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.

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  1. And remember, if you book before Wednesday on American Express travel, you’ll save £50 if you pay with your linked Trip Advisor Amex card.

    • Rochelle says:

      Do you know if this Trip advisor offer can be used on supplementary cards? I.e: use one card to book hotel, and another to book flight and get two credits?

    • But if you have a BMI card better to go 10% discount route with them if booking a prrmium fare. Pity we cannot combine both.

  2. Euflyer Tom says:

    I spent much of yesterday afternoon in front of Jeff Stelling, trying to find some value in this one… and struggled. Disappointing to say the least.

  3. I’ve been tracking airfares to Jpn, there are no savings from their so-called “sale”

  4. I must say, it is pretty pump – That’s my Sunday morning word for disappointed.

    Looking on Sky Scanner I can find much better deals to the Far East on other carriers.

    • Euflyer Tom says:

      I like the word “pump” in this context. I intend to use it more regularly in conversation.

  5. I haven’t looked exhaustively but am seeing some good flight & car combo prices for Europe, especially during school holidays in Y. Not so much in Club Europe.

  6. Slightly OT but what’s the chance of BA running an avios redemption sale like Virgin do? Would be good for the Amex 2-4-2 voucher!

  7. Hiltonhotelfans says:

    Still waiting for some good business class deals from Rotterdam or Amsterdam to the USA in may 2015

    • Aren’t BA binning the Rotterdam route in 2015?

      • LHR yes, LCY will remain.

        Could do RTM-LCY-JFK-onwards if a good price is available. Remember CWLCY earns the same avios and tier points as F.

  8. Hi Raffles,

    Off topic but a couple of questions –
    Are Amex via 3Vs still an option for paying tax?
    I’ve seen a few comments about Cathay extending expiring Marco Polo Gold memberships by six months? Cheers

    • No

      All- well, most – Cathay Gold cards got 6 months, advised 6 months before expiry. I guess Sep 15 is now the last date if you applied just before it ended in March 2014, got a March 15 expiry and then Sep 15 extension.

      • Still no extension on mine. Can’t really complain since it cost me nothing, I ended up cancelling the Amex Plat and I’ve never credited any miles to the account.

      • Thanks Raffles

  9. 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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?

    • 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.

  11. 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’.

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

  12. 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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