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Get a 15% discount code off British Airways long-haul, ex Europe

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British Airways has launched another of its occasional discount codes.  This one works nicely – giving you a 15% discount on long-haul economy flights – but is restricted to flights priced in Euro.

The rules are simple:

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You must book before December 20th on

Your flight must be priced in Euro, which means it must depart from a Eurozone airport such as Amsterdam, Dublin or Paris

Economy class flights only

Long-haul flights only

The discount works for up to 9 people per booking

The discount applies to the TOTAL cost of the booking, including taxes

It appears to be valid for departures up to the end of March, having tried a few random dates

The British Airways promotional code you need is BADISCOUNT01.

You may think that this isn’t useful to you because you live in the UK.  However, remember that connecting through London escapes Air Passenger Duty as well as saving you the 15% (although the base fare itself may be higher or lower than a ticket starting in London).

You can also build in stopovers.  Coming home, you could build in a long gap between landing in London and flying back to Dublin / Amsterdam / Paris etc.  This means that a) you would get your luggage back in London and b) you would have a ‘free’ one-way ticket back to Europe for a future date, if you chose to use it.

In general, you may struggle to get great value from this discount, but it is worth playing around with it if you have some long-haul travel planned.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

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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

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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 (10)

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  • Rob says:

    Excellent spot Chris. I will run a post on this tomorrow, as those who get the emailed posts won’t see this comment. Valid in ALL cabins as well ….

  • Ed E says:

    I have that one working for World Traveller Plus as well. You don’t even need to do the booking in World Traveller and the Upgrade it during the booking process. If you use it on a WTP booking, it goes straight in.

    AMS-LHR-NRT out 14Jan14 back 22Jan14
    Passenger Fare Taxes, fees and carrier charges per person Original total price
    1 Adult € 1,150.00 € 494.14 € 1,644.14

    Promotion code or eVoucher
    Discount has been applied
    Promotion value: €246.62
    Total price to pay:€1,397.52

  • David says:

    Also works on AA flights booked through BA – e.g. DUB-JFK nonstop without having to connect in London.

  • trickster says:

    This can only be used if departing from LBA. Just tried form MAN and it doesn’t work.

  • Tim says:

    I have just received this from BA.

    “Dear Mr M,

    British Airways has been flying from Leeds Bradford for a year now.

    To mark the occasion, we’re offering 15% off your next long-haul return flight from Leeds Bradford.

    Enter LBA1Y on the price quote page, when you book before 20 December 2013 to fly before 30 June 2014. And enjoy the first of many happy returns. “

    • Rob says:

      Yes, onto this, will do a post tomorrow for the benefit of email / FB / Twitter readers

  • Trevor says:

    Beware of the “discount” offered. When I did searches a 7-10 days ago for flights from BRU via LHR to CPT, they were about £600. Now they’re running at about £900 – the “discount” of 15% doesn’t bring it close to what it was, so it seems they’ve upped their prices hugely and applied a fake discount!

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