The cat is out of the bag. Expect this deal to end any moment now because it’s likely a mistake:
US Airways is not collecting fuel surcharges on British Airways award flights like British Airways’ other main partners do.
This is huge news because:
- British Airways flies to more American cities than any other foreign airlines.
- British Airways has the best route network throughout Europe and Africa.
- British Airways has gold mine availability on a lot of routes in economy.
- British Airways has a fantastic Club World (business class product) I’ve flown three times.
- British Airways looks to have a fantastic First Class product I haven’t yet had the pleasure to fly.
I expect this deal could die within hours or days or weeks because I do think this is a mistake. I am only sharing it because two other major blogs covered it today, and if they’re killing it, I want MileValue readers to have a shot at it first.
- How much are US Airways awards that include British Airways flights?
- How do you search for British Airways award space?
- How do you book it with US Airways miles?
Update: D’oh! Dewey Defeats Truman. This offer is dead (and was dead at the time of publication!)
The British Airways card from Chase is back with a new 100k Avios sign up bonus. Like the other recent 100k Avios offers, you need to spend $20,000 in the first year on the card to get the full 100k Avios bonus.
- You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
- 25,000 bonus Avios after $10,000 in purchases within the first year of account opening.
- Plus an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you make an additional $10,000 in purchases also within the first year of account opening.
- Together that’s 100,000 bonus Avios, which is enough for a round-trip business class award flight. Taxes, fees, and carrier charges are approximately $1,250 per adult in business class based on travel from Seattle to London.
- Lots of other terms and conditions apply. See Pricing & Terms for more details.
The British Airways card is divisive. For some people, it is one of the absolute best cards, and for other its rewards are nearly worthless.
Who should get this card? Who should not?
While other airlines search engines regress in functionality (looking in your direction, Delta), British Airways’ award tool continues to improve. While researching for another article, I came across the slightly modified ba.com and noted a subtle consumer-friendly change.
Though the change is minor, British Airways has exhibited a recent history of positive improvements to their search tool. With these steps in the right direction, we can safely anoint BA.com as the go-to site for comprehensive oneworld partner availability.
This simple search engine packs a punch relative to its peers.
Scott wrote up a detailed guide on how to use BA.com to search for oneworld partner award space. Make sure to check out his post, Free First Class Next Month: Searching BA.com to Find oneworld Award Availability. We’ve also detailed British Airways recent and noticeable improvements to their site here and here.
What’s the newest change to the BA.com engine? When should you search ba.com versus aa.com versus qantas.com? (Hint: it has nothing to do with what type of miles you want to book your award with.)
I recently had a chance to relax and refuel in the British Airways Galleries Lounge North at Heathrow Terminal 5 before my Dreamliner flight to Stockholm.
The lounge features incredible food, a wide selection of booze, some cool aircraft views, and a variety of seating areas. It is very crowded, but overall I’d give the lounge very high marks.
Just after passing security, the lounge was on my left.
Upon presenting a business class ticket, I was admitted by an agent who I later saw was surfing the BA FlyerTalk forum from her desk. After she checked me in to the lounge, I asked if she could change my seat because it was a middle seat, and I hadn’t been able to change it on my phone.
She quickly printed me out a new boarding pass, and I went to grab a seat. I favor the room on the far right with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of 747s.
Check out this buffet.
Last week, British Airways announced a new, and surprising, route to be served by its Dreamliner 787: Austin, Texas <-> London-Heathrow, starting March 3, 2014.
Image from gcmap.com
The Austin route is the third Dreamliner route announced. The plane is already flying to Toronto and starts service to Newark on October 1, 2013.
I had a chance to speak to Simon Brooks, BA’s Head of Sales for North America about the new route, for which tickets are already on sale. He filled in some of the details of the new route for me.
I’ll be following this route and all future British Airways 787 routes with great interest because my recent taste of the plane has me excited to fly it on a longer flight. See Trip Report of the Brand New British Airways 787 with Tons of Pictures.
I’ve checked into the award space on the flight, and for the moment it’s excellent for next summer. I’ve priced out several awards to find the best way to stretch your miles and get on to the route.
Why Austin? How is the award space? How many miles, taxes, and fuel surcharges to get onto the Dreamliner’s newest route?
I recently had a chance to fly both a British Airways A380 and a British Airways 787 on intra-European flights in fully-flat business class beds for peanuts. The circumstances of the flights and some photos of the A380 are here.
I booked myself a business class bed on the 787 from London-Heathrow to Stockholm for 7,500 Avios and $140. The full price was 15,000 Avios and $40, but I chose the Cash & Avios option.
The flight was enjoyable, and I wasn’t the only one in business class who had purposely booked a seat on the 787 in business class. The plane is beautiful and will be an excellent addition to the British Airways fleet.
How did the business class cabin look? Which seats should solo travelers and groups select?
Have you ever been mad at an airline? You probably called customer service, filled out an online form, or tweeted the customer service team.
Not Hasan Syed.
Update: British Airways 787 Business Class Full Trip Report
Last month I saw this thread about British Airways taking delivery of its new A380 and 787 and training the crews on intra-European routes. The A380 is flying for most of August between London and Frankfurt, and the 787 is flying between London and Stockholm.
Just by chance, I would be in Munich in August and had some friends I wanted to visit in London and Stockholm.
I booked myself a business class seat (Club World, though in this case Club Europe) on the A380 for 9,000 Avios and $40 from Frankfurt to London. I would have jumped at a First Class seat, but those seats were not for sale.
And I booked myself a business class seat on the 787 for 7,500 Avios and $140. The full price was 15,000 Avios and $40, but I chose the Cash & Avios option.
I flew the A380 Thursday, and I’m about to board the 787. I’ll give full trip reports on both, but I wanted to share of a few images of all cabins of the British Airways A380 in advance because it’s so beautiful.
Yesterday’s post about the Coolest Thing to Do with 130k and 280k American Airlines Miles got me to look at the American Airlines’ chart again for value. I found what I think are the Five Best Values in premium cabins.
These values combine low miles, low taxes and fees, and the very best products from among American’s partners. How does First Class on Etihad or British Airways for 40k miles sound?