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BOOK NOW: Lots of Club World Avios seats to the Maldives & Mauritius for Oct-Dec, even next week

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If you wanted to fly to the Maldives or Mauritius on Avios this Winter, today is your lucky day.

A lot of availability has suddenly appeared this afternoon.

British Airways Avios Maldives

Here is, courtesy of SeatSpy, availability for 2 x business class to the Maldives between October and January (correct as at 5.15pm today).

Even if you increase the search to four seats, most of the dates below are still bookable.

Avios seats to Maldives

Bored for half term? 6 Club seats available ….. if they need a PCR test you’d need the 3-hour one available at Heathrow.

Reward availability to Mauritius has also popped up. There is less here than for the Maldives, with most availability in November and December:

MRU availability

Happy booking.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 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 – 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

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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

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 (32)

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  • Jon says:

    Damn! Flights available tomorrow but no time to get a PCR test

    • Rob says:

      Eh? 3 hour PCR tests available at Heathrow.

      • Jon says:

        I guess less than 24 hours before departure is too last minute for my blood! We will keep our Scotland trip next week. Does make me want to set up a few seatspy alerts for next year though. We have Jade Mountain booked for May, but would swap for Maldives

  • Mirp says:

    Thank you. Booked for Christmas. Any recommendations for good family resort with great diving?

  • Manya says:

    A few more dates too for the UAE in wtp

  • Dave says:

    I’d like this to happen for Singapore

    • Polly says:

      Think we will change our flights from Singapore, v tempting. Lux Bel Mare was gorgeous when it was first taken over. Lovely pool, beach and food.

  • IHGNowSucks says:

    This was a very significant and time sensitive development. An email would have been very much appreciated.

    Pleased for those who were able to get flights.

    • Chris says:

      Follow head for points on twitter and make it alert on new posts. Worked out for me yesterday.

  • Kevin C says:

    Thank you. I managed to get four BA flights yesterday from Male to Heathrow in the Easter Holidays. I had to do it a crowded tube train. Now booked Emirates reward flights going out.

    We’re going to the Conrad Rangali. They still seem to have some reward rooms available.

  • Rh says:

    Is there any way for me to transfer Amex or Avios rewards to Emirates to then use redemptions with Emirates that anyone knows of please?

    • Kevin C says:

      Emirates are an Amex rewards partner so you can transfer over membership points at a rate of 1:1. You can also transfer Marriott points to Emirates at a rate of 3:1.

      I joined Skywards plus to get a reduction of 20 per cent on the Emirates points needed. You’ll have to do the maths to see if it’s worth the cost.

  • Chris W says:

    Seeking some advice having missed out on these last night whilst on hold waiting for BA to answer the phone – I already have a reward booking with 241 voucher, and was trying to change it from economy to business outbound while retaining the return leg which we already secured in first. Am I missing a trick i.e. could I have booked via different call centre, or booked online and then called up to join up the bookings together, or to cancel one of the bookings and then immediately rebook the seats?

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