Last week we engaged in a bit of speculation about a new British Airways route to the United States. We knew it was coming but we didn’t know where.
Because, let’s be honest, the existing 26 routes to the United States aren’t nearly enough ….
The route has now been announced – Cincinnati, in Ohio, although the airport itself sits just over the state line in Kentucky.
(I know we put our money on Kansas City. However, I have heard rumours that there is actually a 2nd new British Airways route to the United States launching next Summer, and this could still be it. All of the reasons we gave for launching Kansas City remain valid.)
This will be the only direct flight between the UK and all of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
When will Cincinnati launch?
The new British Airways service to Cincinnati will launch on 5th June 2023.
It will operate five days per week, with a Boeing 787 currently scheduled. This is a three class aircraft without First Class.
It will use Terminal 5 at Heathrow.
Outbound flights will leave on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in the late afternoon, returning late evening local time.
The Tuesday flight will be dropped for Winter 2023, from November.
Avios seats are wide open
As you’d expect, since tickets only went on sale a few hours ago, Avios seats are wide open.
The full 14 seats (eight in Economy, two in Premium Economy and four in Club World) are available for every flight.
This is one way of getting US flights for next Summer for the exact dates you want, although you should check out connections first.
What can you do in Cincinnati?
According to British Airways:
Affectionately nicknamed Cincy or the Queen City, the area is home to world-class museums, more than 50 breweries, the USA’s largest Oktoberfest, three major sports teams spanning American football, basketball and football, and the Krohn Conservatory, an Art Deco greenhouse featuring 3,500 plant species from all over the world.
It’s renowned for its Cincinnati Chili, handmade ice cream and beer, whilst acting as a gateway to Northern Kentucky and the famed Bourbon Trail, a playground for bourbon-lovers. In addition, Kentucky is also synonymous with gorgeous rolling hills and bluegrass music.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.