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New British Airways First and Club World sale launched, for travel into 2017

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British Airways has launced a new ‘Premium Leisure’ sale.  This is offering deals over Easter, the Summer and right into early 2017.

The home page for the sale is here.

You can book until 22nd March.

On most routes you can travel up to 28th February 2017.  It varies by route so take a look at the small print at the bottom of the sale website.

British Airways business first class sale

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 £387 / £820 / £1,724 / £2,728

Miami £427 / £939 / £2,102 / £2,782

Abu Dhabi £350 / £764 / £1,342 / £1,907

Mumbai £426 / £717 / £1,608 / £2,377

Bangkok £502 / £1,076 / £1,734 / na

Tokyo £687 / £1,241 / £2,036 / £4,602

In general, fares to Japan and North America are a smidgen higher than they were in the Autumn sale.  The other routes are a touch cheaper in all classes.

There are also some deals on European short-haul flights with some destinations under £200 return for 80 tier points. I spotted Barcelona, Dublin, Nice, Pisa, Venice and Verona (all Gatwick) for under £200. There are plenty more under £225 return as long as you stay away over a Saturday night.

One route that caught my eye for the wrong reasons is Cape Town – this was £1,554 in Club World in the last sale but is now no cheaper than £3,059!

Seoul and Beijing are good value by BA standards at around £1,700. That fare is beaten considerably by the Finnair deals currently available, however.

There continue to be interesting anomalies. Abu Dhabi, for example, is substantial cheaper in First Class than Dubai – even though the two airports are only a short taxi ride apart.

It is worth noting that the Abu Dhabi flight is usually better timed for a day flight than the Dubai options.  £1,907 for First Class to Abu Dhabi is a clear response to Etihad’s First Class Apartment taking all of the full fare customers.  Similarly, £1,342 for Club World to Abu Dhabi is a reflection of the fact that the Etihad A380 Business Class Studio is light years ahead.

Remember that ‘Part Pay With Avios’ can be used with these fares.  The maximum discount during the sale is £200 for 30,000 Avios points per return flight in Club World or First.  All other flights are capped at £100 for 15,000 Avios – including Euro Traveller and Club Europe short haul flights.

The best thing to do if you are interested is to pop over to ba.com and have a look around.  The full sale details are here.


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

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.

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.

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 (79)

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  • Ali B says:

    A quick question for the community… I have just used my companion voucher and booked a one way first class LHR – Mumbai (wouldn’t have been possible without this site) and then a separate avios booking on Sri Lankan to Colombo leaving 3 hours later from the same terminal. As both airlines are one world and BA sell connecting tickets via BOM to Sri Lanka anyway will they check my bags all the way through? If anyone has any experience of BA checking bags all the way through on connecting flights booked on a separate tickets with a One World carrier please share it with us as I really don’t want to have to apply for a transit visa! Thank you.

    • Polly says:

      Ali, you can’t presume they will check bags all the way for you, but it depends on the check in person at that time. They might well, as they are quite friendly these days at check in, so you might get lucky. You also run the risk of flight delays from LHR at so you could maybe run that by them.

  • Alan says:

    Sadly pretty useless with domestic connections – prices almost double once these are added in! 🙁

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