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Reminder: Time running out for the £1,007 BA Club World flash sale

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This is a quick reminder that midnight tomorrow, Thursday, is your last chance to book a bargain trip over Christmas or New Year in the British Airways Club World flash sale.

All participating destinations are just £1,007 per person return.

(Please note that, whilst the website is headed ‘Take 2 for £2,014’, you do NOT need to travel with someone else. If you search for just one person it will price at £1,007.)

British Airways A380

You must travel OUTBOUND between 21st December and 3rd January. You must return by 11th January.

Here is the list of participating routes:

USA & Canada: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York (JFK, EWR), Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver. From Manchester you can also book American Airlines to Chicago and New York JFK.

Africa: Abuja, Accra, Cairo, Cape Town, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Lagos, Luanda, Nairobi

Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amman, Bahrain, Baku, Beirut, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat, Riyadh

Asia: Bangalore, Beijing, Chengdu, Chennai, Delhi, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo

Central & South America: Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Full details can be found at a special page here. You can book via here.

The best availability has probably disappeared by now, but there are bound to still be some seats around.  I know one person who has decided to go for Gold Guest List status and has booked THREE trips – two to Hawaii and one to Los Angeles – back to back via circuitous routes and will effectively spend most of the Christmas period in the air!

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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. 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

Barclaycard Avios card

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:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (19)

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  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Two further things worth noting:

    1) Combine with the Amex Travel £50 off £150 to get costs even lower

    2) Some other airlines are price matching. I’ve seen some very similar fares from Virgin and Air Canada, amongst others.

    • pazza2000 says:

      Never even thought of this…. is their any ‘spread’ booking via Amex travel?

  • Brian says:

    I saw Tokyo for 993GBP yesterday!

    • Jeff says:

      Hi Brian, may I ask where you saw this? I’m looking at this route (business class) Thanks

      • Dan says:

        I booked LHR-NRT 04/01/2015 – 11/01/2015 for £2005.60. This was on BA’s website, the prices are fluctuating slightly.


  • Gregor says:

    Does anyone happen to know what the furthest (& therefore most TPs) destination on offer is? Need a top-up as not too far off Gold….

    • Wade says:

      Have a look on flyertalk’s BAEC forum

    • Chris says:

      singapore is a direct flight for 160 e/w points; booked this morning for 1004 return… (albeit on 777-300er not 380 which was more expensive)

    • Rob says:

      You want to booking a ticket on American Airlines via the AA website. Look for UK (AA flies also from Manchester, Newcastle etc) to West Coast USA or Hawaii. You want each leg to be over 2,000 miles to trigger long-haul tier points. UK – New York – LA is the boring option, something like UK – New York – Miami – LA is more interesting if AA will throw it up and should also price at £1k. You would get First Class tier points in certain scenarios on AA business class tickets but I am not an expert on what triggers that.

      • Alan says:

        You need to book onto a two-class service to get F TPs on an AA ticket .

    • Calchas says:

      Yes, MAN-HEL-LHR-JFK-PHX-HNL-PHX-JFK-LHR-HEL-MAN for 1440 TP was bookable for about £1007. However, I availability on MAN-HEL-LHR and A/P class availability on PHX-HNL-PHX is all but gone during the period. Consider also BOS instead of JFK and OGG/LIH/KOA instead of HNL.
      For the absolute cheapest deal start your journey in JER. JER-LGW//LHR-JFK-LAX-HNL and return has been reported for under £760. This is because JER avoid APD and using AA codeshares you can eliminate much of the fuel surcharges. That would get you 1060 TP and be relatively comfortable.

  • Polly says:

    Anyone know if we return from NYC on AA into T 4 , is there an arrivals lounge we can access if we fly biz class? Can’t get back on BA. Tnx

    • anon says:

      AA uses T3 at LHR and has an arrivals lounge there.

      • Polly says:

        Thanks anon, but can we still access that if we are on a BA named flight? Also anyone know if we can access arrivals lounge in JFK from our biz flight?

  • JamesWag says:

    I hope the NHS will refuse to pay for your GGL friend’s treatment for DVT.

  • CXMAS says:

    At one point Singapore was also coming up with the cheap fares. Availability for the cheap fares seem to be almost gone on the routes I checked.

    I have various redemptions over the holidays, I decided not to cancel any of them as BA Club still doesn’t appeal to me – and cancelling CX First would be silly! Especially when, so far, i have the whole First cabin to myself (fingers crossed).

    Regarding the person doing 3 back to back long haul flights on BA Club & over the holidays for GGL – that sounds an awful idea! How many hours in a Club World seat is that?

    Note that for anyone holidaying in Asia, MAS are doing very cheap fares in business class for flights leaving BKK – also works for multi city bookings (e.g. BKK – KUL, stopover, then KUL – HKG etc) and not penalised if just booking one way.

    • Chris says:

      Dont trust the offer summary page; this morning it showed Singapore at 2500+; still made a booking for 1004 return; there are flights if you make a test booking you will see them on the day by day view.

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