Astoria The Palm Dubai trip last Christmas. We cut our bill for 5 nights from £3,200 to £1,250. IHG has a bonus running to 8th October and Hyatt has a bonus running to 31st October – although neither has a beachside hotel in Dubai. A Marriott ‘buy points’ bonus is upcoming and Hilton is more than likely to be back in the game within the next month.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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 £15,000 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 – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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 (94)

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  • Tom says:

    Thanks Rob, also booked and delighted to secure the dates we wanted, including a Boxing Day departure from London.
    J had gone, but happy to settle for Premium in both directions. Extremely grateful for the heads up.

  • HH says:

    Thanks. I almost booked earlier, until I saw the eye-watering hotel prices over Christmas…£500+/night for anywhere good. I usually pay half that for Oct-Nov stays at the same places. I wouldn’t shell out these prices for Dubai personally.

    • Rob says:

      Nothing stops you buying a few Hilton points when the next 100% bonus comes along and booking the Waldorf for £250 per night.

    • lev441 says:

      This is why hotel points are so great. I have one more marriott travel voucher which has been extended until 2/1/22 which I was struggling to use!!

      Has anyone stayed at the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort? It looks like the best category 5 (Which is what my voucher allows)

  • Tim says:

    There are far nicer, more ethical and more “Christmassy” places to spend the festive season than a theocratic dictatorship. Why not go skating in Central Park, dog sledging in Finland or shopping in Germany’s Christmas markets.

    • Navara says:

      Its cold in those places

      • Rob says:

        I’d love to him say that with a straight face when its 28th December, it is freezing cold and chucking it down with rain outside, with whatever sun there is disappearing at 4pm and his kids are bored stiff, having turned down the chance to be sitting on a beach in 30 degree sun and, indeed, helping to create jobs for people escaping from genuine crap in Bangladesh etc who are delighted to be working in a Dubai 5-star.

        Only Bear Grylls would head to Finland over Christmas (we did dog sledding over Easter in Swedish Lapland a couple of years ago and that’s much better, there is a far better chance of not losing a limb to frostbite in April) and whilst you might love those German markets, the fact that everything else shuts down for days over Christmas does somewhat take the shine off it. You’re better going on one of the pre-Christmas weekends when Sunday trading is allowed.

        • Memesweeper says:

          To be fair my kids loved New York immediately post Xmas. I suspect they’d tire quickly of Dubai.

        • Mr(s) Entitled says:

          Dont project your values on someone else.

          I spent the best part of a decade living in New York. I would take that in a heartbeat over Dubia. Christmas time is a great time to visit. I may not be alone. Or agree with you. Doesnt make me wrong, you right, or vice versa.

        • Anuj says:

          The poor people working in Dubai and other ME countries are not delighted, they have no other choice. It takes very little Googling to see the many horrific things that happen to them. Look what Dubai is in the news for today..

    • Sandgrounder says:

      I’d rather sit by the Creek and eat a great value for money biryani in an independent restaurant, founded by hard working migrants who have moved from poverty and built a successful life in the land of opportunity.

    • Anna says:

      This is the last year of me sitting grinding my teeth because me and/or my OH can’t get Christmas off! Think I’d still want somewhere where Christmas is mainstream though, so I’ve got my eye on Florida for next 2022! Eastern US is also the most likely destination to get 3 CW seats at that time of year I imagine.

    • Blenz101 says:

      Is that an assumption Tim? Even Wikipedia would have told you that their are elections for the government.

      If the sheik was called a king would that make it a better holiday destination?

      • meta says:

        I suppose German Xmas markets sell products that are only manufactured in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way without forced labour. I also suppose you only have such items at home (and this includes the material that your house/flat was built of!) . I guess UK, too, is such an exemplary democracy and government corruption, crimes, forced labour don’t happen here…

  • Andrew says:

    Do you need to take a test on arrival in Dubai or just a pre-departure test here?

  • ThePenguin says:

    A lot of woke PC people on here seem to ignore these issues when i suits them.

    • BSI1978 says:

      Particularly when noting that QR are so beloved on here whilst also remaining a notable shareholder in BA!

      Don’t get me wrong, all for someone sticking to their principles but the virtue signalling does tire. (from a purely personal perspective I detest how the phrase ‘woke’ has become co-opted to now almost act as a slur but that is a rant for another day/thread).

      We could find fault with pretty much every single destination (States included) if one so wished so let those that want to book & enjoy a few days sun to it. that’s my tuppence worth anyhow – back to the spreadsheet for me…..

    • Harry T says:

      If people only gave their money to “ethical” companies and countries, they would be on websites about making your own clothes from curtains instead of a website about premium travel and points 😂

      • Mrs_Fussy says:

        Yes ! For starters let’s boycott Facebook and stop shopping from Amazon. I love my Middle East holidays – there, said it !

  • Tom says:

    Question on upgrades. Used a 241 on this new inventory earlier this afternoon. WT+ both ways because that’s all that was left.

    I’ll set up a seat spy alert for the opportunity to upgrade, but if that doesn’t work, is it worth enquiring about upgrade opportunities at LHR check in? If so, and if available, will they accept Avios as payment, or will it be cash only? If they would accept Avios, will they honour the 50% (241) ‘discount’? Thanks.

  • Denis says:

    4 tickets purchased using 1 CV (got 3 CVs left anyway), 120k Avios and £660. Gutted no Premium availability, but a great deal considering £3100 value. Thank you Babyg and Rob!

  • Alan S says:

    Booked a couple of CW seats from Edinburgh via LHR in December using a 241 that expires in early 2022. Plenty of Avios, so seemed ideal for a weeks relaxing/warmth/sun by a hotel pool, even if we do nothing else.

    I’ll obviously do my research, but happy to hear of suggestions from anyone as to things to do/restaurants etc. My wife is pregnant, so extreme sports are out…

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