British Airways Club World ex-Dublin bargains for Christmas 2016 – from £678
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The British Airways Winter Sale, for flights from the UK, is currently underway. This is valid in all classes for departures from the UK, for bookings until 2nd February.
I wrote about some of the British Airways sale deals available in this article and they are still bookable for a few weeks.
At the same time, I highlighted some amazing Club World fares to North America which had been loaded out of Dublin.
These were originally only valid for travel over the key Easter and Summer 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 fares have now been extended and can be booked over Christmas 2016 as well.
As of today, you can book for returns up to 30th December. Return dates in January will open up over the next few days as BA lets you book 355 days in advance.
Here are some of the typical prices for next December, flying out on Christmas Eve and flying back on December 29th:
Dublin to New York – €902 (£678)
Dublin to Miami – €940 (£706)
Dublin to San Francisco – €1,110 (£834)
Dublin to Chicago – €1,014 (£762)
Other destinations in North America are also available. There are some exceptions – I couldn’t find any deals to Orlando for example.
If these prices look interesting I suggest clicking through to ba.com and having a look around.
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.
If your plans for Christmas 2016 are still flexible – and I imagine they are – this is a good time to start thinking about getting away very cheaply.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
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.
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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.