Travel across the USA with British Airways and American Airlines This Year

The year ahead looks set to be one for adventure and with a country as vast as the USA you needn’t look much further. With its iconic cityscapes, thrill-inducing theme parks, beautiful Pacific and Atlantic coastal spots and awe-inspiring scenery, you’ll find what you’re looking for amongst its 50 states.

We’ve picked out our favourite areas to visit, but thanks to American Airlines’ extensive network of onward flights across the USA, these key hubs may merely be starting points in your stateside adventure.

San Francisco
San Francisco


Between British Airways and American Airlines, you can fly direct to four Californian destinations – Los Angeles and San Diego (just over 11 hours away) and San Francisco and San Jose (10 and a half hours away) – from London, putting the whole of this vast and diverse state within easy reach, from its cities and theme parks to its vineyards, national parks and beaches. Convenient flight times make for a fuss-free experience.


Dreamy white-sand beaches, year-round sunshine and fantastic wildlife encounters… And that’s before you’ve even mentioned Orlando and its world-leading theme parks. Florida has fun and natural wonders in spades. Head to one of the many fantastic seaside resorts of the Gulf coast, such as St Petersburg, Sarasota, Fort Myers, or Sanibel and the Captiva islands.

British Airways and American Airlines operates flights direct to Miami from London Heathrow while British Airways operates further direct routes to Orlando and Tampa, so you could even make your trip a multi-centre, flying out of a different airport.

New Orleans
New Orleans

The Deep South

This storied collection of states is one that has charmed countless visitors over the years and keeps them coming back for more, with its world-class music, delicious dining and sites depicting the area’s tumultuous history. Flying into both Nashville and New Orleans, from London Heathrow, British Airways offers the perfect starting point for an unforgettable road trip encompassing the hypnotic jazz music of New Orleans, Memphis’ colourful Beale Street and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville amongst many other sites.

If you’re looking to an extra step to your adventure, continue on to Charlotte to visit Carowinds theme park and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, before boarding your direct flight home with American Airlines.

New York

Canary-yellow taxi cabs, the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building, Central Park… The sheer number of icons squeezed onto this tiny spit of land make it a destination you’ll never tire of, no matter how many times you return. And there are more reasons than ever to visit New York this year or next – lots of new alfresco dining spaces and a more open-air culture, whale-watching boats direct from Manhattan, and even a new island park, Little Island on the Hudson River in the Meatpacking District.

Thanks to direct flights with British Airways and American Airlines from London Heathrow taking just 7.5 hours, you could even visit New York city on a long weekend. If, however, you have a little more time to play with, make the drive south to Philadelphia where you’ll be able to catch a direct flight back to the UK with American Airlines, after you’ve visited Independence Hall, tasted the famous cheese steak and ran up the stairs to the Museum of Art like Rocky Balboa.

Cabin Options

Economy and Premium Economy

British Airways’ World Traveller seats allow you to fly with hand baggage only or to pay extra for a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 24 hours before you fly. Or step up to World Traveller Plus for more legroom, a smaller cabin with greater privacy, cushions, blankets, eye masks, toothbrush and toothpaste, and noise-reducing headphones.

Similarly, American Airlines’ Main Cabin allows guests to unwind with free entertainment and snacks, and the option to purchase Wi-Fi during the flight. In Premium Economy, passengers get the added benefit of wider seats with added leg room and extendable foot and head rests, as well as included Wi-Fi and power outlets and USB ports in every seat.


British Airways’ Club World cabin adds to the above fully flat beds for total comfort, dining menus designed by top chefs and fast-tracking through the airport.
Meanwhile, Flagship® Business delivers an elevated experience for American Airlines passengers, with priority boarding, check-in and security at the airport.


British Airways’ top class adds further luxuries including fully flat beds within private suites combining British heritage with contemporary design, and exclusive lounge and spa access on the ground. All passengers in the wider London area can also pay an extra fee to have the exclusive AirPortr service pick up their bags and check them in.

Flying in first-class with American Airlines means experiencing their most exclusive and personalised service in Flagship® First where you’ll receive fine-dining experiences, private check-in and lounge access.

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