British Airways suspends flights to Oakland and Fuerteventura

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British Airways has announced a couple of additional route suspensions.

The underperforming Gatwick to Oakland route – which was only set up in the first place to annoy Norwegian – is now suspended for Summer 2019, ie from late March.

It was already suspended for the October to March Winter season so it is fair to say that this one can now be treated as permanently cancelled.

You can either rebook on a BA San Francisco service or fly British Airways to Seattle and connect to an Alaska Airways flight to Oakland.

British Airways cancels Oakland service

The Gatwick to Fuerteventura route is also cancelled from 25th November.

You can choose to be rebooked on Aer Lingus, routing Heathrow to Dublin (BA only) to Fuerteventura.  Plan B is to use Brussels Airways, routing Heathrow to Brussels on BA.  Note that Aer Lingus and Brussels Airways do not have a business class cabin.

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  1. Thanks.

  2. Annoyingly I keep getting “The code ‘XXXXXXX’ has already been used” when trying to redeem a voucher to my AerClub – anyone else in the same boat please?

  3. Matt Snell says:

    Under the combine my Avios on or theirs no option to transfer from Aer Club to BAEC?

  4. Matt Snell says:

    Just an option to transfer British Airways or Iberia Plus under combine my Avios page.

    How do add Aer Club?

  5. AndyR says:

    Sorry OT – has anyone spent £14k on the Lloyds Avios credit cards in 1 year to see if a 2nd upgrade voucher triggers? I vaguely remember someone on here saying they did get 2 in 1 year.

    • Have never heard of that – only of people receiving two vouchers in 12 months due to the anniversary date of their account (which is perfectly do-able if you trigger towards end of one year and early in the next year).

    • the_real_a says:

      Sadly i can confirm It does not trigger.

    • AndyR says:

      Oh well thanks guys 🙁

      • Bigsi says:

        I had an argument with them a few years about the different terms for the card and managed to get a second voucher out of them as I had spent over 14k.

  6. Simon says:

    I had similar IT issues as Nick’s when redeeming some Groupon codes for Iberia Plus a couple of months ago. Best to contact Groupon if the codes don’t go through as they were able to sort out, in one case by refunding the cash. Clearly I’ll be using up the IB Avios points for redemptions this week before next week’s bunfight begins…

  7. Nick M says:

    Completely OT – potentially looking at flights SEN-MAN rather than driving with the children… how long do you think we’d need to allow at the airport? Need to allow more than “normal” for contingencies and checking in carseats, but presumably considerably less than 2 hours? (Admittedly we did get a final call at T5 last weekend!)

    • It’s is a small and not very busy airport – at least 18 months ago when I was there – so 90 minutes should do it, as long as you are sure the traffic to the airport won’t whack you.

    • the real harry1 says:

      Depends if you have a connecting flight onwards from MAN…and which airport you mean by ‘how long to allow at the airport’…I have to assume you mean you are connecting onwards ie SEN-MAN, MAN-XXX (otherwise not sure why you would ask the question). In this case the usual caveats apply, ie on 1 PNR, you’re not risking anything much so 90 mins, on 2 PNRs considerably longer for peace of mind + travel insurance

    • Nick M says:

      Thanks Rob.. will allow a little extra time for the drive to the airport as will be going over the Dartford crossing, but good to know I shouldn’t have to double-count the “in case of delays” time!

      Harry – no additional flights, just SEN-MAN… didn’t want to hang around at SEN for longer than necessary but travelling with 2 children means you can’t rush quite as much, so need to allow for a bit of slippage time!

    • Lady London says:

      There is a train that stops at the airport, it goes from Liverpool St station I think.

  8. Thanks for the reminder!!

  9. Aisak says:

    About the axe on LGW-FUE it’s quite weird to make passengers use LHR for rebookings and even put them on SN BRU-FUE…. IB Express LGW-MAD and MAD-FUE could have kept passengers within IAG.

    If the LGW-FUE comes with a connection from EDI GLA, NQY, JER…. Then the EI option via DUB might make more sense

    • Maybe all the MAD flights were booked up after the recent Avios promo 🙂

  10. Omair says:

    O/T: BA exec reward bookings have been a pain recently, I tried to book a reward flight on Srilankan (oneworld), it shows availability but online booking fails, on calling them they reserved it but can’t take payment for taxes over the phone, gave me 3 days to go to the airport in person and pay at ticket desk, that’s a 3 hour time waste trip to heathrow or gatwick for me, annoying in this day and age they can’t sort technology! Even taxes were £50 more than ITA matrix…. anyone else here asked to go pay in person?

  11. dicksbits says:

    Was FUE underperforming too? Answers on a postcard…

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