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Another BA code: 15% off flights worldwide in all classes from Leeds Bradford

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I ran a post yesterday on a 15% discount code that British Airways is offering to people who book an Economy flight starting in a Eurozone country.

Reader David mentioned in the comments section that a similar deal is available from the UK.   The good news is that it is valid on tickets in all classes.  The slightly inconvenient news is that you need to start your trip at Leeds Bradford Airport!

Unlike the Eurozone deal, this one is valid for quite a while – you can book for travel up to 30th June.

The rules are simple:

You must book before December 20th on

Your flight must depart from Leeds Bradford Airport

All travel classes are included

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 is valid for departures up to June 30th 2014

The British Airways promotional code you need is LBA1Y.

If you live in London and have no desire to start a long trip with a flight to Leeds and back, remember that you could build in a stopover in London in both directions.  (The last leg, to Leeds Bradford, could be thrown away if you build in a stopover, as your bags would be returned in London.)

Here is some sample pricing:

Heathrow to New York in World Traveller Plus (8th-15th January) = £879

Leeds Bradford to New York (same dates, classes) = £908 – 15% = £771

In this case, the saving is probably not worth it if you need to fly up from London.  However, for a Club World ticket, that 15% saving would be far larger.  And, of course, if you live outside the M25 then it is well worth considering.

This code is also combinable with the 10% discount on BA tickets given to holders of the paid-for BMI MasterCard credit cards.  The example above prices out at £862 (only the base fare is reduced) with the 15% discount taking it down to £732.

Further details of this offer can be found here.

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

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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.

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Comments (6)

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  • Kanoda1 says:

    Very interesting for those of us in the North. Does anyone know whether premium economy tickets bought using both the above code and the bmi discount can be upgraded to CW with avios (where reward flight availability allows of course)?

    • Rob says:

      Not 100 per cent about the BMI discount but the promo code should not be an issue. Try a dummy ‘book and upgrade’ at the time of booking to check.

    • Craigs1973 says:

      Kanoda1 – I have upgraded BMI discount flights from WTP to CW in the past

  • James Ward says:

    There’s also a condition that the flights must be BA-operated; no codeshares or alliance partners.

    Given that the first arrival into LHR from LBA is 10:40, this limits the connections available to you. For example, I’m due to go to Dallas next Spring. Using and restricting the search to just BA-operated flights gives zero options that don’t include an overnight stopover in London on the outbound. (To restrict your search, enter O:BA+ in the advanced routing field.)

    On other routes (eg LBA-PHX), the same is true on the in-bound.

    I would love to switch my business to BA, but the connections via AMS on KLM and SkyTeam partners are much more flexible and reliable. Two out of two flights I’ve booked LBA-LHR have been cancelled due to “bad weather” (despite that fact that all other airlines were still landing at LBA). This is a pretty common occurrence, prompting some people to speculate that it’s a deliberate tactic (

    • KARFA says:

      Hi James. I think you were unlucky with the cancellations. Whilst they were going to T1 for the first few months there were a few cancellations for various reasons. Bear in mind the weather related cancellations may have been weather at LHR rather than LBA, which meant arrivals/departures to LHR were restricted causing cancellations. Since the switch to T5 reliability certainly seems no worse than other regional connections.

      Dallas is one of the worst examples for this discount as obvisouly this is AA’s hub so 3 of the 4 daily flights are AA’s, with the only BA one being too early for a connection.

      • James Ward says:

        I’m pleased to hear that reliability has improved, but I’m certain there was no weather condition at either end that justified one of the two cancellations. No other carrier cancelled anything else from LHR or to LBA on the day BA were cancelling their flights. After being put up in the Heathrow Ibis (yuk!) overnight, the four other PAX and I travelled on the morning flight next day. The FA’s opinion was that it had been a “tactical cancellation”.

        I travel to the US three times a year. Since BA started up their service from LBA I’ve found that KLM’s connections are always better than BA’s because of their 06:00 departure. I’ll keep looking though, as I would do always enjoy flying BA.

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