If British Airways has cancelled your £1,300 ‘mistake fare’ First Class ticket to Sydney, there is an alternative ….!
On Thursday I mentioned some of the exceptional sale prices that British Airways is offering out of Dublin, including Hawaii for £1,200 and New York for under £1,000, all in Club World.
There is also an excellent deal to Australia currently available. This is not actually part of the sale – it seems to be something unique to the Norwegian market.
You can book a Club World (flat bed business class) return ticket to Sydney for roughly £1,700. For a small supplement, it also works to Auckland and Christchurch and presumably other cities in Australia and New Zealand.
Here are the headline fare rules:
You need to start in Norway – Oslo, Bergen or Stavanger
You must book by September 7th
You must travel outbound by June 19th 2016
You can have two stopovers but they must not exceed two days and will cost €200 each (plus you would be charged extra Air Passenger Duty if you stopped over in London for more than 24 hours)
If you are purely interested in tier points there are some crazy routings allowed – Oslo to Auckland lists, if you dig out the full fare rules via ITA Matrix, 261 permitted routings! I assume that few HFP readers will want to do that, especially as stopovers are restricted to two days.
The easiest way to get this to price is via ba.com. Use the multi-city tool if you want to take a circuitous route. Expedia also has a multi-city option and may throw up different options. You will NOT see this fare available every day so you may need to play around a bit.
It does exist, though.
Here is a vanilla version I created yesterday for £1,726:
and here is one for the crazy tier point runner which I found on Flyertalk:
I tried Christchurch in February and got a price of £1,902. This was routed to Sydney as per my first example with an additional Qantas connection (as a BA codeshare) over to New Zealand.
Remember that you MUST start your trip in Norway – you cannot simply hop on at Heathrow. Your flight will have been permanently cancelled by then.
You should also take the last leg back to Norway, as BA appears to be clamping down on passengers who skip the last legs on ex-EU routings. That is a small price to pay for what is a fantastic fare.
In terms of tier points, remember that booking the direct London – Sydney service (keeping the same flight number) means you lose out. It is treated as one flight and awards 240 tier points each way. If you have a clean break in Singapore, you would get 160 + 140 = 300 tier points each way for the long haul segments. Going via Hong Kong would get you 140 + 140 = 280 tier points each way.