I ran a long article yesterday on ‘how to fly long haul planes on short haul redemptions’ – read it here. This was mainly about ‘fifth freedom’ flights but also touched on some oneworld Heathrow flights which use long haul aircraft, mainly:
Selected Finnair flights to Helsinki using a brand new A350
Selected Iberia flights to Madrid using A330 / A340 aircraft
Both of these offer flat beds in business class and can be redeemed using Avios at the standard rates. I have done both of these services – here is my review of Madrid to London on an Iberia A330 and here is my review of London to Helsinki on a Finnair A350.
By coincidence, British Airways has just announced a similar move of its own.
From 26th March, the 7.20am BA flight to Madrid will be operated by a Boeing 777. The return leg leaves Madrid at 12.20.
This appears to be compensating for a Boeing 767 service which is being switched for an A321 and may therefore be a cargo issue.
(The Iberia long-haul flight usually leaves Heathrow at around 6.30pm, meaning it leaves Madrid around 4pm.)
If you book yourself on this flight, business class passengers will be sat in Club World and will get a flat bed.
Even better, British Airways Gold card holders are able to select seats in First Class albeit with the standard Club World service (which itself will be the standard Club Europe service).
Not a bad excuse for a weekend away next year ….