Green list alert: Great Avios availability to Gibraltar for 2 with British Airways this summer

May 11, 2021

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Last Friday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the long-awaited traffic light system for leisure travel from 17 May. Each destination has been added to a green, amber or red category. The bad news is that most foreign destinations have, at this stage, landed on the amber or red lists, meaning you will have to quarantine on your return, either at home for amber destinations, or in a managed hotel facility for red countries.

The list becomes even more complicated when considering some of the green list countries aren’t currently allowing U.K. tourists entry, though this may change as the U.K.’s vaccination programme continues, the weather warms up and cases continue to drop.

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If you are looking for a safe bet this summer, consider the tiny British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar (GIB). There’s plenty of direct flights from the U.K., meaning no potential transits in amber or red countries. Although it doesn’t have hundreds of miles of unspoiled beaches like neighbouring Spain, its position on the southern tip of Spain means it enjoys fantastic weather right throughout summer.

While we still shiver through weather in the mid-teens in the U.K. this week, it’s already sunny and mid-20s in Gibraltar.

Being a fairly safe bet for a summer holiday this year as a British Overseas Territory with more than 100% of its residents fully vaccinated and no active cases, cash fares particularly flying British Airways are quickly increasing in price, especially in late May and early June.

(Image courtesy of Google Flights)

Fortunately, if you’re sitting on a pile of Avios after months of not travelling or cancelled 2020 bookings and desperate for some sunshine, there’s excellent award availability flying British Airways from London Heathrow (LHR) to GIB this summer. British Airways has also launched a new route from London City (LCY) to Gibraltar in anticipation of increased demand this summer. As of time of publication, I’m only seeing award availability from Heathrow rather than City, though this may change.

I’ve used the handy SeatSpy tool to check availability and there are at least two seats in Euro Traveller on the following dates:

  • London (LHR) to Gibraltar (GIB): June 4 – 6, 13, 18, 20, 22 – 25 and 27 – 30; July 2, 4, 6 – 9, 11 – 15, 19 – 21, 23 and and 27.
  • Gibraltar (GIB) to London (LHR): May 22 and 29; June 11 – 12, 14, 18, 19, 22 – 26 and 28; July 1 – 30 (every day).

There are at least two seats in Club Europe on the following dates:

  • London (LHR) to Gibraltar (GIB): June 3 – 6, 11 – 14, 16, 18 and 19 – 30; July 1 – 16, 18 – 21, 23, 26 – 28 and 30.
  • Gibraltar (GIB) to London (LHR): May 18 – 22, 25 and 27 – 30; June 11 – 14, 17 – 26 and 28 – 30; July 1 – 31 (every day).

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Gibraltar is a British Airways Reward Flight Saver destination, meaning there’s a fixed charge of just £17.50 in fees, taxes and surcharges per person each way in Euro Traveller and £25 in Club Europe.

You’ll need 7,250 Avios in Euro Traveller for off-peak dates and 8,250 Avios for peak dates each way to Gibraltar (GIB), while it’s 13,500/15,750 in Club Europe. Most of the above dates in June are off-peak with most July dates pricing as peak.

Bottom line

We have our fingers crossed plenty more of Europe makes it onto the green list at some stage this summer, allowing for much-needed holidays. Until then, Gibraltar is a pretty safe bet if you have Avios to use and a desire for some sunshine over the next few months.

Featured image by Karl Heinz Landwehr / EyeEm

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