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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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  • Richard says:

    I have just been looking at flying to Dubai via Frankfurt with a Club Europe flight LHR to Frankfurt to connect to a Qatar flight is £307.91 RTN on the dates I want. I can do an Avios Reward flight for 15500 + £50. Is this good value? £307 looks good for Business to Frankfurt, but is using 15500 Avios worth it?

    I’m new to this! The Qatar flight from Frankfurt is £1148 RTN via Doha in Business.

    Thank you.

    • Jason says:

      I’ve seen BRU-DXB rtn, in Qatar J, for under £600 in their recent sales.

  • Nathan says:

    Would be interested in any first class AA routes people find. Easy way to get the TP up

  • Ben says:

    If you dont board the final Heathrow > Dublin flight, will you lose the tier points + airmiles for the whole booking?

    • Rob says:

      No.

      However, unless you have hand baggage (or the last leg goes from a different airport) you may find BA insist on tagging your baggage through, as happened to the guy in the story I linked to in the article.

  • John says:

    OT but this morning’s easyjet to BFS featured a confrontation over a man bag, resulting in Gatwick plod tasering the offending passenger (man bags/purses look weird unless you’re an Italian, in my opinion).

    Check out easyjet’s compensation for delayed passengers at end of story:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3204527/Passenger-tasered-dragged-plane-police-row-luggage-easyJet-flight-London-Belfast.html

    • John says:

      On half dozen occasions I’ve used easyjet was pretty impressed.

      Glad at least one airline is making a serious attempt to police hand baggage rules, as it’s nice to fly not worrying about being decapitated by something falling out of crammed overhead bins.

    • cheekychappie says:

      Some homme who probably enjoyed getting tasered & man handled off the plane by the boys in blue, probably propositioned a couple of them on the way to clink.

      Man bags? Nope.

      Homme bags.

  • Gavin says:

    Sound like my US road trip for next year is all go! Starting from Dublin and preclearing customs sounds a winner!

    Thanks for the headsup!

    • Adrian says:

      Hi, how do you pre-clear customs? Thank you Adrian

      • Rob says:

        There is a US immigation and customs hall at Dublin. You go through that before boarding and the Aer Lingus flight lands at a domestic gate, so you just walk off and straight out of the airport.

      • John says:

        Do esta as usual then simply turn up at airport and cross clearly marked area into US territory.

        Once cleared in Dublin you’re treated as domestic arrival in US (doesn’t always work in US airport but when – most of time – it does, it’s a brilliant time/hassle saver).

        Details should be on Dub airport website. Was an article in uk telegraph this week saying preclear coming to MAN/LHR in couple of years (would be a real challenge at LHR so not sure it’ll happen).

        Preclears usually also from Shannon (incl BA via LCY).

        • Deb says:

          Sounds great. Just over a fortnight ago we did NCL-LHR-MIA thinking immigration would be quick after all those ETSA payments; with the rest of all other nonUSA we waited in a huge queue for fingerprinting and photographing at machine, then like everyone else had to join a second long queue joined by USA passengers to have same process done by human. Took well over an hour and by the time we got to baggage collection all the bags were sitting on the floor next to the long- stationary carousel. Not great with young kids 17 hours after leaving home.

  • Leo says:

    Am I missing something or am I too late to the party and all the well priced flights have gone?

    Having scanned a few suggestions above (ex-Frankfurt > Sydney First Class or ex-Oslo > Sydney CW), i cannot find anything even close to the prices quoted (c. €1700, etc.)

    I have a very sick friend in Australia I intend to see in November. I would really love to find a way to also surprise her at Xmas when the treatment has finished.

    Can anyone help with my ineptitude?!

    • cheekychappie says:

      Sick friend?

      Sorry to hear that. Let’s hope the treatment works.

    • Rob says:

      The Oslo fares are there but £1700, not Euro. Just priced up 6-16 November and it came out at 22,000 NOK which is £1,737. You need to look for flights selling at 11,000 NOK each way, not all days have them and often only one flight per day.

      The Frankfurt deal died at 11am.

  • Adam says:

    This is great news! I have 2 trips to book for this year so will be taking advantage of these rates.

    Just a quick question though Raffles, where are you getting the exchange rates from? When I check the €1,402 price from Dublin to New York above, it’s roughly £1,002 not £994. Very little in it and it’s still a great rate but I guess psychology speaking, just under £1,000 looks better than just over.

  • Quinny says:

    Does pre-clearance work if I fly from Dublin to Honolulu via London and Los Angeles, or must the first stop after Dublin be in the Continental U.S.?

    • John says:

      You must be heading over the atlantic from Dublin or Shannon to pre-clear. In your example you’ll have to brave the often very long lines at LAX, I’m afraid.

      Try pricing DUB-LAX-HNL or DUB-JFK-Lax-HNL instead, or DUB/Philly/Charlotte/Boston/Atlanta etc -LA-HNL on AA (or google.co.uk/flights multicity which is easier to use than Matrix) if you want to preclear and avoid LHR.

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