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British Airways adds more flights to Nashville

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British Airways has announced that the new Nashville service, launched in May, will be moving to daily operation from the Summer 2019 timetable.

There are presently five flights per week, but this will increase with the addition of a Thursday and Sunday flight.  All flights will use a 3-class (no First) Boeing 787-8.

British Airways increases Nashville services

The first additional flight will be on 31st March.  Seats are now bookable – if you tried and failed to get Avios seats for next summer, it is worth looking again as there will be seats available on these new services.

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (57)

  • Shoestring says:

    O/T Amazon £5 on Amex £20 spend – actually I only got 2 success emails but just checked and all 3 £5 credits have hit the a/cs.

    3 down, 1 to go 🙂

    • BJ says:

      If buying goods as opposed to giftcards or topups the emails will probably not come out until order is shipped and charged.

  • Lew T says:

    OT – Generally, which long haul destinations have the best avios availability for F? I will trigger my 241 in a few months and have about ~ 250,000 avios. I have never travelled F on any airline and I’d love to be able to take my partner somewhere and experience it. Is it likely I will find two redemption seats somewhere desirable e.g. USA West Coast?

    • mark2 says:

      I suggest Seattle or Vancouver

      • mark2 says:

        Or both. Vancouver is usually A380

        • Lyn says:

          Good suggestions. Both Vancouver and Seattle are well worth visiting and the surrounding areas as well. An open jaw with both could be a good option.

      • mike says:

        Riyadh and Jeddah also quite good for F availability

    • Matt says:

      West coast USA is a good option as you get to experience a daytime flight on the way out and night time on the way back.

      LA availability is very hard to secure. I’d recommend you open jaw it i.e. fly to one destination and fly out of another. You should be able to make something work if you consider San Jose, San Diego, Las Vegas as well as the well known LA and SF routes.

      Good luck and you’ll have wonderful first time in First!

    • Leo says:

      San Diego might have better availability – if you want to max out the First experience possibly better to fly out TO SAN as the lounge isn’t anything special – it’s absolutely fine, just the the general lounge for Priority Pass etc.

      • Lyn says:

        A good point re the San Diego lounge. American has used it since they closed their own lounge, and people can pay for access, but I don’t think you can actually get in with Priority Pass. It can get fairly crowded before the BA flight. The American Airlines staff at the entry “desk” are delightful, and very helpful, but it isn’t really a first class lounge.

    • KevMc says:

      Check out – you can check all First Class destinations for the next 355 days within 10 mins or so, so can get a good feel for general availability. You should be able to find dates that work for most, if you are flexible. If you are limited by school hols, specific dates etc, then you may struggle

      • Anna says:

        Is there a way of searching multiple destinations at once? The thing I find cumbersome about these search facilities is that you have to search one destination at a time whereas it would be good just to be able to look for general F availability, or all destinations with F or CW on a specific date.

        • Scallder says:

          I have to day the BA app is very good for this. You can pick the cabin,how many people you’re looking for and then go by continent (BA do it kind of by continent) and can get a very good overview

    • chris1922 says:

      Does it have to be proper long haul ? New York and Boston pretty much always have availability in F in my experience, I’m booked on my second F trip to Boston, a lovely city if you’ve never been. Time it right and you could be on the A380 too.

    • Lyn says:

      It might be a good idea to check aircraft types for the routes you are interested in and find out how the First class experience compares on the different aircraft types. Some people have mentioned A380 routes on some routes, whereas San Diego, for instance, is usually a 747.

  • George K says:

    While I haven’t been affected directly, the two people I referred for the SPG card are having a nightmare of a time trying to get their points posted. Everything from August just goes to a void and I know they’re not the only ones… I’ve told them to open complaints with both Amex and Marriott but does anyone know where the fault actually lies? If it was me, I’d be asking for loads of points from both parties. Isn’t it essentially false advertising?

    • Nick M says:

      I finally called Amex to complain yesterday – they are insisting that the problem lies with Marriott. Was offered 1500 points as a gesture of gooodwill, then 3000, then transfered to a different office and was given the choice of 5000 or £50

      • JS54156 says:

        I also filed a complaint and missed calls from Amex twice about the complaint. Surprisingly received £50 a few days ago. Now looks like it’s the compensation..

    • RakishDriver says:

      amex told me that due ‘data protection’ cited by marriott, marriott are not sharing the data reqd for points transfers.
      Marriott don’t seem to care, but is the onus really on them? amex need to get their finger out – I was quite annoyed when asked by amex tell them my marriott number – proactively ask your spg amex customers for the damned thing then, instead of waiting us to chase this

  • Shoestring says:

    Damn. I could check in OK for tomorrow but my son got the dreaded ‘Cannot check in online’ notice, I guess he has been random picked for the ‘careful check’.

    • Anna says:

      My OH got that in August, but he was only barred from ONCI at LHR. So they obviously weren’t bothered about him being up to anything nefarious on the connecting flight!

      • Shoestring says:

        Yep but it probably means he’ll be in a rubbish toilet row seat, I got 9A. Still 1 exit seat free, maybe we can grab that if we get to check in @ T-3hrs (sometimes in Economy they let you check in slightly earlier, but not a lot. Raffles said you can check in T-4 or earlier in CW, I guess that’s right?)

        • Rob says:

          From 5am in Club Europe (at Heathrow or Gatwick) ….

        • Shoestring says:

          I wonder what the lower age limit is on getting these special security checks – my son’s only 17! – sounds like a SSSS but we’re not going to the States, is it getting common on flights to Europe as well?

        • Nick says:

          No. It’s not a security issue, it’s a sync issue between different parts of the booking/ticket. One hint that works some of the time is to remove your APIS and start again, that often does the trick.

        • Shoestring says:

          APIS? How would I remove it? Not got a clue what APIS is

        • Shoestring says:

          Advanced passenger information?

          But then – how can he check in online?

        • Shoestring says:

          Cheers Nick, got him checked in – 10D so not too bad or far away from me. No toilet seat this time! 🙂

          Had to change his passport number with 1 digit change (to wrong number), check in, change back passport to correct number.

          Bad news is: all Exit seats have gone, so no freebie tomorrow.

          But worry lifted, what a strange system.

        • Shoestring says:

          All good – they let us check in T-nearly 4 hrs, no problem. Here’s a one – whilst there were no exit seats available (all gone, but I could have had them for free if they were available) – my check in agent said there were another 22 seats available to switch to but that I couldn’t because of my lowly status/ RFS redemption basis (not that she said it so bluntly). Theoretical seating at work. Got 2 good seats anyway so no problem – and I guess a few are CW. Not sure if self check in @ machines in LHR would have freed up all the ET seats, quite possibly.

          Anyway, sitting in No1 T3 (no £5 reservation), if anybody wants to say hello. Pretty full.

      • Shoestring says:

        Just briefed a guy about claiming compo on his cancelled TATL Virgin flight (the Trent engine issue) – he was happy enough with his lounge pass & glass of Champers until I told him about the MCOL cases & EUR600 🙂

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