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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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  • Nick says:

    Out of interest: for those flying DUB>LON>USA, can you clear US customs at Dublin? I’m guessing not as BA use T1 I think, but if anybody has a fare with Aer Lingus flying the first leg, does it work?

    • planeflyer says:

      It wouldn’t as US customs is only accessible to pax with boarding passes for flights direct to the USA. And how would BA deal with 1 pax that had already entered the USA on a flight to London? ANd then sorting them out when you get to the USA?

    • Petrik says:

      No, it is not possible. US preclearance is possible only for selected direct flights from Dublin to the USA

      • Nick says:

        Great, thanks. It doesn’t really matter, but would have been a nice benefit if it was possible!

  • Mattt says:

    Seeing as low as £360 now….

  • Bloomsbury says:

    Looks like fares from DKK to JFK via LCY went up at noon, Heathrow still as before.

    Wish I’d pulled the trigger this morning for the babybus.

  • Polly says:

    URGENT ATTENTION? BA and avios just now emailed a 40% reduction in the amount of avios you need to spend. Book able until Nov 2nd. Amazing they have F all over the world available. It’s basically the same as using our 241! Great news for those not able to book in this sale date, but are avios flush…

  • idrive says:

    WEIRD! I received an email from BA EXEC advising of a 40% off Avios to selected LH destinations booking by 02/11! now it is not longer available! Did they screw up!?!? or it is coming shortly?
    for World Traveller only, though!

  • AndrewM says:

    Tried an open jaw CPH – JFK / SFO – CPH and only got offered 3,032 DKK off for 45,000 Avios 🙁 ?

  • Holger says:

    Have booked CPH-ORD now for Easter for just 450 GBP.
    Thank you VERY much for this information !
    Now I have only to sort out how I get from there to Las Vegas and back 🙂

    Options: Avios First class redemption for 80000 avios plus 10 USD.
    No availability in Economy yet, but I guess a good chance that it will show up when we get closer to the date ?

    Or I just pay a flight in Eco, should not be much more than 450 USD

    Other ideas ?

  • Johnnie says:

    All set to go. Dates picked, priced up. Avios ready and waiting

    CPH to SFO rtn for about £750 @ End of August

    Wifes boss wont let her have time off 🙁

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