British Airways has decided to bring back its seasonal route from Gatwick to Cape Town for Winter 2022.
The flights have been loaded to ba.com this morning and Avios availability is wide open as of noon. There are many dates with four Club World seats still available, and there are days around Christmas with two Club World showing at the time of writing.
Flights will operate outbound on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, leaving Gatwick at 8.30pm.
The return departs on Wednesday, Saturday and Monday, leaving Cape Town at 8.10pm.
The service operates until the end of the Winter timetable on 25th March.
Remember that, as these are Gatwick services, you are guaranteed the old-style Club World seat. However, given that you are likely to sleep the majority of the flight in both directions, it is manageable.
Don’t underestimate Cape Town as a weekend break destination – I’ve done it myself. With minimal jet lag, you can get the Friday night flight after work and fly back overnight on Monday, going straight into work on Tuesday. You’d have Saturday, Sunday and the bulk of Monday to sightsee.
I cannot stress how quickly these seats will go in Club World. Book now if interested.
Here is a seatspy.com screenshot taken at noon for dates with 2 x Club World seats available. Outbound flights are on the left, inbound flights to the UK on the right.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.
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.
(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.)