This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
As we’ve mournfully documented, airlines around the world are phasing out their old Boeing 747s in favor of newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft. With Delta and United both having already ended their domestic 747 flights, the Queen of the Skies seems to be nearly disappearing from the skies over the US — at least when it comes to passenger jets.
Hopefully, Lufthansa’s 747-8s and the once-daily Air China 747-8 will keep the distinctive hump in the US for a little while longer. But there’s also another carrier that isn’t quite ready yet to say goodbye to its old 747-400s: British Airways. And the good news is that the airline is now adding the Queen to another US route: Austin, Texas.
Originally turning heads when it launched Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service to the Texas capital in 2014, British Airways’ move soon paid off. Even though the airline already ran daily flights from London to both Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Houston (IAH), there proved to be enough demand for BA to upgrade its third Texas route from a 787-8 to a rotating cast of 777-200s and 787-9s.
Now, the route is getting upgauged yet again. Starting April 8, the London Heathrow (LHR) to Austin (AUS) route will be served daily by a four-class Boeing 747-400.
But if you’re a 747 fan, you won’t have to go out of your way to fly this route, because AUS will join a long list of US airports with British Airways 747-400 service: Boston (BOS), Denver (DEN), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Washington DC/Dulles (IAD), New York City’s JFK, Las Vegas (LAS), Miami (MIA), Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX), Seattle (SEA) and San Francisco (SFO).
What’s the experience like on-board? Well, British Airways hasn’t taken delivery of a new 747 this millennium, so these aren’t exactly the newest aircraft in the skies. However, of BA’s 36 active 747-400s, half were fully refurbished in late 2015 and into early 2016. Refurbished or not, the experience of being one of the 20 business class passengers on the upper deck is like flying on a private jet across the Atlantic, even if the experience in economy is less special.
For those who want to fly the inaugural, nonstop AUS-LHR fares start at $759 round-trip in economy, $1,585 in premium economy, $4,411 in business or $5,478 in first — or less if you use the AARP discount. However, that’s not going to be your cheapest option to fly to London. Norwegian is selling its Austin to London Gatwick (LGW) flights starting at $482 round-trip or $210 one-way after it begins service on the route on March 27.
H/T: One Mile At A Time
Featured image by Nick Morrish/British Airways.
Know before you go.
News and deals straight to your inbox every day.
Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.
- Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
- Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
- Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
- Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
- 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
- Enroll to get up to $200 in statement credits annually by getting up to $100 semi-annually for U.S. purchases with Dell. Terms apply.
- Get one year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork. With this membership, you can access 300+ premium, inspiring workspaces in 75+ cities. To get this exclusive offer, enroll between 2/15/2019 and 12/31/2019.
- Terms Apply
- See Rates & Fees