British Airways is currently offering some genuinely excellent fares in Club World – with the snag that you need to start your flight outside the UK.
Given the huge discounts available, though, this is a sacrifice of your time that is worth making in my view.
Here are a few examples, which generally require a 28 day advance purchase. They do not seem to be ‘sale’ fares – the recent European sale finished a few days ago – but simply very cheap standard Club World seats.
Amsterdam to Seattle – £1692 (€2056 to be precise)
Munich to Orlando – £1445 (€1890)
Oslo to Sydney – £2130 (NOK 21,411)
Rome to New York – £1498 (€1820) – as per the comments, this drops to an amazing €1405 (£1156) in July
All these prices are for 10-17 June as an example. You should even be able to book segments on other oneworld airlines (eg Cathay if you route Sydney via Hong Kong) although this often requires a telephone booking if ba.com won’t throw it up.
There are likely to be other similar deals filed so it is worth having a play with ba.com to see what you can find.
For clarity, you absolutely MUST fly the original outward ticket or the rest of your itinerary will be cancelled. You cannot just get on the plane in London.
On the way back, you can hop off in the UK but only if you can get your bags tagged to London. The easiest way to guarantee this is to book your last leg from Gatwick or City, as BA cannot tag bags through when you connect to a different airport. This is often not possible – Oslo is only flown from Heathrow, for example. If you can’t manage that, booking the last leg for the following day (but within 24 hours of landing) usually means you can get your bags back in London.
Tomorrow on Head for Points, I will run a brief tutorial on how to find cheap BA fares with European departure points.
Meanwhile, there is also a five day ‘Flash Sale’ on World Traveller and World Traveller Plus seats at the moment, which ends on May 1st. This is valid for tickets up to 8th December, although there are date restrictions on some routes. The Low Fare Finder tool on ba.com will show you the best months for any particular route.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 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:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.