News & offers: BA confirms Osaka details, 25,000 Avios with Economist & Aer Lingus rebrand

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BA confirms Osaka and new Munich route

Yesterday I reported that BA were rumoured to be restarting Osaka again. They last flew there in October 1998! Today I can reveal it has been officially confirmed and will start on 31 March with 4 services per week on a B787-8. Avios redemptions should now be wide open. Cash tickets are also on sale at ba.com

The schedule is:

Flight number Sector Dep Time Local Arr Time Local Days of Week
BA19/JL7078* LHR-KIX 14:20 09:50 (the following day) Mon, Weds, Fri, Sun
BA20/JL7079* KIX-LHR 11:30 15:50 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat

*Japan Airlines codeshare flight  

British Airways is also adding four cities to its joint business agreement with Japan Airlines, with the BA code being put on flights between Tokyo Haneda and Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Komatsu and Matsuyama.

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Munich

BA have also announced that they will be starting to fly to Munich from London City. I was really impressed when I visited Munich for the first time recently and would love to go back. You can read my guide to Munich here. One thing to be aware of on London City flights is that they use E190 aircraft in a 2-2 configuration so you lose the empty middle seat advantage of Club Europe. You can read my London City Club Europe review here. 

British Airways will fly three-times-a-day from London City Airport from 16 February 19.  As well as the new service British Airways will also add extra winter frequency on Berlin, Dublin and Prague routes from 10 November this year and to Geneva from December.

Return flights to Berlin will go up to 18 a week, Dublin to 38 a week, Prague to seven a week and Geneva to 16 a week from December.

London City to Munich timetable:

Flight No          Depart             Arrive              Days

BA3291            8.10am             10.55am           Mon-Sat

BA3293           1.50pm             4.35pm            Mon-Fri & Sun

BA3295           6.40pm            9.25pm             Mon-Fri & Sun

Munich-London City timetable:

Flight No          Depart             Arrive              Days

BA3292           6.45am             7.40am             Mon-Sat

BA3294           12.20pm           1.25pm             Mon-Fri & Sun

BA3296           5.15pm             6.10pm             Mon-Fri & Sun

25,500 Avios with The Economist

Until 31 October 2018 you will collect up to 25,200 Avios when you subscribe to The Economist for 3 years through the BA Executive Club offer.The details of the offer are:
a) 10,200 Avios for a one year Print OR Digital subscription and 13,200 for a one year Print AND Digital subscription.
b) 16,200 Avios for a two-year Print OR Digital subscription and 19,200 for a two-year Print AND Digital subscription.
c) 22,200 Avios for a three-year Print OR Digital subscription and 25,200 for a three-year Print AND Digital subscription.

Avios will be awarded to your account within 28 days. You can cancel the subscription at any time. If you are a resident in the EU, you can cancel your subscription within the first 14 days and get a refund for any part of your subscription that has not already been delivered for the print element or published for any digital element before you cancelled. If you cancel after the first 14 days as an EU resident, or if you are not a resident in the EU, once Avios have been awarded to your account, you will not be refunded for any unused portion of your subscription upon cancellation

You can find the offer page here.

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus business class A330

Aer Lingus business class A330

I am currently attending the Airline Passenger Experience Expo in Boston and yesterday we had a number of talks from airline CEOs including American Airlines and Aer Lingus. There were a couple of interesting things from Aer Lingus and I think in terms of Avios redemptions to the US they are a great value option. I will be flying back from the US with them later this year on their A330 in business class. We already knew that they were planning new uniforms for next year but they have now revealed that this will be part of a bigger rebrand for the airline early in 2019. They will, however, be keeping their Shamrock emblem in the new designs.

They also revealed that even economy class passengers would be getting free wifi on certain fares albeit a tiny 20MB which would not keep you going for long. We are beginning to see a trend of airlines starting to give small amounts of data for free such as Qatar, BA previously and now Aer Lingus. Hopefully, as Wi-Fi becomes more common it will start to become free for premium passengers and status holders. Business class customers get 400Mb of free WiFi on Aer Lingus which is pretty generous compared to most airlines where you usually get no free wifi in  business class.

Aer Lingus is actually IAG’s most profitable airline which may surprise a few people. They have ambitions to expand their North American routes by acquiring new aircraft and become an airline for people to connect through Dublin onto Europe. As well as much lower taxes on their flights for Avios redemptions they also have pre-clearance at Dublin which means you clear US immigration and customs there and arrive in the US as a domestic passenger which is a huge advantage. They will start flying to the East Coast and Mid West of the US next year with their brand new A321LRs. They recently announced that they would start flying Dublin (DUB) to Montreal (YUL) and Minneapolis (MSP), making a total of 15 North American cities served.

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