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NOW CHEAPER: £401 for Club World to New York in November, Christmas, Easter, July, August

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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,

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

For example:

British Airways Copenhagen New York

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 with departures from the following cities:





Milan Linate 

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  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

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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.

Comments (121)

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  • Kim says:

    Well I’m pleased to say that I managed to get my Avios household account separated and a load of Tesco vouchers converted to points in time to get the full €1353 discount off our flights from Dublin to SFO next summer. Opted for Dublin even though it’s a little more expensive that Copenhagen as it’s much easier to get to from Cardiff. I’m happy- just need to plan our 23 days in sunny California
    May even have a Guiness in Temple Bar!

  • Josh Fisher says:

    Just bought 2 tickets to JFK from Copenhagen for £806 – The avios earned pay for the connecting flights – that’s £876 total cost saving over £2000 on the dates we picked. A result.

  • David says:

    Regarding the issue of Vegas ‘not pricing properly’, does anyone know if this will be fixed before the promotion ends?

    Alternatively, is it possible to book by telephone for the full Avios part-pay of 30,000 for about 5000DKK discount?

  • Chewyjoint says:

    Forgive me if I’ve missed this but I can’t find a way of getting back to either Norway or Denmark from other than Heathrow, in order to be able to collect bags on the way back and skip the last leg. Has anyone found a way?

  • Michael says:

    Quick one… If I cancel a ‘part pay with Avios’ booking do I get my Avois back?

  • oyster says:

    Does the BA 24hr ‘cooling off’ rule apply to these ex-EU tickets?

  • Bill says:

    I am 4k short. Does anyone know if avios purchased at BA or Iberia post immediately?

  • BlackberryAddict says:

    Booked at as well last night – or rather cancelled an outright avios booking I had, and replaced it with this. It actually costs less than the “carrier imposed surcharges”, and we’ll earn 58k avios back on the 90k payment. Plus a whole stack of tier points.

    • Polly says:

      We did the same for our KUL F seats to change to HKT. J on QR. On this very point, some of us on this blog have been debating whether this avios game is even worth bothering with, if we are prepared to do ex EU. But very handy to keep collecting them either way. Or buy cheap Flights to connect, which also get miles and TPs.

      Matt where are you seeing £360 flights departing from? And when? We are looking at NYC in July, and best coming out around the £500 mark which is still great.

      Really gutted about the loss. Mr T is also very crafty, they have now designed a new Tesco gift card with almost similar logo to the 3v card, but in fainter colours. This could be misleading, actually, to someone new to the game. So watch out!

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