My attempts to make Black Friday go away by putting my fingers in my ears and going ‘nah nah nah nah’ (a trick I picked up from my 4-year old) have failed as the articles today show. The good news is that British Airways is running a fantastic Club World deal over the Christmas period which makes it well worth pulling out your credit card.
Full details are on ba.com here – but they do not tell the whole story.
Last year BA offered Club World flights for £1,007 return over Christmas. This year the prices are higher and the range of destinations is narrower – you won’t be getting any deals to South Africa this year, for example.
However, there is one twist this year which makes the deals far better than in 2014. You can use ‘part pay with Avios’, at a hugely advantageous rate, to discount your ticket even further.
Here are the discounts available. Note that these savings only apply to departures from the UK.
- £700 off for 30,000 Avios
- £350 off for 15,000 Avios
- £260 off for 11,250 Avios
- £175 off for 7,500 Avios
- £105 off for 4,500 Avios
- £35 off for 1,500 Avios
Here are the destinations and prices for a Club World return flight in the Black Friday sale, assuming you redeem the maximum of 30,000 Avios. Add back £700 to get the headline ‘cash only’ price.
- Toronto £597 + 30,000 Avios
- Chicago £649
- Vancouver £683
- Calgary £683
- Washington DC £689
- New York £685
- Boston £689
- Miami £698
- Las Vegas £1,120
- San Francisco £1,149
- Los Angeles £1,163
- San Diego £1,189
- Seattle £1,189
- Dallas £1,189
- Phoenix £1,189
- Chennai £494
- Delhi £495
- Bangalore £495
- Mumbai £495
- Hyderabad £515
- Dubai £573
- Bahrain £695
- Chengdu (China) £501
- Hong Kong £800
- Kuala Lumpur £895
- Seoul £2,135
- Sydney £2,197
You will definitely earn Avios and tier points for your flight even though you have used ‘part pay with Avios’.
Here are the travel rules:
- Book by Monday 30th November
- Travel outbound between 21st December and 3rd January
- Travel inbound before 10th January
There are also some good deals available out of Dublin. I will take a look at these tomorrow, although the downside of the Dublin fares is that you cannot use ‘part pay with Avios’ to reduce them.
PPS. There are also Black Friday deals on World Traveller and World Traveller Plus fares as well. You can use part-pay with Avios to reduce these even further with discounts of up to £200 available. This means, for example, a £400 return flight to Boston can be booked for as little as £200. Details here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)
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.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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 10,000 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.
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.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)