Boston currently finds itself in the middle of a war between JetBlue – the low-cost US airline which the legacy carriers are desperate to keep away from transatlantic routes – Delta and American Airlines.
As we covered back in August, Delta is launching Gatwick to Boston in May 2020 as part of its transatlantic joint venture with Virgin Atlantic.
At the same time, Virgin Atlantic is launching Gatwick to New York JFK.
JetBlue, meanwhile, is gearing up to launch services from New York and Boston to London (presumably Gatwick) in 2021. These will use single-aisle A321LR aircraft, of which JetBlue has 13 on order. These are the same planes that Aer Lingus is using to expand its schedule to the US East Coast, since this new variant of the A321 has enough fuel capacity to cross the Atlantic.
American Airlines has now announced that it is doing its bit to spoil the JetBlue party from Boston.
From 29th March, American Airlines will launch a daily service between Boston and Heathrow. This is in addition to the existing four daily services operated by British Airways to Boston.
AA will use a three-class Boeing 777, which will include Premium Economy and the ‘extra leg room’ Main Cabin Extra, as well as Business and standard Main Cabin economy.
This service will, of course, allow you to earn and redeem Avios in British Airways Executive Club as well as earn Executive Club tier points.
This all looks like good news for customers in the short term, with new capacity likely to keep fare lows and Avios and Virgin Flying Club reward availability high.
Want to learn more about redeeming Avios on American Airlines?
This HfP article tell you everything you need to know about how to redeem Avios points on American Airlines including the best ‘sweet spot’ redemptions.
How to earn American Airlines miles from UK credit cards (January 2022)
American Airlines no longer has its own UK credit card.
There is, however, still a way to earn American Airlines miles from a UK credit card.
The route is via Marriott Bonvoy. Marriott Bonvoy hotel loyalty points convert to American Airlines miles at the rate of 3:1. You receive an additional 5,000 miles bonus if you convert 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points at once.
The best way to earn Marriott Bonvoy points is via the official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. It comes with 20,000 points for signing up and 2 points for every £1 you spend.
At 2 Bonvoy points per £1, you are earning (at 3:1) 0.66 American Airlines miles per £1 spent on the card. This will increase to 0.83 AA miles per £1 if you convert Bonvoy points in chunks of 60,000 points.
You can apply here.