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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 (August 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 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

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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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, £200 travel credit 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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  • RIccati says:

    Nah, nothing as amazing as £359 Club World rtn from OSL to SFO. The mistake fare of Aug 5th.

    • Polly says:

      Well, we won’t see that again, for a while! At least we all know about this sale, but we missed out on the fat finger one, sadly.

    • Nick says:

      Hardly a fair comparison.

      • RIccati says:

        Except that we saw £795 return from German airports to Asia and £1,335 return – in First to SYD, just this morning!!

  • Polly says:

    Problem solved. This sorts out our lack of west directional and USA flight problems with ex EU on QR. Honestly, with these BA and QR sales, it’s almost, and I mean almost a waste of time collecting avios, or chasing status, unless you need status for RFS Y flights frequently. Even then, we now got an alternative lounge in T 5, as the Plat PP card sorts that little prior lack of, problem out. It’s looking like it’s only worth it for a BA F long haul using a 241. These sales are fantastic! Last winter they even had similar sale from The UK to the USA, so that might be worth waiting for, either, if your travel plans are flexible.

    • Adam says:

      Agreed – I now put my energy into hotels as I can almost always get to my destination in J for minimum hassle, at no more than a £500 premium over the taxes component of a redemption.

      • Polly says:

        Agree re hotels. Plus you don’t have to book a year out! Which is what we have to do for our 241 in F to Asia or wherever… Am just thinking the same, we need to get concentrating on hotels now, but actually find that booking.com, or even Kaligo ( with avios earned this time in HKT) can sort most places out for us.

        • Rob says:

          It isn’t clear if this is the ‘new normal’ of course. Why should BA cut fares out of Dublin when the Aer Lingus deal is completed, for example?

          On the other hand, I expect Qatar etc to continue to sell tickets at any price, if it gets bums on seats. They will NEVER fill two 787 per DAY out of Copenhagen otherwise!

          • James67 says:

            My guess is that it may remain the norm so long as oil stays low and ME3 continue rapid expansion of secondary cities so let’s make hay while the sun shines. What is a little disappointing to me is that the difference between the best of exEU and best of exUK still exceeds the amounts of APD charged so in the UK we are still losing out somewhat. At least the impact of future changes in APD remains something to look forward to. Like Polly and AdamI too am more focussed on hotels as I’m booked up on flights until mid next year whereafter I am cobfident of good revenue fares still being available . At the moment priority is Spire and hhonors gold to see me through spring 17. Points and miles remain hedged through clubcard and MR until their use becomes essential given current cash fares. Was disappointed that virgin went with a tesco competition as opposed to conversion bonus though as was counting on that for spire, so will run the risk of waiting another quarter for that.

          • Jason says:

            I too was hoping for a virgin bonus to get the OH to spire status plus need a few hundred thousand Virgin miles to convert, to Hilton points, for Rangali next year, so very disappointed there is only a competition 🙁
            Plus still waiting for tesco to return the 28500 Pts they nicked off me last quarter.

          • John says:

            Interesting piece in today’s Indio on Dublin airport runway expansion. The figure quoted suggests that IAG want to bring an extra 2.4 million transat pax a year thru Dub (c6500 a day?) which might well keep fares low (if true).

            Incidentally Rob I entered your Qatar contest, happily supplying my email and postal address for offers, a while back, and this week for the first time the regular UK Qatar offers were replaced with ex-Dublin fares (using EI to connect to UK) for readers living on the island.

            Really don’t think IAG is bothered about another LHR runway now they’ve got Madrid and Dub.

            http://www.independent.ie/business/pressure-growing-at-dublin-airport-for-second-runway-minister-donohoe-31464938.html

          • Rob says:

            Interesting – we did wonder at the time why Qatar wanted to know who lived in Dublin!

  • Matt says:

    I need to goto Singapore at the end of the year – leaving around 30th December returning approx. 10th January. I just found – starting in Brussels – €1300 each way in Club World 🙂

    • RIccati says:

      Nothing like that for October.

    • Al Sn says:

      Good find: are you actually at BRU or are you booking a positioning flight to there?

      I’m based in NCL, also headed to SIN at around the same time period- looking for the best departure point now

    • James67 says:

      It’s a good fare Matt, however, if BA repeat their last minute new year sale like last year exUK you may yet regret it. However, I got my fingers burned before waiting for something better so often I’ve found right fare is the price you are happy with as soon as you see it regardless of what comes later. What I did was booked a redemption to BKK 11 months out to lock something in but which provides the option to cancel for £35 if a £1k returnfare becomes available again this year.

  • Ben says:

    Sorry but these fairs are hardly impressive – £1700 ex. OSL to SYD has been available for weeks / months, trips to Hawaii from Dublin have also been around for ages, the only news to me is New York, but I could book that ex CPH for 1100 Euros and did 3 weeks ago anyway.

    Nothing new to see here IMO.

    • Alan says:

      It seems better than some of the previous ones which were requiring US metal TATL and also seems to have a wider booking date than normal. Agree ex-OSL to Oz has been around £1900-£2000 for the year, £1700 is a decent saving though.

      • Ben says:

        I’ve been able to book £1750 for the last few weeks. Agree the last £50 is a nice little bonus I suppose.

        I was able to route using decent planes recently to HNL, but agree it required being a bit more creative, and they were 332s (not perfect).

        To be honest for me this comes down to “is there more date availability” to which the answer is yes, so even though financially limited difference, still a good to have!

  • Eric says:

    Wow – I checked and you can get Xmas flights to SYD or MEL from Oslo for 1700 quid. Very tempting….

  • James says:

    NYC is £850 ex CPH. Mind you it’s £724 on KLM!

  • Matt says:

    Single from Singapore to Oslo in Club World for £700. The annoying thing is that I then have to get home from Oslo – or is it feasible to just exit in LHR? I don’t see how BA should be allowed to make the flight prices so bizarrely different… Add an extra flight to Oslo and save at least a grand over terminating in London – how can that be fair?

    • John says:

      Market pricing. BA is a commercial entity and has no reason to be ‘fair’, they set fares in each market to maximise profit.

    • Polly says:

      Jump on an avios one home, that’s what we are doing from CPH. Def worth it for the comfort levels…

    • Luca says:

      Is SIN-OSL in CW a mistake at £700? I could use this..

  • Paul says:

    Good news as it probably means QR and others will have sales shortly too. My advice would be to book AA metal on the transatlantic sectors and aim for the 777-300 on routes like JFK LAX and DFW. I did the HNL run last year via DFW it allowed a night stop of 23hrs59mins. This allowed time to visit a mall and the grassy knoll!
    It also helps that the DFW HNL service is operated by a 767 with sloppy but comfortable seats for the 8 hour service. I would not recommend returning via DFW as its a red eye and you then have all day to wait in DFW. Better option is the first departure from HNL and immediate connection to LHR or lunch time departure which allows a night stop and full day in LA. F you take the AA flight back to LHR the better still as it leaves around 8pm. If chasing status, and DUB HNL delivers silver even on the minimum flights) then book AA under BA codeshare as this counts as BA metal and toward the 4 flight requirement.

    • Polly says:

      Tnx Paul, v useful I for on stopovers, my very questions answered for our hopefully 2017 trip to HNL. Right now thinking about NYC around dec sometime. That CPH sounds v g now, better than Dub. Plenty to think about and plan ….

      • James67 says:

        Have you been to California Polly? If not I’d recommend curtailing your trip there, especially the north. Hawaii is ok but never been convinced it has enough to offer as a single centre to merit extra time and hassle. However, I do consider it a worthwhile 4-7 day add on to a west coast vacation.

        • Polly says:

          Tnx James. Yes I have lived in the US, but we are doing SEA in March F 241, so 2 weeks in that region, taking trains to Van, and SFO for a few days each. But the HNL plus other islands in 2017 is more a historical one for us, interested in pearl harbour and all associated with it. Using up all our AA miles for that one. Then with luck, wait for sales like these and plan accordingly. SYD NZL on our bucket list too.

          • James67 says:

            Sounds good, that will allow you to get much more out if Hawaiu. When ib north west, take a fews days to explore Oregon if you can. I was once at a conference in Portland and enjoyed a trip through Columbia river gorge and around Mt St Helens. One of things I find very impressive about USA is their National and State parks and Monuments system.

          • Polly says:

            Thank you, will make a note, my OH visited there too on a conference. It was one the one area of the US I didn’t travel to when living there. So really looking forward to exploring the region. Yes we love their state parks etc. always stunned by the scenery etc. just don’t want those hot geezers to erupt when I’m visiting!

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