British Airways New First Class Routes Tracker
Avatar_160_hilary
Hilary Stockton
Google+

My Award Booking Service helps travelers book first class and business class with miles and points. As an independent affiliate of Cadence, I also have access to Virtuoso, Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Peninsula Hotels PenClub, Dorchester Diamond Club, Belmond Bellini Club, Ritz-Carlton STARS, Starwood Luxury Privileges, Rocco Forte and other 5-star hotel partners, so I can book, for no extra cost, your perfect luxury hotel or luxury cruise with VIP amenities not available anywhere else. Become a client and upgrade your stay!

GOT A BLOG POST IDEA?
Have a travel question we haven't covered yet? Want to share your secrets for traveling well for less?

British Airways' New First Class is in the process of being rolled out, but how do you know if your flight will have the New First Class? TravelSort reader Thomas recently asked about whether a given British Airways flight would have New First, and I was wondering this myself for a British Airways flight later this year.

Don't forget that today, January 14, is the last day of the 30% AMEX Membership Rewards transfer bonus to British Airways Avios. It's not as good as prior 40% and 50% transfer bonuses, but if you plan to book using Avios in the next couple months, I'd recommend transferring. If you need more Membership Rewards points, see our AMEX Membership Rewards Points Advance Tips

Luckily, there's a British Airways New First routes tracker that displays all routes to and from London Heathrow, along with the percentage that have been converted to New First, based on data from flights of the past 2 weeks.

Now, it's a bit of an eye chart, so I suggest that you do a "Find on page" and input the relevant airport code or flight number so you can zero in on the flight you're interested in.

For example, let's say we want to find out our likelihood of flying New First from Dallas (DFW) on Flight 192. I  do a "Find on page" search for BA192 and get this:

British Airways New First Class Route Tracker - Example Search

 

As you can see, there's New First (NF) on 60% of the flights on this route, based on data from the last 2 weeks of flights. You can keep checking back to see how the percentage changes as you get closer to your departure date, and what the probability of your flight having New First is.

You can also click on DFW-LHR to view the flight data day by day since June 2012: New First is highlighted in blue, while grey indicates Old First. The date on the left is in the format YYYYMMDD:

British Airways New First Class Route Tracker Example

 

Note of course that even if you're flying a route which has been fully converted to New First, such as JFK-LHR, there's always the chance of an aircraft equipment swap--nothing is completely guaranteed, but at least you can know the probability of flying British Airways New First and set your expectations.

Hope this is helpful to some, and I'll leave you with the British Airways video of New First Class:

 

 

If you've flown British Airways New First Class, what was your experience?

Related Posts

Avios Best Deals

How to Maximize the British Airways Companion Certificate on Award Tickets

British Airways Visa 100,000 Bonus Avios Points Back But Worth It?

British Airways Avios: Goodbye First Class on Cathay, Hello Coach on American

 

Need Award Booking Help? Our fee is as low as $75 per ticket if you book your hotel through us.

If you enjoyed this, please follow TravelSort on Twitter or  like us on Facebook to be alerted to new posts. 

Become a Member to find your perfect luxury or boutique hotel at up to 50% off: TravelSort Hotels

  • |
  • Print
    print |
Related Articles
Square_hyatt_award_night-get_gold_passport_to_honor_no_blackout_dates_policy-park_hyatt_paris_vendome
2/13/2016
  If Hyatt is selling a standard room can you book it as an award, using your Hyatt Gold Passport points? You can, thanks to Hyatt's policy of no blackout dates for free night awards, although there are times when...
Square_how_early_to_arrive_at_the_airport
2/11/2016
  How early should you arrive at the airport? For sanity's sake, I recommend allowing plenty of time for potential traffic delays in getting to the airport, time going through security (sometimes even the TSA Precheck line is long), and...
Comments
Picture?type=large Thomas M. commented 16 Jan 2013
Hilary, thanks for the writeup! This is really helpful. I'm wondering - does the number of seats on the BA 777 seat map affect the chances of the flight being New vs Old First class? For example, on the day I'm looking at, there are two IAH-LHR flights, both on a 777, and one has 12 First seats and the other has 14 First seats. Does that provide any hint as to what the layout may be? Thanks again.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 16 Jan 2013
Thomas, great question. The 777s that have 12 seats are all New First, but for the 777 planes with 14 seats in first class, only about 12 of the 20 planes have New First, the other 8 or so have Old First.
Picture?type=large Thomas M. commented 16 Jan 2013
Great to know - thanks again.
Leave a Comment
Comment
Facebook-logo
Get Free Email Blog Updates
Popular Articles
Square_american_aadvantage_award_chart_devaluation
11/17/2015
An American AAdvantage award chart devaluation goes into effect March 22, 2016. I'd predicted an AAdvantage award chart devaluation late 2015 or early 2016, which is why we redeemed about 350,000 AAdvantage miles last year and ~250,000 AAdvantage miles this...
Square_aadvantage_award_chart_devaluation-strategy_going_forward
12/7/2015
Given the 2016 AAdvantage Award Chart Devaluation, what's the strategy going forward? I've always recommended redeeming your frequent flyer miles and not saving them, given the significant award chart devaluations that occur. Frequent flyer mile balances are NOT retirement nest...
Square_top_12_hotel_guaranteed_upgrade_offers-four_seasons_las_vegas
12/11/2015
  Want to guarantee a hotel upgrade? Here are 12 great hotel guaranteed upgrade offers currently available, in Paris, London, Chicago, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Vancouver, Geneva and Chiang Rai. In each case, if you book as a TravelSort Client and...
Square_6_reasons_i_love_new_zealand-stunning_scenery-glenorchy_near_queenstown
11/29/2015
  Here are 6 reasons why I love New Zealand, which we've been fortunate enough to visit over the past week, as part of site inspections for TravelSort Clients. In fact my husband was wistfully saying how he wished we...
Square_2016_best_new_luxury_hotels-four_seasons_lanai_hawaii
12/5/2015
Which new luxury hotels are opening in 2016? As I help clients plan their 2016 and 2017 travel, several new Four Seasons hotels, a new Aman Resort, and a new Park Hyatt have come up as potential stay options, so...
Square_one_of_the_pacifics_best_hidden_secrets-_guess_the_place-presidential_villa_deck_and_infinity_pool
11/26/2015
  A new Guess the Place Puzzle, and Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers! I'm currently in a country in the Pacific Ocean, and just did a site inspection at a gorgeous property. There's no sign to this luxurious place,...
Square_where_to_travel_for_a_10th_anniversary_trip-bora_bora
12/1/2015
Where to travel for a 10th anniversary trip? A TravelSort client is planning a special 10th wedding anniversary trip for his wife and him: "My wife is undecided on a beach destination (Bora Bora) versus Paris / London or Tokyo...
Square_singapore_airlines-best_award_redemptions_from_the_west_coast_to_asia
1/20/2016
  What are the best Singapore Suites on the A380, Singapore First Class and Singapore Business Class award flight redemptions from the West Coast to Asia? TravelSort reader Mark writes "Without going into too much detail, could you provide your...
Square_etihad_a380_first_apartment_booking_tips
1/7/2016
  I have a few Etihad First Apartment Booking Tips, based on client and reader questions after I wrote Etihad First Apartment A380 Awards Available Abu Dhabi to NYC. 1. Be Flexible with Dates: There Are Still a Few Days with...
Square_55k_chase_sapphire_preferred_bonus_offer
11/18/2015
A 55K Chase Sapphire Preferred Bonus Offer is available and on the Best Travel Credit Cards page, with a 50K signup bonus and 5000 additional bonus Ultimate Rewards points for adding an authorized user. This is higher than the previous...