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BA launches Toronto and Las Vegas from Gatwick – wide-open for Avios

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British Airways has announced two new long-haul routes from London Gatwick.

As always with new route announcements, you will find at least two Club World and four World Traveller seats for EVERY flight loaded and bookable at ba.com.

If you jump in today you can take your pick of dates.

Toronto pic

Gatwick to Toronto will launch on 1st May and will operate three days per week.  The outbound flights will be Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Gatwick to Las Vegas will launch on 27th March and will operate three days per week.  The outbound flights will also be on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

These are currently scheduled as ‘Summer only’ services, which is likely to mean that they run until the end of October 2018.

Both services will be operated with 3-class Boeing 777 aircraft.  This means that no First Class is available.

I would be wary of booking these services in World Traveller / Economy.  25 of the 58 Boeing 777 fleet are being converted into 10-abreast seating down the back.  These 25 planes will primarily be based at Gatwick.  As both Las Vegas and Toronto are served from Heathrow, you have a better chance of a 3-3-3 layout and a far wider seat if you go from there.

These flights are now bookable at ba.com.  This is an excellent chance to book yourself a trip to North America next Summer with pretty much no restriction on dates – at least until HfP readers snap them up.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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 (144)

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  • Jorge says:

    Is there a way to avoid high taxes using the BA 241? If I include a stopover will it reduce the taxes? If departing from Scotland will it help at all?

    What do you suggest for best use of the BA 241, minimising costs (taxes)?

    Thanks.

    • Alan says:

      Departing from Inverness or Jersey are the two main options I’m aware of for 241s to reduce taxes.

      • Jorge says:

        Thanks Alan. It seems to be around £40-£50 lower

        • Alan says:

          Ah yes, the APD savings will now be offset by the extra charges for non-London departures that BA impose.

  • Matthew says:

    CX just announced new direct routes to HKG from BRU, CPH and DUB. The latter being a great low tax option of just £30 in business. Either 90,000 avios or just 42,500 Alaskan miles if you have any! Combine that with a one way from HKG on the way back and you’ve got yourself a bargain!

    • Matthew says:

      Flights from CPH also go into a lower avios band of 75,000 avios plus £40 tax in business one way.

      All these new routes are on the A350.

      • Lumma says:

        Amsterdam Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific is only about £30 taxes one way

    • Optimus Prime says:

      What’s the best way to accrue Alaska miles if living in UK? SPG Amex —> Marriott Rewards —> Travel Package for 120K Alaska miles?

      • Scallder says:

        That’s what I’m doing. They also partner with Rocketmiles and other non-flying partners but likely to be much easier going through Rewards package and SPG for smaller top ups…

      • Matthew says:

        Exactly. That’s the best way via the Marriott Travel Package. Or buy some Alaska Miles in the sale.

  • John says:

    New Aer Lingus transatlantic Saver fares (with optional add ons) from October are presumably WW’s latest response to Norwegian (though you still get a basic free meal service from EI and a bunch of avios).

    With Cathay starting direct flights to Hong Kong, I hope Dublin airport doesn’t get too crowded.

  • Rob says:

    Do IHG Accelerate points count towards Spire Elite status (75000 points required)?

    • Rob says:

      No. Only base stay points, credit card spend (not sign-up bonus), Virgin transfers in, probably Finnair transfers in and points from Hertz car rentals.

  • Frankie says:

    How come all 142 comments are on one page? This is great!

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