Concorde flight numbers, private experience…
Travel is about nostalgia, and for anyone who missed Concorde, a chance to fly on Speedbird 1, or Speedbird 2 is a pretty cool nostalgic experience. The business class only flights, aboard a custom modified Airbus A318 flying between London City (LCY) and New York’s (JFK) airport are easily amongst the most unique flying experiences you’ll find these days – and for a limited time, availability using points is absolutely fantastic.
British Airways use a custom, modified Airbus A318 for their 32 seat, business class only “baby bus” or “British Airways private jet” flights between London City and New York City. From London to New York, these planes stop at Shannon, IRELAND to refuel, where all passengers clear U.S. immigration, making arrival in NYC a total breeze. You just walk off the plane like a domestic flight. On the return leg from New York JFK, the plane flies direct to London, landing into the extremely central London City Airport at a nice hour of the morning. With just 32 seats on board, the service is phenomenal and when the plane isn’t quite full, which is often the case lately, many passengers get two seats! One for a bed, and one for relaxing! We’ve reviewed the experience, here.
We searched late August, September, October and beyond and found many months where you could virtually pick any date, and find more than 4 seats available. In fact, at the time of writing, you could pick any date which the flight operates in September and score at least two seats. Let that be the last time people complain about Avios availability to New York City. The flights require 60,000 points on peak (August, early September dates) and 50,000 off peak each way. Taxes and fees are the same as any other London to NYC business class flight on British Airways. Search one way at a time for best results, rather than round trip.
Go to British Airways website, go to the usual Executive Club, “Spending My Avios” and perform a standard search. Instead of entering London to New York City, enter LCY to JFK, or vice versa for the search criteria. Sure enough, you’ll see absolutely wide open availability for this wonderfully unique “private jet” experience to NYC. Same goes for the return, where you’ll search JFK to LCY. As far as privacy, peace and quiet, you just can’t beat it. And here are 10 things to avoid once you get to New York City.