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British Airways to return to London Stansted airport in 2024

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As I mentioned in our other article today, Sean Doyle, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, invited us round to his lounge for Christmas drinks on Monday night.

Not the lounge of his house – the Arrivals Lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5.

The second surprise announcement – on top of the ‘Avios only’ Dubai flight covered in our other article – was the relaunch of flights from London Stansted.

British Airways to return to London Stansted in 2024

This is very much a ‘toe in the water’ for now.

Where will British Airways fly from Stansted?

BA will launch three routes for summer 2024:

  • Florence
  • Ibiza
  • Nice

All three routes will be operated by BA Cityflyer and will commence on 18th May.

Flight times are as following:

Florence

  • On Sundays, BA7017 departs Stansted at 07:55 and arrives in Florence at 11:10
  • On Saturdays, BA7016 departs Florence at 16:15 and arrives in Stansted at 17:30
British Airways to return to London Stansted in 2024

Ibiza

  • On Sundays, BA7309 departs Stansted at 15:00 and arrives in Ibiza at 18:25
  • On Saturdays, BA7308 departs Ibiza at 11:35 and arrives in Stansted at 13:05

Nice

  • On Sundays, BA2333 departs Stansted at 09:35 and arrives in Nice at 11:35
  • On Saturdays, BA2332 departs Nice at 11:20 and arrives in Stansted at 12:20

Flights will be on Embraer 190 aircraft. These have 2×2 seating in both Club Europe and Euro Traveller.

It will be interesting to see how the Escape lounge at Stansted copes with the extra influx. Our last review of the lounge is here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus 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.

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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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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