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One of the most fascinating flights across the Atlantic is British Airways’ all-business class Airbus A318, which flies between New York’s Kennedy (JFK) and London’s closest airport: London City (LCY). With just 32 business class seats on-board, the flight is truly unlike any other British Airways flight.

And, if you want to check this flight off your AvGeek bucket list, now’s a great time to book: British Airways Flight 1 from London City (LCY) to New York Kennedy (JFK) currently has wide-open award availability. For most dates that I’m searching from July through early August, and September through (at least) November, there’s minimum one seat available each day:

For searching purposes, note that this flight doesn’t operate on Saturdays and it isn’t available from August 4-27 or November 17-24.

You can book this flight for 57,500 AAdvantage miles or 60,000 British Airways Avios one-way during peak dates (50,000 off-peak). Beware fuel surcharges on this BA-operated flight can run around $400-500 each way. To save both mileage and out-of-pocket cost, Asia Miles is the best way of booking the nonstop.

If you’ve got Avios burning a hole in your pocket, I’ve also found that a way of saving out-of-pocket cost — although a slightly-higher mileage cost — is to originate in another city and fly through London City. For example, you’ll save $100 but pay 9,000 more Avios during peak dates by flying from Berlin (TXL) through London City (LCY) to catch flight 1. Off-peak savings aren’t as much: save $30 and pay 7,750 more Avios.

H/T: God Save the Points

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With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
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