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 (August 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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