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British Airways launches new Club World sale – includes £900 ex-Dublin deals

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British Airways has launched a Premium Leisure sale focussing on Club Europe, Club World and First.  On many routes you can book until 9th February 2016 so you could potentially secure your Easter, Summer, October half term and Christmas holidays now.

If you know where you want to go, the Low Fare Finder tool on ba.com is the easiest way to see which months have the lowest prices.

Alternatively, take a look at the sale home page on ba.com here.

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These deals must be booked by 10th March.

Headline prices in Club World include:

Dubai £1,595

Abu Dhabi £1,499 (worth the extra 20 minutes taxi ride to Dubai to save £100!)

Male £2,071

Mumbai £1,680

Sydney £4,162 (so forget about that, see the Qatar deal to Perth below!)

Sharm el Sheikh £465 (short-haul plane)

Lagos £760 (via Madrid, short-haul plane)

Cape Town £2,898

Bangkok £2,049

Beijing £1,999

Orlando £1,698

New York £1,900

Toronto £1,801

These prices are OK but not life changing – if you can get these fares at peak periods then some are definitely worth a look.

European deals in Club Europe are also available.  The usual mix of sub-£200 routes are available:  Amsterdam, Barcelona, Angers, Dublin, Genoa, Rome, Turin etc with plenty more routes under £250.  These are a cheap way to pick up 80 tier points towards status renewal. 

Some of the longer routes which offer 160 tier points return are also worth a look.  These include Athens, Istanbul, Larnaca, Marrakech and Helsinki.  The tier point calculator on ba.com is a quick way of checking what a particular route will earn.

My ‘bits’ article today covers the current offers from Etihad and Qatar Airways from London – you may want to compare prices with those.

Qatar Airways is also running some excellent Business Class deals from Stockholm.  Hong Kong is £1,057 return for example.  Perth is £2,084 return.  Dubai is £923.  These must be booked by 8th March.

Most Qatar flights will earn 560 tier points return (4 x 140) as each individual sector will be over 2,000 miles.  You even get the brand new Boeing 787 on the Stockholm to Doha leg.

Fancy a trip to Dublin?

You might when you look at some of the sale fares available out of Ireland on British Airways.

Miami, for example, is a generous £933 (€1261) return from Dublin, using BA.  It is a bit cheaper still if you fly direct to New York on American from Dublin and connect but I think you get the old style AA seat.

The travel dates are tight:  28 March to 12 April, 1 July to 31 August, 22 November to 29 November and 24 December to 31 December.

There are plenty of other good US prices from Dublin available in both Club World and First Class.  The best thing to do is to have a play around on ba.com.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 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 (43)

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  • Max says:

    Alan,
    Thank you!

  • James67 says:

    For those heading far east, a few days ago I found many good return business fares ex AMS for around £1250 with QR or AY. Also similar fares on Turkish for those interested in *A.

  • James says:

    Newb to actually using Avios (been collecting them for awhile though, about to get a 2-4-1.

    For the Dublin to MIA, can this be booked using a 2-4-1 and Avios? I went through the process on ba.com (logged in via BAEC) and it says I can’t pay with Avios?

    Thanks

    • James says:

      Scratch that, comment above says BA metal for the 2-4-1, these are BA codes operated by American, so I asumme no 2-4-1 use. What about Avios?

      • Alan says:

        If there’s availability then you can book with Avios, but the point of these sales is how good value (esp ex-DUB) these premium cabin fares are. Given you’d still be paying a lot in taxes and fees for a straight redemption you’d be getting much poorer value out your Avios. These sort of sale fares are ideal for earning tier points and Avios at a good price 🙂

  • Mycity says:

    There’s a thread started yesterday on the BA forum on Flyer Talk about short checking luggage very interesting read..

  • Nathan says:

    Anyone got any good TP runs using this sale?

    • Think Square says:

      How many do you need? The usual runs to Hawall are available, giving 1060TPs for £1150-ish. More if you can tolerate US F class, or go via LCY.

  • James67 says:

    Following up on Robs tip on ARN with QR, I checked it out. Also found Turkish offering BKK return J for just under £1k and Finnair is about £100 more. Other Asian destinations also well priced, most being <£1400 return. This included high season. Flights from regions on SAS to both ARN and HEL are very attractively priced and include a checked bag.

  • Daz says:

    Just slightly off topic: As most of us mere mortals that need Avios to fly Business or First are really feeling the hurt from the planned April Avios devaluation.

    I have just cancelled my BA Premier Plus Avios AMEX as more of an “up yours” rather than anything else and to get 6 months pro-rota return on my fee. Now their has been debate on cancelling this card and what happens to a used 2-4-1 voucher once this card is no more, I have used my 2-4-1 for a trip to the US this summer after the mass carnage rush for flights when the devaluation was announced.
    I didn’t use my BA AMEX for paying the £1500 fee etc, but my Lloyd’s Premier, so no need to keep the BA card to show as evidence of payment and now I have paid the taxes and surcharges for that flight it is safe and they cannot take it away from me, I got this confirmed by AMEX whilst cancelling this card and it seems quite a few people are kicking this card in to touch. The Lloyd’s card now works for me (I can’t believe I am saying that!), no foreign exchange fees are very good indeed when adding up all those add on costs and I have just got the upgrade voucher. If this card was any use to me in relation to the fee/benefits I would have kept it.

    SPG AMEX now, I want to stay at the Palace Madrid.

  • Andy Green says:

    I can’t see how the ex Dublin prices are as quoted in the article. I have searched between the 28 March and 12 April for return business class flights and can’t get near the prices listed in the article

    Can anyone help me, am I doing something wrong?

    Thank you

    • richie says:

      use ita matrix

      • Mike says:

        ita matrix actually isn’t doing so well today. I’ve got F flights showing up in amex travel which are 2000 euros cheaper than on ita matrix!

        • richie says:

          Yes its not live . It works based on previous searches. A bit like how sky scanner changes price when you actually click on a specific deal

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