British Airways has extended its current crazy deal to Hong Kong by another week, until this Friday. This is NOT a fare mistake. It is a published fare with detailed fare rules.
Below is an updated version of what I wrote when this deal first broke. The price below are around €45 higher than the previous offer – a tiny bit more but very marginal in the scheme of things.
Until July 24th, British Airways is selling return Club World tickets to Hong Kong from Germany for €1,001 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 a Saturday night.
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, although APD will be added if you stay more than 24 hours in the UK.
You can start from any German airport served by BA.
If you try to book this ticket on ba.com it will price at around €1,447 depending on routing. With the continual collapse of the Euro, that works out at £1,005.
Here is the interesting bit ….
Tickets must be booked by July 24th and you must start your trip before August 16th. However, you only need to fly from Germany to London by August 16th – if you don’t mind paying the Air Passenger Duty (another £150 or so) then you can have a stopover in the UK of up to 11 months if you want!
I found an example with a huge Summer-long stopover in London at €1,666.
Have a play around at ba.com and see what you can find. Note that availability over Christmas is very slim as the required fare class is rarely available.
I strongly recommend – as per my main article today – that you DO take the final leg back to Germany, even if it is a few months after you arrive in London. British Airways appears to be planning a clampdown on people who do this.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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:
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
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The Platinum Card from American Express
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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 10,500 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.