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Aggressive £970 BA Club World fares to New York from Dublin

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I have dropped this in as one of the rare middle-of-the-day articles because this seems to be a very good deal.

I am running a full article tomorrow on the new British Airways Club World and First Class sale, which you may have had an email about from BA.  The deals are not exciting.

There are some excellent deals from Europe however.

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In particular, I want to point out Dublin to New York in Club World / Business.

This is currently pricing up on ba.com at €1,187 (£967) if you take the direct American Airlines flight from Dublin to New York JFK.

You will earn Avios and British Airways tier points on this flight.  You will also clear US customs and immigration in Dublin, so no queuing when you land.

Alternatively, it prices at €1,249 (£1,018)  if you fly from Dublin to Heathrow on BA or Aer Lingus and then onwards to New York.  This would maximise your tier points if you were chasing BA status.

This fare is valid for travel in July and August plus the last week of November and December 23 to January 2.

Flyertalk also reports good deals to Orlando and decent deals starting in Amsterdam – it is worth having a play around with ba.com to see what you can find if you are planning a US trip.  Some destinations have more flexible travel dates than New York.

Remember that you MUST – if you fly via London – take the first flight from Dublin or your entire ticket will be cancelled.  If you don’t have checked baggage, you would be OK (as a one-off) to skip the last leg back to Dublin.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

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

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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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 unbeatable travel 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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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.

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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (35)

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  • James says:

    Hi all,

    So I’ve gone and booked DUBNYC for two return in mid-August in Business. Now seeing the comments here about the quality of 757 business, I’m a little worried. What are my options for changing? BA online booking states I’ll need to call in to change but doesn’t specify if that’d require a fee or not. What’s the likelihood I can change, how much for and worth the bother?

    TYIA

    • Rob says:

      You have a 24 hour cooling off period when booking BA flights on ba.com – not sure if this applies to AA flights as well. No idea if there is a charge.

      • Brendan says:

        That’s one persons opinion. I’ve also heard very good things about AA business class. You are free to do your own research and reach your own conclusion!

    • James W says:

      No idea but whichever method you use please let us know what you thought so we have another opinion to take into account.

      By the way, I’ve had to change my name to James W because of you……

    • James says:

      So I ended up calling BA, refunding both flights and rebooking the same outbound DUB to JFK but booking JFK to LHR to DUB return. The reasoning is that on the outbound I’m not too fussed about a flat bed and it gets us in NY for the morning, so a full day ahead. On the return, a better bed is beneficial and the layover will probably help returning to UK time. Plus, keeping AA on the way out means still getting the above mentioned bonus (for one-way).

      Thanks for the help!

      • Rob says:

        Makes sense. I was going to post last night (but forgot) that on a day flight it doesn’t really make much difference.

  • Polly says:

    Any chance we could get to HNL from DUB on AA then? Would that be considered one flight in total, as Hawaii is considered part of the US? Any thoughts ? Or better go from LHR on AA only?

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