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Aggressive British Airways Club Europe, Club World and First sale fares launched

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British Airways has launched its latest batch of sale fares.

First the boring bits.  You must book by November 12th at the latest, with no flying before November 6th.  The expiry date for the offer varies by destination.

Short haul

There are some good Club Europe deals knocking about.  It is rare to find return business class fares for £200 these days, but there are available in this sale.  Check out Angers, Frankfurt (interesting choice), Paris, Quimper, Rotterdam, Stavanger, Stuttgart and Zagreb.  These are especially interesting fares if you need to boost your tier points for status requalification.

The ‘low fare finder’ took here on ba.com shows the lowest price to each European destination.

British Airways 747

Long haul

The key thing to note here is that, for many destinations, this sale lets you book for the Christmas period and Easter 2014.  This opens up some pretty interesting deals.

Fancy spending next Spring or Easter in Dubai, for example?  £1594 is not a bad price in Club World.  However, £1394 to Abu Dhabi is even better – the additional drive to your hotel is only about 50 minutes depending on where you stay (I did this last night from Abu Dhabi) and you get out of the airport faster as well.

Here is the full list:

Destination / Club World / First

North America

Atlanta £1,549.00 £2,547.00

Austin £2,096.00 –

Boston £1,579.00 £2,577.00

Calgary £1,776.00 –

Chicago £1,928.00 £2,926.00

Dallas £1,656.00 £2,654.00

Denver £1,999.00 –

Houston £2,165.00 £3,163.00

Las Vegas £1,994.00 £3,022.00

Los Angeles £1,993.00 £2,991.00

Miami £2,395.00 £3,396.00

Montreal £1,496.00 –

New York £1,512.00 £2,510.00

Orlando £1,694.00 –

Philadelphia £1,810.00 £2,808.00

Phoenix £1,993.00 £2,991.00

San Diego £1,656.00 –

San Francisco £2,191.00 £3,189.00

Seattle £1,961.00 £2,959.00

Tampa £1,694.00 –

Toronto £1,840.00 £2,838.00

Vancouver £1,771.00 £2,769.00

Washington £1,583.00 £2,581.00

Latin America & Caribbean

Antigua £1,795.00 –

Bermuda £1,895.00 £3,395.00

Bridgetown £1,795.00 £2,995.00

Buenos Aires £2,903.00 –

Cancun £1,405.00 –

Grand Cayman £2,884.00 –

Grenada £1,795.00 £2,995.00

Kingston £1,298.00 –

Mexico City £2,167.00 £3,419.00

Nassau £3,309.00 –

Port of Spain £1,795.00 £2,995.00

Providenciales £4,222.00 –

Punta Cana £1,794.00 –

Rio de Janeiro £2,231.00 £4,563.00

Sao Paulo £2,232.00 £3,284.00

St Kitts £1,798.00 –

St Lucia £1,795.00 £2,795.00

Tobago £1,795.00 –

Middle East

Abu Dhabi £1,394.00 £2,494.00

Amman £944.00 –

Bahrain £1,495.00 £2,695.00

Beirut £964.00 –

Doha £1,496.00 £2,696.00

Dubai £1,594.00 £2,794.00

Jeddah £2,020.00 £5,756.00

Kuwait £2,240.00 £3,853.00

Muscat £1,494.00 £2,594.00

Riyadh £1,926.00 £3,709.00

Tel Aviv £923.00 £1,927.00

South Asia

Almaty £1,799.00 –

Baku £1,346.00 –

Bengalaru £1,695.00 £2,995.00

Chennai £1,501.00 –

Colombo £1,899.00 –

Hyderabad £1,495.00 –

Male £1,899.00 –

Mumbai £1,595.00 £2,895.00

New Delhi £1,495.00 £2,795.00

Far East & Australia

Bangkok £1,894.00 –

Beijing £2,094.00 £3,194.00

Chengdu £1,893.00 £2,993.00

Hong Kong £2,294.00 £3,794.00

Seoul £1,594.00 £3,094.00

Shanghai £2,093.00 £3,193.00

Singapore £2,645.00 £3,945.00

Sydney £3,045.00 £4,945.00

Tokyo £2,391.00 £3,891.00

Africa

Abuja £3,589.00 £5,994.00

Accra £2,827.00 £4,078.00

Cairo £1,157.00 –

Cape Town £2,795.00 £4,295.00

Entebbe £2,293.00 –

Freetown £2,488.00 –

Johannesburg £2,493.00 £4,093.00

Lagos £3,584.00 £5,942.00

Mauritius £1,895.00 –

Monrovia £2,563.00 –

Nairobi £1,794.00 £2,894.00


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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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:

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

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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

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Comments (12)

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  • dannyrado says:

    You know you have been reading flyertalk too long (and/or flying J or F too long) when you consider £1594 per person to Dubai ‘not bad’…. 🙂

    • The Other Steve says:

      Tis true. Mr Raffles, with all these helpful posts you are spoling us (said in the same accent as that women from the Ferrero Rocher Advert)

  • jonny says:

    managed to book book 2 decent CE returns last night, adding in domestic leg took the price over £350 and used the AVIS £100 code on both (last day today). Double bubble! 400 TP’s, 20k+miles(includes amex spend) and 2 holidays for under £700.

  • jonny says:

    oops under £600.

  • Thunderbirds says:

    Typo alert, my previous post should have said ” seemed to show ~£800 return”….

  • Joel says:

    Just did a dummy booking using the Avis £100 discount code on the sale CE fares (I tried Newcastle to Warsaw) and it appeared to work. Expires today, I think. Minimum pre-voucher price is £350 as per Raffles’ article.

  • James67 says:

    WTP fares to BKK deem to hsvr honr up from around £900 in previous luxury sales to £1300 now, a consequence of metal downgrade on the route I think. Anyone looking to take advantage of WTP and MfU to se Asia probably best to plan on a day/night or longer in HKG in conjuction eith cheap connection to get best value and availability for the MfU. WTP with MfU to Indian sc snd middle east looks like good value so anyone planning going there might want to reconsider any plans to burn AA miles on it at this time.

    • James67 says:

      Apologies for my typing!

    • World Traveller says:

      Bangkok is now operated by a 3 class 777 (so no First) where it was previously operated by a 4 class 747.

      • James67 says:

        Yes, huge disappointment along with the new schedule which is not so convenient for regional connections.

  • Jonny says:

    Just chucked a portugal trip in for good measure, £290 ncl-lis in J is pretty good i reckon!

  • Fred says:

    LHR-MXL (single) was £107 in J whilst £96 in Y. I of course booked J by the extra £11.

    I did not see any sale fares for return, shame!

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