British Airways launches New York to Gatwick – wide open for Avios redemptions

It has been seven years since British Airways threw in the towel in its attempt to persuade the business travellers of the South East to head to Gatwick and on to New York.

The decision, announced yesterday, to bring back the service seems a little odd.  This is especially true when you consider that, unlike seven years ago, BA will be up against low-cost competition in the form of the Norwegian Gatwick to New York service.

New York

The new service launches on 1st May and will operate daily.

It will depart Gatwick at 4.40pm, landing at 7.30pm.  The return flight will leave JFK at 10pm, arriving at 10am.

It will use a three-class Boeing 777 aircraft, so First Class will not be available.

As always with a new route, you should find Avios redemption availability wide open.  Two Club World seats are available every day, as well as four economy seats.  If you were looking for New York flights for next Summer but had found no availability, now is the day to book.  Take a look now at ba.com.

Where is the aircraft coming from?

It is time to check your existing bookings if you have a long-haul flight booked from Gatwick after 1st May 2016.

Las Vegas is cancelled entirely.  Vegas will now be flown only from Heathrow.

In addition, according to reports, Antigua is cut by one flight per week.  Orlando is also losing one service per week.  Kingston and Tobago will be rescheduled to different days of the week – I hope your hotel booking was refundable ….

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Comments

  1. Re: the Vegas flights. Are they keeping BA2277 and moving it to Heathrow with BA275 so there are two a day from Heathrow? Either way probably good news for Virgin as BA2277 went at the same time as VS43 from Gatwick so VS will once again be the only airline to LAS from LGW and at 11am is much better for a decent Vegas arrival time than BA275.

    • Almost. Flights from Heathrow are increasing to 10 per week operated by 747s. The additional flight is BA271/270 from memory – not sure which days off the top of my head.

      I would imagine anyone planning to fly from Gatwick will be transferred onto one of the Heathrow flights.

  2. CX may be launching LGW-HKG.

  3. For anyone who is impacted by the changes to Florida or the Caribbean, I’d insist on being rerouted via Miami (or one if the other islands if a connection is possible) where dates are not flexible.

    Miami is an AA hub – just ensure you have plenty of time to clear immigration!

    • Immigration in Miami has entered a new era now with self service passport control, the infamous 2 hour lines are down to just about 5 minutes. Just had this as a surprise on our recent arrival.

      • That’s good to hear. Flying through there next Thursday.

      • And how was Customs – I have been avoiding MIA for a very long time after being stuck in a Customs queue where everything was being scanned.

        • Hi Doreen,

          We came through there a couple of days ago and it was a breeze – my eight year old son thought it was great fun! As Naf has said only took 5-10 mins tops and you can complete as a family and go through the one machine.

  4. I have avios booked flights to Las Vegas for 5 of us next July. They are still showing in MMB and the BA website is still selling LGW flights on the same day. When should I expect to be notified?

    • I’ve now had an email through confirming cancellation and rebooking on Heathrow flight. A bit of a result really as we were flying out of LGW to LAS and back into LHR from San Diego as there was no avios availability from LHR going out. No need for taxis now.

  5. The reduction in services to MCO comes as a surprise, especially as the flights are still showing as bookable for next summer. A reduction in the winter season I can understand.

  6. Looking at alternatives for Orlando on the Virgin website. When I select London to Orlando the options of using miles or miles and money are greyed out. Allegedly it’s not available on this route. Has anyone else experienced this?

  7. Do you know how many Premium Economy seats per flight tend to be released for redemptions? (vs. the 2 Club World & 4 economy) . thx