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British Airways has just relaunched its Winter ski flights for later this year and early 2023.

These are the first ski flights from Gatwick since early 2020, and the first for new BA shorthaul Gatwick subsidiary Euroflyer.

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 Europe seats still available.

Ski Holidays on Avios

Rob has just booked his own flights to Salzburg for February half term. Shockingly, BA wants £4,460 for four seats on the exact same flights in Club Europe. Economy is a scary £3,448 for four – and that is hand baggage only which is unlikely for a ski trip!

Thanks to London Air Travel for the spot.

London Gatwick to Salzburg

BA returns to Salzburg at the start of the Winter 2022/23 schedules, on Monday 31st October. Flights are three times a week until December, when they go daily.

Flight continue to operate until the end of the Winter Schedule on 25th March 2023, although we may see British Airways extend flights beyond this.

The outbound flight numbers are BA2652 and BA2654. Flight times are all over the place: some days you have two flights a day, others just one. BA2652, for example, departs just after 10am one day but at 14:10 the next.

Here is a screenshot from SeatSpy, indicating just how many seats are still available:

BA Gatwick Salzburg avios availability

Heathrow Avios availability has virtually all dried up so this is primarily from the new Gatwick flights, and extends to the end of March.

London Gatwick to Geneva

Flights to Geneva are also being relaunched.

These will begin on the 4th December and tentatively run until 25th March, although I would be shocked if this isn’t extended to cover the school Easter holidays in the first few weeks of April.

There are two to three flights a day in early January, with as many as seven flights on peak Saturday and Sundays.

British Airways A320

What is it like flying British Airways from Gatwick now?

When BA returned to short haul flying at Gatwick, it said it would be under a new subsidiary called Euroflyer. This is purely a structural change – BA hopes that the difference will be unnoticeable to your average passenger. There will be no difference in terms of baggage rules, seat selection, lounge access, food and drink etc – only to crew pay.

This includes access to the Galleries Club and First lounges reviewed here, and which in my opinion are superior to the Heathrow lounges.

Club Europe is fully catered (albeit not by DO&CO, although the food is still good) whilst you get a free bottle of water and bag of crisps in economy.

You can book flights on BA.com here.

PS. It also looks like BA has added Friday, Saturday and Sunday flights from Heathrow to Innsbruck from December until March. Avios availability is also wide open.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

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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

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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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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

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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

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American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (40)

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  • Michael says:

    Just booked four economy to Salzburg for a snowy half-term break for 42,000 plus £140, cash price £3,576.48. Very glad I happened to look at the site this afternoon while stuck on a train, thank you!

    • Paul says:

      I did that last year for two and got £1500 in compensation after they cancelled two services on same day. Good luck

    • Doommonger says:

      Working on the assumption that there will be some snow…..

  • Joe says:

    thanks got some marrakesh half term flight – in economy but still. Malaga has also been loaded.

  • Nick says:

    For those wondering about S23 LGW schedules… BAEF is seeking a secondment candidate to figure out where, when and how often to fly. It’s a 3 month arrangement ‘starting asap’, so I’d expect schedules to be firmed up towards the end of that. Not that they’re running on a shoestring or anything…

    • Richie says:

      Sounds like a mess waiting to happen. Amateur scheduling led to the disaster of BA Cityflyer’s original Manchester summer weekend flights.

  • G says:

    Gatwick summer 2022 schedules? When are they being published?

    • G says:

      2023*

      • Rob says:

        As per Nick’s comment earlier, not for many months. BA is still advertising internally for someone to go to work for Euroflyer to plan Summer 2023.

  • Bobby says:

    Glad to see Rob snagged his seats before the announcement on here 😉

    • Rob says:

      I wasn’t acting on inside information! We heard via a third party. BA rarely emails the media about this stuff.

      I was playing golf with my son when it popped up. I only had one bar of mobile reception so it was touch and go! Luckily there were no players immediately behind us whilst I took a 5 minute break 🙂

      Last year I booked the ski flights whilst walking around some medieval Spanish market town. Got to move fast.

  • Roger* says:

    Any sign of LGW-Zurich returning?

  • Louise says:

    Anyone have any recommendations for a resort near Salzburg suitable for two kids under 5?

    • Rob says:

      Elmauhof – it’s where we go. The village ski school for under 5’s takes place on hotel property so it is literally 30 seconds walk.

      • SM says:

        Managed to book LHR-INN for 4 in Club Europe RTN for Feb HT, planning to go to Obergugl, hear they have good nursery slopes, kids are 4 and 7, any suggestions for hotels or ski schools in that area? TIA

      • Mike says:

        Hi Rob, is Elmauhof also good for an 8 yr old novice skier? Thanks.

        • Rob says:

          The hotel is very family friendly – look at the pool and the water slide, plus the indoor play area – but you need to take the (free) shuttle train down into the village each morning to join the main kids ski school, which is very good (we’ve used it about five times now).

  • tony says:

    Can I also suggest Zauchensee. Very family oriented, the Zentral and Zauchenseehof have comprehensive child care facilities and no lift queues even at peak times. It’s also a bit higher than many of the central Austrian resorts.

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