Which British Airways routes have a first class cabin?

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Flying in first class is undoubtedly one of the most aspirational ways to travel. If you take TPG UK’s advice and are savvy with your points and miles, you, too, could have your next first-class experience sooner than you might have thought. Well, that’s if first-class still exists.

Many airlines are experimenting with removing their first-class cabins altogether, such as Asiana, Korean Air and Malaysian Airlines. Other airlines like Cathay Pacific still have first-class on their planes, but on fewer than before, and the cabin only operates on a very limited number of routes.

Although yet unconfirmed, British Airways seems to be joining the craze, as its brand new Airbus A350 aircraft will not feature first-class cabins. Instead, the A350s will have its reconfigured Club World in the form of Club World Suites. In total, the airline will have around 18 of the jets in service on completion of the order. The aircraft will start to replace those aircraft already operating on certain routes that currently offer first class.

With the entire 747 fleet already retired because of the pandemic, and most A380’s still sitting in storage, it means British Airways are operating far fewer aircraft with first class cabins than before the pandemic.

So, to help you make the most of what little time we might have left with first-class, we put together a list of many of the routes on which British Airways currently operates a first class cabin, as well as the aircraft on the route. Why’s that important? Well, each aircraft’s first-class cabin is slightly different, so you’ll want to make sure to select the right seat.

These are the routes British Airways are currently selling first-class seats on over the next 12 months – at the time of publication – as well the Avios you will need to redeem to fly the route, one-way, per person on an off-peak date.

Some of these routes will only feature first class seasonally, such as those to the Caribbean, while routes like New York (JFK) will see first class year-round. Some may not see first class until summer 2022.

British Airways can always change the aircraft used on any route, meaning that first class may disappear on some of the routes listed below and given the continued uncertainty around long-haul travel during covid, these first-class routes are highly subject to change.

Related: A review of British Airways first class on the A380 with its new soft product

Photo by Christian Kramer / The Points Guy

Africa and Middle East

  • Abuja (ABJ) – 42,500 Avios
  • Dubai (DXB) – 68,000 Avios
  • Johannesburg (JNB) – 102,000 Avios
  • Kuwait City (KWI) – 42,500 Avios
  • Lagos (LOS) – 68,000 Avios
  • Riyadh (RUH) – 68,000 Avios

Asia Pacific

  • Hong Kong (HKG) – 102,000 Avios
  • Male (MLE) – 85,000 Avios
  • Singapore (SIN) – 119,000 Avios
  • Sydney (SYD) – 170,000 Avios


  • Barbados (BGI) – 85,000 Avios
  • St Lucia (UVF) – 85,000 Avios

North America

  • Atlanta (ATL) – 85,000 Avios
  • Boston (BOS) – 68,000 Avios
  • Chicago (ORD) – 68,000 Avios
  • Dallas (DFW) – 85,000 Avios
  • Houston (IAH) – 85,000 Avios
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – 85,000 Avios
  • Mexico City (MEX) – 85,000 Avios
  • Miami (MIA) – 85,000 Avios
  • New York (JFK and EWR) – 68,000 Avios
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – 68,000 Avios
  • San Francisco (SFO) – 85,000 Avios
  • Seattle (SEA) – 85,000 Avios
  • Washington D.C. (IAD) – 68,000 Avios

South America

  • Santiago (SCL) – 119,000 Avios
Photo by Nicky Kelvin / The Points Guy

Bottom Line

In points and miles, the world truly is your oyster, and deciding where to go can be a lengthy process — especially if you’ve got a wedge of miles burning a hole in your back pocket. Hopefully, the planning will be easier now that you know exactly on which routes you can redeem for first class ticket, and the Avios cost..

Additional reporting by Ben Smithson

Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.

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