British Airways announced (yet another) new US route last night – Charleston, South Carolina.
It may prove a sound choice. There are currently no flights, at all, between Europe and Charleston with most passengers flying to Atlanta.
This will change from 4th April when BA’s new service starts. It is being broken in gradually with just two flights per week. At present the service is only due to run for the Summer and will end on 24th October when the Winter timetable begins.
Charleston has been voted ‘best small US city’ by readers of Conde Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure magazine for the past eight years so it must have something going for it.
The flight will operate from Heathrow Terminal 5.
It will be flown with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner which means that it will be a three-class service. (You will only find First Class on the longer – in both length and flight range – 787-9 version.) By coincidence, Boeing is currently building the Boeing 787-10 in Charleston with twelve of them earmarked for delivery to BA between 2020 and 2023.
The flights will run on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will leave Heathrow at 5.20pm, arriving into Charleston at 9.20pm. The return flight will depart Charleston at 10.50pm, arriving into London at 11.50am the following day.
Charleston takes the number of US destinations served by British Airways to a whopping 29, including the recently announced Pittsburgh service which also launches in April.
Tickets were due to be available from this morning at ba.com. The guaranteed two Club World and four World Traveller seats will be available. Whilst more seats are likely to come up as the months go by, as there are only two flights per week I suggest you move quickly if you want to guarantee an Avios redemption for Summer 2019.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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:
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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