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British Airways launches new route to Fort Lauderdale – Avios seats wide open

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Following on from the very recent news of a new Heathrow to New Orleans route for 2017, British Airways confirmed another rumour yesterday by announcing a new route from Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

Located on the Atlantic coast in south east Florida, Fort Lauderdale is a city of 166,000 people which sits 45km north of Miami.  BA tell me that it is famous for its sunny beaches with an average year-round temperature of 24c and 3,000 hours of sunshine.

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Here is the key information:

The route launches on 6th July 2017

There will be three flights per week all year on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

An additional Sunday flight will operate from 16th July to 3rd September

The aircraft used will be a Boeing 777 in a three class configuration, which means no First Class

Seats are now available for booking at ba.com.  More importantly, Avios availability is wide open.

With at least four World Traveller and two Club World seats available on every flight, and with flights only becoming available for booking from yesterday, there is a great chance here to get yourself to Florida on Avios on peak dates next Summer.


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Comments (76)

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  • Nick says:

    I assume the latest BA luxury sale is not much to write home about rob with the lack of coverage?

    • Rupert says:

      With the bmi discount I’m seeing J pricing sub £1500 to east coast. Not bad.

      • Canuck says:

        BMI discount…As in Diamond Club credit card? I thought that was discontinued recently?

    • Rob says:

      BA has not sent me the prices and I am away – need to do the donkey work myself so may take a day or so.

  • Rabbit says:

    Good news, bad timing. I need a flight back from FL in April and I’ve currently booked my partner and I a day apart back from Miami due to a lack of 2 seats on the same day! This would’ve been perfect!

  • Taffy says:

    “45km north of Miami “, since when did USA convert to metric? Rob
    Cut and paste methinks!

  • Wally1976 says:

    OT – anyone know if the Menzies Aviation Lounge and Skycourt Lounge at BUD are accessible to passengers on non-Schengen flights out of terminal 2B? They are the Lounge Club options at that airport. Thanks.

    • czechoslovakia says:

      Been a few years since I was there, but if I remember well, the Skycourt (ex Malev Duna) and Menzies were on the upper area of the main lounge, in the food court, and were accessible to all as they were before passport control. But this is going back a few years…
      The Duna lounge was a great place, if a bit sad – Pictures of Malev planes everywhere, in Malev colours, even the sugar sachets were Malev branded, long after their unfortunate demise at the hands of the EU.
      Don`t take this as gospel, though…

      • Wally1976 says:

        Thanks czech, that matches with what I thought (difficult to find any definitive information though).

        • the real harry says:

          according to FT, 2A & 2B share the same lounges, DF, restaurants etc

  • Matt says:

    Add to the sale the Amex deal, currently £100 off spending over £500 on my BA Amex…

    I was in Fort Lauderdale a few years ago, couldn’t get real beer anywhere, only Bud, Coors and other watery types. I don’t normally have any problems in US especially with all the craft breweries.

  • Mike says:

    Checked availability last night and with domestic connections via Edinburgh and Glasgow, I couldn’t get any outbound flights as all the domestic (reward) connections were already taken by other summer routes. The inbound was arriving at LGW (as per the route) but the domestic leg was via LHR. This is a great alternative to Miami especially with many of the the large cruise ship departures now positioned at Fort Lauderdale. Maybe next time.

    • Brian W says:

      Try locating reward flights from up here to Gatwick as a domestic only flight first. Usually there are plenty and their reward flight search just doesnt link them together with the connection to the states. I’ve found this numerous times flying to Orlando where the domestic shuttle is available on its own but doesnt appear when searching EDI/GLA to MCO.

      Calling Exec Club (or Avios if thats who youre booking with) in this event solves the problem as they can do it manually and they have always waived the offline booking fee for me as their system ‘doesnt always work properly’.

      Apologies if this isnt the case for the dates you are searching but though it was worth mentioning in case it helps you at all.

      • Alan says:

        Indeed definitely always worth searching separately. Sometimes they’re useless at releasing domestic availability far in the future though – should really be a way to force it if long-haul availability is there (bmi Diamond Club used to be able to do this via Revenue Management)

  • HIDeHi says:

    Weird that they are flying to Fort Lauderdale when Miami airport is only 25miles away. Cannot see anyone choosing BA solely because FLL is so much more convenient to them than MIA. Maybe MIA did not have capacity for these extra flights. Or maybe there are lower landing fees.

    • Isodrac says:

      Perhaps not but surely FLL immigration must be better than MIA? No doubt quicker to fly to FLL and pick up a rental to drive to MIA than fly directly there!

      • Leo says:

        +1 Avoid MIA at all costs.

        • RussellH says:

          Agreed. I was there almost a year ago and it was complete chaos. The loudest complaints we heard were in American accents.

          We later discovered that MIA is notorious throughout the USA!

        • Scallder says:

          Went through Miami September last year and using the electronic machines with an ESTA we were through immigration in less than 10 minutes. Given I’d prepared myself for spending a substantial part of the 8 hour layover trying to get through customs it was a nice surprise to get through so quickly

          • AndyGWP says:

            Likewise – good experiences in Feb this year 🙂

          • Matt says:

            Yes @ MIA they didnt advertise that ESTA work on the electronic kiosks, even denied it until all the US and residents were through – but it works and its so quick.

      • Simon says:

        Just been through FLL for a 2nd time admittedly as a domestic passenger but the queues for everything were much shorter than Miami. A Lyft (Uber equivalent) was less than 35 dollars to South Beach. I’d try to avoid the journey at rush hour though.

    • Stelondon says:

      It is for the cruise business, plus the queues at immigration are quicker. MIA can still be a nightmare at peak times. Flying from LGW is the downside

  • Clive says:

    I expect that the reason is Norwegian have direct flight LGW – FLL

    • Mark says:

      In the “cruise there and fly back” market, Norwegian blows BA out of the market for a one way fare.

      • Rob says:

        Given Alex Cruz’s alleged obsession with Norwegian I am surprised he wants to purposely launch against them.

        • @mkcol says:

          Although the few times I’ve looked DY’s timings for FLL have been pretty awful which has dis-inclined me from the off.

        • ADS says:

          it looks like Norwegian are cutting back their summer LGW-FLL schedule to just once a week … on a Wednesday !

          just chose a random date in August to compare prices – in economy
          DY o/b Wed 8/8, i/b Wed 15/8 – 712 gbp – without hold bag or meals
          BA o/b Tue 7/8, i/b Tue 14/8 – 774 gbp – including hold bag and meals

          sounds pretty profitable for both DY and BA !

      • xcalx says:

        That’s where FF miles are worth their weight in gold, the one way cost can be mouthwatering. We do a couple of Trans Atlantic cruises every year coupled with a Caribbean cruise either before or after. 3 week today we will be off again, can’t wait.

    • Stelondon says:

      A valid point

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