Rather quietly, British Airways has launched a trial of a new – and potentially very interesting – leisure product.
Called BAwayday (hmmm ….), these are cheap, last minute, same-day-return tickets offered at a fixed price.
Available ONLY for Saturdays and Sundays, the prices are set. At present, they are available to six destinations from Heathrow:
You must fly back the same day, either Saturday or Sunday. Realistically, you will need to live close to Heathrow to take full advantage, or be willing to stay over the night before or after in a local hotel.
This is the key thing, though, and the point that other coverage of these fares has ignored. They book into G class. In plain English, this means that they will be available even at very short notice, except at peak periods.
I am writing this on Monday evening. This is the availability for the coming weekend (remember that rugby is impacting schedules):
Geneva – Saturday no, Sunday no
Dublin – Saturday no, Sunday YES (see screenshot)
Rome – Saturday no, Sunday no
Edinburgh – Saturday no (albeit £108 normally), Sunday no
Vienna – Saturday YES, Sunday YES
Munich – Saturday YES, Sunday no
You need to remember that rugby has killed availability for some of these routes. However, Dublin is there for Sunday, Vienna for both Saturday and Sunday and Munich for Saturday.
I doubt British Airways will do a lot of publicity for these deals, because there are only a limited number of flights each day that can realistically be used. They DO represent excellent value, though.
There is no information about these fares at ba.com, but you can book via the standard ba.com booking page.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
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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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.