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BA bits: LA and San Jose 787 cancellations, good US Winter Club World fares, are YOU called Harry or Meg(h)an?

BA news in brief:

British Airways US cancellations

The curse of the Boeing 787-9 is now starting to bite at British Airways.

The following services are cancelled due to a shortage of long-haul aircraft due to engine problems:

Los Angeles (flights BA281/280 only): from now to 24th May, and from 29th May to 30th June

San Jose: suspended completely from 1st – 3rd June and from 9th – 18th June

British Airways 787 cancellations

Good British Airways sale fares to the US and Canada for the Winter

The ‘coming and going’ heavily discounted Club World fares to the US are back for anyone who can commit to travelling in 6+ months time.

These fares are valid for travel:

OUT:  six months from today (so 16/11) to 11/12, 24/12 to 31/12, 1/1 to 2/1 (!), 15/2 to 29/3

IN: 29/10 to 31/12, 20/2 to 6/4

….. so, nothing before mid November.  You can only travel outbound mid-week (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) and inbound Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Here are some sample fares from Heathrow for November.  These prices may be available from some regional airports too.  Other destinations in the US and Canada are available as long as they served with a direct BA or AA flight:

  • Atlanta £1,411
  • Boston £1,321
  • Calgary £1,438
  • Chicago £1,436
  • Dallas £1,451
  • Denver £1,471
  • Houston £1,461
  • Miami £1,521
  • Nashville £1,412
  • New York £1,351
  • Phoenix £1,531
  • San Diego £1,461
  • San Francisco £1,461

I would strongly recommend also pricing up the flights on the BA Holidays website here.  Adding a car or a hotel may not cost much more and could even end up being less!  You also get the benefit of only having to pay a ‘from £150’ deposit now to secure your trip.

Where American Airlines flies the route, you can pick AA instead of BA for the same price.  You should check the exact configuration of the aircraft type shown but it is likely to be a better seat than Club World, especially if travelling alone.

British Airways Harry and Megham first class lounge first wing access

Are YOU called Harry or Meg(h)an and flying this weekend?

If you are, but you’re not flying, and want to check out BA’s Galleries First lounge you may want to book yourself a quick weekend break.  Or perhaps just a quick there and back to Manchester!

Any British Airways passenger flying out of Terminal 5 this Saturday, the day of the wedding, who is called Harry, Meghan or Megan, will be allowed to use the First Wing private security channel and the Galleries First lounge.

This offer applies to everyone travelling with Harry or Meg(h)an too.

That is the good bit.  Here is the silly bit.

BA93 (13.10) to Toronto on Saturday will have a 100% Harry or Meg(h)an crew.  Oh yes.  Given that these are not hugely common names I can imagine it was tricky to get that many rostered given the strict rules on flying hours and gaps between flights.

There is some upside for passengers on this flight though.  Every passenger will get a personal bottle of Castelnau Blanc du Blanc champagne and an individual celebratory wedding cake.

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Comments

  1. David says:

    OT just returned to LHR from HND on BA8 today, and got to experience the First bus from a remote stand. All was going well until an unfortunate fellow F passenger (who I suspect might have also been a redemption passenger and who had (also) taken full advantage of the LPGS) somersaulted down the steps, delaying the disembarkation of J pax by a previous few minutes!

    Looked painful :-/

    • Will be on BA8 in F in a few weeks (taking father for his birthday), how was the service?

      • David says:

        Great really, food was delicious and drinks free flowing. Better though on BA5 to NRT a few weeks ago though, helped by the smaller 789 cabin and overnight though I suspect.

        The crew member on BA5 ran through the airport to return our Japan Lonely Planet to my partner who’d left it behind (again) on the plane 🙂

  2. OT if I may, If I checked out of a hotel and returned a couple of days later, without staying at another hotel in the same chain (Marriott) would that be classed as two stays or one for bonus points? Thanks in advance.

  3. ChrisC says:

    I noticed there was some ‘bleed’ on the dates

    e.g. I looked at LHR-JFK out on 3rd Jan 2019 back on the 9th and the matrix was showing the sale fare of a combined £1352 – and neither of those was listed in the dates Rob posted above so it pays to have a play with your dates.

    It’s also feeding through to ex-INV – where the additional saving is just the APD.

    EDI and NCL were marginal only £16 saving on the ex-LHR fare but handy for TP collectors and regional flyers.

  4. Chris A says:

    O/T, not sure if this is old news, but I notice Virgin are adding a second daily service to JNB from October. Obviously still works better for them than restoring CPT route.
    I wonder if we might see more favourable cash prices emerge.

  5. Maciek says:

    OT: MBNA sent me a letter advising that the relationship between them and AA is coming to an end on 28 July. I have the AmEx/Visa duo.

  6. Czechoslovakia says:

    From BA website:
    You can pay as little as £150 per booking for holidays between £300 – £1500, and £300 per booking for holidays between £1501-£2999.

    Gaming the system? I don’t think so. Nobody here breaking any rules, simply taking up offers made available to the general public. Or you think I shouldn’t take the second item in the BOGOF offer because that’s theft?

    • Czechoslovakia says:

      The above was a reply to a post which has since quite rightly disappeared. Being now irrelevant, feel free to delete.

  7. The Original Nick says:

    Harry, that is one of the funniest comments I’ve ever read from you. Obviously not what I was expecting but glad you are OK. I’ve had some experiences due to drinking copious amounts of alcohol but you’ve now done it for me. What a classic….. Glad you’re back and in great form.

  8. Get well soon TRH1 – quite an ordeal!

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