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Turks & Caicos wide open for Avios in Spring 2023 as new British Airways flights launched

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If you fancy a Caribbean trip early next year, a rare opportunity has come up to snag Avios seats to the Turks & Caicos Islands.

This route used to operate from London Gatwick via Antigua, as a tag to that route.

This is changing. For Winter 2022, the route will move to Heathrow and be tagged onto the Bahamas route.

Turks & Caicos wide open for Avios flights

Even though the route is a tag to the Bahamas flights, British Airways has opened up full Avios availability all the way through (London to Nassau to Providenciales).

Even better, this is a Club Suite Boeing 777 route.

There are two flights per week, on Thursday and Sunday. The outbound leaves Heathrow at 08.55, landing in Turks & Caicos at 16.30. The return leaves at 18.55, landing in Heathrow at 11.10.

Here is the availability for two Club World seats as at 3.45pm on Thursday, via Obviously seats are available in World Traveller Plus and Economy too.

Outbound flights are on the left, inbound on the right.

Club World is 150,000 Avios per person peak and 125,000 Avios per person, return, off peak. Taxes are around £750 in Business.

Avios Turks Caicos islands
Turks Caicos Avios seats


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:

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:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 (38)

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  • NorthernLass says:

    IIRC BA offered this route some years ago (the flight goes on to GCM on the other days). It then changed to be tagged on to the Antigua flight. Obviously better for those needing to connect from regions where there is no LGW service.

    • redcat says:

      Correct. The BA flight I got on to Nassau in Feb this year (on a Wednesday) was heading on to the Turks. The one back (on a saturday) came from GCM.

  • elguiri says:

    and what’s the avios amount needed peak/off-peak? (I know I could search, but if added to article it would save numerous others having to search too)

  • Benilyn says:

    Full of Americans?

    • BSI1978 says:

      Your point being?

      • Tom says:

        That prices for hotels this winter are insane. You might think prices in Europe are inflated right now but the popular US destinations are next level ridiculous. Getting Avios flights becomes less meaningful when you then have to pay $1,500 per night for an entry level room in a not very good Ritz-Carlton.

        Definitely appreciate the heads up from Rob and normally I’d be interested, but giving the Caribbean (and Mexico/Central America) a wide berth for the next year.

        Asia a much better choice this winter with China still locked in zero COVID fantasyland and Japan yet to fully reopen, so the two main sources of tourists aren’t back yet. Prices have gone up a little but not 1.5x like Europe/Middle East and 2x+ like the US.

        • Polly says:

          Yes, agree re Asia hotels. Our fav hotel in Penang down to one third it’s usual pricing..obvs missing a lot of their regular high spenders!
          But for those w time shares it’s good to see extra T and C seats available.

        • JDB says:

          The issue of many places within quick reach of the US being grossly overpriced is not new, but in practice Americans largely like to stick to the ‘fashionable’ places eg in Mexico, Baja, Cancun and a bit Puerto Vallarta so you find silly hotel prices for often quite poor value, $200+ golf on busy courses, $20+ cocktails, restaurants aimed purely at Americans and few real Mexican places; basically you are in the US with extra sun/sea. Worse, those places attract crime, particularly now Cancun per Sunday Times. However, you don’t have to go far to find better value/cheaper accommodation, deserted beaches, $5 cocktails, superb Mexican restaurants where foreigners are in the minority, $30 golf etc. I believe Costa Rica is similar. The worst we came across was being recommended to go to the Dominican Republic – bonkers prices for crowded places, poor hotels or house rentals on overbuilt estates, $350++ golf rounds, big resort fees but the good news is that one could relax in their “Mediterranean” village! Glad we didn’t go after further reports of those who fell for it.

  • Tom says:

    Hotels look a little rich for my blood 😢

  • Alan H says:

    This now explains why BA have cancelled my flights in January / February for GCM. If only Virgin would fly this route!

    • Anna says:

      Hi Alan, thanks for the tip for Blue Rock, we ended up going twice (and having the coconut shrimp both times!)
      We are booked to go again in April so I’m now wondering if BA will extend the PLS route after the winter and our flights will also be cancelled …

    • Mandy says:

      My flight to GCM says cancelled too but I can only see time change of 20 mins. Am I missing something? Same flight number too.

    • Shanel Murray says:

      What is gcm

  • Alan H says:

    Oh and they’ve increased flight time from 12 hours to 13. Not impressed.

    • Rob says:

      … but at least its 13 hours in Club Suite!

      • Anna says:

        It doesn’t really work like that though. Of the extra travel time from NAS you spend 90 minutes on the tarmac while they clean around you, then the rest of the time in the air with the new crew who always seem very put out at having their time in the Bahamas curtailed and can just about bring themselves to throw a drink and a packet of nuts your way. You’ll be starving when you land as your last meal was the tiny BA afternoon tea 5 hours previously. Same in reverse on the return flight!

        • Alan H says:

          Couldn’t agree more…..and the club kitchen is empty!

          • Anna says:

            A swarm of locusts descended on the Club Kitchen as soon as it was loaded this time – presumably people who were already aware of the even more reduced offerings these days! Though I don’t really want Lindt balls and shortbread when I’m properly hungry, anyway.

        • FatherOfFour says:

          Have you ever swapped to better seats during the stop? Either with or without crew permission?

          • Anna says:

            No but I did swap with my OH this time so he could get some sleep in CS on the way home! He and son were in PE but as he drives us home from the airport I wanted him well rested. The flight was full so they were warning people not to do that anyway. I don’t know what would happen if anyone actually did -.people do get on at NAS so you run the risk of moving into someone else’s seat!

  • andyl999 says:

    I think all the prem/econ and business have been snapped up already

  • NC says:

    Just about to cancel some for late Feb returning early March.

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