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.