British Airways announced yesterday that it is switching the San Diego route to a Boeing 777-300 from the start of the Summer timetable on March 27th.
The route is currently operated by a smaller Boeing 777-200. Why is this important? Because the 777-300 will feature First Class to San Diego for the first time.
Why is this especially important today? Because First Class Avios redemptions to San Diego are currently wide open for Summer 2016.
If you were thinking about a California holiday for next year, you should take a serious look at this. You are VERY unlikely to see such good availability to other parts of the region. It is easy to pick up connecting flights in San Diego to LA, San Francisco, Los Angeles etc.
On a handful of days there are FOUR First Class seats available for redemption. There are, admittedly, some days with none at all ….. but you won’t have any trouble finding two seats. At the time of writing, for example, there are four First Class seats going out on Saturday 11th June and returning Sunday 26th June.
The tax is £537 per person, return. It needs 170,000 Avios per person off-peak and 200,000 Avios per person peak.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
(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.)