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British Airways has started to roll out its Summer 2023 schedule with a number of new routes announced today.

As usual, this means that Avios availability on these routes is wide open. You will find 14 Avios seats (four Business, two Premium Economy, eight Economy) bookable now on all of these flights.

When I say ‘now’, I mean as at 11.45am on Wednesday. Snooze and you WILL lose, especially for The Maldives.

How to book Avios seats to Maldives

The Maldives

British Airways is bringing back Heathrow to The Maldives as a year round service. Flights were due to end in late March at the end of the Winter flying season.

Outbound flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with the return the following day.

This SeatSpy screenshot show days with 2 x Club World business class seats bookable for Avios, as of 11.15am.

Seats are wide open from the end of March until mid August, which is as far out as you can book at the moment.

Avios to Maldives

Las Vegas is back!

The popular service from London Gatwick to Las Vegas is also resuming for Summer 2023, which in airline terms means from the last week of March to the last week of October.

Flights will depart three times per week, on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, returning the same day.

The outbound departs Gatwick at 11am, landing at 1.50pm. The return leaves Las Vegas at 3.40pm, landing the next day at 9.40am.

Here is SeatSpy availability for two Club World seats as at 11.15:

Avios to Las Vegas

Vancouver is launching as a new London Gatwick route

This is a surprise one. British Airways is launching flights from Gatwick to Vancouver next Summer, complementing the Heathrow service.

This starts later than the other routes, from 19th May. Flights will be daily except Tuesday.

The outbound flight leaves Gatwick at noon, landing at 1.35pm. The return leaves Vancouver at 3.25pm, landing in Gatwick at 8.40am on the following day.

This is from SeatSpy this morning for days with two Club World business class seats for Avios:

Avios to Vancouver

Buenos Aires returns as a direct service

Finally, British Airways has announced the return of direct flights to Buenos Aires from Heathrow.

This has, for a while, operated via Sao Paulo whilst loads were too low to justify separate flights to each city.

The new service will operate five days per week.

Here is a screenshot from SeatSpy for two Club World seats:

Avios to Buenos Aires

Happy booking! Remember that seats only open up 355 days in advance, so the latest you can book today will be mid August 2023.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

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.

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

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 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 long list of travel benefits 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 (164)

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  • Will says:

    Surcharges to MLE on a business ticket are more than £500 per person more than an economy ticket, plus 90K additional avios.

    Still much cheaper than the £4.5k cash price but not for me at those levels.

    Happy to slum it up in economy and basically pay for the accommodation for a week with the difference in the avios fare.

    Conversely £325 and 32000 avios is brilliant in economy compared to £1200 cash.

    • meandthekids says:

      I saw the base economy @ 32,500 and £390. Not sure why that was different to what you got. But yes, we used more avios and did 240k avios plus £750 for 5 of us vs the cash rate of over £6.5k

      • Will says:

        For dates next April it’s showing me £321 tax/surcharge in economy and £848 in business per person using a 2-4-1 so both are like for like fares. To me at least that’s beyond a tipping point.

        I’ll continue to purge excess avios to nectar and keep a relatively modest reserve for peak/one way economy and euro flights at these levels.

        • Will says:

          As for the cash rate, blows my mind that someone’s willing to spend £13k of pre tax income for a seat on an aircraft.

          Truly the age of decadence.

          • BuildBackBetter says:

            You think everyone going to Maldives is a bargain hunter like us?

          • meandthekids says:

            Thanks. I don’t know why it showed £390 for us but must have done something wrong. We don’t use BA much so I’m not too familiar with it all.
            I agree the cash rates in business felt too high for us to consider especially as the kids are very young.
            We haven’t fully committed to the Maldives yet. We will see what hotels are achievable at modest prices and then decide to keep the flights or not.

          • JDB says:

            Well, you do have to suspend your disbelief to contemplate going to the Maldives. While we could easily live with the cost, it’s the terrible value that rules it out for us, as well as being trapped on a tiny island with few activities and being fed absurdly expensive hotel food almost all frozen or super chilled; even most of the supposedly ‘local’ seafood is imported. For the price of less than one day’s not that good F&B we can stay in a beach hotel in Mexico – $360/night (inc good breakfast) in a 3 bed/bath 300m2 suite with big plunge pool right on a deserted 9 mile Pacific beach and eat there or go out to loads of local restaurants with incredible shellfish and fish arriving all day in little boats in addition to fresh produce, all very cheap. Dolphins and whales in the sea, incredible wildlife (inc crocodiles) on/around the lagoon, archaeological sites, golf etc. etc. It’s a difficult choice.

          • Will says:

            BA clearly know how to price their tickets, I just struggle to understand who the kind of person is spending £13k on a pair of flights and then presumably a similar amount on accommodation for a week or two. That’s essentially £50k of pre tax income.

            Struggle to get my head around there being a demand for 100+ seats per week to one specific destination at that price.

            I’d be genuinely curious to see what a sample of these people do.

          • meandthekids says:

            @Will sorry I must have not been clear. The flights are £6.5k for all 5 of us. Not per person. Still, that’s too much for us with small children but wanted to make clear.

          • mynameisjonny says:

            Any recommendations for Mexico JDB?

          • Chrisasaurus says:

            I’mm no accountant but I have to imagine most people are using post tax income?

        • JDB says:

          @mynameisjonny always rather wary of recommending stuff, but in Mexico we go to Zihuatanejo on the Pacific coast, 1 hr flight from MEX. It’s an old low rise old town rather than one of the modern purpose built resorts. It’s where Mexicans go and so priced for them, not foreigners and they are very fussy about good food. There’s a 9 mile beach by the airport – Playa Blanca not very developed as the sea is rough there but very beautiful or nearer Town a huge bay with calm sea and various good beaches with lots of activities and restaurants; wife particularly likes the £12 beach massages, similarly priced lobsters and £3 large margaritas. Also up the road is Troncones which is becoming a major surf destination. Mexico City has good Avios availability and a great holiday place to spend a few days with lots to see/do and serious food at reasonable prices.

          • jj says:

            @JDB, I have never been tempted by the glamour of the Maldives or the Middle East, but I have to say that does sound like my kind of trip. I must investigate…

    • Gordon says:

      @JDB, I totally agree, I am a frequent visitor to Mexico and Cancun.The problem with Cancun in the last few years is that the drug cartel violence is moving ever closer from Mexico. We stayed in the new Refurbished Hyatt Ziva in Riviera Maya in December last year and a month before in November there were 2 drug dealers shot dead on the beach of that hotel, The capacity was around 10% to 15% after the news which did not bother us, The resort was loverly and quiet, But I am concerned for the future of tourism in cancun and also the safety of tourists,

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10178813/Assassins-seen-video-Mexico-beachfront-hotel-tackling-one-two-rivals-shot-dead.html

      • JDB says:

        Cancun was lovely 20 odd years year and before they built the so called Mayan Riviera and even wonderful Tulum already spoiled even before the new airport opening there shortly. The accessibility of Cancun with direct flights from Europe and all over the US has completely ruined the place. The drugs/violence problem has been exacerbated by it becoming the new Magaluf for hordes of young Americans, even in the better hotels, to drink legally, buy drugs and get (first time) lucky in no particular order.

        • Lady London says:

          When I first started working in a travel business our Chairman and some pals were being involved in the selection of Cancún for development – appaently it was just a fishing village before international developers and all the circus was going to move in.

          It’s sad that the world works in such a way that in such a short time all that development has landed and it’s come to this.

  • Dace says:

    Good to see MLE and EZE back, however August isn’t the time I would choose to go to those places.

    • Rob says:

      Singapore flights are fully open for Avios but the seats tend to go 355 days in advance by those heading to Sydney.

    • Richard Gordon says:

      When would you visit either – months?

  • dave says:

    When are seats going to return to Asia 🙁
    I’ve been waiting over 2 years to rebook my cancelled redemption to Singapore/Thailand but there hasnt been any 3 seat return flights since

    • Gordon says:

      I achieved a redemption booking to SIN CW in June with BA. You should not have any problems as SIN is open, But BKK is a different matter, BA don’t yield enough ton that route….

    • Clayton says:

      BKK isn’t returning until at least Q2 2023. The better bet, if you have the avios or 2-4-1’s available is to book SIN in F then fly onwards.

      • Chris says:

        Agree. SIN is a wonderful place to stopover for a night or two, see the amazing hawker centres and eat with the locals and then fly on to BKK/HKT.

        • Gordon says:

          Burgis markets and Gardens by the bay is a must. The MRT Metro is clean, Cheap and reliable.

  • Just Nick says:

    Currently in Portland thanks to a BA 241 flight in Club following a tip off that flights were resuming from Rob. Now have 2 tickets to MLE in April next year. Does anyone have recommendations for hotels that are affordable and yet still offer something special.

  • Andy says:

    £500 fees to LAS? We’re here now and only paid £2.2k J from DUB for 2, well collect TP’s and Avios on top.
    Mind it’s hellish expensive here now, we won’t be coming back again for a while.
    Looks like cruising will get our money for the near future

  • ChrisM says:

    Thanks! 😊 Managed to grab two Vancouver – Gatwick seats for May. Added bonus of also grabbing connecting flights to Glasgow which are few and far between. Several options wanted us to get to LHR for the Glasgow connection.

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