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Fly Premium Economy London to Antigua with British Airways

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Premium Economy flight London to Antigua

British Airways Flights to Antigua from London, UK

Having flown from London to Antigua with British Airways on multiple occasions I highly recommend it. Although more expensive, Premium Economy flights are particularly enjoyable for the following reasons...

  • Direct flight from London to VC Bird International, Antigua in 8 hours 30 mins

  • A more personal flight experience due to small cabins

  • Comfortable seating - wider seats, more legroom and a greater recline

  • Friendly and attentive staff

  • Enjoyable food

  • Rewards with British Airways Executive Club membership

Click on the link for British Airways' current prices, availability and to book Flights to Antigua for 2023/24.

British Airways Executive Club

It costs nothing to become a member of British Airways Executive Club and the reward scheme is extremely beneficial especially for frequent flyers. When submitting an application for membership, rewards can be added for flights taken in the previous three months so you can start accruing Avios straight away.

How to accumulate Avios and tier points

There are several ways to accumulate Avios and tier points such as shopping online, booking flights, car parking and hotels. Some major supermarkets also have their own reward schemes with points that can easily be converted to Avios. American Express and other credit cards also partner with BA and points can be transferred quickly and easily. When combining all of the above, Avios can build up surprisingly fast.

British Airways membership levels

British Airways has several types of membership to advance through - blue, bronze, silver and gold. The more points you acquire the quicker you can jump up a level, each has its own set of perks:

Blue is the first stepping stone and allows you to accumulate Avios to spend on rewards, flights and upgrades. New members automatically start the scheme as a blue member.

Bronze boosts bonus Avios by 25% when booking with British Airways. Benefits include business class check-in, priority boarding and free seat selection from a week before departure.

Silver boosts bonus Avios by 50% when making a booking. Benefits include a free lounge pass, business class check-in, free seat selection on booking, extra baggage allowance (some restrictions apply) and priority boarding (excluding London City Airport).

Gold boosts bonus Avios by 100% on booking. Other benefits include access to the First Lounge, first class check-in desks, priority boarding and free seat selection. Additionally, no booking or service fees are applicable.

Spending rewards

Reward points can be offset against the final flight price to reduce the overall cost or to upgrade a booking,

Flying Premium Economy from London Gatwick

Champagne in Airport Lounge with British Airways

On arrival at the airport, passing through an efficient self-serve bag drop ensures queueing is kept to a minimum and the business class check-in is swift.

Once you finish browsing duty free shops head to the lounge with your complimentary pass.

The BA Lounges are easy to locate at London Gatwick's South Terminal. Entrances are beside JD Sports upstairs. Bypass No.1 Lounge then continue up another flight of stairs to the BA lounges included in the price for a Premium Economy flight or with a silver membership.

The lounge is a tranquil place to relax, read, work, eat and drink. Flat screen TVs keep passengers up to date with latest news and flight information while a separate play area allows children to let off steam before the flight.

Food and drink includes champagne for those who wish to start their holiday straight away with a little Bucks Fizz. Alternatively, sip coffee alongside a choice of breakfast favourites of hash browns, sausages, mushrooms and beans, croissants with jam or a fruit salad. Comfortable seating areas are in abundance adjacent to charging sockets.

Extensive buffet in lounge at London Gatwick flying with British Airways

Benefits of a Premium Economy Flight from London to Antigua

Seating area in Premium Economy on flights to Antigua

Premium Economy is a comfortable way to travel. The cabin is smaller than economy with less rows of seats and generally has a calmer ambience. The benefits include...

  • More legroom

  • Noise-cancelling headphones

  • A recycled bag with essential and luxury items such as toothbrush, eye mask and lip balm

  • Wider seats with lumbar support and an adjustable headrest

  • Additional foot rest

  • Complimentary food and drink

  • Priority boarding with business class check in

  • Free lounge pass

  • Extra baggage allowance


Lunch onboard BA flight

Once onboard, kick back and relax in a reclining seat with a separate foot rest for maximum comfort. Settle with a hot towel and light refreshments of water, juice and pretzels. Drinks from the bar follow later. Menus are distributed with a meat and vegetarian option. Helpful hosts and hostesses do their utmost to ensure everyone has a meal they enjoy.

After lunch, there is a chance to stock up on duty free items and a top up snack of tasty wraps mid afternoon .

In-flight entertainment includes latest and classic movies, popular TV shows, music and games. This is available straight after take off together with the option of purchasing wifi.

Destination Antigua

Jolly Beach, Antigua

Flights arrive in Antigua around lunchtime which is conveniently well timed with regular hotel check-ins at 3pm. This allows plenty of time to become familiar with surroundings during daylight hours.

Why travel to Antigua

Antigua is renowned for year-round sunshine with 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. There are a plethora of luxury hotels in Antigua to choose from including self-catering, room only and all inclusive resorts. The small Caribbean island is packed with many exciting things to do such as swimming with horses in English Harbour, visiting historic Nelson's Dockyard and attending a bi-weekly reggae bbq party at former military look-out, Shirley Heights. A number of fine dining restaurants in Antigua serve local and International food but visit roadside eateries too for delicious dishes such as ducana, fungee and goat water.

Note: If you make any bookings based on my recommendations, your contract will be directly with the airline/hotel/activity providers. I am acting as a referral point only based on information from my most recent trip which may be subject to change at any time.

I will receive a small commission if bookings are made through the British Airways and Expedia Group links on my website.


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