Book your flights to New York with British Airways and experience great service on your way to the world’s busiest city. With a choice of up to 15 daily flights, it’s easy to find the perfect one for your holiday in New York.
Fly with British Airways or our partner American Airlines direct from London Heathrow (LHR) to JFK International Airport (JFK) and Newark Airport (EWR) or from May 2016 take advantage of our new route from London Gatwick (LGW) to JFK International Airport (JFK). Alternatively, our Club World-only service from London City Airport (LCY) is perfect for an extra special trip, or when travelling on business. The city itself is brimming with sights to see and things to do in New York. For some inspiration explore our classic and curious itineraries in New York. Marvel at the skyscrapers of Manhattan whilst shopping in the fashion haven of Fifth Avenue. Admire the famous New York skyline from a ferry to Liberty Island or catch a glittering show on Broadway. Afterwards, dance the night away in a hip club in Williamsburg, across the bridge in Brooklyn.
A direct flight from London Heathrow (LHR) or London Gatwick (LGW) to New York (JFK) or London Heathrow (LHR) to Newark (EWR) is under eight hours. Our business class-only BA001 service from London City (LCY) allows you to clear US customs in Shannon, Ireland – which saves you valuable time on your business trip.
Choose from Club World or World Traveller classes. Club World offers a spacious seat which fully converts into a bed. World Traveller includes food and a full bar, alongside a personal entertainment system. So sit back and relax, watch the in-flight entertainment, indulge in the complimentary food and drink and enjoy your flight.
Travelling can be tiring, so you can’t beat a good night’s sleep before your flight. Stay fully hydrated and avoid stimulants like caffeine and chocolate. Alcohol can also affect your sleep so limit consumption on and before a flight. Beat jetlag by living on your new time zone as soon as you land. Don’t cramp your space with too much carry-on luggage around your feet. Moisturise and use lip balm, take extra layers and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Take care of your health by reading our guide and watch the in-flight wellbeing video. An extra touch? Invest in noise cancelling headphones to reduce aircraft noise as it powers you at 500 mph across the Atlantic.
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For total comfort Club World and First give you the option of lying fully flat to sleep. World Traveller Plus gives you larger legroom and seats in a smaller cabin. In World Traveller the quieter seats are at the front of the plane. Get an aisle seat or exit row for more freedom, though we actually receive more bookings for window seats. Seating over the wing has less turbulence and young families might prefer seats in the bulkhead, which have more room. You can select your seats well in advance for an extra fee. Free seat selection opens with check-in 24 hours in advance.
From check-in to arrival, our staff are committed to service. For British Airways flight attendants, your comfort comes straight after your safety. Should you have any problems, ask for assistance and it will be readily delivered. In Club World and First, you will get attentive and personal service. In World Traveller and World Traveller Plus, you can request headphones, toothbrush and toothpaste, eye mask and socks. Food and drinks will be served shortly after take-off. As well as a hot meal, you’ll get a dessert and sides. The in-flight entertainment has highlights such as television shows and international hit films, some available before their DVD release.
UK passport holders are entitled to enter New York under the Visa Waiver Programme, however must have gained authorisation under ESTA. Passengers will be given a landing card during the flight, to make your arrival as smooth as possible.
Once in New York, tipping is prevalent. Bar servers, bellhops, and concierges will expect a small gratuity for their services. But you don't have to tip wildly, $1 or $2 is often enough. In a restaurant or for room service, consider tipping 15 to 20 per cent of the bill instead.
Getting around the Big Apple couldn’t be easier. Hail a taxi from the airport – a typical taxi fare from JFK to central Manhattan is around $55 including tolls and tip. Alternatively, you could book a transfer before you arrive to make it even easier. Why not arrive in style by booking a limousine from the airport? Or save some money by sharing a shuttle transfer. Getting around New York City is simple, as there is a grid system of numbered streets and named avenues. You can choose from buses, taxis, trains and the famous subway.