Resumed flights to Jeddah mean direct access to its low-key beaches

June 2024

The best of BA news

New routes to the Red Sea and Lapland, another oneworld partner joins the Avios fray and a Reward Flight discount comes to Jersey. Plus, our new Lagos lounge puts on an arty display...

Return of the Jeddah
That’s right – we’re going back to the Red Sea. Operated by the Boeing 787 fleet, new direct flights to Jeddah mark our return to Saudi’s second city following a five-year hiatus. The first flight – running four times a week from Heathrow – will depart on 4 November 2024. The relaunched route is ideal for sun seekers and history buffs alike. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this seaside city may surprise you – from diving adventures to delicious Hijazi cuisine, museums, souks, film and food festivals and even the world’s tallest fountain.


Get 50% off Reward Flights to Jersey
It’s a land of historic castles, freshly caught seafood and more than 50 miles of dramatical coastline – and all just 40 minutes from London, making it our shortest ever flight from our home in the capital.

As of next month, you’ll be able to get to Jersey with half the amount of Avios thanks to a 50% discount on Reward Flights booked for travel between 1 October and 31 March 2025.* And with an increase in flights to Jersey (courtesy of our new year-round Euroflyer route from London Gatwick), you can expect a greater number of available seats. Savings apply to new bookings made between 20 June and 4 July 2024.

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Welcome to your refreshed Lagos lounge
A newly renovated airport lounge has just opened in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. As well as offering a gorgeous new selection of food and drink, it provides a beautiful space to relax and work surrounded by local art. The lounge’s new art collection is designed in partnership with Akoje Gallery –  founded by Khalil Akar and England Rugby star Maro Itoje. Created as a way to nurture new talent, the gallery plans to host annual competitions for local artists, whose winning pieces will be on show to lounge visitors. To celebrate the opening and the first of many showcases, New Beginning features the work of up-and-coming visual artists Olawunmi Banjo, Qozeem Abdulrahman Olaoluwa and Steve Ekpenisi.

‘British Airsleighs’: new flights to Lapland this winter
Just in time for your most memorable winter yet, we’ve announced a new route to Ivalo in the heart of Finnish Lapland. The flights – which launch on 3 December 2024 – will transport travellers to a land of snow-dusted reindeers, winter sports and the elusive aurora borealis via Finland’s most northerly airport. 


Ivalo welcomes visitors from all over the world to the Arctic Circle each year, particularly during the festive period. It’s also the gateway to Saariselkä, a popular resort village. “We are excited about a new addition to our winter schedule, alongside the likes of Innsbruck and Geneva,” says Tom Stoddart, CEO of BA Euroflyer. “Lapland is synonymous with winter and Ivalo is blanketed in snow for a large part of the year, so customers can expect a white Christmas, with some red and blue sprinkled in from British Airways for good measure.”

Ivalo joins Tromsø in Norway, which was recently announced as a new route to join the winter schedule from London Heathrow this December.


Finnair joins the Avios family
Speaking of Finland, we’re delighted to share the news that Finnair – a long-standing member of the oneworld® alliance – is now part of the Avios family. Finnair Plus has adopted Avios in place of its former ‘awards points’ to open up new redemption and collection opportunities with its fellow Avios-accruing airlines.

Like us, Finnair Plus awards Avios based on monetary spend, and continues to offer Tier Points for movement through the membership Tiers. If you’re a Finnair Plus Member, or decide to become one in the future, you can now link your accounts and move your Avios seamlessly between the two as you wish.

Terms and conditions

*Savings apply to new bookings made between  20 June 2024  and 23:59 BST 4 July 2024, for travel between 1 October 2024 and 31 March 2025, inclusive. This offer applies to both peak and off-peak Reward Flights from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) in Euro Traveller (economy). Flights can be booked by any British Airways Executive Club  Member, when  logged into their  account  and  with a sufficient Avios balance. The required amount of Avios for  a Reward  Flight Saver in Euro Traveller (economy) will be reduced by 50%. The required amount of Avios for  Reward  Flights in Club Europe will not be reduced.  The cash amount required will not be discounted. The  discount  set out is available on direct one-way and return British Airways operated flights originating in London.  Example Avios rates shown are for a return journey on off-peak dates.  The  relevant  savings will appear after you have chosen your flights and will be relative to your Avios balance.

Reward Flight Savers are British Airways’ best value reward flights. Reward Flight Saver offers customers great value flights with a low, flat fee to cover taxes, fees and carrier charges and a fixed Avios amount. To be eligible for Reward Flight Saver, you need to have collected at least one Avios in the past 12 months. Reward Flights are subject to availability. If you are not eligible for Reward Flight Saver, you’ll be shown the standard reward flight price instead with full taxes, fees and charges. To find out more about Reward Flights and/or Reward Flight Saver, click here.

Reward Flights are strictly subject to availability which may be very limited or not available at all on some routes. Reward Flights may not be available on some dates. No registration is required.  Payment must be made in full at the time of booking. Bookings made over the phone will carry a non-refundable offline booking fee per person per ticket. No cash or credit alternative is available.  All flights are subject to the notice and conditions of contract contained on each ticket or itinerary, the Executive Club terms and conditions and British Airways conditions of carriage  apply.  This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or deal, including but not limited to industry discounted fares (including agency, industry, employee discounts) inclusive holidays, group discount fares, child/infant fares or senior citizen fares, whether or not booked in one of the qualifying classes, bookings made with any other vouchers or travel class upgrades. Discounts cannot be used retrospectively.  British Airways reserves the right to cancel or amend without notice the terms of this offer.

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