Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

British Airways to launch flights to Indianapolis

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

It appears that British Airways is gearing up to launch flights to Indianapolis in Summer 2022.

As highlighted by @SeanM1997 on Twitter, BA has asked to reallocate Heathrow slots to allow an Indianapolis route from next Summer.

There are currently no flights from Indianapolis to Europe, although Delta ran a service to Paris pre-covid. This service was underwritten by a generous $5 million payment from the Indiana General Assembly and you are welcome to guess the answer to the question “What did British Airways find attractive about Indianapolis?”.

We will let you know if/when British Airways makes an official announcement.

PS. The same tweet also suggests the return of Calgary, Kuala Lumpur, Pittsburgh and Portland, as well as Virgin Atlantic potentially moving Antigua, Islamabad and Montego Bay back to Gatwick. If weekend press reports are to be believed, the potential for the ‘use it or lose it’ slot rules to return for Summer 2022 is worrying Virgin Atlantic because it simply does not have enough Heathrow slots if demand returns to pre-pandemic levels.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 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 sign-up 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 (42)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • Trev says:

    Well that will make the Indy 500 trip a lot easier! Excellent news if true.

  • Cwyfan says:

    When does the summer season start and finish with BA?

    What dates were flights to Calgary available when BA last flew there? Was it just summer?

    Thanking you in anticipation.

    • marcw says:

      IATA Summer season starts the last Sunday in March. Winter season starts the last Sunday in October.

      • Alex Sm says:

        It’s the same as summer time for the clocks – the easiest way to remember

        • ChrisC says:

          Only if the clocks change that same weekend!

          Which they do in Europe but not in USA and Canada for example where they change on the 2nd Sunday in March and 1st Sunday of November.

          • Alex Sm says:

            They have always been a bit rebellious… but it’s the UK where it all started, so it’s British Summer Time as a benchmark

  • Jon says:

    Would take more than 1000 Avios to tempt me into a road trip at the moment with rental prices. I have reward flights booked for a US coast-to-coast trip next year but I don’t expect to use them so will cancel at some point

    • Matarredondaaa says:

      Car rental prices everywhere are ridiculous at the moment.

      • sayling says:

        I can’t work out whether I’m amused or bemused by the comment from an OTA I’m currently booking a trip through, when they said prices were being raised by the hire car companies to “manage demand”.
        They are all pretty much eye watering at the moment

      • Tariq says:

        I thought that, but managed to get a full size from Sixt in Lisbon this week, including one-way charge for £24/day via Expedia…

    • Elizabeth Wright says:

      Down to the pandemic – lots of car rental companies sold the cars or handed back if under leases, and didn’t replace existing stock.

      • David S says:

        It’s also down to price gouging to recover lost income. In Portugal the rates are astronomical but the rental car lots are overflowing with cars

    • H says:

      I think I got good deal with Ebookers. People carrier in April 2022 from SFO to LAS £590 all in with zero excess for 10 days. This includes one way drop off charges as well.

    • Rich says:

      I’m holding onto a pay later Hertz reservation at GVA for January which I might no longer need. Current prices are 3x what I agreed (which was already too much!). It would be nice to think I could sell my option back to Hertz for a tidy profit.

      (I know it doesn’t work this way.)

  • JandeW says:

    Is that BA flights possibly to Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon?

  • Paul says:

    Any sign of MSY returning, even just a few days per week?

  • Joe says:

    One day BA will announce some routes where I might actually be tempted to visit. I get the sweetener sealed the deal for Indianapolis, but come on, how many people really want to go there? Yawnsville. Surely there is demand for some better leisure routes?

    • Rhys says:

      I can highly recommend Portland. Great base for exploring the PNW

    • ChrisC says:

      15th largest populous city in the US – larger than several existing US BA destinations

      29th largest economic region in the US – also larger than several existing BA destinations

      BA only started MSY because it got a subsidy.Ditto Nashville.

      • Brian P says:

        In addition Indianapolis will cover Cincinnati, which I believe is the largest city without a direct UK flight.

      • The cyclist says:

        Well done, now what do you think of Orients chances this weekend Chris.

    • SammyJ says:

      I’d have thought they’ve kinda got most of the leisure routes covered – Florida, Cali, Texas, Vegas, NY, New Orleans, Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, Chicago… where else would you be thinking? Other than the loss of Charleston & Savannah, where else is missing? It’s the big gap in the middle I’d like them to fill.

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      Yes, endless peripheral uninteresting US destinations and Asia largely abandoned

  • SammyJ says:

    Any idea offhand which Avios bracket Indianapolis would fit into? Same as Chicago & Washington, or the further away one like Atlanta & Nashville?

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      LHR to Chicago is 3,940 miles and Indianapolis is 3,975 miles so same bracket? I’m not sure which exact points are used for calculating the distance.

  • Brian P says:

    Absolute game changer for us, with the in-laws in Ohio. Flying thru ORD is is traversing the outer rings of hell; how is the monorail still not working… Fingers crossed.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.