It has been seven years since British Airways threw in the towel in its attempt to persuade the business travellers of the South East to head to Gatwick and on to New York.
The decision, announced yesterday, to bring back the service seems a little odd. This is especially true when you consider that, unlike seven years ago, BA will be up against low-cost competition in the form of the Norwegian Gatwick to New York service.
The new service launches on 1st May and will operate daily.
It will depart Gatwick at 4.40pm, landing at 7.30pm. The return flight will leave JFK at 10pm, arriving at 10am.
It will use a three-class Boeing 777 aircraft, so First Class will not be available.
As always with a new route, you should find Avios redemption availability wide open. Two Club World seats are available every day, as well as four economy seats. If you were looking for New York flights for next Summer but had found no availability, now is the day to book. Take a look now at ba.com.
Where is the aircraft coming from?
It is time to check your existing bookings if you have a long-haul flight booked from Gatwick after 1st May 2016.
Las Vegas is cancelled entirely. Vegas will now be flown only from Heathrow.
In addition, according to reports, Antigua is cut by one flight per week. Orlando is also losing one service per week. Kingston and Tobago will be rescheduled to different days of the week – I hope your hotel booking was refundable ….
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.)