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£266 Los Angeles returns available on British Airways in the New Year

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If you like the idea of getting away from a cold English Winter to the sunnier climes of Los Angeles, help may be at hand.

British Airways is, yet again, quietly easing out excess capacity by selling heavily discounted tickets from outside the UK.

Copenhagen is the best starting point as far as I can tell with flights from £266 return.  Plus, of course, the cost of getting to Copenhagen – your flight will be cancelled if you miss the first leg.

Ludicrously, you will earn back half the cost in miles.  American Airlines still gives 1 mile per mile flown on cheap economy tickets so this trip would earn you 12,080 American Airlines miles – even more if you have BA status.

Don’t credit the flight to BA.  It only awards 25% of flown miles for long-haul cheap economy tickets.

There are some similar deals of other European cities, but not as cheap.  They tended to come out at around £350 (eg Dublin, Rome, Madrid).  Copenhagen seems by far the cheapest.  Have a play around at ba.com and see what you can find.

January and February have the best availability.

If you just fly London to Los Angeles on the dates in my example above, it will cost you £560 – more than double.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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.

Comments (73)

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  • Scott says:

    15392 Avios (gold 100% bonus) earned for CPH-LHR-LAX-LHR-CPH according to a dummy booking I did just now.

    • rich says:

      Would silver give me 50% extra or 100% extra. Or 0% extra when crediting a ba flight to American airlines scheme.

      • Rob says:

        Silver gives you 50 per cent of the full amount, so you end up with 75 per cent of miles flown. See example from a Gold member below.

    • Rob says:

      That is because the Gold and Silver bonuses are based on the full rate and not the 25 per cent rate. Which I find very odd, to be frank – BA missed a cost cutting trick here. Need to email Mr Hillier …

  • Lambs says:

    When you Get a quote from say Dublin, do you put you are in UK on entering the Ba site or Dublin? As with the example of the Copenhagen price it wasn’t in £’s? Thx

    • Rob says:

      It prices in the currency of the departing currency whichever site you use. You can stick with the UK site just fine.

  • JS says:

    Same sort of prices to go to LAS at that time of year as well, thanks for the article.

  • Ian H says:

    Never flying BA to LA again. 1 meal over the course of an 11 hour flight. Not even any snacks to have either. Don’t know if this is standard for this flight, but almost passed out from hunger before we landed. (This was in economy, but still).

    cabin crew laughed at us when we asked if they had any fruit.

    • Rob says:

      They have just improved the catering on US flights in economy, I did an article a couple of weeks ago.

    • CV3V says:

      Some colleagues went in BA economy to LAS last month and it was similar to your experience, the crew also advised that they had ran out of food and alcohol! Not sure how BA do their catering but sometimes the ‘ran out of booze’ excuse is used by airlines to save enough for the return flight – which is an issue on Vegas flights!

      • James67 says:

        Yup, need to help everybody drown theif sorrows. Such a pathetic depressing place thought, it would drive anybody to drink imo.

    • Erico1875 says:

      only 1 meal in 11 hours ? Bob Geldof should organise a concert

  • Robert says:

    About 4 years ago I booked a LHR-LAX-JFK-LHR with BA in WT costing £303 earning me around 26,000 miles (this was pre Avios and pre the devaluation of course) – great value!

  • Ant says:

    I am struggling with this. First time I am trying to book an exEU. Interested in CPH-LAS Jan/Feb time.
    as an example can I do the following stopover:
    Sunday CPH-LON
    Thurs LON-LAS
    Mon LAS-LON
    Sat LON-CPH

    where would be the best site to try and book this, I can’t find where I can put it the stopover dates on the BA website.
    Also is there a possibility that I will be allowed to upgrade using avios later on?
    Appreciate any help

    • Rob says:

      Click ‘multi-city’ on ba.com on the booking page and you can do what you want to do. It opens a new page where you can input leg by leg.

      HOWEVER …. your plan is a bad plan! By stopping more than 24 hours in London on the way out, you will cause Air Passenger Duty to be added to the fare. This will add £65 or so to the price – the tax for long-haul economy flight. Stopping for less than 24 hours in London means no APD.

      Expedia offers similar functionality.

  • Barry Stanley says:

    Any idea if on the return flight I can check bags just to LHR and not have them go onto CPG so I don’t have to complete the final leg?

    • rich says:

      The most asked question on this site. Or possibly 2nd to ‘do I have to actually take the first flight , why cant I just get on in london’. The answer is : You can try and leave a bit of time in between the connections and tell the check in staff you need your bag in London to get changed/ or you have a >100ml bottle of medicine that you need to access. Or you could fly the last leg from either city ir Gatwick. And then they need to give you your bag. Or you could travel hand baggage only.

      • pauldb says:

        Or, when travelling TATL, book the final leg early the next morning, still within 24hrs so it’s a connection rather than a stopover. Your bags won’t be checked through for an overnight stay at LHR.

        • Gavin says:

          I’ve heard conflicting reports about an overnight stopover at LHR. Apparently if it’s less than 24 hours your bags will still be checked through and stored overnight at LHR, so you’re still relying on whether or not the check-in agent is willing to check your bags to LHR instead of the final destination.

          • Polly says:

            Best to depart from London from a different airport ad mentioned above. Try City or LGW. That way you definitely get your bags on arrival.

  • TrekTrendy says:

    Awesome deal, i’ve had a play around with the dates, and have found it for 2,655 DKK incl of all taxes (£251). 9th Jan > 13th Jan. If you did go for just under a week, carry on baggage could be sufficient, then just terminate your journey at London Heathrow.

    • richard says:

      yes my dates came up at £253 I think. I need to be in rome for the england Italy 6 nations game so im going to book the final leg to rome, which is still only coming in at £309. bargain!! cheers HFP

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