As there was a strong response to the article I ran on Thursday, I wanted to remind you that tomorrow – October 19th – is the last day to make substantial savings if you ‘part pay with Avios’ for a British Airways Club World or First booking.
Amazingly, the price for the Copenhagen to New York deal I discussed has come down even further. You can now fly to New York for as little as £401.
Full details are on the ‘part pay with Avios’ page at ba.com,
These are the conditions. You must be flying to:
Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Bengaluru, Chengdu Shuangliu, Chicago, Dallas – Forth Worth, Delhi Indira Ghandi International, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, Hyderabad, JFK, Kuala Lumpur International, Las Vegas [Vegas is not pricing properly], Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, Mumbai, Newark, Philadelphia International, San Francisco International, Seoul, Shanghai Pudong, Singapore Changi, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington
you must book by 19th October
you must book in Club World or First
You can then redeem Avios points for the following discounts:
1,500 Avios – £25
4,500 Avios – £75
11,250 Avios – £190
15,000 Avios – £250
30,000 Avios – £500
That is an exceptionally generous 1.66p per Avios point.
Now, here is is the interesting bit. These offer is available for flights starting in Europe, not just in the UK.
This is deal I mentioned on Thursday – a great price from Copenhagen for flights to New York. However, when I covered it on Thursday the price was DKK 9,607. Now it is just DKK 9,125!
The outbound transatlantic flight (ie London to the US) must be flown between:
22 – 30 November
23 December – 2 January
19 March – 3 April
1 July – 31 August
Yes, just 9,125 DKK return in Club World. That is £899! I can save a further 5,049 DKK by redeeming 30,000 Avios points.
This means that the final cost of my Club World return flight is just 4,076 DKK – or £401.
Not just Copenhagen ….
This deal also works out of Dublin and other places. For April, for example, Dublin to New York is €1,533 but you save €672 by redeeming 30,000 Avios. That is a net cost of only €861.
If you planning a long-haul flight for the next few months, you should experiment on ba.com with departures from the following cities:
These are all destinations where BA has recently been offering strong discounts. The ITA Matrix tool which I discussed here lets you search for prices from every European capital with one click.
You can learn more about ‘part pay with Avios’ at ba.com. The key point to remember when booking is that all legs of your trip must be on British Airways or American – you cannot mix in flights on other airlines who are not part of the transatlantic joint venture. If you do include other airlines, eg using Aer Lingus to connect from Dublin instead of BA, you will not be given the option to use ‘part pay with Avios’.
Remember that you need to book by Monday night.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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 10,500 Avios.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.