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All six sale offers revealed early

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My earlier article today said that the first sale offer would be revealed at lunchtime.  However, you don’t need to wait, as I have them all for you here!

These are the headlines – I have no idea what the terms and conditions are, whether deals are limited to various routes etc.

50% off Avios required for long-haul flights – noon Mon 6 to noon Wed 8

25% off car hire – noon Wed 8 to noon Fri 10

50% off hotel bookings – noon Fri 10 to noon Mon 13

Reward Flight Saver tickets reduced to £1 – noon Mon 13 to noon Wed 15 (see image above!)

50% off hotel bookings (again, a mistake?) – noon Wed 15 to noon Fri 17

40% off Eurostar – noon Fri 17 to noon Mon 20th

The first offer – 50% off long-haul redemptions – goes live at noon.  I don’t know yet if it will be just for economy flights or for all classes, and if all routes are included.

What this list does tell us is that cannot be offering exactly the same deals as, because they do not allow Eurostar bookings.

Meanwhile, over at ….

The first sale flights have been loaded in the system.

New York, for instance, is coming up at 20,000 Avios in World Traveller.  Unfortunately, all other flight classes are still showing at full price.  Given that taxes are £353, this is still a pretty poor deal unless you are booking for peak season or need the flexibility to cancel which a cash ticket wouldn’t give you.

The full destination list is Boston, Chicago, Dubai, Denver, Shanghai, New York, Toronto, Washington. World Traveller (economy) only for travel by 31 May. It says you must depart from London but its worth trying with a regional connection.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (143)

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  • Elena says:

    Are the BA avios transferred to Avios .com instantly? In case i want to make a redemption

    • thesaver79 says:

      Yes, however there are reported problems of doing this from the BA website. I suggest you do it from the Avios one.

      • Elena says:

        Ok with ill give it a go. I hope i manage the time.

      • James67 says:

        My own personal experience has been the opposite. Twice I had problems with avios but never BA. However, no problem with avios in past 6 months.

  • Luke Atkinson says:

    It appears that BA are offering rewards flights all 50% off. 50k miles for first return!

    • thesaver79 says:

      If that’s the case I may want to transfer 14,000 MR that are sitting on my account to add them to my balance of 47,000 Avios and have them ready…. However, is it really going to be worthy? Opinions?

    • Nigel says:

      If I cancel an existing BA award booking, do I get the miles back instantly?

      • Rob says:

        Yes, once you log out and log in again

        Make sure you are logged in when you do the cancellation or it can cause issues

    • Tim says:

      How do you see the 50% off ones? Just tried LHR-SFO and it’s still saying 50,000.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      I couldn’t get this, having tried a few random dates to east coast.

      • Pszczolka says:

        It wasn’t working for me at all for Boston on the site even though it would say there was availability then when I clicked on the date it would say there wasn’t.

        However, you can book on the website and the same promotion is applied and it is showing dates!

        • Pszczolka says:

          I should note that price with avios is 40,000 avios + £715.30 in taxes versus £1115.30 not using avios (2 people to Boston in May), so not sure if it’s worth the miles…

  • squills says:

    Aha. A few people elsewhere may need to eat the old hat. Some of those are pretty good.

    The one that can affect me directly is the RFS @ £1 – this could save the squills family a fair bit, if I book 5 of us x 2 x return flights, I make that about…

    (RFS single = £17.50 – £1) x 2 x 10 = £330 saving 😉

    Is that about right?

    • squills says:

      Actually it’s a bit better, I notice from the image it’s £35 goes to £1 (not £2).

      So my saving would be £340 😉

  • Mark says:

    Where did you see this Luke?

  • Luke Atkinson says:

    I stand corrected, I managed to get this up for a return trip to Miami in first but now can’t get it on any others

  • Tim says:

    My BAEC combine my avios page says:-

    “Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to combine your Avios online due to a technical error. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes you. Please contact your local Executive Club service centre to combine your Avios.”

    How annoying… anyone else seeing the same?

    • thesaver79 says:

      Yes, see my comment above. Do it from the site.

      • Rich says:

        I didn’t know you could do this. You’ve just saved me a phone call to BAEC, thank you!

    • Lady London says:

      i got that then switched country. It worked immediately. It gives you a transaction reference in case of query.

  • Dominic Szanto says:

    RFS only £1?!?! That’s incredible. As a Gold card holder with BA, am I right in thinking that I can cancel existing RFS bookings free of charge? If so then I can see if I can rebook a couple of flights for the end of this month and then cancel the existing one I have.

    Will this reduction also apply to CE fares do you think? Or just ET?

    • nux says:

      Free changes to reward bookings only applies to BAEC bookings, not bookings.

      • Rob says:

        You cannot make free changes to BA reward bookings unless you are Gold. £25 fee per person for everyone else.

  • Elena says:

    I have some sitting in my amex account… If i transfer today will they be in my BA account overnight or does it really take 3 days?

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