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Lots of First Class Avios availability to North America has appeared

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British Airways appears to have opened the floodgates on Avios availability for First Class on routes to the United States and Mexico.

Destinations include Boston, Chicago, Mexico City, New York and Philadelphia and more, with seats available throughout the summer, including August. I searched for two people, but in some instances as many as four seats have opened up on a single fight.

Take a look at the screenshots below from SeatSpy, our preferred seat searching tool.

Lots of First Class Avios availability to North America has appeared

The examples below are based on availability for TWO people. Red circles represent dates with First Class seats. Outbound flights from Heathrow are on the left, return flights are on the right.

Mexico City

As you can see, there is plenty of availability throughout the spring and summer to Mexico City. This is a long flight – around 12 hours on the outbound – so you definitely get your money’s worth!

Lots of First Class Avios availability to North America has appeared


Availability to Boston is a bit more odd. There’s a smattering of availability (again, for two people) in April and May, but the taps really have been turned on in August, during the peak school holidays:

Lots of First Class Avios availability to North America has appeared


Flights to Chicago are a bit tighter, mostly with availability in April and May, although you can find more if you’re searching for just one ticket:

Lots of First Class Avios availability to North America has appeared

New York

First Class redemptions to New York are available throughout the next five months and deep into the summer holidays:

Lots of First Class Avios availability to North America has appeared


…whilst Philadelphia is showing more availability in late spring and early summer:

Lots of First Class Avios availability to North America has appeared

Availability has also improved to other US destinations, including Seattle and San Francisco, although not quite as spectacularly as the routes above. It is worth taking a look if you are keen.

Our full guide on how to use Avios points for British Airways First Class flights is here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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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.

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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.

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (53)

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  • david says:

    Does anyone have any F sweet spots that allow longest distance for the lowest Avios? Is it Sydney or Cape Town in CW like Rob mentions in previous thread? With the new 241 btw? Thanks

    • Vit says:

      you may not get the answer you want from here as most Hfpers will advise against going to destination for the sake of being on F but rather be destinations you would like to go and then try to make the trip most comfortable.

      but I totally understand your point as my partner has the same thoughts when speaking of avios. 😀 I would say LAX is one of them.

      I just booked INV-SCL for Feb 2024, off-peak, 119k avios using 2-4-1 voucher plus £670 tax. Personally, I think that is a good deal as we really want to visit the Patagonia for an almost 15 hrs flight outbound.

      • David says:

        Enjoy! How you coming back?

        • Vit says:

          I think we will probably try to get low tax ex-(one of) Brazil cities or just flying out of EZE using AF or KLM as we do have some ~60k or so FB.

  • DaveP says:

    Got a BA flight LHR to PHL in July as part of BA Holiday tier point run. Can I use Avios to upgrade that leg if available and if so will I get 210 TPs instead of 140?

    • Rob says:

      Yes you can upgrade, no you only get 140 TP.

      • DaveP says:

        Called BA and was offered cash upgrade from CW to First on that flight for £259!! Bargain!

        • Yaron says:

          Would it be worth checking the updated reservation to ensure your fare class has not changed to a promotional upgrade fare class (to First) yet the points awarded as if in Club?

          I may be mistaken (if so, happy to be corrected) but I recall occasions in the past where I’d get to Heathrow and ask about an upgrade (say Economy to Premium Economy) , pay £200-£300 to sit in PE however the tier points were awarded as if flown in economy.

          Checking your booking should display which fare class you’re booked into —> then check the Avios calculator (alternatively if your booking shows an updated number of tier points already , then that confirms a First fare class🙂)

  • CapeCam says:

    Just used this news from HfP to change a club world 2 4 1 booking to ORD to First. But because of the crazy system of old vouchers , and no flight Saver fares in 1st the offer was this:
    Upgrade 1 way only for 2 pax CW-F £1070 TO PAY and 22,000 avios REFUNDED
    Upgrade both ways for 2 pax still only CW -F £1070 TO Pay but 34,000 avios refunded.
    Bit of a no brainer – upgraded both legs, as it was cheaper than 1 leg !!! Go figure

  • kevin says:

    Brilliant and used this morning to book two First Class returns to Boston for May. Thanks for pointing out the opportunity.

  • PeterK says:

    A month back when we saw F open on nearly all DFW April departures, we changed our CW 2-4-1 booking to DFW next month to F. As we had booked pre the introduction of flight saver (ie paying high taxes) the cost of the upgrade each was all of £4.80 extra tax (due to LHR PLS having increased since we booked last June), a £35 change fee and 11k avios per pax segment.

  • Linda says:

    I am trying to book Mexico City with a BA 2-4-1 voucher first it is a plus voucher, but cannot find any available seats as per your email on the return any thoughts we have had problems with our Exec account not updating for the extra tier point bonus with BA holidays,

    • Rob says:

      You’re not using the BA reward flight finder are you? This is broken and does not show return flights. You need to search for returns separately.

      • Linda says:

        I have tried just using the voucher to book but still no joy on first return but will have a another go might be missing something! any thoughts using the voucher would be appreciated thanks

        • Rob says:

          For 2 people from Mexico City to Heathrow, SeatSpy shows me (on the return) – very little March / April / early May, wide open for 80% of days from 20th May to 31st August, very little after 1st September.

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