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Cape Town showing some pre-Christmas Avios availability in First and Club

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We’ve run a few articles over the last couple of weeks showing routes where British Airways has surprisingly decent – by usual standards – Avios availability over Christmas.

This is being triggered by BA adding new flights to the schedule, and the ‘guaranteed’ 14 Avios seats on each immediately showing up for booking.

This afternoon I want to take a look at Cape Town.

Cape Town on Avios

As long as you can afford the hiked hotel prices, South Africa is one of the loveliest places to go in the UK Winter.

British Airways has been promising additional services now that it is off the Red List and a chunk of Avios availability appeared today.

Here is December in Business Class for two people as of 2.30pm:

Avios to Cape Town

There are additional return dates available from Johannesburg:

Avios to Johannesburg

Here is First Class for two people as of 2.30pm:

Avios to Cape Town

There are also additional return dates from Johannesburg:

Avios to Johannesburg

Outbound is on the left, inbound is on the right.

There isn’t huge amounts, and it is mainly before Christmas, but of course the upside there is that you miss the most excessive days of hiked hotel pricing.

Screenshots are from SeatSpy, where you can set up your own alerts to track availability.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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.)

Comments (11)

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  • BSI1978 says:

    Cheers Rob,

    Already had flights booked for early February 🙌🏾

    Does anyone have hotel recommendations? Flex on budget and not fussed about chain/status. Ideally close to Table Mountain with some decent outside space. Seem to recall a good review of The Churchyard, or maybe Vineyard a couple of years ago?

    • Amy C says:

      I’m also going early Feb. Can’t say I’ve heard of the two you mention. I’m guest housing it this time around, stayed at The Townhouse hotel in central CT in 2016 which was perfectly fine but no outside space. Don’t know if you’ve been before or not but can well recommend the hop on tourist bus for sheer ease of getting to all the spots. It’s so cheap and well run.

    • Trish says:

      The Vineyard hotel is lovely and has a really nice pool and beautiful gardens, but it isn’t near to Table mountain or the waterfront. The guest house we have stayed in is now closed but If you aren’t too bothered about staying in the suburbs, the Banksia boutique hotel is very nice.

      • WaynedP says:


        Worked well for UK friends & family who attended our wedding.

        Easier access to False Bay beaches like Muizenberg & Fish Hoek (incl Jackass Penguins at Boulders Beach) than city locations, but with relatively quick access into town, V&A waterfront and Atlantic coast venues like Camps Bay along the M3. You’ll need a car in Cape Town.

        Only downside I can see is Vineyard Hotel is independent, so no loyalty points, but otherwise lovely family-run hotel a stone’s throw away from Newlands Cricket Ground.

        Cape Town is magic all year round, but best UK winter escape time is mid-Jan (after schools are back) to end Feb if you can travel outside of school terms.

    • MarkS says:

      The vineyard is beautiful. Rooms a bit dated but the setting and broader Hotel is amazing and while you’re not on the doorstep of the V&A, beaches etc you have Constantia with its vineyards and fantastic restaurants to enjoy

  • Mark Phillips says:

    I can highly recommend Lezard Bleu Guest House. Have stayed there 4 or 5 times and can’t wait to go again.

  • samframpton says:

    flights are now dead

  • FlyingChris says:

    Any sign VS might add Christmas capacity to Cape Town in the coming weeks? Only seem to resume flights in Jan currently.

  • Nick says:

    Probably far too ‘cheap’ for people on here but I really loved the new Radisson Red just up from the V&A. Cool hotel with interesting set up and modern decor, walkable into the old city as well as the waterfront, next to a really cool art gallery, and easy access anywhere else I wanted to go. Downside is that it made me feel very old!

  • cabal of rabid baboons says:

    Mount Nelson is lovely, Cape Grace less so in my opinion.

  • Bob says:

    Loft rooms at the Protea Victoria Junction are my favourite place to stay. Basically an apartment with a mezzanine level with the bedroom on.

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