British Airways launched its Autumn premium cabin sale yesterday. Flights are bookable until 12th November.
What is interesting about the sale is that you can book until September 2016 on many routes – a substantially larger window than usual. The absolute latest date is 15th October 2016 for Tampa, Orlando and Lima.
It is important to note that there are black-out days on many routes – see the terms and conditions on the offer page. These are generally based on specific days of the week being blocked off rather than continual periods of time.
The key question, of course, is “are the prices any good?”.
In some cases, the answer is definitely “yes”.
It isn’t often you find Club World fares at £1,500 from London, but this price is available for:
- New York
- Philadelphia (£1,353)
- Kingston (£1,291)
- Punta Cana (£1,290)
- San Jose Costa Rica
- Abu Dhabi
- Amman (£1,320)
- Beirut (£1,229)
- Cairo (£1,351)
- Tel Aviv (£1,125 – but First is better value at £1,187)
- New Delhi
Other routes are also available – albeit for more than £1,500 – with South Africa being the major destination to be excluded completely. First Class is generally available for an additional £1,000 return.
Before you book, you should try two additional things which may make your trip even cheaper:
Price the same route starting in Dublin. It will occasionally be cheaper, although you need to factor in the cost of getting to Dublin and back. Shanghai, for example, is just €1,200 (£866) over Christmas and New Year.
Try using the ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ option on ba.com. If you don’t need a hotel, only get a quote for a hotel or car for one night and pick the cheapest one possible. Due to the way BA prices these products, it can work out cheaper than just booking a flight. You are under no obligation to pick up the car or stay in the hotel – your return flight won’t be cancelled!
One other benefit of booking a ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ package is that you don’t need to pay for your trip now. You can pay a small deposit, from £150, and settle the balance nearer to your travel date.