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Both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have announced new services from London to Philadelphia this week.

American already runs a daily flight to Philadelphia and will be doubling this to two flights per day from March 29th.  The downside is that American will be using an older Boeing 757-200 operated by US Airways on the route.

As American is a partner in the oneworld alliance with British Airways, you will be able to redeem Avios for this service.  That said, American is currently releasing very little in terms of transatlantic reward seats – this is part of the reason why BA has very few seats available as it picks up the slack.

The Delta service is more interesting as it opens up a new direct route for Virgin Atlantic redemptions.

Delta will also be using a Boeing 757 with its service due to start on April 7th.

The biggest customer on the Philadelphia route is pharma group Glaxo, ferrying staff between its UK headquarters – which you pass on the drive to Heathrow from Central London – to its US HQ. 

British Airways already runs 1-2 flights per day to Philadelphia, one with a Boeing 777 (the 787 that was operating appears to have been withdrawn looking at the timetable) and the other with an older 767.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

(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 (7)

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  • Jenni says:

    Interesting that US use the 757’s from LHR, but MAN route gets the A330’s!

    • Phillip says:

      The “original” PHL-LHR on US Airways will still be on an A330.

      • Phillip says:

        Which reminds me, it was interesting to see my first A330 in actual American Airlines livery at LHR a couple of weeks back!

  • Henk says:

    The really interesting thing about the new AA flight is that it is a daytime flight eastbound. It leaves PHL early in the morning and gets to Heathrow late in the evening.

    • MrHandBaggageOnly says:

      Agreed. I personally love the morning US departures. I’ve never understood why there isn’t at least one morning departure from ATL… maybe one day! Still, any morning additions from the East Coast are welcome (even if it is on a 757)!

    • Lady London says:

      That’s really interesting. Thanks Henk.

      As I’m a cheapo and try to fly even longhaul in Y when I can, the chance to get a day flight from the US is fantastic! Thankyou.

  • Andrew S says:

    Is there no Oneworld rules for minium award availability?

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