British Airways has been filing its schedules for 2023 this week, and as part of that it has launched a number of new routes.
Ski flights from Gatwick (click to read) have relaunched, as have a number of new flights from Gatwick and Heathrow to the Caribbean (click to read). Both had wide open Avios availability, although going by the comments on both articles a lot of that has been snapped up by readers.
British Airways will also add two more Caribbean routes from Gatwick: Aruba and Georgetown, Guyana. As these are new flights Avios availability should be wide open, with four seats in Club, two in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and eight in World Traveller (economy) available.
London Gatwick – Aruba
The new Aruba flights will operate from Gatwick. There will be two flights per week on Thursday and Sunday, starting from the last week of March.
The flight leaves London at 10:00, arriving in Aruba at 16:30 by way of Antigua, where it has a brief 1-hour stop.
On the return, flights will depart Aruba at 18:30 and arrive in Gatwick at 10:15 the following morning, again via a quick 1-hour stopover in Antigua.
London Gatwick – Georgetown (Guyana)
The Georgetown flights will operate as a one-stop service via St Lucia.
There will be two flights per week on Monday and Thursday, starting in the last week of March.
The outbound service departs Gatwick at 11:35 and arrives in Georgetown at 18:05. The stop-over is scheduled for an hour.
On the return, the flight departs Georgetown at 19:50 and lands at Gatwick at 11:45 the following morning, again via St Lucia.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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.