British Airways has released a large number of seats from the UK to North America in First from £1,700. It looks like you have to travel to Inverness in order to pay this little, however.
There is no Air Passenger Duty from Inverness, which saves £150 or so. That doesn’t account for the entire fare difference as I show below.
A flight on 21st June from Inverness via London Heathrow to New York returning on 27th June costs just £1,796:
However, if you leave out the Inverness – Heathrow leg, you will pay almost twice as must.
The good news, if you are willing to travel to Inverness, is that you will earn 500 tier points for the whole trip (40 + 210 + 210 + 40).
A few other First Class fares I found include:
Inverness to Chicago at £1,696
Inverness to Boston at £1,746
Inverness to Philadelphia at £1,696
Availability for the cheap fares is pretty good. The only rule seems to be that you stay away for a Saturday night. The fare rules are not available via ITA Matrix so I can’t get the full details. You may want to try pricing it up from your nearest BA regional departure to see what is available.
If you do want to fly direct from Heathrow to the U.S., it’s worth checking the BA low fare finder as you can find flights from Heathrow to Chicago, New York, Philadelphia or Boston in First from around £2,500. Is it worth a £700 saving (and the sacrifice of 80 tier points from Inverness – Heathrow and back) to fly to Inverness first though ….?
To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays. You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card. Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
You can find out more about BA’s Inverness service and local attractions on ba.com here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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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