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Promotional code for 15% off British Airways flights …. starting in Germany

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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

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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (3)

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  • Sir Stamford says:

    I have managed to combine this (KARSTADT13) discount with the Diamond Club 10% discount (which is on the fare only excluding taxes, I believe). Could be a worthwhile discount in the correct circumstances.

    Sir Stamford

    • MANUEL says:

      What flights? As I need 270 TP till december do this could be a nice way 😉

    • Mark says:

      A big thanks Sir Stanford – completely didn’t know about the Diamond Club 10% discount. Luckily reading this post I rebooked a BA flight long haul flight to get some money off! Cheers!

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