British Airways announces annual flight and holiday deals for 2024

British Airways and its subsidiary, British Airways Holidays, have launched their annual sale, extending until January 30, 2024.

This sale offers substantial discounts on flights and holiday packages for more than 80 destinations worldwide, enticing travellers planning their journeys throughout the upcoming year.

For transatlantic travellers, British Airways presents return flight deals, such as flights to New York starting from £356, Orlando from £386, and San Francisco from £415. Sun-seekers can avail discounted return fares to destinations like Dubai from £449, the Dominican Republic from £556, and the newly added route, Abu Dhabi, from £429. Select routes offer the option to upgrade to World Traveller Plus (premium economy) for an additional £199.

For those desiring a luxurious European getaway, British Airways provides savings on Club Europe (short-haul business class) return flights to destinations such as Pisa from £194, Venice from £277, and Valencia from £205. Long-haul travellers can book return Club World (long-haul business class) flights starting from £1,769, with options like Delhi and Bangaluru available from £2,199.

Claire Bentley, British Airways Holidays’ Managing Director, said: ‘We have something special for everyone this January Sale. Beach break enthusiasts, all-inclusive lovers, and culture vultures alike can find a deal to suit their tastes. I hope that these savings will entice them to plan their next holiday soon and have a well-deserved break to look forward to in 2024.’

British Airways Holidays is offering seven-night holiday packages to European beach destinations, including Malta, Algarve, and Malaga, starting from £249 per person. This includes return flights, accommodation, and, in some cases, breakfast, equivalent to £35 per day.

For those looking for U.S. adventures, packages include seven nights in Orlando starting from £529 per person, three nights in New York from £529, and five nights in Las Vegas from £999. Additionally, dream holidays to the Caribbean, with seven nights in Tobago or St Kitts from £619, and Barbados or Aruba from £699, are available.

Avios offers are in place for further discounts, with Executive Club Members able to book trips to Orlando or New York starting from 123,300 Avios per person or a seven-night B&B stay in Tenerife from 79,500 Avios per person.

British Airways resumes routes to popular European sunspots from London Stansted

British Airways is set to relaunch routes connecting London Stansted to sought-after holiday destinations in France, Spain, and Italy in the upcoming summer season.

Commencing on May 18, 2024, the airline will offer weekend flights to three European hotspots: Nice, Florence, and Ibiza. These upcoming routes mark British Airways’ return to scheduled flights from London Stansted, making it the fourth London airport served by the airline.

Ciaran Brannigan, London Stansted’s Commercial Director, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome back British Airways to London Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of their scheduled flights from the airport in May next year.

‘London Stansted serves more European destinations than any other UK airport and these new services to Ibiza, Florence and Nice are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 190 destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

‘I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing East of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays next summer.

‘We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are success.’

Operated by British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer, the flights will use Embraer 190 aircraft featuring Club Europe and Euro Traveller cabins. Club Europe passengers can enjoy a full meal service, bar drinks, priority boarding, and additional baggage allowances. Flights to Florence will start from £41 each way, Ibiza from £36 each way, and Nice from £43 each way. Bookings can be made on the official British Airways website at ba.com.

The relaunch signifies British Airways’ commitment to meeting the travel demands of passengers, especially those residing in London, Cambridge, and the growing East of England region, providing convenient access to these popular European vacation spots.

British Airways and American Express partner to offer tier points on everyday spending

British Airways and American Express have joined forces to introduce a new opportunity for British Airways Executive Club Members.

In an unprecedented move, members can now accumulate Tier Points through everyday spending on the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card. This collaboration provides a novel avenue to unlock travel benefits, including lounge access.

This initiative, available until May 21, 2024, allows eligible Cardmembers to earn an additional 200 Tier Points by using their card for various transactions. Tier Points, traditionally earned through flying, contribute to achieving airline status and provide a range of perks such as priority boarding, fast-track security, increased luggage allowances, and lounge access.

Cardmembers of the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card can earn up to 200 Tier Points through the following spending thresholds:

* 100 Tier Points for a £15,000 spend

* An additional 50 Tier Points for an extra £5,000 spend (totalling £20,000)

* Another 50 Tier Points for an additional £5,000 spend (totalling £25,000)

To participate in the offer, Cardmembers must enroll in their online account by May 20, 2024. The spending must occur after enrollment and before the offer expires on May 21, 2024, to qualify.

These earned Tier Points will complement those acquired through air travel, aiding in reaching British Airways Bronze, Silver, or Gold status. Each status level brings valuable travel benefits, such as free seat selection, lounge access, additional baggage allowances, and more.

Colm Lacy, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Offer, said: ‘Over the last year, we’ve introduced lots of improvements to our Executive Club loyalty programme. We expanded our Reward Flight Savers programme to 100% of the network last December, enabled Members to use their Avios towards a British Airways Holidays booking in February and introduced Avios-Only flights in April. Making Tier Points available as part of everyday spend is just the latest step in rewarding our customers more than ever.’

Current benefits for British Airways American Express Premium Plus Cardmembers include earning 1.5 Avios for every £1 spent on purchases and 3 Avios for every £1 spent with British Airways or British Airways Holidays. Additionally, Cardmembers can earn a Companion Voucher, granting a companion free travel on the same flight and in the same cabin, or a 50% discount on the Avios price when traveling solo.

British Airways to resume daily flights to Abu Dhabi

British Airways is set to reintroduce daily flights to Abu Dhabi in April 2024, marking a return after a four-year absence.

Travelers can now make bookings for this route, which will link London Heathrow with the UAE’s capital year-round. Abu Dhabi, known for its impressive skyline, vibrant culture, desert vistas, pristine beaches, and world-class attractions, offers a diverse blend of culture, relaxation, and adventure to visitors.

To celebrate the relaunch, British Airways is offering special return fares starting from £449 for World Traveller (economy) class and £1,999 for Club World (business class). These fares are available for booking until November 12, 2023. Executive Club Members can also take advantage of Reward Seats starting at £100 plus 50,000 Avios.

The airline will operate the new route using a Boeing 787-9 aircraft during the summer of 2024, enhancing connectivity to the UAE, alongside its multiple daily flights to Dubai from Heathrow.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘Abu Dhabi is a unique destination that is making a very welcome return to our network. With a blend of beach, city and desert, it has everything our customers are looking for in a Middle Eastern trip, and we look forward to welcoming them back on board as we grow our footprint in the UAE.’

Maureen Bannerman, Abu Dhabi Airports Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome British Airways back to Abu Dhabi International Airport, adding to the growing list of leading carriers set to use Terminal A as their operational base in Abu Dhabi. A luxurious new gateway to Abu Dhabi, Terminal A will open to the public from November 1st, offering state-of-the-art facilities for both passengers and airlines.’

Travelers interested in package deals can explore a variety of options from British Airways Holidays, which include ATOL protection, a 24-hour helpline, and a standard 23kg baggage allowance.

British Airways’ Executive Club Members to collect Avios based on ticket price

British Airways Executive Club Members can now accumulate Avios based on the ticket price when booking their flights – a shift away from the previous distance-based system.

This new approach also extends to eligible ancillary purchases like pre-paid seat selections, upgrades, and excess baggage. Under this investment in the airline’s frequent flyer programme, it is expected that the new model will result in a 20% increase in the issuance of Avios to the overall member base. Most members will either collect more or the same amount of Avios as before under this new framework. This revised model also applies to flights marketed by Iberia and American Airlines.

The quantity of Avios collected depends on the Member’s Tier status:

* Blue members will receive 6 Avios for every qualifying £1 spent.

* Bronze members will receive 7 Avios for every qualifying £1 spent.

* Silver members will receive 8 Avios for every qualifying £1 spent.

* Gold members will receive 9 Avios for every qualifying £1 spent.

Colm Lacy, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Offer, said: ‘In line with other airlines and loyalty schemes, we are making collecting Avios as simple and consistent as we can for our customers. With our forecast showing that we’ll be issuing more Avios, we’re looking forward to helping many of our Members get one step closer to their next trip away.

‘As well as investing in this new way of collecting Avios, we continue to make it easier for Members to collect as part of their everyday spend – from their daily commute and weekly shop to morning coffee and treating themselves.’

In addition to this adjustment in Avios collection, British Airways will continue to make it easier for members to accumulate Avios as part of their everyday spending, whether it’s through their daily commute, weekly shopping, morning coffee, or treats. British Airways Executive Club members can now collect Avios in multiple ways including using the British Airways American Express Credit Card, traveling with Uber, converting Nectar points, and shopping on the British Airways Avios eStore.

The qualifying costs include the base fare and carrier-imposed charges on commercial tickets for British Airways, American Airlines, and Iberia marketed flights, as well as upgrades (online or airport), pre-paid seating charges, or excess baggage on British Airways and Iberia marketed and operated flights. For Iberia marketed flights, Avios collection will follow the Iberia Plus proposition. For other airlines, customers will continue to collect Avios according to the accrual model of each specific airline.

British Airways offers 1,250 Avios-Only seats for next August

British Airways has unveiled a selection of 1,250 Avios-Only seats for August 2024, claiming that these tickets tend to sell out quickly.

This move encompasses sought-after holiday destinations like Corfu, Ibiza, Mallorca, and more, all perfectly timed for the August Bank Holiday. The initiative marks another stride in British Airways’ commitment to Avios-Only flights, which are exclusively available to British Airways Executive Club Members as Rewards Seats, with all seats dedicated to their use. The first Avios-Only flight, which sold out within 24 hours, is set to depart for Sharm El Sheikh from London Gatwick on November 3, 2023.

Expanding on existing options, the initiative introduces flights departing from London City Airport for the first time, offering travellers access to destinations such as Florence, Mallorca, Faro, Corfu, and Ibiza, all aligned with the August Bank Holiday period. With fares starting from £1 and 25,500 Avios, these seats are expected to sell out rapidly.

Booking these Avios-Only seats follows the same process as reserving regular Reward Seats. British Airways American Express Credit Cardholders can use Companion Vouchers, allowing them to secure a second seat for just the taxes and charges or a single seat for half the Avios cost.

This announcement precedes changes to how customers collect Avios, effective from October 18, 2023. Members will earn Avios based on ticket cost rather than flight distance, resulting in a projected 20 percent increase in Avios issuance to the overall member base, benefiting most members.

The British Airways Executive Club offers a free rewards programme for travel enthusiasts, utilising Avios as its currency. Avios can be accumulated through various means, including flying with BA or its partner airlines, taking vacations, making purchases with over 1,500 retailers via British Airways at shopping.ba.com, or through everyday spending with partners like American Express, Nectar, Avis Budget Group, and Marriott.

Members can also accrue Tier Points on British Airways and oneworld(R) partner flights, unlocking exclusive benefits as they progress through the Tiers: Blue, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

British Airways and IndiGo arrange codeshare agreement to enhance UK-India connectivity

British Airways, the UK’s flagship carrier, and IndiGo, India’s premier airline, have formalised a codeshare partnership aimed at strengthening connections between the United Kingdom and India.

This codeshare accord will help British Airways customers connect to their final destination using a single ticket. In total, eight destinations will become accessible as codeshare alternatives for travellers journeying from London Heathrow via New Delhi or Mumbai. Notably, this includes three new destinations that were previously not available through British Airways:

* London Heathrow to Amritsar via New Delhi

* London Heathrow to Kochi via Mumbai

* London Heathrow to Ahmedabad via Mumbai

* London Heathrow to Goa via Mumbai

* London Heathrow to Thiruvananthapuram via Mumbai (NEW)

* London Heathrow to Kolkata via Mumbai

* London Heathrow to Rajkot (Hirasar) via Mumbai (NEW)

* London Heathrow to Vadodara via Mumbai (NEW)

IndiGo, known for its extensive domestic and regional network, operates with a fleet of A320 aircraft. All British Airways passengers traveling on IndiGo-operated codeshare flights to India will have complimentary meals and the UK carrier’s baggage allowance in economy class, which includes two checked bags weighing up to 23 kgs per person.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘British Airways has been flying to India since 1924, making it one of our longest-served and most valued destinations. Our partnership with IndiGo means that customers will be able to book their entire journey on one ticket, allowing seamless travel all the way from London to their final destination, offering more choice and flexibility for customers.’

Abhijit Dasgupta, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at IndiGo, said, ‘We are excited to announce our codeshare agreement with British Airways. This partnership expands the choices available to British Airways customers for journeys to/from London Heathrow, using IndiGo’s extensive network in India.’

Passengers traveling between Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore can experience British Airways’ newly designed Club Suite (business class) cabin, featuring direct-aisle access, individual suite doors, and flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Codeshare flights are available for booking now, with travel commencing on October 12, 2023, pending governmental approval.

British Airways to expand services to San Diego from London

British Airways is set to increase its flight offerings between San Diego International Airport and London Heathrow Airport starting April 20, 2024.

The British carrier will introduce a second daily nonstop flight on this route, effectively doubling its service. The move comes as San Diego has demonstrated a robust recovery from the pandemic among the top 30 U.S.-Europe passenger markets, with the number of passengers traveling between San Diego and Europe now surpassing pre-pandemic levels by 12 percent. This expansion in flight capacity aims to meet the growing demand for travel to and from the San Diego region.

Since June 2011, British Airways has been offering daily nonstop flights between San Diego International Airport and London Heathrow Airport operating one flight per day. The existing flight schedule (BA273 and BA272) will be adjusted, with arrivals in San Diego from London at 6:10 PM and departures from San Diego to London at 8:00 PM. The new additional flight (BA265 and BA264) will arrive in San Diego at 3:25 PM and depart for London at 5:15 PM.

‘The expansion of British Airways flights between London Heathrow Airport and San Diego International Airport opens up a world of possibilities,’ said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. ‘Leisure and business travellers from San Diego will have added opportunities to explore London and beyond, while giving travellers from the rest of the world increased access to San Diego’s beautiful beaches and year-round sunny climate.’

‘We are delighted to be launching a second daily flight from San Diego, further supporting the growth of business and leisure travel in the city and demonstrating our commitment to the region,’ said Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances. ‘This new frequency will offer more options and convenience for our customers and is a welcome addition to our California schedule.’

London, along with Munich and Paris, ranks among the top European destinations for travellers from San Diego. The new flights will be conducted using a 272-seat Boeing 777-200 aircraft for BA264/BA265 and a 214-seat Boeing 787-8 aircraft for BA272/BA273. With the added flights, the seat capacity for travel to London in summer 2024 will increase by a substantial 47 percent compared to summer 2023.

British Airways expands short-haul network from London Heathrow

British Airways has announced the addition of new destinations to its short-haul route network from London Heathrow.

The new destinations include Riga in Latvia and Belgrade in Serbia, with flights set to commence from October 2023.

The respective offerings include:

Riga, Latvia (RIX): British Airways will launch a three-times weekly service from London Heathrow starting from October 29, 2023. The flights will operate on a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft, with return fares available from £73, or £1 + 23,500 Avios. Riga is the largest city in both Latvia and the Baltic states, known for its foodie scene, unique architecture, and green spaces.

Belgrade, Serbia (BEG): British Airways will begin a three-times weekly service from London Heathrow on October 31, 2023. Flights will be operated on a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft, with return fares available from £105, or £1 + 23,500 Avios. Belgrade, located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, attracts visitors with its rich history, vibrant nightlife, and Bohemian quarter, Skadarlija.

Cologne, Germany (CGN): British Airways will launch a 12-times weekly service from London Heathrow starting October 30, 2023. Flights will be operated on a mix of A320 and A321 aircraft, with return fares available from £92, or £1 + 18,500 Avios. Cologne offers visitors a blend of historic landmarks, world-class museums, and a lively scene of traditional German food and drink.

Additionally, British Airways’ subsidiary, BA Cityflyer, based at London City Airport, will introduce a weekly service to Milan Linate Airport (LIN) from November 5, 2023, using Embraer 190 aircraft. Weekly winter flights from Heathrow to Turin, Italy (TRN), will also be available from December 10, 2023, to complement the existing daily service from London Gatwick with BA Euroflyer.

Furthermore, BA Cityflyer’s route to San Sebastian, Spain (EAS), will be extended into the winter season, becoming a year-round route. Heathrow operations to Ljubljana, Slovenia (LJU), and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) will also continue into the winter, offering more travel options for passengers.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: ‘We are excited to be adding European cities Riga, Belgrade and Cologne to our route network. These are destinations that we think our customers will love, offering an alternative to some of the more well-known cities we fly to. We also know that Italy in particular is a firm favourite with our customers, so we look forward to adding more capacity with flights to Milan and Turin, alongside more choice across Europe generally.’

Customers can book flights and explore British Airways Holidays packages on the company’s website, www.ba.com. The airline’s flight network includes more than 190 destinations across over 65 countries.

Iberia joins British Airways And Qatar Airways to enhance global connectivity

Iberia, the national carrier of Spain, is set to join forces with British Airways and Qatar Airways with the aim of expanding global connectivity and enhancing travel for passengers worldwide.

The collaboration will create connectivity across the extensive network of more than 200 destinations served by the three global airlines. Currently Qatar Airways and British Airways have established a partnership covering more than 60 countries,

Starting from December 11, 2023, Iberia will operate daily flights between its hub, Madrid Barajas International Airport, and Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. This addition will significantly boost capacity between the two oneworld hubs, offering passengers enhanced travel options. Iberia and Qatar Airways will operate a combined total of three daily flights on this route, enhancing access between the Iberian Peninsula and vital markets in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.

The benefits of this joint business venture extend to both leisure and business travellers from Spain and Portugal, offering them an array of exciting new destinations to explore. From idyllic getaways in the Maldives and Seychelles to adventurous experiences in Tanzania and Nepal, cultural holidays in India and Oman, shopping in Singapore and Thailand, or visiting friends and family in Australia and Hong Kong-these destinations will be more accessible than ever before.

Iberia CEO, Fernando Candela, commented: ‘Joining the QJB with Qatar Airways and British Airways is excellent news for our customers. We are really excited about the launch of our Madrid-Doha route. Through QJB hubs in London and Doha, we are building the much-desired bridge between Spain and more than 200 destinations in Asia, Australasia, the Middle-East, and Africa, and offering new opportunities for travelers in both directions.’

British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, Sean Doyle, said: ‘Last year we expanded our joint business partnership with Qatar Airways with the addition of 42 countries, and I’m so pleased to see it growing even further as we welcome Iberia on board. We’re committed to offering our customers as much choice as possible, and working so closely with our partners in Madrid and Doha connects British Airways to more than 200 destinations globally.’

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker added: ‘At Qatar Airways, we believe in connecting travellers to their destinations of choice and our recent enhancement to the highly successful joint business with British Airways, includes the addition of another oneworld member, Iberia.’