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British Airways has loaded special Business Class fares for travel to the North Eastern USA during this coming summer’s UK school holidays. Whilst not comparable to some true ‘sale’ fares, they do represent discounts of up to 23% on those previously on offer.
Fares in the carrier’s Club World cabin for this promotion are from:
According to the fare rules, bookings must be made no later than 17th May, for outbound flights departing between 21st July and 31st August 2013. Reservations are non-flexible, and itineraries including Club World London City service (flight numbers BA1 to BA4) are not applicable. The fares do however earn full Executive Club and OnBusiness credits for eligible members.
In the absence of a specific landing page on the British Airways website, the ba.com Low Fare Finder is a useful tool in tracking down the best availability. For those utilising an offline travel agent, the fare code is ‘I4UKJB1′.
BA has recently relaunched its Sydney route, with the service now operating to and from the airline’s Terminal 5 home at London Heathrow. British Airways’ newest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft are rostered onto the flights, offering their latest World Traveller & World Traveller Plus, Club World & First Class cabins.
The Australian Gourmet Traveller offer is valid in all cabins with the exception of First Class, and the ‘GOURMETBA’ code reduces the price of the lowest Club World return fare by over $1000 to $6158.92.
The offer is valid for tickets purchased at ba.com from 1st April to 30th May 2013 and applies to travel from 1st April to 30th November 2013. Enter the promotional code ‘GOURMETBA’ into the promotion code box on ba.com to receive the discount.
Meanwhile, American Express Cardmembers can benefit from 10% off British Airways World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World fares, for journeys originating from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain, Muscat, Kuwait, and KSA routes to selected destinations in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe. Bookings must be made and travel must commence by 30th September 2013:
If a two night weekend break to Jersey for £119 per person appeals, then British Airways’ new last minute #helloweekend promotion could see you jetting off this Friday for a taste of the Channel Islands.
Looking slightly further afield, deals to Madrid or Milan are on offer from £139 per passenger, based on twin share. Prices include flights, hotel accommodation, taxes, fees and charges and availability currently looks good – though this will of course reduce as packages sell out.
The #helloweekend promotion is slated to run every Wednesday for the immediately approaching weekend, with bookings available up until midnight each Friday. Destinations across the shorthaul European network will vary each week.
Passengers interested in booking Club Europe #helloweekend breaks can check availability using the British Airways Flight+Hotel booking tool, with the upgrade cost on the sample Jersey break working out at £79.75 each way. For a 55 minute flight, it’s likely that this option will appeal most to those who are aiming to achieve or retain status in the Executive Club, which awards increased Tier Points for Club Europe flights.
For full details and to book, visit the #helloweekend page at ba.com.
A month ago to the day, the first pictures were released of the interiors which will be fitted to British Airways new Airbus A380 aircraft. Today, the first painted aircraft, G-XLEA, has been rolled out from its Hamburg hangar in preparation for the final stages of its fitting-out and testing.
For an insight into the painting process, the official BA video can be downloaded here.
Almost six years after BA announced its order for 12 of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the airline’s first A380s are now approaching handover and these SuperJumbos are also the first in a new variant of the aircraft type, which offers an increased payload and range compared to those already delivered.
Passengers are expected to get their first chance to fly the Airbus on BA services when the aircraft takes off for Los Angeles on 15th October 2013, with those on one of the Hong Kong flights ‘going large’ on 15th November.
For a look at BA’s plans for its interiors on board the Airbus A380, read our March 5th blogpost:
And for more pictures of the BA A380 rollout, visit our new Tumblr site:
It’s awards season in Tinsel Town, and apparently on t’Internet as well! Word reaches Continental Club Towers that we’ve won a frequent flyer ‘gong’ – in the form of the FlyerTalk British Airways Executive Club Trip Report Of The Year 2012 Award.
It seems that my article covering the once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel aboard a brand new British Airways Boeing 777-300ER, on its delivery flight from Seattle to Cardiff, has pipped some illustrious competition on one of the world’s biggest frequent travel websites.
Bringing A Boeing Home – British Airways 777-300ER G-STBF Delivery Flight was published both here and on FlyerTalk, and it’s a real pleasure to find that others who are just as passionate about travel enjoyed reading it – and perhaps also caught a glimpse of things that they wouldn’t normally see on board a ‘regular’ flight.
I’ve been posting on FlyerTalk for almost six years, and reading for much longer; it’s a veritable vault of information that’s matured into a community of travellers whose nomadic lifestyles provide the perfect opportunity to ‘square the circle’ and not just interact online, but in real life too. As you can see from many of the posts on the site, a good number of FTers (as they’re known) are real online orators and web wordsmiths, so it’s doubly nice that some of them have enjoyed the Bringing A Boeing Home story.
For now though, I’d just like to thank…….everyone!
British Airways has revealed some details of the layout and style of its forthcoming Airbus A380 ‘SuperJumbo’ aircraft, due to enter service later this year. The images take the form of a YouTube video.
Those with an eye for detail will probably be most interested in the following time-stamped screen-grabs from the video:
00:15 – The new First Class cabin, which shows a more spacious and rectalinear layout to the seats, compared to the airline’s Boeing 777 and Boeing 747 cabins:
00:18 – World Traveller Plus seats, as already in service on selected Boeing 777s:
00:20 – Upper Deck Club World outboard seats, featuring the A380′s signature under-window storage units:
00:26 – Upper Deck World Traveller outboard seating, again showing the under-window storage units:
00:32 – Upper Deck Club World inboard seats, which for the first time offer a single central seat and appears to benefit from additional width to the passenger’s right hand side:
The new aircraft is scheduled to enter longhaul service on routes to Los Angeles (15th October 2013) and Hong Kong (15th November 2013), although it’s expected that passengers’ first opportunity to see the latest addition to the fleet will be on shorthaul ‘familiarisation’ flights between London Heathrow and Madrid Barajas airports.
No dates or times have yet been published for these flights, which will provide cabin and flight deck crew with the opportunity to perfect service and operational routines in the shortest possible time. With longhaul service due from October however, familiarisation flights are likely to commence in late August or early September.
Meanwhile, special fares from £494 return to Los Angeles, and from £556 return to Hong Kong have been loaded, for bookings made by 15th March 2013. To check whether a particular flight is scheduled to be A380-operated, click on the flight number shown on the ‘fare matrix’ on the British Airways website. If you’re looking at a connecting itinerary, you will need to click the ‘Show Journey Details +’ button first:
It’s possible to combine an A380 flight in one direction with a B777 or B747 flight in the other (depending on route) and special fares will earn Avios, Tier Points and OnBusiness points based on the passenger’s status.
For more information and to book seats on the currently scheduled flights, visit ba.com.
And, until 28th March 2013, members buying Avios can benefit from up to 25% bonus Avios. Likewise, members receiving Avios purchased for them will see the number gifted increased by up to 25%.
Although buying the required number of Avios for a given flight is rarely a cost-effective strategy, members who are only a few thousand Avios short of a high-value redemption may find purchasing the additional Avios they need more worthwhile. For passengers holding, or about to make, bookings in the World Traveller Plus and Club World cabins, buying Avios can make upgraded to Club World and First Class very attractive – subject to redemption availability.
For full details, visit ba.com.