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British Airways launches codeshare flights with India’s IndiGo

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British Airways has followed Virgin Atlantic in launching a codeshare agreement with IndiGo.

It will operate on the following routes:

  • Amritsar, via Delhi
  • Kochi, via Mumbai
  • Ahmedabad, via Mumbai
  • Goa, via Mumbai (image below)
  • Thiruvananthapuram, via Mumbai
  • Kolkata, via Mumbai
  • Rajkot, via Mumbai
  • Vadodara, via Mumbai

The codeshare will allow passengers to book a single through-ticket from London Heathrow to these eight destinations, with rebooking protection in case of missed connections.

You will earn Avios on the IndiGo leg, as long as you are booked under a British Airways flight number, and you will receive a free snack.

Tickets can be booked now for travel from 12th October.

British Airways IndiGo codeshare to Goa

Hilton gains two Rotterdam hotels

Just a brief note, because they are not yet bookable, that Hilton has gained two hotels in Rotterdam.

Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre, by the Erasmus Bridge, will convert to DoubleTree by Hilton Rotterdam Centre.

The adjacent Mainport Rotterdam, which is a 5-star and currently part of Design Hotels, will convert to Mainport Hotel Rotterdam, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Whilst the brand switch will not take place until renovations are complete in 2024, it is implied that both will soon be bookable at as ‘Hilton affiliated hotels’. I’m not sure what this means in terms of earning and spending Hilton Honors points and having your elite benefits respected.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

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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.

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (33)

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  • SteveJ says:

    Suppose not possible to use an Amex 241 voucher or Barclaycard upgrade voucher on a booking using the the IndiGo codeshare as the whole journey isn’t BA metal? Or can one book LHR to Delhi using the 241/upgrade then add the India code share domestic connection to the booking after? As it’s not BA metal I guess not?

    Same question I suppose for the Virgin codeshare and Virgin CC 241/upgrade vouchers.

    • Rob says:

      You can’t book IndiGo as a redemption full stop, so you’ll need two separate tickets (and so no luggage interlining) irrespective of whether you use a 241 or just a normal Avios ticket.

      • SteveJ says:

        Cheers Rob, so of little use to the redemption traveller as separate bookings mean no protecting connection if first flight late and no luggage interlining or allowance carry through.

        Sticking with One world/ Avios earning, connections via Doha on Qatar are probably better bets than this BA codeshare to most of those Indian destinations.

  • Catalan says:

    Manchester? Isn’t the bankrupt city of Birmingham England’s second?

    • Rob says:

      Only oldies believe that, the pendulum swung a long time ago. I agree, when I was a kid, that’s how it was.

    • Mike says:

      When the BBC did a poll, Manchester won not only England’s second city but England’s third city too. The idea that Birmingham is England’s second city is past its sell by date.

  • JK says:

    Is it possible to book an Indigo code share flight without having an onward BA flight. For example, I already have LHR-BOM booked on BA.

    I’d like to add the codeshare of BOM-BDQ (or AMD), but when searching for flights, I’m not shown the BA codeshares, only the Indigo flight number. The BA app doesn’t even list those routes.

    So how do I book one of those code shares?

  • Sundar says:

    Interesting – Virgin has a code share with Indigo as well, recently used that.
    Beware though of taking Indigo from Delhi or Mumbai – You will possibly have to take luggage out, clear customs, go to another terminal and then check luggage in.

    • SteveJ says:

      Doesn’t that defeat the objective of interlining luggage? Was yours a particularly long connection time?

      • Nick says:

        A lot of countries require physical customs clearance at first port of entry – South Africa, the US, India, plenty others. You still get through handling on the return D-I leg, along with protection in case of delay.

        • SteveJ says:

          I don’t believe this is an ‘India’ thing though. For example book a through itinerary via Delhi on Air India you definitely do not have to collect and recheck bags at Delhi.

          • KP says:

            It is definitely an India thing. First port of entry in India requires immigration and customs, which means you need to collect and re-check your luggage.

            This is coming from an Indian who has travelled to India all his life and done transfers

  • vlcnc says:

    Not sure about this codeshare with effectively a low-cost airline. Lots of complaints from people flying with QR already and ending up on IndiGo.

  • sun7 says:

    I wish the redemption vouchers work on code share flights.

    Looking forward to BA connecting from Bangalore , Hyderabad and madras airports to other destinations of Indigo/Vistara soon.

  • Mohie Das says:

    Whatever airline you are on you always have to clear immigration and collect your bags and go through customs at the first airport your international flight arrives at in India. Depending on which domestic carrier you are connecting to, you may have to change terminals as well. In BOM and DEL particularly.

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