Fly First Class While It Lasts: 54 of the British Airways Routes With First Class Cabins

Jun 19, 2019

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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 its planes, but on fewer than before, and the cabin only operates on a 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.

And with British Airways’ retirement plan for its aging fleet of 747s already revealed, the chances of flying a route that the airline operates with first class is going to get ever slimmer.

So, to help you make the most of what little time we might have left with first, 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.

There are more than 54 routes in total spanning every corner of the globe. It’s worth noting that finding availability can be easier on some routes than others. For example, you can usually find availability on the airline’s New York routes as well as other East Coast destinations with first class cabins. Asian cities like Bangkok (BKK), Beijing (PEK) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL) also often have pretty good availability. Popular destinations with fewer number of flights such as Los Angeles (LAX), Singapore (SIN) and Sydney (SYD) can be notoriously low on availability. The key, like always with points and miles, is to be as flexible as possible with dates and try to book when reward flights become available 355 days before your travel date.

It’s worth noting that the prices quoted below were the lowest available at the time of publication. Additionally, British Airways can always change the aircraft used on any route, meaning that first class may disappear on some of the routes listed below.

Destination: Abu Dhabi, UAE (AUH)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £2,213
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Abuja, Nigeria (ABV)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £2,867
Avios Cost (one-way): 42,500 (off-peak)

Destination: Accra, Ghana (ACC)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £3,208
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Atlanta, USA (ATL)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £3,003
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Austin, USA (AUS)
Aircraft: Boeing 747, Boeing 777
Prices from: £2,694
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Bahrain (BAH)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £3,368
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Barbados (BGI)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £4,925
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Beijing, China (PEK)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £2,450
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Bermuda (BDA)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £5,974
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Boston, USA (BOS)
Aircraft: Airbus A380, Boeing 777, Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £2,390
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Cape Town, South Africa (CPT)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £5,073
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Chicago, USA (ORD)
Aircraft: Airbus A380, Boeing 777, Boeing 747
Prices from: £2,579
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Dallas, USA (DFW)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £3,233
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Delhi, India (DEL)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £2,483
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Denver, USA (DEN)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £3,492
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Doha, Qatar (DOH)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £4,034
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Dubai, UAE (DXB)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £3,007
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Hong Kong (HKG)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £4,234
Avios Cost (one-way): 102,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Houston, USA (IAH)
Aircraft: Boeing 747, Boeing 777, Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £2,799
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (JED)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £3,538
Avios Cost (one-way): 42,500 (off-peak)

Destination: Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB)
Aircraft: Airbus A380, Boeing 747
Prices from: £4,596
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £4,099
Avios Cost (one-way): 119,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Kuwait (KWI)
Aircraft: Boeing 747, Boeing 777
Prices from: £4,086
Avios Cost (one-way): 42,500 (off-peak)

Destination: Lagos, Nigeria (LOS)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £5,248
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Las Vegas, USA (LAS)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £2,991
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Los Angeles, USA (LAX)
Aircraft: Airbus A380, Boeing 747
Prices from: £4,980
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £3,079
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Miami, USA (MIA)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £3,106
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Moscow, Russia (DME)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £1,557
Avios Cost (one-way): 34,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Mumbai, India (BOM)
Aircraft: Boeing 777, Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £2,385
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Nairobi, Kenya (NBO)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £2,742
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Nashville, USA (BNA)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £2,593
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Newark, USA (EWR)
Aircraft: Boeing 777, Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £2,415
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: New York, USA (JFK)
Aircraft: Boeing 747, Boeing 777
Prices from: £2,340
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Philadelphia, USA (PHL)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £2,279
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Phoenix, USA (PHX)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £3,059
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (RUH)
Aircraft: Boeing 747, Boeing 777
Prices from: £3,874
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

Destination: San Diego, USA (SAN)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £2,923
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: San Francisco, USA (SFO)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £2,756
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: San José, USA (SJC)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £3,285
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Santiago, Chile (SCL)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £4,595
Avios Cost (one-way): 119,000 (off-peak)

Destination: São Paulo, Brazil (GRU)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £3,995
Avios Cost (one-way): 102,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Seattle (SEA)
Aircraft: Boeing 747, Boeing 777
Prices from: £3,119
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Seychelles (SEZ)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £3,307
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Shanghai (PVG)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £2,549
Avios Cost (one-way): 102,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Singapore (SIN)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £3,880
Avios Cost (one-way): 119,000 (off-peak)

Destination: St. Lucia (UVF)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £4,922
Avios Cost (one-way): 85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Sydney, Australia (SYD)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £5,316
Avios Cost (one-way): 170,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV)
Aircraft: Boeing 777
Prices from: £1,534
Avios Cost (one-way): 42,500 (off-peak)

Destination: Tokyo, Japan (HND)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300
Prices from: £4,038
Avios Cost (one-way): 102,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Tokyo, Japan (NRT)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £4,038
Avios Cost (one-way): 102,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Prices from: £2,436
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

 

Destination: Vancouver, Canada (YVR)
Aircraft:
Airbus A380, Boeing 747
Prices from:
£2,624
Avios Cost (one-way): 
85,000 (off-peak)

Destination: Washington, DC, USA (IAD)
Aircraft: Boeing 747
Prices from: £2,091
Avios Cost (one-way): 68,000 (off-peak)

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, the cost and on which aircraft you’ll be flying.

Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.

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