I’ve had a few emails from readers enquiring about flights – or more accurately the lack of flights – to Madeira for the Winter 2024 season, starting in late October.
Funchal flights have now been added. They will operate from Gatwick, not Heathrow as is currently the case.
Services start on 27th October and operate daily, except for Tuesday.
Timings move around but the departure is always around 9am from London Gatwick, with a return around 2pm from Madeira.
Avios seats are bookable with the usual guaranteed eight in Economy and four in Business available. More may open up over time.
Câmara de Lobos is pictured below.
PS. Comments in our forum suggest that additional flights from London Gatwick and London City for Winter 2024 on existing routes have also opened for booking, so it is worth looking again if what you originally wanted wasn’t available.
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:
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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.
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.