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British Airways announces New Orleans ….. Avios redemptions wide open

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As I predicted the other day, British Airways has announced a new route to New Orleans.

The first flight will depart on 27th March 2017.

There will be four flights per week departing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The aircraft to be used will be a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  It will be a three class plane so there will not be any First Class.

Avios redemption tickets (and of course cash tickets) are now bookable at

BA has opened up the usual two Club World and four World Traveller seats on every service.  If you jump in now, you should have little trouble in securing seats for Summer 2017.

As this is a new route I would expect additional seats to open up in time, especially during the first few months of operation as loads build up.  That said, it makes more sense to jump in now and get something booked whilst availability is wide open.

New Orleans is also served by American Airlines from their hubs in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Charlotte so you could create a two-centre holiday, using Avios to redeem on AA for an domestic onward flight.

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 (26)

  • Sara says:

    Thanks for this Rob, I’ve just managed to grab 2 x CW next September, I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans 🙂

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