British Airways launched its Winter sale on Thursday instead of waiting for the main post-Christmas travel rush. Yesterday I looked at some great deals to North America from Dublin over Easter and Summer 2016. Today I want to look at the best deals out of the UK.
Here are the summary terms:
Book before 2nd February 2016
Travel dates vary by destination. The deals appear to run throughout 2016 for most destinations although prices move around by season.
The easiest way to check out the best prices to a specific destination is with the British Airways Low Fare Finder tool on ba.com. This will show you the cheapest price on any route, in any class, on month by month basis.
If you can be flexible with dates, there are some decent fares available. Here are some major destinations, priced as World Traveller / World Traveller Plus / Club World / First:
New York £362 / £797 / £1,391 / £2,416
Miami £432 / £872 / £1,534 / £2,535
Abu Dhabi £374 / £715 / £1,339 / £2,061
Mumbai £453 / £664 / £1,945/ £2,879
Bangkok £491 / £1,074 / £1,941 / na
Tokyo £509 / £969 / £2,033 / £3,677
The US and Middle East Club World and First fares are very aggressive compared with usual sale prices out of London. £1,391 Club World to New York is very, very cheap – in fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it cheaper on BA in a mainstream sale. Abu Dhabi, note, is £300 cheaper than Dubai in Club World on certain dates even though they are only a short cheap taxi ride apart.
The Caribbean is looking OK – Barbados is down to £1,692 on some dates in Club World. Kingston and Punta Cana are a shade under £1,300.
In general, the £2,000 Asia fares I quote above are as good it gets, apart from perennial dog Chengdu! This is £1,698. Similarly, Africa doesn’t have any standout deals – Cape Town never gets below £3,000 whenever you book.
There isn’t much happening on the short-haul front. I couldn’t see a single destination under £200 return in Club Europe which is rare, although there are a few places around £225. Perhaps the recent flash sales, offering seats for as low as £150, have sucked out much of the excess capacity already.
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.
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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.
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