Wayfarer TV: British Airways to operate first ever long-haul Avios-Only flights in late-2024

by James Wilkinson

British Airways has announced that Dubai will be the destination of its next Avios-Only flight, the first ever long-hail, offering more than 200 return Reward Seats.

The BA105 from London Heathrow to Dubai will offer 214 Reward Seats from just £100 plus 60,000 Avios across three cabins on 26 October 2024, while the BA108 will return a week later on 2 November 2024 with 256 seats up for grabs across four cabins.

This is the first time that the airline has offered a long-haul Avios-Only flight, and it brings the total number to more than 30, including Geneva, Nice, Ibiza and Corfu.

Avios-Only flights were launched earlier this year, on which 100% of the seats are exclusively available to British Airways Executive Club Members as Rewards Seats.

Avios only seats are sold as normal Reward Seats, which means that customers with British Airways American Express Credit Cards will also have the option to use their Companion Vouchers. These entitle Members to a second seat for just the taxes and charges, or one seat for half the amount of Avios.

Reward Seats are those that can be purchased using Avios at static rates. British Airways guarantees a minimum of 12 and 14 Reward Seats on standard short and long-haul flights respectively, whereas Avios-Only flights mean that every seat is available to purchase using Avios.