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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.

Avios seats to Maldives

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 (May 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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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  • wilsnunn says:

    My seat alerts for MLE from SeatSpy started pinging and I couldn’t believe my eyes!! Already snagged one a few weeks ago and tempted by another.

  • Andrew P says:

    And Mauritius! We are in the Maldives now, if only I could share a photo!!! Cinnamon dhonveil. It’s really lovely, we needed a pcr before leaving Uk (96 hours) filled in one simple form online, uploading a photo of the test, and vaccination certificate. On arrival it is all linked to the passport, and we were out the airport in 30mins.

    • Blenz101 says:

      That form is far from simple! Don’t forget you need to fill in almost the same form again to depart!

  • DZOO says:

    I thought there had been some announcement of a heightened quarantine requirement or similar… very unusual!

  • chris says:

    Just snagged a ggl space available upgrade to first in November. Only 2 rows of first on the sat maps so it might be club suites in business for those thinking about it.

    • Sam G says:

      yes they’re on the 8F / 76 CS 777-300s so it’s not too surprising they’ve got some space up front to fill!

  • MJ says:

    Booked two seats using companion voucher for January. Seat map looks like club suites

  • Anna says:

    Could this mean that either the UK is about to go into lockdown, or the Indian Ocean territories are going to bar us, and BA is trying to rake in some cash which then can’t be recouped without a 3 hour wait on the phone?!

    • Anna says:

      NB, just bitter as can’t go away at Xmas!

    • Andrew says:

      The U.K. won’t go into another lockdown, that’s like plan Z and we’re not even on plan B yet.

      • Tariq says:

        Problem is, half the population are baying for it, and the other half don’t trust the bedwetting bastards in Downing St not to piss the national bed again…

  • Benilyn says:

    BOOM thanks Rob! Can now fly direct vs indirect with EK (which I wouldn’t mind but with a baby so direct just easier I reckon)

  • Lee says:

    Realistically how many countries in next few weeks will remain open to uk travellers if the covid numbers continue in this fashion ?

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