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It’s back: £1,200 Club World to Hawaii, £995 to JFK and other BA sale bargains

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British Airways is launching a new sale todaythe home page is here.

I will take a look at some of the prices from London over the next few days.

However, in the short term, the most important thing to note is that the crazy prices for Club World flights to North America are back – as long as you start your trip outside the UK.

British Airways BA A380 flying

Hawaii is incredibly cheap even though British Airways does not fly there itself! You will need to change to American Airlines in Los Angeles – or, to maximise tier points, in New York and Los Angeles.

The best deals appear to be from Dublin and, of course, that is also a very convenient starting spot for UK residents.  It is worth checking Copenhagen, Brussels and Oslo – there are some amazing £1,700 Australia fares out of Oslo, for example, which I will look at in a day or so.

Here is an example fare from Dublin to Hawaii – €1,690 (£1,198) return in Club World in February:

BA Hawaii sale

or New York for €1,402 (£994):

BA NYC sale

or Los Angeles for €1,684 (£1,194):

BA LA sale

The fare rules are straightforward:

Book by September 22nd 2015

Book 28 days before travel

A Saturday night stay is required

Complete travel by June 19th 2016

Tickets are non-refundable

NO STOPOVERS are allowed – this includes in London.  A gap between flights of more than 24 hours is treated as a stopover.

Tickets can be changed for €300 but you also have to pay any fare difference – which could be substantial after September 22nd when the prices go back up

Booking these flights is can be simple and it can be complex. For an easy life, you can simply book whatever comes up on ba.com. If you are planning to try to upgrade British Airways legs to First with Avios, you MUST book at ba.com.

However, it is also worth looking at aa.com as that may bring up different routings for the same price.  Note that, if your route includes a two-class US domestic flight (Economy and First), you want to ensure that you book that particular flight under an AA flight number, which may involve booking the entire trip on aa.com. 

This is because, when a 2-class US domestic flight has an AA flight number, the premium cabin gets you First Class tier points with BAEC.  If you book the flight under a BA flight number – which ba.com usually does – it posts as a Business Class flight with business class tier points.

The exact ticket rules can be found via the ITA Matrix tool I outlined here if you pull up a fare. This allows more advanced users to construct very complex itineraries. Some tickets, if they have a generous mileage allowance, may allow you to start in, say, Brussels and go to Helsinki (on Finnair) then to London and then to the US, just to squeeze out a few more tier points. You would need to book such an itinerary by telephone with British Airways.

Remember that you do NOT receive 210 tier points for the London City to New York JFK flights any longer – they earn the standard 140 points each way, the same as Heathrow to New York.

For clarity, if you book a ticket starting in Dublin then you MUST start in Dublin. You cannot turn up at Heathrow and just board the long-haul leg.  Given recent stories about British Airways causing difficulties with people who drop the last leg, you should plan to take the final flight to Dublin.

The British Airways promotional page for the Summer Sale is here although it only focusses on flights starting in the UK.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 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 (111)

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  • Richard says:

    LAX-HNL is only in J which gives 140 TP rather than the std F which awards 210?

    • Luca says:

      If you book on a BA flight number, yes you are correct. On AA it is considered F so will earn 210tps.

  • Sunszajn says:

    I’m looking to go to Hawaii in August next year. Is the ex-Dub fare standard or just part of the sale? If i can’t get this fare what is the second best option from your experience? thanks

    • Rob says:

      This is part of the sale but, recently, it hasn’t been more than another £200 or more usually. BA may, at any point, decide to stop discounting heavily out of Ireland though especially as it has now bought Aer Lingus.

      • Brendan says:

        Was it ever really competing with EI out of Dub though? EI business fares always seemed substantially higher to me although they were direct. Prices were often more competitive on KLM/Lufthansa/AF via AMS/FRA/CDG which you would expect to continue…

  • George says:

    Just booked 3 of us DUB-LHR-SFO/LAX-LHR-DUB, F out BA-A380, J back AA-77W, with overnight stopover in LON on return leg 😉 BA quoted £2,350 but managed to get the identical itinerary with AA for £1,955 (inc taxes btw). Always check the AA website before you book with BA. The 24 hour stopover on return I did with the call centre after using the 24 hold option. And the fact that the person who answered the phone in Manila (or wherever) really has no clue what a “throw away” is makes it much easier. I know this is riskier these days but I’m willing to take my chances.

  • Greg says:

    Thanks to the information here on HFP, I have managed to get DUB-LHR-MIA-BOG-MIA-LHR all in J/I for €2k pp! Just LHR-MIA rtn alone would have been £2.5k+ pp direct from London

    Outbound to MIA on BA A380 and inbound on the 77W on AA. All booked on AA.com and no final leg back to DUB. 🙂 400 TPs

    How long will BA/AA allow this loophole to be exploited on these ex-EU fares?

    • Alan says:

      Hopefully for a long time yet – I’d say it’s not really a ‘loophole’, more just them trying to remain competitive with their rivals who fly direct from these ex-EU destinations.

      • Rob says:

        Except, of course, the ‘rival’ based in Dublin is now ‘part of the family’!

        • Alan says:

          Indeed, although perhaps some of the ME airlines might start to open up routes via DUB if they sense an opportunity to compete? (AA/US are OpenSkies so not real competition)

  • Giorgio says:

    Hi there,
    I’ve seen these £1000 p/p fares the other day For DUB-MIA return in Feb/March but they seem to have increased on most dates since then by £300-400.
    Interestingly I found out you can book DUB-LHR-MIA return for £1065 on Expedia or Ebookers mixing BA Club to LHR and VA Upper Class to MIA.
    Isn’t this a better option for skipping the return leg of LHR-DUB?
    Do they check-in bags to DUB even between BA and VA?
    Seems like the best deal for me.

    • Alan says:

      Yes sadly the original fare has been removed and replaced with one that’s at least £400 more 🙁 Hopefully a good sale will come around again soon.

    • Alan says:

      Further update courtesy of FT – it appears rather than pulling the fare altogether they’ve just severely restricted the dates:
      PERMITTED 23NOV15 THROUGH 30NOV15 OR 18DEC15 THROUGH
      04JAN16 OR 28MAR16 THROUGH 12APR16 ON THE OUTBOUND
      TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR. SEASON IS BASED ON DATE OF
      ORIGIN.

  • Thelulureview says:

    The prices move so quickly & I couldn’t jump for it immediately on the 20th when it priced at 2k, but I went for the upped price yesterday evening in May as its for my Husband’s birthday and still an excellent deal i think… 2.3k for us both. Been looking this morning New York around New Years Eve is still a bargain via Dub (1400 euros both ways Bus)…

  • Ian says:

    Looking to book a ticket probably from Dublin to west coast USA (not fussed where we land as we will do a long drive trip, so anything including Phoenix, Las Vegas, SFO etc.)

    Can anyone help with the best route to a) get the best tier points or b) to get the best aircraft / seating. Or are all the flights from Dublin on older planes?

    using the matrix tool, to find the cheapest seats.

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