If you are missing your Club World flat bed, there is good news. British Airways is currently rostering its Boeing 787 aircraft on a number of European routes so if you book yourself into Club Europe you are in for a pleasant surprise.
None of the Boeing 787 fleet have the new Club Suite seat yet, but I’m sure you can survive Club World at a push ….
This is where you can find them. These dates are based on the timetable for next week but the dates should remain steady throughout August:
The times represent the Heathrow departure time – obviously there will be a matching return flight a few hours later.
- Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday (all 08.20)
- Monday (09.10), Thursday (09.25)
- Wednesday (13.20), Saturday (13.20)
- Wednesday, Sunday (all 09.35)
- Friday (09.50)
- Wednesday (10.55)
- Friday (07.10)
Rome (Boeing 777, not a Boeing 787)
- Friday, Sunday (both 08.20)
In addition, Iberia is still running an A350 on various flights between Heathrow and Madrid.
ba.com shows you the aircraft type before you book
When you are booking a flight on ba.com, click on the ‘Flight Details’ link during the booking process. Part of the data that pops up is the aircraft type which is scheduled.
You can use our British Airways Boeing 787-8 ‘best seats’ guide to decide where to sit. If your aircraft seat plan shows a First Class cabin then you need to toggle to our Boeing 787-9 seat guide.
These flights come with a warning
When you book a British Airways flight, you are not contractually booking a certain aircraft type. If British Airways decides to swap the aircraft to a standard short haul plane, you do not have any grounds to change or refund your flight.
That said, you can refund a cash ticket for a Future Travel Voucher, or pay the standard fees to cancel an Avios booking.
If a particular flight is being run for cargo reasons then it is unlikely to switch. It is also possible, however, that BA is running these flights to give some flying hours to their 787 pilots and aircraft, keeping them airworthy, in which case it is easier to swap services about.
If you are planning a trip to any of the destinations on the list above, these are the flights to focus on. It should be easier than usual to get Avios seats given the greater capacity.
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:
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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