British Airways has launched some enticing £1,000 Club Suite fares to Dubai. The bad news is that you will need to start your trip in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia before connecting in London. The comments below suggest that this also works from Portugal and possibly other countries in southern Europe.
Here is an example from early March. The fare seems widely available as long as you stay three nights:
You could skip the last leg from London to Spain as long as you were only flying with hand baggage. Checked bags will be automatically sent to the Spanish flight if your connecting flight departs from Heathrow.
You MUST fly to Spain to take the first flight. Your entire ticket will be automatically cancelled if you fail to check-in in Spain and try to board in London instead.
Whilst it is clearly a bit of a diversion, I think that if you spent a night in Spain on the way it would make it into more a two-centre holiday.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.