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British Airways is back again with some cracking First Class fares from London to the USA (specifically Portland, Oregon this time) – from £1,804 return.
Availability is wide open at that price from the start of May to early October 2018. You can search on Google Flights or on the BA site.
Obviously £1,800 is a lot of money for a plane ticket, but compared to the ludicrous sums often charged for First Class, it’s a relative bargain. Besides, at least you can earn a stack of Miles!
It probably goes without saying that you can earn a healthy amount of Avios and Tier Points if you credit BA First Class flights to British Airways Executive Club. You can easily use the BA Avios calculator to calculate what you would get.
More interesting (in my view anyway!) is crediting BA flights to Alaska Mileage Plan. As you can see below, the earning rates for BA flights credited to Alaska are great, and First Class is no exception:
Yep – that means you earn 450% of flown Miles for the cheapest First Class tickets!
Let’s look at a comparison against how many Avios you would earn – and note that I value Alaska Miles as being worth 1.6-1.8p each, which is considerably more than the 1p I value Avios at.
There are a number of different routes you can choose from, which will impact the precise amount of Miles you’ll earn a little, but I’m going to stick with a straightforward London-San Francisco on BA, connecting to Portland with Alaska.
28,498 Avios (worth ~£285)
~50,200 Alaska Miles (worth £800+).
If you opt for Alaska Miles you would get nearly 45% of the cost of the ticket back in Miles – if you value them at a similar rate to me.
In case you’ve forgotten how good Alaska Miles are, 42,500 gets you a one-way on Cathay Pacific Business between anywhere in Europe and Hong Kong.
To work out how many flown miles a flight is, just head to Great Circle Mapper.
It’s difficult to argue that BA offers one of best First Class products in the world , but it’s still a comfortable and stylish way to fly (the champagne is genuinely world class!). These fares are lower than Business Class often is and you can earn a huge haul of Alaska Miles too!