British Airways New First Class Routes Tracker
Hilary Stockton

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, 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!

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
  This American 767-300 Business Class review for a flight to Europe from NYC JFK is part of a trip report. For the prior post, please see Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Lounge JFK Terminal 8. While this wasn't an aspirational...
Kids and jet lag--for other parents out there, don't let worries about this stop you from taking a long international trip, at least if you're able to book the flights as first class or business class award travel. We're currently...
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
Get Free Email Blog Updates
Popular Articles
Where to go to avoid Singapore's haze, after arriving in Singapore Suites? A TravelSort client writes "I have a great trip planned for me and my daughter (JFK – Singapore, 1st class Singapore Suites on the A380) but the fires around...
  Where to travel with the strong U.S. dollar? The dollar's strength as a reserve currency is a boon to anyone earning U.S. dollars and traveling to some of the countries with currencies that have depreciated against the dollar. I...
  Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Award Availability--where is it? A TravelSort reader writes "I read your posts Etihad A380 First Apartments and Etihad A380 First Apartment: 2 Award Seats Between NYC and Abu Dhabi but I can't find any award space...
Four Seasons Preferred Partner is worth switching to from an AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts booking; a recent client booking at Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is the perfect example. As is often the case, I was contacted by a...
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...
  The 50K Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard, earned after spending $3000 within the first 3 months, is one of the best current credit card signup bonuses, particularly since the death of the 50K CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select, which is why...
  Four Seasons 3rd Night Free offers with Preferred Partner benefits are among the very best luxury hotel deals. Why? Because you save 33% at a top-tier luxury hotel, plus enjoy Four Seasons Preferred Partner perks. While of course Four Seasons...
  This Four Seasons Lion Palace St. Petersburg Review is part of a trip report including Vienna and luxury hotels and dining in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. I was thrilled to finally be able to visit this former royal palace, designed...
  Several Singapore Luxury Hotels have 3rd Night Free offers, whether to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday or as an opening special. It's a great way to go beyond the admittedly excellent Singapore Changi Airport on a trip involving Singapore Suites...
Can you change an Emirates award booked with Alaska miles? TravelSort reader Amy writes "I booked Emirates A380 First Class from Dubai DXB to San Francisco SFO, but we've changed our trip and now plan to be in Europe. I...