British Airways Posts

New California British Airways Route Has Lots of Award Space

British Airways will commence service between the Silicon Valley and London on May 4, 2016, offering daily non-stop service between San Jose, CA and London Heathrow on its new 787-9 Dreamliner. If you are looking for non-stop business class award space from the West Coast to Europe, now is the time ...
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Amenity Kit Review: British Airways First Class

Welcome to our new amenity kit review series! I will be reviewing the amenity kits on a scale from 1 to 5 (being the best) and I will rate them based on five categories:
Bag/container: design, quality and reusability of the bag. Product: quality, size and variety of the facial and body ...
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Flight Review - British Airways First Class, Atlanta to London Heathrow

At last, after months of planning and anticipating, it was time to hit the skies and head across the pond for our Mediterranean cruise.  Since we used miles, we had to take a circuitous route to Istanbul, first heading to Atlanta, then London before taking our final hop to ...

Inspired by British Airways: London to Kuala Lumpur

British Airways has produced amazing short videos in the past.  Before I include links of those, this one just came to me in an email yesterday from Heathrow and I think it looks stunning.  I wasn't aware they were starting a new route to Kuala Lumpur and I am not sure what the appetite is ...

Last Call for 40% American Express Transfer Bonus to British Airways

We're just a few hours away from the end of the most lucrative American Express Membership Rewards transfer bonus we've seen in more than a year. Last call to take advantage of the 40% British Airways Executive Club transfer bonus.

Did I take advantage? Yes, although I did not go crazy ...

Major British Airways Executive Club Devaluation in Late April

British Airways has announced changes to how you earn and burn Avios effective 28 April 2015 and let's not kid ourselves -- this is a massive devaluation. Our one reprieve is that short-haul economy class redemptions will not go up in most circumstances. Read on to find about the ...

American reshuffles transatlantic routes and schedules for S15

American Airlines is adding five new routes between four of its US hubs and select European cities in summer 2015, although these changes reflect more surgical additions across its gateway cities rather than overall growth for the combined US Airways and American Airlines entity. 
In March ...

Act Fast - BA A380 Premium Class Award Space To/From IAD Available Now

If you're thinking about a trip to Europe next spring or summer, here's something to consider - it appears that BA has released a significant amount of premium class award space on its new-ish A380 service between Washington Dulles (IAD) and London Heathrow.  I stumbled on this quite by ...

Another Costly Travel Screw-Up: Yellow Fever Vaccinations

I think my last big travel mistake was missing the bus by one minute and having to pay an outrageous taxi fee to travel 50km from central Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. There have been small mistakes, of course, in the meantime, but nothing really ...

Massive British Airways Executive Club Devaluation Coming?

Gary wrote an alarming post yesterday pointing out that Iberia, owned by the same parent company as British Airways, has obliterated its partner redemption chart for Avios redemptions. Shorthaul trips on American Airlines that are 4,500 Avios with BA are 19,500 Avios with IB! Although this is not a ...

URGENT! PSA - Burn Your Short Haul Avios

A discovery was made by Gary Leff of Boarding Area's View From the Wing Blog that Iberia (owned by British Airways parent company IAG) have changed their short haul redemption rates and created a new American Airlines only award chart.  
As Gary points out this is a devaluation of 333% ...

British Airways Companion Voucher Now Valid for One-Way Travel

British Airways offers a companion voucher when you accrue more than $30,000 in spending on its Chase-branded credit card. With this voucher, you can redeem your BA Avios for a complimentary companion ticket, paying only the taxes and fuel surcharge on the second ticket. Although BA's exorbitant ...

Booking My US Airways First Class Award with No Fuel Surcharges

British Airways flights have traditionally been one of the harder products to redeem for. Not because of their lack of availability or program restrictions but because they were just so darn expensive. It didn't matter if you were using British Airways Avios or American Airlines AAdvantage miles, it ...

US Airways Now Adding Fuel Surcharge to British Airways Award Tickets

An update on my story earlier this week on No Fuel Surcharges on British Airways Awards with US Airways Miles: as expected, a memo went out today to Dividend Miles agents today instructing them to include fuel surcharges on British Airways award flights.
There is mixed reports that the US ...

No Fuel Surcharges on British Airways Awards with US Airways Miles

Since US Airways joined oneworld, the carrier has not imposed fuel surcharges on British Airways award flights. Considering fuel surcharges run more than $800 r/t for Europe and much more if you continue on to Asia or Africa, this has been a secret boon for those redeeming US Airways Dividend Miles ...

British Airways' Unfortunate "Escape to the Indian Ocean" Ad Campaign

I've raved about British Airways' "To Fly, To Serve" ad campaign and its 2012 London Olympic ad, but sometimes ads just miss the mark--even if it is not deliberate. I present BA's latest ad campaign rolled out at London's Euston Railway Station:

From @funnytweets
Talk about a fail. ...

United's Team USA Olympic Videos

U.S. companies are never hesitant to remind us of their support for Team USA in the biennial winter and summer Olympic games. Olympic logos tend to appear near the corporate logo and special ads are taken out as the games draw close. Airlines are in a unique position because they transport athletes ...

British Airways Galleries Lounge - T5 LHR

Large spacious lounges with runway views and a bird's eye view peering down on travelers fighting their way through the busy terminal 5, the British Airways Galleries lounge  at London Heathrow is a great place to relax before a flight, refuel on many food options, or toast your friends or ...