British Airways has announced four new short haul routes from London Heathrow for the winter season, which starts at the end of October.
To be more precise:
- there are three new routes
- there is one route new to Heathrow
- there are two summer routes which are now being extended into the winter season
Three brand new short haul routes
The following three cities are not currently served by British Airways but will see services resume:
- Cologne (image above)
You may be surprised that Cologne is not currently flown, but it isn’t. There was a London Gatwick route from 2018 until the start of the pandemic.
Riga is currently served from London Gatwick as a codeshare on the airBaltic service, but these flights are expensive and are not available for Avios redemption.
Here is the small print:
There will be three flights per week from Terminal 5, starting on 31st October. Services operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The route is currently only bookable for the winter season to the end of March but the intention is that it will become permanent if it performs as expected.
There will be 12 flights per week from Terminal 5, starting on 30th October. The route will operate year-round.
There will be three flights per week from Terminal 5, starting on 29th October. Services operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The route is currently only bookable for the winter season to the end of March but the intention is that it will become permanent if it performs as expected.
One new route to Heathrow
Flights to Turin will launch from Heathrow on 10th December. Image above.
There will be just one flight per week (Sunday) from Terminal 5. The service will only operate until the end of March.
The existing BA Euroflyer service from Gatwick, with seven flights per week, will continue.
Two routes are extended into the winter
The existing summer routes to Ljubljana and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) are extended into the winter season.
Ljubljana will see four flights per week from Terminal 3, on Monday / Wednesday / Friday / Sunday.
Istanbul will see four flights per week from Terminal 5, on Monday / Thursday / Friday / Sunday.
Flights are bookable at ba.com now for cash or Avios.
To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays.
Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.