British Airways launches new route to Charleston, South Carolina – bookable now with Avios

Links on Head for Points pay us an affiliate commission. A list of our partners is here.

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.

British Airways launches flights to Charleston

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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Get 2p per Avios using 'Part Pay With Avios' until Monday (for economy ....)
My poke around the public and private parts of a KLM Boeing 787-9
Click here to join the 13,000 people on our email list and receive the latest Avios, miles and points news by 6am.

Hilton
Amazon ad
About Head for Points

We help business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Visit every day for three new articles or sign up for our FREE emails via this page or the box to your right.

Comments

  1. Lots of comments elsewhere (a.net, OMAAT, Flight Global journalists) saying that Boeing are the main driver for this route. Not clear if they have directly subsidised it (like GSK do with their RDU-LHR route) so that staff can easily be connected to Boeing in Sheffield. I doubt they have given that it’s a twice weekly at the moment but then again we have little knowledge of how many people Boeing are currently flying in and out.

    I’d imagine there is some sort of subsidiy being offered at a State level and that Boeing have given some assurances around number of seats they would want.

  2. Great timing BA! I have tickets for the 3rd day of the Masters next April, Charleston as a base is better than Atlanta!

Please click here to read our data protection policy before submitting your comment.