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BE QUICK: British Airways launches Gatwick – Cape Town flights, wide open for Avios

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British Airways has decided to bring back its seasonal route from Gatwick to Cape Town for Winter 2022.

The flights have been loaded to 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.

Cape Town British Airways Gatwick

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 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 (June 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

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 £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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 (46)

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  • Alex says:

    re BA cancellations – how fast is the usual response re hotel / alternative flight compensation ?
    I had flight cancelled at 3 hour notice with next availability in 6 days , so had to spend 1500 for last minute alternative flights and still waiting for any compensation response for 1+ month …

    • Rob says:

      I’ve had it processed in a week and also in 3 months (the 1 week one was processed whilst I was waiting for the 3 month one) – seems random.

  • SGJNI says:

    Why would you?
    Booked months ago for Christmas, DUB/ZRH/ JNB in J, JNB/FRA in F and FRA/Dub in J on LX/LH for £1400pp! Stuff BA and their truly rubbish product. Lufthansa 2 for 1 sale. Only sorry the Oz sale dates didn’t work out.
    The side trip to MRU was £700 rtn pp in J and the trip down to CPT was ALMOST £200 rtn pp with Airlink, in J !

    • Richie says:

      It’s great that you found what you wanted months ago. If the LH flights are B748 operated, that’s pretty darn good.

    • Harry T says:

      Well, I have a BA Holiday to CPT in November with return business flights (NCL-LHR-CPT-LHR-NCL) and two weeks of car hire for less than £1200 per person. But I still fancied booking these flights over Christmas, as they are convenient, well timed, exUK and can be cancelled for £35pp at my leisure. If you value at an Avios at 1p per point, these are around £1500 per person with a 241 voucher; which is very decent for that time of year, especially if you factor in the flexibility and the direct flights. Plus we are both BA Gold, have high six figures Avios, and can choose the best seats on the plane for free and use the first class lounge at LGW. We also don’t need the tier points, as Gold re qualification is pretty much locked in with our current plans. Cash flights at the moment are absolutely horrid, so burning some Avios made sense, especially on a route that is so difficult to find availability on. So the decision seemed right for us.

      Those are undoubtedly some great prices on LH/LX too, and I hope you have a very enjoyable holiday (and your J flights are on LX and your F flights are on LH 😉). We will be flying them for the first time in Jan/Feb – booked from Dublin to Sydney for £1250 per person return on a combo of LX, LH and SQ. They do run some very keen sales! I think the best time to book cash flights was a few months back, as it’s all gone crazy now for LH and BA.

      • SGJNI says:

        Harry T

        Yes, the F flight is on LH 748i and 4 hours in the F Terminal to secure another duck!!
        Well done on the Oz seats, we just couldn’t get the dates we needed. Perhaps next year?

        • Harry T says:

          Excellent work there, I’m very jealous. Still not managed to collect a duck. Hope you manage to get a good price for some Oz flights next year. Have a great F flight.

  • Alan says:

    Since BA killed off most domestic connections to LGW these kind of things are sadly even less of an option. Any word on them ever bringing connections back or is LGW just their SE only departure hub now?

    • Harry T says:

      Yes, it’s really annoying they’ve axed the domestic routes. I hope they bring them back later this year, but I haven’t heard anything. There’s not been a NCL-LGW recently but EDI-LGW would have worked for us with these flights.

  • VinZ says:

    Snatched mine for NYE yesterday – thanks Seatspy! 🙂

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