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British Airways launches ‘The World Is On Sale’ – book now for 2015

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British Airways rolled out its Winter Sale over Friday evening and Saturday morning.  This was very unfortunate timing, as the airline was still trying to recover from the failure of the Air Traffic Control system earlier in the afternoon.

Whilst the fares are now showing on, BA is not advertising the sale until next week.  This means that you can get in ahead of the general public.

Depending on where you want to go, you can book for travel up to January 2016 (albeit those dates will not open up for sale until the end of the promotion due to the 355 day booking window).

The special home page for the sale is here.

British Airways January sale

Here are the summary terms:

Book before 27 January 2015

Travel dates:

Economy from Heathrow:  25 December to 30 September 2015

Economy from Gatwick:  31 December to 8 December 2015

World Traveller Plus / Club World / Club Europe / First from Heathrow:  25 December to 17 January 2016

World Traveller Plus / Club World / Club Europe/ First from Gatwick:  6 January to 8 December 2015

Short-haul flights from London City in both classes:  25 December to 30 September 2015

Black-out dates apply.

The sale includes Iberia long-haul flights via Madrid which opens up Chile, Bogota, Lima etc.  The new BA route to Kuala Lumpur which launches at the end of March is also included.

In general, the fares are not as good as they were last year.  It varies route by route though.

The easiest way to check out the best prices to a specific destination is with the British Airways Low Fare Finder tool on  This will show you the cheapest price on any route, in any class, on month by month basis.

The best thing to do if you are interested is to pop over to and have a look around.

Virgin Atlantic has also launched its sale – I will take a look at this in the next couple of days.

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 (27)

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  • Tristan Elby says:

    Thanks for the heads up on this sale! I bagged my first ever WTP -> CW UuA booking, from LHR – BKK and back.

    • James67 says:

      You got a good deal there. Current sale WTP sale prices are lowest I have seensince they were about 900 a couple of years back. I’m toying with idea of taking cheaper fares to Chengdu and/or Shanghai to take advantage of 72h visa waiver for short visit.

  • Luke S says:

    Hi guys, I have a query not to do with this. With the Hilton Hhonors card, does anyone know what happens if you hit the £10000 spend and you are already Hilton Gold, does it get extended?

    • Jac says:

      I am currently gold (till march 2015) and was planning to extend my status by hitting the 10K £ spend. Barclays already confirmed a few times I reached the 10K threshold but on my HH account it still says I will be silver next year unless I make x stays before the year end. so nothing about my visa card spend. I will be chasing once more.

  • Danksy says:

    Looking at prices for LHR – JFK in July 2015, cheapest is >£900 each!!!!

    So I booked first with avios and companion vouchers for 120k avios and just over £1k in ‘taxes’.

    • Mark says:

      In what class. The miles redemption is obviously in F, but the cash price you quoted clearly not – I’m guessing WT+ at best.

  • Roger says:

    Drew down cash Last Saturday for 4xClub world LGW-Orlando for next August (£1669 each) by they time I came to pay this morning all sales fares beyond June pulled. Checked Virgin and they`ve done the same. Any ideas why?

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