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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.

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 (February 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

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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 unbeatable travel 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.

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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (20)

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  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    I personally think F on the BA uglybus is the best in the fleet. As they use the lower deck for F rather than the upper deck like QR and EK it’s a very wide and spacious cabin. I don’t think the door adds any real value

  • Nick says:

    Perfect – during the school holidays. Booked. Thanks.

  • Tim says:

    Thanks Rob, two trips booked.

  • KJ says:

    Just booked using Companion Voucher. Thanks Rob – finding first class availability on BA for reward flights is really difficult. Still got another voucher to use as well!

  • Ming the Merciless says:

    12:45. Nothing available

    • Ming the Merciless says:

      Literally disappeared while I was on hold trying to book an open jaw

  • Hilda M says:

    Have thy been pulled already or all snapped up ? Looking say at 21 or 22 May – expertflyer showing F9A9 but no availability on Seatspy or BA.

    • Hilda M says:

      Have “they” been pulled – it would seem so as many more instances of F9A9 in June & July with no seats occupied in F per expertflyer

      • Nick says:

        You need Z for a redemption. I don’t think they’ve been pulled, more snapped up by those who wanted them.

  • KJ says:

    There was availability when I redeemed this morning. So it must have all been taken up.

    • MT says:

      They seemed to all vanish at the same time, so think they got pulled after people started to book!

  • Mike says:

    Seats all dead unfort
    Next time

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