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.
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 aa.com)
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 ba.com and having a look around. It is also worth searching via Expedia or aa.com 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 (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:
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. 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.
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.