British Airways announces scenic travel option with Uber Boat to airport

British Airways has partnered with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to offer travellers a unique and scenic journey to London City Airport, featuring a 25 percent discount on tickets and a complimentary drink on the Thames.

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, London’s River Bus service, operates across 24 piers between Putney Pier in the west and Barking Riverside in the east. This new offering is available to passengers flying with BA Cityflyer, British Airways’ subsidiary airline based at London City Airport. Passengers can enjoy sailing to the airport by disembarking at Royal Wharf Pier, with views of iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, The London Eye, The Shard, and The Cutty Sark.

Tom Stoddart, CEO of BA Cityflyer, said: ‘Not only is flying from London City a convenient and quick way to travel, but it allows our customers to really embrace our brilliant city. With views of the Canary Wharf skyline and the River Thames, it’s an airport like no other and working with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers helps us to extend the London experience beyond the airport.’

Passengers can embark and disembark at various accessible London locations, including Chelsea Harbour, Battersea Power Station, and Embankment. Discounted tickets are available from £4.20 per person within the East Zone or £7.69 from central London. Service frequency may vary depending on time of day and the piers travelled. Passengers should check the timetable before traveling.

British Airways customers traveling to or from London City Airport with flights on the same day can enjoy the 25 percent discount when booking in advance via www.ba.com/londoncity. Additionally, passengers can show their boarding pass at the onboard cafe bar to receive a complimentary hot drink.

BA CityFlyer operates the Embraer 190 aircraft with routes to over 30 destinations across the UK and Europe.

British Airways to increase London Heathrow flights to Delhi

British Airways has announced the addition of a new daily flight to its schedule between Delhi and London Heathrow, starting on April 20, 2025. This expansion will increase the airline’s total flights across India to 63 per week, covering five major cities.

Currently, British Airways operates 56 flights per week, including three daily flights from Mumbai, double daily flights from Delhi, and daily services from Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. The new flight will be serviced by the Boeing 787-8 aircraft, which offers Club World, World Traveller Plus, and World Traveller classes.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Chief Planning and Strategy Officer, said: ‘This is a milestone year for us at British Airways as we celebrate 100 years of flying to India. I’m delighted to announce the addition of a third daily flight from the vibrant capital city of India, Delhi offering convenient travel choices from India to London Heathrow, and to our extensive worldwide network of more than 200 destinations.’

Moran Birger, Head of Sales Asia Pacific and Middle East at British Airways, said: ‘This significant historical year is a testament to our longstanding relationship with India, built over the last 100 years and reflecting our deep-rooted commitment to the country and its people. With an unwavering focus on customer satisfaction and convenience, we strive to set new standards and elevate the travel experience for all our customers. We eagerly anticipate welcoming passengers on board our new flights and continuing our legacy of excellence in the skies.’

British Airways launches Customer Access Advisory Panel to enhance travel experience for all

British Airways has initiated its Customer Access Advisory Panel, a move aimed at improving the travel experience for customers with accessibility needs.

The airline’s commitment to inclusivity is at the forefront of this initiative.

The panel, consisting of individuals from the disabled community, held its inaugural meeting to provide feedback and discuss service enhancements. British Airways intends to convene regularly with the panel to ensure its products and services are designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind, covering aspects from IT solutions to airport and onboard experiences.

Chaired by Mary Doyle, an accessibility advocate and wheelchair user with extensive service delivery management experience, the panel also includes:

* Simon Houghton, a behaviour change consultant who launched initiatives promoting awareness for the deaf community.

* Paul Hayman, an international Chief Financial Officer with autism, advocating for neuro-diverse individuals in air travel.

* Dom Hyams, Global Client Director at Purple Goat, focusing on inclusive marketing.

* Neil Barnfather MBE, a blind entrepreneur with expertise in technology and accessibility.

* Jennie Berry, a content producer and wheelchair user, sharing her experiences to educate others.

* Xavier Mascarell, Customer Accessibility Strategy Manager at British Airways, who founded the panel.

Xavier Mascarell, Customer Accessibility Strategy Manager at British Airways and founder of the Customer Access Advisory Panel, said: ‘British Airways carries hundreds of thousands of customers who require additional assistance each year. We work hard to remove barriers and support customers with accessibility requirements throughout their journey but know there is more work to be done. The insights and recommendations we receive from our advisory panel members will be vital to improving our accessibility offering. We want to ensure a positive flying experience for everyone and we hope the learnings we gain through these meetings will drive further change.’

Mary Doyle, Chair of the Panel, said: ‘We have a great team of professionals with lived experience on the panel who are curious, innovative and put the customer at the centre of all decisions. This team is committed to helping British Airways learn directly from the disability community and we’ll have some fun along the way.’

The initiative aligns with British Airways’ ongoing efforts to enhance accessibility services, including dedicated support for mobility, customers who are deaf, blind, or have other non-visible disabilities.

British Airways first to introduce next-generation real-time weather apps

British Airways has announced its pioneering role as the first UK airline to introduce two cutting-edge weather apps, improving operational efficiency and safety in aviation.

Designed to empower pilots and flight planning teams with instantaneous access to real-time weather data, these apps mark a significant advancement in proactive flight route planning and weather impact mitigation. Developed to meet the specific needs of British Airways’ extensive route network, these weather apps are set to enhance operations across both short and long-haul flights, just in time for the upcoming summer season.

Rene de Groot, Chief Operating Officer at British Airways, said: ‘It’s exciting that we’ll be the first UK airline to combine the technology of both apps, which will allow us to make even better operational decisions in the moment using real-time data. These applications represent a step-change in the quality of weather information we receive, and, in the future, will enable pilots to collaborate in real-time during a flight with operational colleagues on the ground, allowing faster decision-making for a variety of issues like diversion planning and recovery.’

Traditionally, aviation teams relied on manually produced weather reports, limiting their ability to adapt to changing weather conditions in real-time. With the introduction of these apps, British Airways pilots and planners now have the capability to monitor and respond to weather changes instantaneously, ensuring safer and more efficient flights.

The first app provides pilots with access to comprehensive weather data sourced from The Weather Company, offering insights into weather conditions both pre-flight and during air travel. Additionally, leveraging onboard Wi-Fi connectivity, the app supports real-time in-flight weather updates.

Furthermore, British Airways’ Integrated Operations Control centre, the nerve centre of the airline’s operations, will also benefit from a dedicated app in the near future. This app will complement the technology available to pilots, providing precise weather information and enabling seamless coordination between air and ground teams.

This milestone investment underscores British Airways’ ongoing commitment to innovation and safety, as part of its £7bn transformation programme. Earlier this year, the airline introduced an Electronic Aircraft Maintenance (eLog) system, streamlining maintenance processes and enhancing operational efficiency.

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.