News & offers: New BA onboard menu, BA business to US from £1092, Chicago in First from £1699

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New summer BA Buy on board (BOB) menu

BA introduced buy on board in January last year on short-haul flights from Heathrow and Gatwick. Flights operated by BA CityFlyer to and from London City, London Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh or Manchester were due to implement the BOB menu in October 2017. The latest from BA suggest it will be introduced in 2018 but no firm date has been given.

I wrote about the introduction with the menu in this article. BA at the time promised us a ‘seasonally inspired menu’. As usual, I’m not sure there is anything very seasonal about the choices but at least there are some new options for regular travellers.

Fresh food available:

Mushroom and Emmental Sourdough Toastie – (146g)£4.95 / 625 Avios
Smoked British Bacon Roll – served hot (145g)£4.75 / 600 Avios
Honey Roast Ham and Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese sandwich (188g)£3.90 / 500 Avios
Cheddar Cheese Ploughmans (209g) new£4.95 / 625 Avios
British Honey Roast Ham & Egg with Pineapple Piccalilli (252g) new

Savoury snacks:

Cashew nuts (70g)£1.60 / 200 Avios
Wasabi peas (50g)£1.60 / 200 Avios
Mature Cheddar and Red Onion Hand Cooked Crisps (40g) new£1.15 / 150 Avios
Sea salt and balsamic vinegar hand cooked crisps (40g)£1.15 / 150 Avios
Berry Burst Porridge (70g) new£1.30 / 175 Avios
Fruit and nuts (70g)£1.60 / 200 Avios
Tapas Bar Meat and Cheese Platter (110g)
Not an M&S product

The tapas platter contains olives, Spanish cured sausage, Iberico cheese, crackers and Serrano ham.

Sweet snacks:

Globetrotting Percy Pig™ – (170g)£2.00 / 250 Avios
Made Without Wheat Chocolate Brownie with White Chocolate Drizzle (62g) new£1.60 / 200 Avios
Almond, Apricot & Yogurt Flavour Treat Bar (45g) new£1.20 / 150 Avios
Mini Jaffa cakes (100g)£1.40 / 175 Avios
4 Finger KitKat™ (41g)£1.20 / 150 Avios


The alcoholic drinks have some interesting new options particularly the Rhubarb and Ginger Gin and half bottle of Champagne.

Alcoholic drinks:

Bombay Sapphire® Gin – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Sipsmith London Dry Gin – 50ml£6.00 / 750 Avios
Johnnie Walker Red – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Smirnoff Red – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Grey Goose Vodka – 50ml£6.00 / 750 Avios
Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin – 50ml new£6.00 / 750 Avios
Jack Daniels – 50ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Woolloomooloo Australian Red Shiraz – 187ml£5.50 / 700 Avios
Mirror Lake New Zealand White Sauvignon Blanc – 187ml£5.50 / 700 Avios
Deep River South African Chenin Blanc – 187ml£4.50 / 575 Avios
Belles Vignes French Syrah Rosé – 187ml new£4.50 / 575 Avios
J.P. Chenet Cabernet Syrah Red – 187ml new£4.50 / 575 Avios
Bottega Gold Italian Prosecco DOC – 200ml£6.50 / 825 Avios
Bottega Rose Gold Italian Sparkling Pinot Noir – 200ml£6.50 / 825 Avios
Nicolas Feuillatte Réserve Exclusive Brut NV Champagne – 375ml new£17.00 / 2150 Avios
Adnams Mosaic Pale Ale – 330ml can new£4.45 / 575 Avios
Westons Caple Rd Cider – 33ml can new£4.95 / 625 Avios
Heineken Lager Beer – 330ml£4.45 / 575 Avios

Soft drinks:

Note: It will not look like this one board in your plastic glass with 2 ice cubes!


Coca Cola – 330ml can£1.80 / 225 Avios
Diet Coke – 330ml can£1.80 / 225 Avios
Sprite – 330ml£1.80 / 225 Avios
Highland Spring sparkling water – 500ml£1.80 / 225 Avios
Highland Spring still water – 500ml£1.80 / 225 Avios
Pip Organic Cloudy Apple juice – 200ml£2.70 / 350 Avios
Pip Organic Valencia Orange juice – 200ml£2.70 / 350 Avios
Purdey’s – new 250ml£1.80 / 225 Avios
Big Tom Tomato juice – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios
Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic water – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios
Fever-Tree Naturally Light Tonic water – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios
Fever-Tree Ginger Ale – 150ml£1.50 / 200 Avios

Hot drinks are also available with tea and coffee at £2.30. A new option of Kenko cappuccino has been added for £2.50 or £3.25 Avios.

If buy on board doesn’t appeal you can see the other options for picnics to take onboard here and the new Plane Food picnics here.

Flight offers

Portland with BA/AA in business from £1092

View of Portland, Oregon from Pittock Mansion.

There are ongoing offers to Portland with a variety of airlines at around £1400 including BA which I wrote about here. However, if you are willing to take a slight detour you can get the flights from £1085. This involves starting your journey in Jersey which has no APD. However, you can come back to Heathrow for the same price.

There are a few drawbacks though. Firstly, it involves two stops plus you have to get from Gatwick to Heathrow after the flight from Jersey although you could build in an overnight stop of less than 24 hours. You can get a fixed price chauffeur transfer with mydriver by Sixt – you can find more details here. Secondly, some of the connecting flights are on Alaskan which only gets Avios not Tier points so choose carefully. However, if you choose an American transfer via Seattle, for example, you could get 400 tier points not including any positioning flight.


  • For travel until 6 October 2018
  • Must be booked 28 days in advance
  • Must stay a Saturday night
  • Must be booked by 8 May (today!)

Flights must be booked via American Airlines but the flights can be on British Airways aircraft on the transatlantic flights.


New York/Boston/Chicago with BA from £1184 business or Chicago from £1699 First class


Yet again Inverness is providing ex EU price fares but from within the UK, partly due to the lack of APD. The fares are for First and business class on British Airways to Chicago, New York and Boston via Heathrow. The rules are:

  • Must be booked 28 days in advance
  • Must stay a Saturday night

New York and Boston in Club from Inverness are from £1184 (November onwards for cheapest price). Chicago starts at £1269.

You can book your tickets on British Airways here. Don’t forget that British Airways also has fares from £1322-1550 to most US destinations in Club when you book 6 months in advance (excludes Hawaii).



4 Comments on "News & offers: New BA onboard menu, BA business to US from £1092, Chicago in First from £1699"

  1. The lack of gluten free options yet again is disappointing.

    • Yes if you want a sandwich you are out of luck. I think the selection is a bit disappointing generally compared to the low cost airlines.

  2. What dates for the ex INV F fare? Can’t find it on BA

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