British Airways adds a new day flight from Newark to London Heathrow
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British Airways is adding a new, daytime, flight from Newark Liberty airport in New York (well, technically New Jersey) to London Heathrow. This takes the number of daily Newark flights to three.
This is a day flight on the return. Leaving Newark at 7.55am, it lands in Heathrow at 7.10pm.
I know some people who swear by day flights to return from New York. Anyone who has tried to get a sensible amount of sleep on an overnight flight, especially if tail winds knock a chunk off the already short flight time, will know how rough it can make you feel.
The downside, of course, is that you ‘lose’ a day. This could have been used to spend more time in New York or to reduce the amount of time off work you need.
Technology makes things easier, of course. With decent onboard wi-fi, it is possible to ‘work from home’ on a day return flight. You’ll also be in far better shape than if you’d gone straight to the office from a 7am arrival in London.
If your time is your own, a day flight home seems a no-brainer as long as you are happy paying for the extra hotel night.
The new service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200. British Airways is promising to run a Club Suite aircraft on the flight, although this can never be 100% guaranteed until the entire Boeing 777 fleet is converted. Our guide to the new ‘it’s got a door!’ Club Suite business class suite is here.
The outbound flight from London departs Heathrow at 7.10pm, arriving in Newark at 10pm. The aircraft will then spend the night at the airport.
The daytime flight from New York’s JFK airport, scheduled to restart in March, will continue alongside this service.
PS. Even if the idea of a day return flight doesn’t appeal, remember that BA will have opened up four Club World seats on this new flight for Avios redemptions every day. If you had been struggling to find New York seats for this Summer, take another look.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review
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, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
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There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.