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Four First Class Avios seats to Johannesburg bookable across April / May / June 2023

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A quick heads up that, following the switch to an A380 on the Johannesburg route for the Summer 2023 flying season, a huge amount of First Class Avios availability has been made available.

You need to be looking at April, May and June, so the best of the weather is behind you, but I know that it will still appeal to many readers.

(EDIT: 2pm Wed. Our readers snapped up these seats quickly. Apologies if you cannot find anything available.)

FOUR First Class Avios seats to Johannesburg

Here is a screenshot from SeatSpy, our preferred award seach tool, at 9.45am today.

This shows days with FOUR First Class Avios seats available to Johannesburg on British Airways. If you only need one, two or three seats you will find plenty of additional dates. Some dates have six First Class seats available.

The left column shows outbound flights, the right column shows inbound flights:

Obviously, as this is an A380, you are not getting the new First Class suite with the closing door. However, as availability for Avios on the Boeing 777 routes which have the new suite is very, very thin (it is only an eight seat cabin) you should be grateful it is the old seat:

First class seat

Remember that, since Comair went into receivership, there is no longer any option to use Avios for a connection to Cape Town.

You can learn more about using Avios for First Class seats on British Airways in our guide here.

Here is the recent review by Rhys of the very impressive new British Airways lounge in Johannesburg.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2023)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 a huge range of valuable 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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