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Those ‘£100 off a Club Europe flight’ vouchers ….

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If you have an active avios.com account, you may have received an e-mail this week with a personalised coupon offering you (and however many other people you want to take with you) £100 off a British Airways Club Europe return flight.

You might think that business class prices are outside of your price range. However, this £100 voucher makes some routes extremely attractive. You could even get a business class return for about the same as you would pay with a budget airline!

British Airways Club Europe offers you lounge access at both ends (with copious free food and drink), fast track security lane access, wider seats, a bit more legroom, better – albeit still not great – food and all the free champagne onboard that you can drink. You will also earn at least 1,500 Avios from the flight.

Club Europe British Airways

BA has a handy Low Fare Finder guide on ba.com. Click and select Europe, Business Class and return flights. This will show you the cheapest options available. In general,

  • You MUST include a Saturday night away to get a low price, and
  • The cheapest fares are generally on flights from Gatwick, not Heathrow

The cheapest routes, after deducting the £100 voucher, are under £200 return. This includes (prices as of Wednesday):

  • Amsterdam £185
  • Bari £148
  • Dubrovnik £148
  • Geneva £191
  • Jersey £160
  • Verona £149

My pick of the bunch would be Dubrovnik, a beautiful Croatian city which is just the right size to cover on a short weekend break and where the weather should be OK even when it is still chilly here.

All flights booked using the voucher must be booked at ba.com by 31st August, but you can fly at any point between 16th September and 31st May.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (13)

  • Aoife says:

    Nice post! Never realised the deals available in Club.

  • Joseph says:

    I don’t think any of these are worth it (except Dubrovnik) unless you need the TPs.

    • Raffles says:

      If you’ve not lounge access usually, these are very good prices indeed for a nice weekend break. You’re not paying much above a low-cost carriers price, the 1500 Avios are worth £15, and you can get through a decent amount of food and drink in the lounge, plus say 2 mini-bottle of champagne each way on the journey!

  • Alan says:

    I wonder how they decided which members would receive a voucher and which would not?

    Alan

  • Jeff says:

    You must stop this Raffles ……. just booked a few days in Dubrovnik for 300 quid for two ……

    • Raffles says:

      Dubrovnik is fantastic, I have no compulsion in recommending it to you. Just make sure you stay in or very near to the walled old town. The Hilton is in a decent spot but plenty of independent hotels as well, often tarted up communist eyesores which are now a lot prettier inside.

  • Rachid says:

    Hi all,
    If you have not received the voucher, of you get thr code from someone else, would that still work?

  • Walty says:

    Raffles, you are a genius. I love this site however stop making me spend money :)!! I am just about to book a weekend break to Dubrovnik using this voucher for mid December. Always flown economy so this is a first for me. Flight departs Gatwick @ 11.10am. It is our birthdays 13th/14th, we fly on the 13th. How can we get the most from club europe benefits? Is alcohol served at that time? What lounge do we get access to? Any tips for any part of the trip would be most welcome

    • Raffles says:

      You have access to Fast Track security at Gatwick (assuming it is open at 11am, hours vary). The BA lounge at Gatwick is OK, not as good as Heathrow but plenty to nibble at and drink, and excellent magazine and newspaper selection. Champagne is always available in CE, served in mini bottles – it is on the trolley but you need to ask for it, you can have all you want as long as its drunk onboard. Min morning meals are always a bit odd with BA, not sure what that flight would offer. Enjoy!

  • Walty says:

    Thanks Raffles, much appreciated. Just 1 other question, when booking with BA, should I be quoting my BAEC number or Avios number or does it matter? I know there is that quarterly bonus etc when collecting via BA.com for Avios. Not sure which is best. Thanks

    • Raffles says:

      Makes no difference if you have no BAEC status, as the avios.com quarterly bonus promo ends in November. If that is extended for 2013, though, avios.com would be better than BAEC.