Bay Area residents have some new international route options launching this summer. From Asia to Europe, San Jose airport will soon take you much further without having to endure the chaos at SFO.
Here is a brief overview of the new routes and their launch dates.
The most exciting new route, arguably, is via British Airways to London Heathrow. Starting May 4th BA will be running one daily non-stop into Heathrow (LHR). The new Boeing 787 will be flown on this 10 hour trans-atlantic flight. This flight can currently be had for as few as $885 round-trip, which is a relatively good price for a non-stop to London on British Airways.
Using your British Airways Avios points is not a great idea in this instance. It will run you 32,500 Avios points and $683 in fees (which includes taxes, duties, and fuel surcharges). If you want to fly out of San Francisco to London on points, you could use 42,500 Virgin Atlantic points plus $443 in fees. (SFO to LHR)
Another route that has me excited is to Frankfurt, Germany. Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe, is going to be running four weekly flights on this route starting July 1st. (Sun,Mon,Wed,Fri)
This route will be operated on the 279 seat Airbus A340. This is a large plane, likely the largest passenger jet to regularly fly in and out of San Jose. You can use your United miles due to Lufthansa being apart of the Star Alliance. It will run you 60,000 United miles and only $116 in fees. You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to United at a 1:1 ratio. The Chase Ink business card will earn you 60,000 points which nets you an ‘almost-free’ round-trip to Germany (minus the $116 fees)
Starting in June, Air China will be running three weekly flights to Shanghai, China. This route will be operated on an Airbus A330-200 with about 240 seats. Shanghai is the largest city in China at 24 million, whoa! Check out this gorgeous skyline.
Alaska Airlines, who already has a strong presence in San Jose, is adding two more direct flights to So Cal. You can now reach Orange County and San Diego starting Jun 8th. Alaska Air will be running three non-stops a day on these routes. You can use Alaska Air miles for these flights, only 7,500 each way. Because these fights are intra-state, you need 5,000 fewer miles than the typical 12,500 one-way.
Starting May 9th, Air Canada will be running two daily flights between San Jose and Vancouver, British Columbia. This is awesome to hear since it will be the only non-stop to Canada from the Silicon Valley. You will be flying on the small-ish CRJ 705, however, your leg room is not small at 34″ of pitch. Compare that to 30″ on United and 31″ on Southwest.
The last new flight route, which is already running, is between Las Vegas and San Jose. This route used to be exclusive to Southwest Airlines but has since been partial pushed aside by Delta. There are $64 flights on Delta between these two cities, but even better is Southwest’s new $44 fares! Thanks to competition from Delta, you can fly for as few as 1,900 Southwest points or $44 one-way between SJC and LAS.