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British Airways Club World to North America from Dublin from £785 (AA from £732)

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British Airways launched its Winter sale yesterday.  This is valid in all classes for departures from the UK, for bookings until 2nd February.

I am currently looking through the various prices and will have a full article tomorrow.

In the meantime, I want to draw your attention to some amazing Club World fares to North America which have been loaded out of Dublin.

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These are only valid for travel over the key holiday periods:

Book by 2nd February 2016

Fly outbound between 19th March and 18th April 2016


Fly outbound between 1st July and 31st August 2016

These are some of the prices available:

Dublin to New York – €1,009 (£732) on American direct (a little more on BA via London).  Expedia can route this via Philadelphia on AA for extra tier points.

Dublin to Miami – €1,057 (£767) on AA with a US connection (a little more on BA via London)

Dublin to San Francisco – €1,236 (£897) on AA with a US connection (a little more on BA via London)

Dublin to Chicago – €1,135 (£823) on AA direct (a little more on BA via London)

Dublin to Honolulu (Kahului, Kona also available) – €1,302 (£945) on BA / AA (more creative routings for extra tier points may be available if booked on

Other destinations are also available.  There are also some good First Class fares for prices you would usually expect to pay for Club World.

The Honolulu price is especially interesting and could lead to a substantial tier point haul with the right routing.  This article shows how reader Ian got 1,390 tier points for a return business class trip to Hawaii.  For well under £1,000, you can fly to Hawaii and get yourself to within touching distance of British Airways Gold.

If these prices look interesting I suggest clicking through to and having a look around.  It is also worth searching via Expedia or as this is more likely to show you odd routing options to maximise tier points.

Remember that you MUST take the first flight from Dublin.  You cannot hop on the plane at Heathrow and skip the first leg – your flight will have been cancelled by then!  You should also try to take the final flight back to Dublin, especially if you have checked baggage.  British Airways is clamping down on allowing passengers to ticket their bags through to London if their flight is ticketed to Dublin.

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

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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.

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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 (119)

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  • Steve says:

    Any idea anyone why the AA HNL £898 deals disappeared over friday night? I can’t believe that every option for every day was suddenly booked. Was it an AA error? Just intrigued – and annoyed to have missed it too!

    • Rob says:

      May have been AA pressure. Basically BA was setting a fare which, because of the AA/IB/AY/BA transatlantic joint venture rules, all of the other airlines had to accept. Perhaps AA wasn’t happy with BA selling their seats this low?

      • Steve says:

        Thanks for the heads up! Loving this site – I’ll be reading your tips/university section this Christmas rather than watching some dreary re-run! lol. Happy Christmas to you!

  • Andi says:

    i like the idea of DUB>LON>NYC for a cheaper Business Class fare but can i book with BA or Expedia [or anyone else] a through ticket that includes me getting to DUB from England? id assume that would cover me if the first flight to DUB was late for the start of the DUB>LON>NYC ticket? or would it not?

    i want to minimise the time spent at DUB ideally, but you dont want to cut it fine and miss the flight.

    • Alan says:

      No, unfortunately not as you would be charged the long-haul APD by the UK Gov’t for an itinerary that started in LON.

    • Rob says:

      If this was bookable, you would be paying UK long haul business class APD which would add £150. It isn’t bookable because Expedia prices it from the UK to NYC price list (put very simply, it is more complex than that).

      If you connect on Aer Lingus or BA there is zero chance you would be stranded. More risky on Ryanair obviously.

      • Andi says:

        i wondered why neither BA or Expedia would price it…

        so just to be clear, book DUB>NYC via LON, then book a separate LON DUB rtn either side of your flights on BA or AL. even though separate bookings, if my initial LON>DUB flight happened to be late, id find myself on the next available DUB to NYC in the correct classes. i would also assume the word ‘available’ is key here also…

        i’m looking to do this end of March so i almost booked this now.. i have a few other things i need to sort but i need to be ready if something comes up again…

        • Rob says:

          Yes. Legally Aer Lingus could stuff you but, as your connection is with them or their sister airline, you’ll be OK. In reality, airlines very rarely leave people stranded if they miss connections – it is an easier life for everyone concerned if they stick you on the next plane and get you out of their hair.

      • Andi says:

        …and ive already booked the IC NYC with my 2 free nights from IHG Credit Card use, and as both my wife and I are Spire Elite members it would be nice to think they would upgrade us to a decent room, 3rd night with Points. That Could be a 3 night weekend in NYC Business Class Rtn for £1500 – £1800, which i would be happy with…

  • Tony says:

    Took the plunge on this myself today for Los Angeles in the first week of July. AA metal flights DUB-CLT and PHL-DUB back in J to get the A330 cabin (but using BA flight numbers to get the additional Avios from BA vs. AA). Then CLT-MCO,MCO-LAX, LAX-PHX, PHX-PHL in F on AA to maximise TPs. 30,718 Avios (as BA Gold) and 820 TPs for £902.80. Booked via Amex Platinum Travel as couldn’t work out to a way to book it online.

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