In June 2023, British Airways launched flights to Cincinnati. Because having just 26 existing routes to the United States wasn’t nearly enough …..
Cincinnati is in Ohio, although the airport itself sits just over the state line in Kentucky.
This is the only direct flight between the UK and all of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
The service launched with a Boeing 787 without First Class. More recently it has been operated by a three class Boeing 777.
Between 8th January and 30th March, however, it is switching to a four class Boeing 777. This means that eight First Class seats will be available per flight.
Here is a SeatSpy screenshot – SeatSpy is our preferred reward flight finding service – showing days with FIVE First Class seats available for Avios redemption:
If you want to travel in January, there are some days with six seats!
If you don’t need five seats, you have additional days of the week to choose from. There are four flights per week and virtually all of them between January and March have two First Class Avios seats on offer.
Club Suite vs First Class?
One thing to note is that I expect that these Boeing 777 aircraft have the new Club Suite business class cabin – with a door – but the old 2010 First Class seat.
(You could get lucky and get one of the 777 aircraft with the new First Class Suite, but there are only a handful of those in service and Cincinnati is probably not top of the list to get one.)
This means that the gap between what you get in Club Suite and what you get in First Class isn’t huge. Club Suite is actually better in some ways – you get a door to your suite, you get a huge high definition TV, you can watch TV during take-off and landing etc.
Looking at flights next spring, the cash difference between Business Class and First Class is only £200 each way, reflecting the very modest gap in what you get.
However, if you want to give British Airways First Class a try – especially if you want to bring your family – this is a great opportunity.
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 (March 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:
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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.
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.