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How to get to Mauritius using air miles, as we begin our series on the island

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Today we are starting a series of articles from a recent trip that Rhys took to Mauritius.

For once, we are not focusing on the flight because it was British Airways Club World from London Gatwick. This features the old Club World seat which is, thankfully, disappearing quickly – although there is no timetable for converting the Gatwick fleet yet. More practically, it is a difficult flight to review because both legs are overnight and you spend the bulk of it asleep.

Getting to Mauritius with air miles

We are reviewing three of the branded resorts in Mauritius – the Sofitel, the Westin and the newly refurbished Le Meridien.

We are also going to look at:

  • the British Airways First Class lounge at London Gatwick (this article runs today, the hotel reviews will follow every couple of days)
  • the excellent Priority Pass lounge in Mauritius
  • the new British Airways lounge in Johannesburg, which is how Rhys routed his return trip

Getting to Mauritius using Avios

The obvious route to Mauritius is to use Avios on British Airways which is what I (Rob) did when I was there in May. If you’ve got any questions about One & Only Le Saint Geran, you can ask me in the comments as I didn’t write a review. I booked this via our hotel partner Emyr Thomas due to the additional benefits he could secure – you can contact him here.

Surprisingly, Qatar Airways does not fly to Mauritius. If you try to book for cash it routes you via Johannesburg, connecting to South African Airways.

In theory you could also use Avios to fly on British Airways to Johannesburg and then pay for a connection on South African Airways or Air Mauritius. London to Johannesburg is not an easy route to secure, however.

Other frequent flyer miles options to Mauritius

I thought it was worth taking a quick look at some of the other ways of getting to Mauritius, assuming that you have frequent flyer miles in multiple programmes.

Air Mauritius business class seats

Air Mauritius

Yes, Mauritius has its own airline, Air Mauritius. It also has a new modern airport as Rhys will show.

Air Mauritius flies direct from London and Paris. A picture of its business class cabin is above.

These routes reflect the ties between the island and the UK and France. Whilst the UK was the last colonial ruler of Mauritius before its independence in 1968, it was previously controlled by the French between 1715 and 1810. Mauritian Creole, French and English are all widely spoken.

There is no easy way of earning miles in the Air Mauritius frequent flyer scheme. However, whilst the airline is not in any of the three main alliances, it does have a number of partnerships.

You can book Air Mauritius flights using miles from the following programmes:

Emirates Skywards

As well as using Emirates Skywards miles to redeem on the direct Air Mauritius flight from London, you can also redeem on multiple daily flights from the UK via Dubai on Emirates.

Flying Blue Air France to Mauritius

SkyTeam or Virgin Points

If you have miles in any SkyTeam frequent flyer programme, or Virgin Points, you can redeem on the direct Air France service from Paris.

You could also redeem on Air France to neighbouring Réunion and then hop on a connection for cash with Air Mauritius.

There is also a routing on Kenya Airways via Nairobi. You cannot book Kenya Airways via Virgin Points, only with a SkyTeam currency such as Flying Blue miles or Delta SkyMiles.

One other option for Virgin Points holders is to fly on Virgin Atlantic to Johannesburg and book a cash connection onwards.

Star Alliance

If you have miles in any Star Alliance frequent flyer scheme, there are various direct Europe to Mauritius routings you could potentially book including:

  • Austrian from Vienna
  • Eurowings from Frankfurt
  • Turkish from Istanbul

You could also use Star Alliance miles to book the South African Airways service from Johannesburg to Mauritius. You could use either Avios on British Airways, Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic or Star Alliance miles on South African to get from the UK to Jo’burg.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are multiple options for getting to Mauritius even if you are struggling to find Avios availability on British Airways.

Starting with our lounge review today, we hope our series of articles gives you a feel for the island.

Comments (37)

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  • Michael Jennings says:

    >Today we are starting a series of articles from a recent trip that Rhys took to Mauritius.

    Rhys sure has a tough job…

    • Rhys says:

      To be fair, I took annual leave for this trip and still ended up reviewing three lounges simply because I happened to be there. The distinction between work and pleasure gets very blurred when you do what I do!

      But yes, I have a great job 🙂

  • Londonsteve says:

    Is the IB route to JNB coming back any time soon?

    • Rowan says:

      I think that is very dependent on (A350) aircraft deliveries. Due to the pandemic Iberia got rid of their A340-600s, creating a (temporary) void in their long haul capacity.

  • PlaneSpeaking says:

    Hi Rob, we’re at the St Geran in a few weeks having had it at the top of our to do list for years! What room type did you stay in? We have a beach front junior suite – if you stayed in this type, it would be great to know what you thought of it. Anything we should consider taking that isn’t available there? I heard they offer a daily in-suite cocktail – is this correct and if so, are there any choices? Any mosquito problems? Do they offer a daily pressing service? How strictly is the dress code enforced for the restaurants that have such a published restriction? Sorry, odd questions but you’re a great horse’s mouth!

    • Rob says:

      1-we had two first floor seaview doubles, adjacent. Works better for us now the kids are full size! Room quality post refurb is incredibly high.

      2-no idea as didn’t have a suite

      3-no mosquitos

      4-never asked, didn’t take anything that would have needed it!

      5-never had any issues but this is a haunt of the wealthy and people dress accordingly (albeit kaftan over bikini seems fine) so leave that ripped Iron Maiden T-shirt at home! There is a big boutique if you feel underdressed.

      Tip – the evening buffet is amazing but £90 per head so a good half board deal is key. (When I went, half board semi-flex cost the same as room only Best Flex). If you eat elsewhere you get £90 as credit, so we’d book the Japanese place and have £360 to spend between the four of us.

      If you tennis or paddle they have multiple courts so bring your kit.

      • PlaneSpeaking says:

        Thanks Rob. Very useful. Iron Maiden? Perish the thought! We’re more on the smart side and will mutter at the over casuals. We did email the hotel and ask about footwear in particular and they were very specific about closed toe – it will be interesting to see if it’s enforced but I will look very dapper in my new espadrilles! Thanks for the tennis/paddle info – I’m rubbish at that sort of thing but crazy golf is a different story…!

        • Rob says:

          They have a little putting green!

          My wife was thrown out of The Arts Club in Mayfair the other week for having open toed shoes on. However, we’d just been out to buy some new trainers for my daughter and, as they are the same shoe size, she whipped off her expensive sandals, stuck on my daughters new school trainers and was allowed in.

          • PlaneSpeaking says:

            Thanks again Rob. Sorry to hear about your wife’s tribulations but it sounds like it worked out well. Fantastic about the putting green – I’ll have to get a Pringle jumper to match my extraordinary espadrilles! Interesting about the half board charges – half board was automatically included within our deal (which we also booked through Emyr). We’re so looking forward to it – thanks again as always for your invaluable advice.

          • Rob says:

            Good. Whilst the buffet is astonishing I do recommend trying the other places – its an odd experience going into a restaurant knowing you have £90 each of free credit to blow. The Japanese place isn’t even that expensive.

    • Jill ( Kinkell) says:

      We stayed at le Tousserok on one occasion. Dress code stipulated for evening…no shorts, flip flops, T shirts. There’s always one who flouts it! Maitre D had a quiet word, .At another hotel ., Heritage Awali… nothing said apart from some guests muttering! Attitudes are so different with paying guests feeling they can wear what they like and staff should respect that they want to be ‘comfortable ‘!,Our ‘go to ‘hotel is the Oberoi..no issues over flouting fashion there!However we have a week somewhere else first , hire the car for a week, doing the change over and drive ourselves to Oberoi..
      Enjoy the trip.

      • Rob says:

        Hard to impose a dress code for an outdoor buffet though! Only the Japanese is indoors.

  • David S says:

    We stayed at the Constance next door last time we were in Mauritius and found it to be great except for the main pool which being immediately outside the main restaurant meant that you couldn’t really use it. Think post Covid they might have made a change. Our only issue for both hotels is that you are at the end of a single road up the coast and there isn’t anything you can walk out and do or see. But great if you just want to chill out and / or take organised trips.

  • Alex Cruz says:

    You can also fly to Seychelles or Madagascar and get cheap cash tickets from there

  • SGJNI says:

    Well, clearly I’m in the cheap seats! LH/LX ex Dublin in J to JNB, rtn in F on LH, for €1500 pp with an Air Mauritius flight in J for £700 pp ish rtn JNB/MRU added to it.
    Have 6 nights in the IC for €1400 for two half board. Worried that I have really messed up as I am not in any of the “premier” hotels to be reviewed above? And I thought IHG were major points targets/earners?

    • Rob says:

      None of the three we’re covering are top tier in Mauritius but, given what we paid at One&Only and comparing to what Rhys has written and pictured, you’re paying less than half the money for more than half the experience. Thus it always was at luxury hotels of course.

  • Dev says:

    If flying via Nairobi, take the KQ flight on Fridays, it’s a Dreamliner all the way to Mauritius. KQ now has a codeshare with BA so you can also fly on BA to Nairobi and connect on KQ flights onwards on the same ticket.

    There might be a long layover to factor in so double check the itinerary before booking.

  • Boi says:

    We always got 6 reward seats with BA or Virgin to JNB when we lived in U.K.- we must have been lucky. We usually booked late…..

    Kids preferred Virgin to BA

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