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More aggressive BA Club World ex-Euro savings – New York under £950 and much more

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I wrote a few weeks ago about the current aggressive pricing that British Airways is offering from various European starting points.  This saw fares as low as £1,100 for Club World return flights to New York if you started your trip in Italy.

BA has now launched a new ex-Euro sale with even more impressive pricing.

This webpage from the Italian version of shows some of the great prices available – and depending on route you may find them cheaper than this.

British Airways BA London City Airport

Here are the summary details:

Valid from pretty much everywhere in Europe

Selling period from 27 May 2014 to 11 June 2014

Travel period from 24 June 2014 to 12 April 2015 (some exceptions)

Seven night minimum stay required on some but not all tickets

No stopovers are allowed

In general, the best deals are to the Americas and Africa

I just ran some typical flights through the ITA Matrix software that I described in this article.

For an 8 night stay in New York starting August 3rd I could choose from (and these are Club World fares):

€1,167 from Budapest (£949)

€1,208 from Prague

€1,212 from Dublin

…. and plenty more.

There is a long thread on these deals over at Flyertalk.  Other examples they have found include Dublin on American Airlines for €967 (albeit on an old AA plane without flat beds), €1574 to Cape Town from Italy, £1355 to Boston from Milan, £1500 to Seattle from Milan, £1450 to Cape Town from Amsterdam, £1250 to Miami from Milan next Easter, €1749 to Hong Kong from Amsterdam, £917 to Montreal from Dublin, £2128 to Sydney from Oslo, £915 Brussels to Las Vegas etc.

The best thing to do if you are interested is to head over to and see what you can find.

The only small fly in the ointment is the 7 day minimum stay from many starting points which means that this is no good for a long weekend.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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 a huge range of valuable 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (17)

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  • Jason says:

    Slightly ot
    If booking at, which card gets you the most Avios per £ – BA premium plus or gold Amex in the first year with bonus for travel spend?
    If they work out the same, I’d prefer the points in a MR account for the greater flexibility.

  • Nun says:

    Another example showing that the YQ surcharge on awards is so arbitrary.

  • scottnothing says:

    Just booked AMS-CPT for 1800EUR and bagged the positioning flights from London for 35GBP and 9000 Avios. Thanks for the heads-up Raffles. (Hopefully) White Christmas, warm New Year and 400 Tier Points for close to the same price as I would have spent flying economy over the same period.

  • Civilian Global LCY/LHR->JFK Review - Page 3 - FlyerTalk Forums says:

    […] as an alternative are the exEU business clas fares. The current one is described a bit more here, and there is also some imformation in teh IL28SALE fare in the tier point thread. The reason I […]

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    British Airways Club World to New York under £950

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