I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a burst of British Airways long-haul activity.
This is a bit of a surprise:
For a start, it is being flown from Gatwick and not Heathrow
Secondly, the new San Jose route is ‘underperforming’ so the rationale for adding more California capacity is not clear
Thirdly, this is a route – like Fort Lauderdale – which Norwegian is already happily running from Gatwick. The new BA CEO Alex Cruz has spoken in internal staff videos about his obsession with Norwegian and their low long-haul cost base, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it makes sense to attack them head on.
Oakland really means ‘another San Francisco flight’
Oakland is, basically, another flight to San Francisco. Even the British Airways press office could only find one thing to recommend doing in Oakland which is to visit the Coliseum, home of the local NFL team.
The photograph supplied by BA:
…. also looks a lot like San Francisco and very little like Oakland to me. This is not surprising as San Francisco is only a 30 minute train ride or a 35 minute car ride away. It is probably a good place to start a fly drive holiday.
The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200ER.
It will initially depart four days per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, switching to Monday / Wednesday / Saturday in winter. It will be a three class service with no First Class.
Services start on 28th March. All flights have been loaded with at least four economy and two Club World seats available for Avios redemptions. If you had been thinking of California for next summer but had not found availability, you should jump in today whilst the initial wave of seats are still showing.
There were also seven new short-haul routes launched yesterday which we will cover in a couple of days. Tallinn was the stand-out.
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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