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