British Airways has announced a new route from London City to Rome, starting from 11th November.
Flights operate from Monday to Friday, departing London City at 10.50 (arriving 14.20) and returning from Rome at 15.05 (arriving 18.35). There is also a Sunday service which operates later in the day.
A fifth daily weekday flight to Zurich will be added from the same day. Four new Embraer 190 aircraft will be delivered to London City soon which will allow a new burst of route expansion. Further route announcements are on the way.
As a new route, London City to Rome is wide open for Avios availability. Oddly there is NOT the ‘guaranteed’ four Euro Traveller and two Club Europe seats showing – all I see is two Euro Traveller seats per flight and zero in Business, irrespective of how far in advance I try to book.
Before you book Club Europe, assuming you can find any availability, remember that British Airways does not have a lounge at London City and seating is 2×2 throughout the plane. The only extra benefit of note is the (far better than Heathrow) catering. That said, London City flights still offer free drinks and snacks in Economy too!
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.
PS. Remember that London City DOES have a lounge you can pay to use – in the Private Jet Centre next door. Here are our reviews of the London City First Class Lounge (which includes private security clearance and being driven to your plane – as long as it isn’t a BA plane) and our review of the London City Business Class Lounge.
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