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Good British Airways business fares – Sydney £2130, Orlando £1445, New York £1156

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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.


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Comments (51)

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  • Damien says:

    If your just flying with hand luggage, is there any issue just getting off at Heathrow?

    • Alan says:

      Nope, just the advice above about not dropping your final sector too often – doing it occasionally won’t be an issue with BA.

    • thesaver79 says:

      As Raffles has said before, there is no issue provided that you don’t do it often (once a year is fine) and that you inform BA you won’t be catching the following segment.

      • Andy says:

        Do you really need to inform BA you won’t catch the last segment? When do you usually do this, at the airport where you collect your baggage or do you call them? What you reason do you give?

        Cheers!

        • Rob says:

          I have never told them!

          • thesaver79 says:

            Wouldn’t it be nicer to let them know so that there is no risk they’ll wait for you?

          • Paul says:

            I thought you run the risk if telling them that they take the opportunity to re-price the ticket to reflect the sectors you intend to take (or have taken depending on when you tell them) and then charge you the higher price…

          • Callum says:

            They won’t wait for you. And as Paul says, there’s a risk that by cancelling the last leg you will be charged a fare-difference.

  • Adam says:

    How do you search for theses fares? Is it through BA’s UK Site?

    • Alan says:

      For straightforward routings you can use BA.com. For more complex ones the multi-city tool on AA.com can be better. You can also call BA to book over the phone, which can be good for more complex itineraries – this also lets you pay in GBP and avoid 3% forex fees, which can be a substantial saving. BA Golds don’t pay phone booking fees but even if you are stuck paying £15 then it’d be worth it for fares >£500 given the saving in forex fees (plus if you have a BA Amex you’d get the bonus for booking with BA).

      • John says:

        You need to think of the 3% forex fee as paying for MR points/insurance/no credit limit on charge cards, because there is no need to pay any fee. Furthermore the mastercard rate is usually 0.25-0.5% better than the amex rate (before the fee) for any given day.

        You can book on Amex Travel (UK) if plans are fixed, to use the IATA exchange rate and pay in GBP and earn an extra MR point per £ too

        • Alan says:

          Yes, fair point although a lot of folk I know have a sign-up or voucher target to hit and thus keen to use their Amex 😉

          Re. rates – it really does seem to vary day-by-day as to which one wins on the rate front – I remember a few comparisons were posted on BA. I’ve always been very impressed with how close the rate on my PO MC is to the rates listed on xe.com!

          The other benefit to booking with BA is for using Avios to upgrade if there’s availability. For AA TP runs I still prefer being on AA-issued stock as they seem to find it much easier to make booking changes when it’s ‘their’ ticket – I’ve not found that such an issue on BA.

          Glad Amex travel have finally dropped their booking fees on air tickets, although I wish their online search tool was a bit better.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, I pulled them all up yesterday via the UK BA site. Just because you aren’t starting in the UK doesn’t mean you have to use an overseas version of the site.

  • pauldb says:

    The OSL-SYD fare (also available from BGO/SVG for a 4500 avios positioning flight) allows 2 free stopovers. So you if you aren’t bothered about stopping twice in Asia, you can easily get your bags bag with a stop (<10 days) on your return to LHR (though that adds £26 of UK APD).
    This is useful as, arriving back early morning from Asia, there are no next day, <24hr options, nor LGW options, back to Norway.

  • Froggitt says:

    The so-called green APD tax again leading to behaviours that significantly increase CO2 emissions……flying to Rome and back etc.

    • Paul says:

      APD is not the reason these fares are less than the UK, I don’t know anyone who starts in the EU to avoid just APD.

      Yes it is avoided but the fare difference is often 000’s not a £180. People use these routes as it saves a lot more than APD, indeed the fuel surcharge or “carrier imposed fees” is often at the same level as the UK APD had the journey started in London.

      These are greatly reduced fares to fill unwanted seats without impacting on the main yield revenue stream…..ie the UK market.

      It would be significantly more beneficial to consumers if people’s ire was directed at carrier fees and fuel surcharges, which are often double APD in most instances.

  • John says:

    Well this is not a problem for anyone with an EEA passport. But really they should have predicted this and booked a fully refundable return.

  • Richard says:

    At least for HEL-JFK these low fares are loaded in a very strange way. The price is CHEAPER during peak times (july/august holiday period, thanksgiving, Christmas) and more EXPENSIVE after this. It’s as if they loaded the peak time version of this fare (IL28SALE) but forgot to upload the off-peak version.
    Flying at thanksgiving/christmas is 600e cheaper than flying the week after!

    Or they have mixed up IL28SALE and I28SALE.
    IL28SALE=1119euro, I28SALE=1792euro
    You would think 1119e would be off peak and 1792 peak times, but they defined the dates the other way around. IL28SALE is valid only for holiday time/thanksgiving/christmas!

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  • Damien says:

    If you were flying to NYC. Then would these flights also qualify for the First class upgrade offer BA have?
    http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/offers/flights/upgrade-to-first?source=H05X&hpsource=H05EXFreeupgradetoFi

    • Rob says:

      They book into I-class so no.

    • Richard says:

      The J -> F upgrade offers are normally for fares from the UK. This discussion is about fares from Europe

      >>A Qualifying Flight: (i) is a published fully or semi flexible return fare in Club World on a BA mainline service departing from the UK<<

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