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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

or

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.  The screenshot below shows a €1,009 itinerary:

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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.


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There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

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Comments (119)

  • Simon says:

    How would you go about booking it? I’m trying the HNL fare but it’s coming out as double what was stated?

    • Rob says:

      You need to be inside the date ranges above and picking days where the cheap fare classes are still available on all legs. This may be trial and error unfortunately although the price I quoted above came out on my first try.

  • Jonty says:

    I’m trying to understand the TPs on the DUB-HNL routing. Is it correct (would book flights through AA) that any flight with only two classes (Economy and First) will receive the First TPs for BAEC and not the Business TP rate (as it would be under a Business class ticket)?

    When I go on the BA TP calculator it shows three classes when I input, for example, LAX-HNL – 140TP for Business and 210TP for First. On the AA website it shows two classes for the respective flight (ie. on a Business ticket I’d be placed in First for that flight).

    • Jonty says:

      Essentially I’m looking at the following flights with AA, but credited to BAEC (plane in bracket):
      1) DUB-JFK (757)
      2) JFK-LAX (32B)
      3) LAX-HNL (32B)
      4) HNL-PHX (752)
      5) PHX-BOS (321)
      6) BOS-PHL (E90)
      7) PHL-DUB (332)

      The AA website says that (3), (4), (5), (6) are First cabin class. Does that mean I’ll earn the respective First TPs instead of the Business TPs for those legs? (and First Avios?)

      • Scott says:

        Correct. If booking an AA flight number you will earn First TP’s and avios.

        DUB-JFK 140TPS
        JFK-LAX 140TPS
        LAX-HNL 210TPS
        HNL-PHX 210TPS
        PHX-BOS 210TPS
        BOS-PHL 60TPS
        PHL-DUB 140TPS

        Total 1110 TPS

        • Andy says:

          the JFK/LAX route is a 3 class service (always try and avoid this one if going for maximum TP’s) so you would only get J TP’s because they would put into a business seat not an F seat.

    • Rob says:

      I always get confused but on a 2-class I think booking via AA get you F tier points but only J on BA?

      • richard says:

        correct 80tp under 2000miles, 210 tp over 2000 miles

        • Jonty says:

          Thanks guys! What would that mean for these legs then? Is Scott correct with what he has said if I credited it all to BAEC? With my current BA Bronze (moving up to Silver for the return legs) I’d receive just over 30,000 Avios if that follows through.

          • Scott says:

            If my maths is on point that should be correct. With regards to earning your silver avios bonus on the return, it depends how long you will be in Hawaii for. It can take a few days for status to update. If it did update It would also give you Admirals club access in HNL,PHX AND BOS.

          • Jonty says:

            Looking at about 10 days so it should easily update in that time. I reached Bronze tier from an outward journey to EWR from LHR and the status was updated in time for my return leg 6 days later. Thanks!

      • Alan says:

        It’s not who you book with but which flight number you’re on – AA >2k miles gets you 210 TP in F, for the same cabin BA will book you in J and only give 140TP. Makes no difference on 3-class aircraft, only on 2-class domestic US ones. You give up a small number of Avios for AA vs BA coded flights but most of us prefer the extra TPs!

  • Anon says:

    Cant see the cheap HNL fare either.

    How do you short check bags?

    Feel free to post up another other destination gems that people find with this.

    • Jon Dear says:

      the HNL flights are definitely still there…you can do a quick calendar search on google fights to find the cheapest dates and then search on BA. loads of sub £900 dates in march,april ,july & aug.

  • Ammar says:

    Hi, I’m travelling to the far east in the last two weeks of January and wanted any useful tips/suggestions for where to stay or any local promotion re hotels I should take advantage of. I can’t remember the name of a hotel group or club in Thailand that had particular benefits. I have diamond Hilton and spire ihg status.
    Also, weather wise if we are looking for beach where is best bali or Malaysia. Also thinking to visit Thailand ane Singapore.

    • Nick says:

      This is probably a bit too uncertain for you to rely on, but the Intercontinental on Koh Samui gave me a huge ambassador upgrade from the cheapest room to a mid-range villa and full status benefits, even though I booked through Hotels.com.

      • Ammar says:

        Thanks Nick, appreciate any tips. I think I found some articles previously posted re the Hilton & Dusit Clubs which have some local benefits but not sure if they really do add up for all the hassle.

    • Globetrotter says:

      Sorry if pointing out basics: most Asian airlines often have feeder fares – so for example on MH, London to Bali or Langkawi might be the same price or even cheaper than LHR to KUL. Samui, Langkawi, Bali all well serviced by major airlines to get you mileage with mainstream FFPs.

  • sunszajn says:

    what happens with the language if on the way back you have to switch airports in London. Does that make it easier to skip the last return leg to Dublin?

    • richard says:

      they cannot transfer your bags. so you have to collect the bag in lhr then manually carry those bags to either city or Gatwick.
      its easier because if you happen to miss the flight from city or Gatwick then you will find yourself stuck in London with your bag.

      get it?

  • Paul says:

    There are EVEN CHEAPER fares end of next year. I booked DUB – MIA for £670 for November. JFK is pretty much the same

  • Steve says:

    Hi Folks. Excuse what may seem a basic question but I am fairly new to this world of avios etc.
    I’ve found flights that look good. If I book through the AA website, do I automatically get avios points added to my BAEC or do I need to register with AA? Also, if I book for two of us do I get all of the points for paying the dosh or are they allocated to each person/traveller.
    Thanks for any help – this website is fab…just wish I understood all of the ins and outs! LOL.

    • Jonty says:

      Not booked with AA before, but when I flew with Cathay I was able to go into my flight booking and under the flight options chose my frequent flyer programme and added my BAEC number. I assume AA would have a similar setup.

    • Rob says:

      You can add a BA number on aa.com during the booking process or after the event.

      Points go to the traveller not the booker.

      Stick with HFP, give it a few months and you’ll be an expert, don’t worry!

    • Peter Taysum says:

      Hi there,

      I went to HNL this year first time, and am now BA Gold! 🙂 Book on AA but DON’T register an AA account. Then insert you BAEC card against the booking. You’ll then see the booking on BA website. For first on AA you can book your seats straight away.

      Enjoy!

  • Duncs says:

    Thanks, got my Easter booked. £899 for DUB-HNL and 1120TP so gold for another year too.

    • Jonty says:

      Which flights are you doing for that trip? Are you on the 757 from/to DUB?

      • Duncs says:

        Yes, I went through AA.com and chose the DUB-PHL-PHX-HNL routing

        • Jonty says:

          How did you manage to find DUB-PHL-PHX-HNL? I can only seem to find DUB-LHR-LAX-HNL-PNX-PHL-DUB, which would leave me 75TPs off Gold! Hence I’m wanting to do: DUB-PHL-PHX-HNL-PHX-PHL-DUB

    • james says:

      Hi,

      please could you provide some example dates for the dub-laxhon-pho-bos-phi-dub route…stuggling to find any permutations with sensible prices (have tried 4 times)

      tks a million

    • james says:

      Hiya,

      pls could you provide some example dates for the dub-lax-hnl-pho-bos-phi-Dublin. itinerary

      want to book this now, but have tried 4 different date combos and no sensible prices found!

      tks a million

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