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DEAL DEAD: AA First Class Heathrow to Los Angeles wide open in April and May

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This is one of the rare ‘middle of the day’ posts that I run when something very interesting crops up.

Later this week, I will be writing about the new American Airlines service between Heathrow and Los Angeles which launches on March 28th, increasing the frequency to twice daily.

Via One Mile At A Time, AA has opened up pretty much EVERY First Class seat for redemption for the first two months. 

If you are looking to fly to the US West Coast between 28th March and 31st May, this is your solution.  Want 7 First Class seats?  No problem.  You will also get the brand new American Airlines First Class product on a Boeing 777:

AA First Class suite

The downside of redeeming on American, of course, is that you cannot use a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher.  If that is not a problem for you, this is a great opportunity to get seats on the exact dates you want.

It is not clear if this is an error by American or if they just don’t expect to sell many seats as the flight beds in.  If you book, your seat is guaranteed even if it is an error under US aviation rules.

Via ba.com, you are looking at 150,000 Avios and £584 per person, return.  If you have American Airlines miles and book via AA, the taxes figure will be substantially lower.  You can cancel for the usual £35 per person.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (6)

  • Cancellation with AA is $150 unless you are Executive Platinum

  • Jovan says:

    If booking via AA.com it is 62,500 miles + £197.86 for taxes one way LHR-LAX.

    Same mileage in the opposite direction, but only £3.50 in taxes.

  • Ian says:

    I’m no doubt showing my ignorance but how do I book on BA.com? When I try and search it’s only showing BA flights with “no availability” No doubt doing something wrong……?

    • Heather says:

      Search on AA if you can see it there then phone BA. It needs to show AAsaver to qualify.

  • Jovan says:

    Looks gone now 🙁

  • squills says:

    At least I’ll give credit to Big R for letting us know 😉