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New British Airways sale launched in World Traveller and World Traveller Plus

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British Airways rolled out its Bank Holiday Sale yesterday, which is actually available for booking until May 19th.

Depending on where you want to go, you can book for travel up to February 2016.

The special home page for the sale is here.

British Airways January sale

The sale ONLY covers World Traveller (economy) and World Traveller Plus (premium economy).  There are no Club World or First Class discounts at present – although you may be able to ‘upgrade using Avios’ and book your World Traveller Plus ticket directly into Club World.

Of course, the rates for upgrading from World Traveller Plus to Club World were increased substantially on April 28th.  You also need Avios reward availability to be showing in Club World for an upgrade to be possible.

Here are the summary terms:

Book before 19 May 2016

Travel dates (some exceptions apply):

World Traveller and World Traveller Plus to North America: to 29 February 2016

World Traveller and World Traveller Plus elsewhere: to 11 December 2015

Black-out dates apply.

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

If you can be flexible with dates, there are some decent fares available.  The cheapest available seems to be (these are all World Traveller):

New York £383

San Francisco £517

Miami £462

Dubai £365

Delhi £463

Bangkok £486

Tokyo £489

Rio de Janeiro £462

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


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 (34)

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  • Idrive says:

    Good luck with FB I lost all my miles due to a stupid rule I did not know at the time (flight operated by a sub company not main partner but marketed by the partner). I kindly wrote them but there was no solution but accepting the loss.

    • Don says:

      They have offered me the miles back if I stay a flight with them before September. Any ST flight actually. I am going to barter on this…may book a cancellable ££££ fare to show my loyalty…! I don’t believe any train segments count unlike with M&M?

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