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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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  • James says:

    Any idea how generous the upcoming Marriott points offer will be, Rob?

  • Sammyj says:

    Thanks for this post, bagged 4 seats in Club with 2 Amex vouchers for Dec 18-24th, never been to Dubai before.

    Sitting on 500k IHG points but not much reward availability for family rooms for 4, and nothing very appealing even with 2 rooms, or am I missing something?

    Never bought/used points elsewhere – any recommendations for a purchase to make a good redemption? Got the Amex platinum gold statuses.

  • Jeremy says:

    Flying to DXB next week – anyone know whether the Amex Plat insurance is acceptable as C19 travel insurance and if so what needs to be downloaded/printed? Thanks!

    • Rob says:

      You can download a certificate from the Amex website confirming your cover. We wrote an article, hopefully someone can link (I’m on my phone at present).

  • Babyg says:

    the LHR-DXB A380 is now showing First and Club reward seats available..

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