Africa’s favourite big five cities in the United States, according to British Airways’ customers, are New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles and Miami.
“These are the US cities that most of our African customers either visit or would like to visit,” explains Paolo Derenzis, British Airways commercial manager, Middle East and Africa.
New York is the archetypal fast-paced, globally influential centre of finance, fashion, art and culture and one of the most popular points of entry for business and holiday travellers alike.
Getting there has become even easier since British Airways’ joint business with American Airlines and US Airways, with a choice of flights nearly every hour. Frequent flyers can earn and redeem Avios across all three carriers. Members of the On Business programme are able to use their reward points or earn more on both British Airways and American Airlines’ services.
The seat of government, Washington DC, is a compact city, which even for first-time visitors can seem familiar. This is because its imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings feature so prominently in news reports, television shows and movies. Its iconic buildings include the ones that house the three branches of the federal government: The White House, the Capitol and Supreme Court.
Further north, Boston is characterised by its history and old-world charm. The Freedom Trail is a must-do for any visitor. This 2.5 mile walk takes in the historic sites where some of the significant events took place that led to the American War of Independence and ultimately the founding of the United States.
Across the country, sprawling, vibrant Los Angeles, America’s second-largest city remains a favourite destination for holidaymakers, movie aficionados and deal-hungry executives, particularly those in the entertainment and technology industries. It was one of the first cities to which British Airways began operating its A380, a flight dubbed the ‘red carpet service’.
Miami is holiday central. Its sub-tropical climate makes for ideal year-round beach weather and the Port of Miami is known as the cruise capital of the world. It’s one of the preferred embarkation points for people joining Caribbean cruises. There are 14 flights a week to Miami from Terminal five and British Airways has just introduced one if it’s new A380s on the route. American Airlines offers 14 weekly services departing from Terminal 3.