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Perhaps it is the fact that Qatar now owns 10% of BA’s parent company that is encouraging BA to follow Qatar Airways into ultra-low pricing?

I’m not sure what other explanation there can be for this astonishing fare to Hong Kong which is currently available from all British Airways departure points in Germany.

This is NOT a fare mistake.  It is a published fare with detailed fare rules.

British Airways is currently selling return Club World tickets to Hong Kong from Germany for £595 plus taxes and surcharges.

There are NO advance purchase requirements – you can fly tomorrow if you want.  The only rule is that you stay away for six days.

You do NOT need to fly directly to Hong Kong.  You can also fly from Germany to London to Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok, Chengdu, Beijing or Kuala Lumpur, and then connect to Hong Kong using another oneworld airline.

Free stopovers are allowed.

If you try to book this ticket on ba.com it will price at around £1,050 – £1,100 depending on routing.

However, there is a better way.  Due to local restrictions, websites in Hong Kong add only minimal fuel surcharges to tickets originating or ending in Hong Kong.

Visit expedia.com.hk and book there.  You will see that it prices out at roughly £780 return (HK$9,300).  If you want to build in stopovers, use the Expedia multi-city booking option.

Tickets must be booked by April 30th and you must start your trip before July 5th.  However, it seems that you only need to fly from Germany to London by July 5th – if you don’t mind paying the Air Passenger Duty (another £150 or so) then you can have a stopover in the UK until April 2016 if you want!

Here is an example with a huge Summer-long stopover in London at £957:

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Have a play around at expedia.com.hk and see what you can find.  Note that availability over Christmas is very slim as the required fare class is rarely available.


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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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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Comments (95)

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  • Tom C says:

    I’m disappointed not to see the picture of the food you’re likely to get served in flying CW to HKG. Come on, Rob, you’re over selling this without that picture 😉

  • Jeff says:

    OT: sorry!…..I triggered £10k BAPP spend for a BA 241 voucher on Wednesday.
    Q: How does the companion voucher now arrive and when roughly? Still electronically direct to my BAEC account…OR

    “When will I receive my British Airways American Express Companion Voucher?
    Your voucher will be posted to you automatically once American Express has advised us that you have reached the required spend. Your voucher will normally reach you with 10-15 working days.”

    …which is taken from BA.com and is news to me!

    For clarity, nothing is shown in my BAEC account – or at least I can’t see it. I had hoped to use it pre devaluation but after a few phonecalls yesterday, BA say it could take 28 days(!) and Amex can’t (won’t) help either. Mmmmm

    Would be interested to learn other more recent experiences if any. Ta!

    • Polly says:

      Jeff, my OH triggered a 241 on Tuesday also, and it appeared yesterday in the account. You log in and scroll down to the end of your main page which shows your avios etc. then you will see a section “e voucher” and it should be there. They don’t mail it to you. They just post it on your account page. Have fun using it, and you must try to fly F, if you have the avios, even if you have to do open jaw.

    • Jason says:

      I triggered one on Tuesday morning, it’s in my account as of now.
      For clarity, the payment, that triggered the voucher, was Tuesday morning.

    • Jeff says:

      Many thanks

      Sadly mine isn’t showing. I suspect it magically will…on Tuesday morning.

      I have sufficient avios for HND in F return, but not enough once devaluation kicks in.

      • Jerry says:

        Jeff – I don’t know if this will work, but you could try phoning BA and asking them to hold the flights for 48 hours. They did this for me when I was waiting for Amex preferred reward points to transfer to avios. You could then complete the booking when the 241 hits your account – hopefully on Monday.

  • Steve says:

    Many thanks for this, amazing price

  • richie says:

    off topic sorry.

    Looking at flying to NYC . not sure if i should go on ba001 or first from lhr . is ba001 really worth doing or is it not so special? i know all the benefits of tier points before 28th april etc. only interested in which is the best experience as iv never done either. however have done lots of club world flights

    • Rob says:

      As long as BA1 gets the Shannon pre-clearance (I think it is BA3 which doesn’t) then it is definitely worth a try for the novelty value. I did it once and was glad I did but I am ambivalent over whether I would do it again given no lounge access at LCY.

      • Dean says:

        No lounge at LCY?

        • Alan says:

          Well there’s a small gate lounge for BA1/BA3 but that’s only open shortly before the flight.

        • Rob says:

          No lounge. For any airline.

          BA has set up a little ‘coffee and cake’ table by the gate but it doesn’t really compare!

    • will says:

      I personally would take 001 over First from LHR any day of the week. City airport is literally 10 minutes from drop off to the gate (less if security is quiet) and you can check in 15 minutes before departure and it’s as close to a private jet experience as us mortals are likely to get.

      I found the service much more personal and attentive than other flights on BA (including in F) plus for an early morning flight I’d personally prefer more time in bed than to add time to a journey to get through the mess that is Heathrow and dine on some OK food in the CCR.

      BA001 is one of my favourite flights, not that there’s anything wrong with BA first – having just sampled Virgin Upper Class I can definitely say that, clubhouse aside which is far superior to all the BA lounges, the onboard upper class product is way inferior to the BA experience.

  • James67 says:

    OT: just seen an artcle on businesstraveller yesterday stating BA has joined a organisation for budget carriers!

    • Rob says:

      This is politics. Seemingly under pressure from its new part-owner Qatar, BA’s parent has resigned from the main European aviation body because it is supporting plans to stop the Middle East carriers expanding.

      • James67 says:

        interesting; how can a 10% stake translate into controlling interest? Do you see this stake increasing and do you think it likely avios will grow into a single scheme for further cariers such as QR in so ething along the lines of M&M?

        • Rob says:

          Qatar – in fact, combined non-EU shareholders – cannot own more than 49%. However, as you see with airberlin, having 49% gives you de facto control. IAG has no real strategic value for Qatar, however, as it cannot feed traffic to BA or Iberia easily.

          What might happen? BA drops Doha as a direct route (it is already a pointless tag to the Bahrain flight), BA sells some slots to Qatar so they can run more services from Heathrow, BA – as we’ve already seen – stands up for Qatar against protectionist moves by other EU airlines.

          In Germany, for example, the Middle East big 3 are effectively banned from flying into Lufthansa hubs.

    • Polly says:

      Ha Ha! Well spotted….BA from LGW was always considered the budget part of the airline! Way back when I was with Dan Air! And BA bought us for £1! Who remembers them???? We definitely felt inferior to the LHR lot then! BTW, I am NOT BA staff, but depend on avios for the high life!

      • CV says:

        Dan Air was before my time :@ However i do remember doing a flight on British Caledonian! Big cinema screen at the front.

      • James67 says:

        I rememember I think it was British Med fro Gatwick with nice sunny destinations which I took advantage of as a PhD student on lots of cheap and flexible tickets from STA when my travel moved a little more upmarket than bus seats and ferry floors. Desperate Dan!

  • Simon says:

    On Expedia, I’m trying the multi-city, but how can I add a fifth flight? I wanted a stopover preferably in SIngapore. Does the flight booking have to include the LHR-HKG??

    The prices aren’t showing for me but I guess I need to input the last flight (from London back to Germany)

    • Rob says:

      Correct.

      • Leo says:

        Does it have to be Frankfurt? Can’t find similar with different German airports. Don’t fancy a weekend joint to FRA.

        • Alan says:

          If you do end up going to FRA then I’d recommend a wee trip to Mainz – short train ride from the airport and pretty nice 🙂

        • Rob says:

          Any German airport that BA uses is fine. Hamburg, Berlin, Munich are more fun.

  • Daz says:

    I took advantage of the last Qatar offer and got 3 business returns to KL from Amsterdam for £3000.
    I’m only trying to use BA for euro or short flights (KL to SIN with avios) now as I think Qatar have a much superior cabin.

  • Maciek says:

    A bit OT – I was stocking up my snacks at T5C’s Starbucks yesterday and have been told that yesterday was the last day when BA was covering these…

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