Here is an interesting promotion which may offer decent savings if you are willing to be flexible!
As per this web page, British Airways is offering a 15% discount code to shoppers at German department store chain Karstadt. (If you open the page in Chrome, Google will translate it for you.)
The rules are:
Book before 18th October (you can already book now, ignore the 18th September start date)
Travel before 30th April 2014
Travel in short-haul Economy or long-haul World Traveller or World Traveller Plus
Travel must begin from a German destination
The discount is valid on the ENTIRE ticket price, including the taxes
You need to use the promotional code KARSTADT13 on ba.com.
There is not a huge amount of flexibility here to save money on long-haul flights by starting in Germany, as you don’t save enough on World Traveller and World Traveller Plus to justify the trip out there. The exception would be travellers on fully flexible tickets, which are usually cheaper if started outside the UK.
If you have German friends or relatives who were planning a visit to the UK, though, this offers a decent saving.
It may also come in handy if you are flying TO Germany, if you book your trip as two one-way flights. You would then get the discount on the return leg. If you were planning a visit to Frankfurt to fly the new BA A380 on its test flights, this will benefit you as well.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.