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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 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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • mikeact says:

    Maybe a bit of caution if thinking of ignoring the last segment and jumping ship in London. I thought I read recently that BA are aware of this and you could end up with an invoice for the ex UK fare unless, maybe, you ‘stop over’ in London for say 11 months.

  • TigerTanaka says:

    Live in the regions? How about this:

    Based on dates 10-17 Feb (random week):
    CPH-LAX-CPH (connecting in LHR) £248 return – bargain of course but…
    Book a multi city CPH-LAX then LAX-NCL (again connecting in LHR) £306 return.

    I know it is more but you get a connecting flight back to your home airport and don’t have the hassle of either getting back from CPH or getting your baggage offloaded at LHR and getting an internal flight home.

  • TigerTanaka says:

    Meant to say the NCL price of £308 was are the same for GLA and EDI. BHD was £313 and LBA is £349.

    • mark2 says:

      so only some regions, the favoured one!

      • sandgrounder says:

        Based on 24/2 to 1/3
        OSL-LHR-LAX-LHR £269.28
        CPH-LHR-LAX-LHR £267.08

        No extra leg on the way back.


        • Polly says:

          We tried returning to LHR from HKT on QR via Doha instead of back to CPH. But it raised the price x3! So we are risking coming back same day later that evening from CPH, hoping our flight is not delayed from DOH. But if it is, we might ask nicely and see if they can put us on an alternative one directly to LHR instead… Who knows.

          That’s the best thing about this sale, you can get back to the UK without having to add that extra leg.

  • James67 says:

    Slightly OT: KLM has a 4 day sale on. Most longhaul destinations including Americas, Africa and Japan exUK under £500 (some substantially so) return in Y. Might work well for those who don’t like the hassle of exEU flights. Fares to BKK and DPS so high though I’m surprised they advertised them as sale fares.

  • Fenny says:

    Part pay with Avios takes a bit more off. I got a fare OSL > LAX > OSL for £171 + 15000 Avios.

  • Polly says:

    Clive, that is so good, thanks for sharing…

  • StephanieDrewery says:

    What’s the likelihood of being able to drop the final leg and not continue on to Copenhagen without being charged any extra?

  • RIccati says:

    People might not realise but other airlines entered the game and the similar prices are there across the board for KLM, BA/Iberia/Finnair, Virgin !! and even Swiss.

    Norwegian ex-EU to LAX for Jan-Feb 2016 comes as the most expensive one!!

    • Joe says:

      Yes looks like they are matching af prices on the cph-lax route

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