British Airways announced yesterday that it will start services to San Jose in California from 4th May 2016.
This will utilise one of the brand new Boeing 787-9 aircraft – so new that British Airways hasn’t even received its first one yet! – which means that it will be a four class service.
(I actually had an article about the new 787-9 fleet ready to go today before this news was released. I will run it tomorrow instead and it will tell you all you need to know about these new aircraft.)
The flights will operate seven days a week.
The outbound will leave Terminal 5 at 15.15 (arrives 18.05) with the return leaving San Jose at 20.00 to arrive at 14.05.
This is, fundamentally, the ‘silicon valley’ flight. Expect it to be full of Google and Apple employees shuttling back and forth. Amazingly, it is the first direct flight from anywhere in Europe to San Jose.
This announcement should open up some excellent Avios availability for next Summer.
Remember that BA guarantees to open up four World Traveller and two Club World seats on every flight. In theory, this new service should see these seats open up immediately from May 4th to mid August 2016. If you have struggled to find Avios seats to California for next Summer, this could be your chance. A quick connecting flight will get you to anywhere else in the region.
Flights were not due to be loaded on ba.com until this morning, so I can’t tell you at the time of writing if Avios redemption seats have already been loaded or not. Someone has probably posted in the Comments section by the time you read this!
PS. Remember that BA has also just announced flights to San Jose in Costa Rica. Don’t book the wrong one ….
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There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
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