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.
These deals must be booked by 10th March.
Headline prices in Club World include:
Abu Dhabi £1,499 (worth the extra 20 minutes taxi ride to Dubai to save £100!)
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
New York £1,900
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.
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 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)