New British Airways Club World (£1,500) and First sale – travel until September 2016

British Airways launched its Autumn premium cabin sale yesterday. Flights are bookable until 12th November.

What is interesting about the sale is that you can book until September 2016 on many routes – a substantially larger window than usual.  The absolute latest date is 15th October 2016 for Tampa, Orlando and Lima.

It is important to note that there are black-out days on many routes – see the terms and conditions on the offer page.  These are generally based on specific days of the week being blocked off rather than continual periods of time.

Full sale details can be found on ba.com here.

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The key question, of course, is “are the prices any good?”.

In some cases, the answer is definitely “yes”.

It isn’t often you find Club World fares at £1,500 from London, but this price is available for:

  • Boston
  • Calgary
  • Chicago
  • Miami
  • Montreal
  • New York
  • Philadelphia (£1,353)
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Washington
  • Cancun
  • Kingston (£1,291)
  • Punta Cana (£1,290)
  • San Jose Costa Rica
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Amman (£1,320)
  • Bahrain
  • Beirut (£1,229)
  • Cairo (£1,351)
  • Dubai
  • Lagos
  • Tel Aviv (£1,125 – but First is better value at £1,187)
  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Mumbai
  • New Delhi

Other routes are also available – albeit for more than £1,500 – with South Africa being the major destination to be excluded completely.  First Class is generally available for an additional £1,000 return.

Before you book, you should try two additional things which may make your trip even cheaper:

Price the same route starting in Dublin.  It will occasionally be cheaper, although you need to factor in the cost of getting to Dublin and back.  Shanghai, for example, is just €1,200 (£866) over Christmas and New Year.

Try using the ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ option on ba.com.  If you don’t need a hotel, only get a quote for a hotel or car for one night and pick the cheapest one possible.  Due to the way BA prices these products, it can work out cheaper than just booking a flight.  You are under no obligation to pick up the car or stay in the hotel – your return flight won’t be cancelled!

One other benefit of booking a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package is that you don’t need to pay for your trip now.  You can pay a small deposit, from £150, and settle the balance nearer to your travel date.

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Comments

  1. pointsarb says:

    @ Polly, thanks for the tip!

  2. Perhaps it’s been noted already in the comments today, but the Avios conversion bonus of 20% is now being advertised on the Tesco site.

    • Oh, that is exciting. I see it on tesco.com. Time to get the Avios out!

      • I can’t see it!

        • Found it!

          • good, it’s true then

          • Only 20% though – not 800 Avios for £2.50

          • Yes, I can see it too. Valid for transfers up to the end of November.

            Question is do I transfer all two years worth of backlog for circa 300k Avios with the bonus, or hold some back for a better deal…. As my threshold for using them is value of at least 1p/Avios I struggle to find much in the Tesco Boost catalogue that I would genuinely want and get a better return on.

          • Just seen what ankomonkey refers to above in the ts and cs. Odd since I’m looking straight at the Boost website, not an email.

            Also £100 limit per transaction but not clear whether you can put through multiple transactions through on one account….

    • ankomonkey says:

      Targetted though?

      “Promotion available to email recipient only”

      And limited to £100 in Clubcard vouchers?

      “Eligible Participants will not receive bonus Avios on transactions over £100.00 in Clubcard Vouchers.”

      While we shouldn’t knock it after such a long drought, it’s not looking as good as initially thought…

  3. Depends what means value to you & your family.

    Avios RFS Europe is all I’m interested in.

  4. Can’t see there being any better deals any time soon as everything has been devaluing all year! I have only been saving since Jan but will convert the whole lot over to use with future 2-4-1’s to the USA.

  5. Cheshire Pete says:

    Well as mentioned above I cancelled my CW flight over Easter on a 2 4 1 voucher redemption and booked sale price from Dublin to Mia via London, I didn’t fancy the 757 product from Dub to PHL so paid about 15 Euros more to go on the A380 from Heathrow! Return would have been £880 but oddly they tempted me for an extra £300 on the return to book into First. No brainer really £450 for outward in CW and £750 to return in First! 100,000 avios recovered plus another 60,000 earnt for the two of us and 410 tier points each plus £1,1000 refund. I think it was a good decision on this occasion compared to our voucher redemption we cancelled.

    • I think this was unquestionably a no brainer. Had you booked your new flights just in CW, you probably would be saving at least £1000 in avios, 241 voucher, tier points etc. Even booking one of your flights in F, I think you are still coming a few hundred quid ahead of what you had – and you get to fly F!

  6. Has anyone else noticed a big shift from Thursday? YYZ returns for the whole of May were £1450. They seemed to have disappeared.

    • lostantipod says:

      something isnt making sense at BA.com right now. Those £1450 fares become £3090 around 5th June which itself seems crazy to me. So I tried Flight+hotel for a trip later in June – and in the example I looked at, its £100 cheaper to book with the Intercontinental Hotel directly and buy the flights standalone, instead of using Flight+hotel. Way to go BA.

  7. So I have DUB-MCO via PHL booked for 25 March. Really don’t fancy the 757 on American. Fares I was looking at yesterday have gone it seems. Anyone got any suggestions as to how I can get myself routing via LHR and not on American? I just can’t get the matrix to work- it just keeps throwing up BA codeshares on American.

  8. I’m looking at the flight + Hotel option but don’t see anything that suggests I pay just a deposit now and the balance later. In fact it says “Clicking “Book and pay” will confirm your booking and charge your payment card.” How do you defer payment here?