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Where can I fly from Cardiff Airport with Avios points?

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In this article I want to look at where you can fly from Cardiff Airport using Avios points.

This article only looks at non-stop flights.  If you are prepared to change in Heathrow, you can redeem for literally any British Airways flight or a flight operated by one of the other airlines which let you redeem Avios.

There are few direct flights you can book with Avios if you’re not in London

When British Airways sold its regional operations to Flybe, it became an airline with NO flights which do not begin or end in London.  This situation has been reversed slightly in recent years as a few weekend routes were added from Southampton and Edinburgh, but to all intents and purposes there is no substantive route network outside London.

Luckily, there are still some good value options available if you live outside London.  I will list the Cardiff options below as well as all other regional options.

Where can I fly from Cardiff Airport with Avios points?

How can I redeem these flights?

Unfortunately it’s not hugely straightforward:

  • all of the flights below, except for Vueling, can be booked on ba.com via the standard Avios booking portal
  • for Aer Lingus short haul flights (not the Manchester long haul services) you will find that the taxes and charges are lower if you open an Aer Lingus Aer Club account, move your Avios across via ‘Combine My Avios’ and book via aerlingus.com
  • for Vueling flights, you need to open an Aer Lingus AerClub or Vueling Club account, move your Avios across via ‘Combine My Avios’ and book via vueling.com – but this is rarely worthwhile, as it is a straight ‘get money off a cash ticket by using Avios’ deal at a poor rate

Where can I fly on Avios from Cardiff Airport?

You have a grand total of three possible flights.

With no sign of the Qatar Airways service to Doha restarting, your options are:

  • Aer Lingus to Belfast City
  • Vueling to Alicante, Malaga

What other regional flights can be booked using Avios?

Here is a full list of ALL flights from UK regional airports which can be booked using Avios and which do not touch London.  Long-haul flights are in bold print.

Where can I fly from Cardiff Airport with Avios points?

Aberdeen

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin

Belfast City

  • Aer Lingus to Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Newquay and Southampton

Birmingham

  • Qatar Airways to Doha
  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City
  • Vueling to Barcelona

Bristol

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Cork

Cardiff

  • Aer Lingus to Belfast City
  • Vueling to Alicante, Malaga

East Midlands

  • Aer Lingus to Belfast City

Edinburgh

  • Qatar Airways to Doha
  • JetBlue to New York JFK *
  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City
  • BA Cityflyer weekend routes to Palma, Florence, San Sebastian, Olbia (Summer only)
  • Finnair to Helsinki
  • Iberia to Madrid
  • Vueling to Barcelona

Exeter

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City

Glasgow

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City

Isle of Man

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City

Leeds Bradford

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City

Liverpool

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin

Manchester

  • Aer Lingus to Barbados, New York, Orlando
  • Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong
  • Qatar Airways to Doha
  • Royal Jordanian to Amman
  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City
  • British Airways (SUN-AIR) to Billund, Gothenburg (via Billund)
  • Finnair to Helsinki
  • Iberia Express to Madrid
  • Royal Air Maroc to Casablanca, Marrakech
  • Vueling to Barcelona

Newcastle

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City

Newquay

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City

Southampton

  • Aer Lingus to Dublin, Belfast City
  • BA Cityflyer – Summer 2024 to Bergerac, Faro, Malaga, Palma, Winter 2024 to Chambery (other routes TBC)

*to redeem on JetBlue, you need to transfer your Avos to a Qatar Airways Privilege Club account and book from there. This article explains how.

It is also worth remembering that most of the British Airways partners in the oneworld alliance fly to other European capitals.

Instead of flying from a regional airport to London to pick up a Cathay Pacific redemption flight to Hong Kong, for example, why not fly to Amsterdam instead and connect there?  You may also find better availability out of Europe.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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 £15,000 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

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