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BA doubles San Diego, wide open for Avios, & boosts Kingston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Vancouver

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British Airways has released a number of schedule improvements for the summer 2024 flying season.

The reason this is interesting is that these seats were only made available for booking in the last few hours and therefore Avios availability is wide open.

If you’d failed to get seats for peak 2024 dates, it is worth looking again.

British Airways doubles flights to San Diego

The biggest increase is to San Diego.

From 24th April 2024, British Airways is adding a second daily flight from London Heathrow. It will be operated with a Boeing 787-8 and departs around 3pm (varies by day).

Here is a SeatSpy screenshot from noon on Wednesday showing dates with 2 x Club World seats available. As you can see, from 24th April you can take your pick, and it is a good gateway into California.

The other schedule increases are less dramatic, but there will still be fresh Avios seats out there for booking:

Kingston, from Gatwick

  • Increased from three weekly flights to four weekly flights between 6th July and 31st August

Las Vegas, from Gatwick

  • Increased from three weekly flights to five weekly flights from 31st March

Orlando, from Gatwick

  • Increased from 12 weekly flights to 14 weekly flights from 31st March

Vancouver, from Gatwick

  • Flights will start three weeks earlier than planned, on 29th April, with six flights per week

You can check Avios availability over at

Hat-tip to Aeroroutes.

Comments (69)

  • VerdantBacon says:

    Other than the to use a 241, I see no reason whatsoever to redeem Avios on BA instead of QR. Currently in Australia for 3 months from a QR redemption and later this year will fly BKK on QR.

    The product is so far ahead of BA that it’s laughable, and this is comparing to BA F which is what we used to fly to Australia and Singapore as the J product didn’t look inviting.

    • VerdantBacon says:

      *As a reference to the flying to Asia on BA comments above

    • babyg says:

      Agree, but if you need more than 2 seats BA wins, also all of QR redemptions are priced at X2 avios now, almost impossible to find standard price redemptions on QR these days

      • Matt says:

        I’m off to Vietnam for 3 week holiday next March on a QR J avios redemption. I echo your comments that it’s way ahead of BA F.

      • yorkieflyer says:

        Supposedly Qatar we’re guaranteeing 2? Business seats for Avios. So are they at the double Avios only?

        • Rob says:

          In theory they do show. However, Qatar is now using married segment logic. This means that if you book from a high yield country (UK) you might see ‘O2’ (because QPC needs to justify a higher reimbursement to the airline for the seat) whilst starting somewhere cheaper may bring up a standard priced seat.

          If you think that’s complex, wait until they launch peak / off-peak pricing which will vary depending on whether one or both of the origin and destination cities are on a peak day.

          PS. I had breakfast with the Doha-based QPC team in London in August. I said ‘Why don’t you mark double price seats as ‘x2’ instead of ‘O2′ because people would understand that?’. There was this look around the table like I’d suddenly revealed the secret of life itself, it had genuinely never crossed their minds.

        • Colin MacKinnon says:

          Just booked Qatar last week for a flight tomorrow Auckland-Edinburgh. Looked at the forecast for the week ahead here and decided to come home a week early, so cancelled next weeks Qatar flights.
          Both at normal rates in business.

    • JDB says:

      Having flown to Australia a few times on BA and QR, I wouldn’t fly BA on that route again. With QR, because every aspect of the product and service is incomparably better, and the total time is no greater, one arrives fully refreshed thus enhancing one’s whole visit. QR also offers the option to arrive in the late afternoon/early evening which is a big plus rather than the 6am arrival.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi, Avios novice here, how do you redeem Avios for QF? Didn’t think they were part of BA anymore 😫

      • Rob says:

        QF or QR? Irrespective, both are oneworld alliance members and are bookable as usual via Qatar also makes additional availability if you link your BA account to a Qatar Privilege Club account and book via the Qatar site.

        • Sharon says:

          Oh yes, my mistake. I said I was a novice. I am learning so much reading these comments and your daily tips.

    • Ladyshopper says:

      That’s great if you can find availability. We’re looking for next year, and every single business class seat seems to be x2 avios on QR.

  • Alex Sm says:

    How could you get a screenshot from the future?

  • John says:

    All these extra flights from LGW to US etc are fine if you stay in the London area, only 1 daily BA flight from Glasgow 0 from Edinburgh to LGW

    • Happeemonkee says:

      London is all they care about

    • Mikeact says:

      EDI/GLA offer around 250 destinations….spoilt for choice.
      Or, of course, like all of us ,you have excellent connections to Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris,Madrid etc,etc for unlimited choice to anywhere you choose.

    • Andrew. says:

      There’s a connecting coach between Heathrow & Gatwick, it’s not exactly difficult to transfer. Or just take an LNER service to Kings Cross, then transfer to Thameslink to Gatwick.

      Besides, you can fly direct (some seasonally) to New York, Boston, Orlando, DC, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, and Calgary from EDI so there’s a definite alternative to trekking down to London.

  • CWools says:

    At the expense of other LGW routes. My DOH-LGW flight in Apr has just been cancelled 🙁

  • Howard says:

    I am off to Dubai in two week using BA 241 in Club. What are chances of First coming up in rewards in last two week? I know that there are 4 First for cash sale on my flight

    • Sharon says:

      Same for me going to Tokyo in November. There are still cheap First seats available on my dates so am hoping they will get released last minute. I have set up a seat spy for my specific dates in the hope they will come up.

    • NorthernLass says:

      Are you monitoring SeatSpy/ to see if this is happening in the run-up to your travel dates?

  • Paul says:

    Flew CpH to AUH for 45,000 and change by booking via QR not BA who wanted 60,000 plus £600. Have nabbed 2 x one way in J also at standard rates for Jan.

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