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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 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 and have a look around.  The full sale details are here.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (79)

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  • Anon says:

    Rob – no mention of the BA 30% bonus on buying Avios, or are you saving that for the wknd?

    • Raffles says:

      Was flying back from Ras Al Khaimah yesterday (on tube from LHR as I type) so squeezed for time.

  • James says:

    Plus Abu Dhabi is also operated by a B789 and thus is a bit nicer in first (although Dubai gets the 789 too soon on one of the daily flights).

    • Raffles says:

      Doing this in 3 weeks!

      • James says:

        Do tell us if it’s any good – I am looking for a way back from Perth and I could potentially take that flight back from AUH (in conjunction with an EY 789 in J). Other options include SQ A350 J (favourite) and VS 789 J.

  • Paul says:

    Some of those fares are ludicrous if targeting leisure passengers. £1700 plus yo JFK in cramp world is mad. Ex EU and AA have nothing to fear from the latest DFS style BA sale.

    • Globetrotter7 says:

      Woke up on the wrong side of the bed today did we?

      • Lostantipod says:

        Not sure I disagree with paul. Over £3800 “sale price” for LHR-SYD return in CW is more than I ever pay any airline to get to SYD unless I am travelling at very short notice ( at least, on the dates I searched, which reflect when I usually go there) And anyway, I would not swap Etihad’s inflight experience in J for BA if the price was the same.

        • Rob says:

          BA ex Oslo is permanently under £2,000

          • Alan says:

            Agree – best long-term deal going for travel to Oz! Great availability and options from elsewhere in the UK to get to OSL (e.g EDI on Norwegian), plus nice place for a wee citybreak! Saves you almost 50% vs ex-UK pricing.

  • Dave says:

    Your part-pay-with-Avios rate is wrong – they’ve doubled it as well for the sale, so I saved £100 for 7,500 avios on a CE return yesterday.

    • Raffles says:

      Thanks. Will update later. BA did not update the table online in that case.

      • Mikeact says:

        I was looking to send my daughter to Vancouver, checking part pay with Avios shows £50 (and this is doubled ??)

        • VP says:

          I see the save £200 option for 30K avios (£100 for 15K) on a Club World booking for Mumbai.

          • Dave says:

            According to the Ts & Cs page, the double rate is only for fares from the luxury sale, so it will depend if the destination is included in the sale – I don’t think Mumbai is.

            Sorry – didn’t realise that restriction when I made my first comment – I was just going by what I’d saved on my CE flights booked yesterday!

    • Dave says:

      still showing as 15,000 for me

  • Polly says:

    F to AbuDhabi is the about the best there is, not the best we have seen, ESP for a family in school hols. Way too expensive..

    • idrive says:

      Dubai OT:
      A friend of mine has just invited me to join her as she is traveling for work and wants to extend to enjoy some warmth over the weekend. I have never been to Dubai and I am wondering:
      -Is there a problem in sharing the room with her (not my girlfriend!)
      -Any hotel on Jumeirah beach should be good? anyone has been at the Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina? ideas for redemption?
      I am also looking for flight redemptions, it seems so far that AA is probably the best choice, but I have to research more…thanks!

      • Rob says:

        Cheapest redemption option is airberlin into Abu Dhabi and then a taxi.

        No problem sharing a room in a hotel, there is a problem in a private house.

        Redeemable hotels are not the best choices (unless you have Jumeirah points) but various options. Habtoor is Marriott Autograph, SPG has a few options on the beach and there is a Hilton. The Hilton is connected to an Executive Apartments property. Grosvenor House (SPG) gives access to the Meridien beach resort I think. The new Doubletree (private beach) is meant to be good with Hilton points. Waldorf-Astoria on the Palm if rolling in Hilton points but bad reports.

        InterCon at the Marina should be a modest walk to the public bits of beach down by The Walk but I don’t know exactly where it is.

        • Danksy says:

          Or if you don’t mind an hours ride to RAS there’s the waldorf or the hilton next door. When I stayed a few months back we got the premier suite at the hilton despite booking a cheap room on cash rate 😀

      • James says:

        Or use AA miles to book etihad and use the free chauffeur

  • Stuart says:

    I’m wary of booking sale fares now. At the weekend my partner and I were downgraded from Club Europe and offered only £15 each. We had booked the tickets in the October flash sale.

    • Mike says:

      £15 each, really ? Did you take it ? This is an involuntary downgrade. If BA downgrades your flight of travel you are entitled to a refund on your ticket. This is 30% for Category 1 flights, 50% of Category 2, 75% of Category 3. Now it is not entirely clear in the Regulations as to whether that is the whole ticket, including unaffected sections of that ticket. Therefore the range of options varies from 75% of the whole ticket (out and back) as purchased, down to 30% of the implied cost of the sector affected (which could be a relatively small amount of money if that sector is a small add-on to a long haul journey). However the CAA has advised that their interpretation is that the whole ticket is used to calculate downgrades, not just the affected leg; equally we know of situations where BA only compensated the effected leg. Also note that you may be entitled to further consumer protection: for example if the Regulation’s compensation was less than the amount paid the upgrade (such as an airport upgrade) then there may be scope for a challenge under contract law.

    • The_Real_A says:

      The irony is thats probably a fair valuation of the on-plane benefits of club europe.

      Mike – nice explanation of downgrade protection.

  • Dave Barron says:

    Off topic – Rob, my Axex Gold has new offers showing. Hilton spend of £250 gets £50 back (expires 31.5.16) and Accor spend of £250 gets £30 back (expires 30.4.16) Hopefully of use to fellow HFP readers and worthy of a mention!

    • Dave Barron says:

      That’s Amex not Axex!

    • Alan says:

      Was mentioned in comments a couple of days ago, but sadly many of us don’t have it on our cards!

      • Johnnycl says:

        Worth checking again – I had a spend £150 at Hilton get £25 credit appear on another card today.

        • Alan says:

          Sadly nothing on Plat, Plat AC, SPG or BA cards! Poor show from Amex, although TBH would be too late now if it did show up as I’ve already booked lots of flash sale rates!

    • Mike says:

      I normally don’t like these off topic comments. However, on this occasion, it’s much appreciated as I missed out on the last Hilton offer. Checked my account and it’s there – thanks for flagging it up.

      • Brian says:

        Why don’t you like off-topic comments? They don’t hurt and are very often of great use to many readers. The reader comments are a source of information that nicely complements the actual articles (and often lead to further articles, when Rob deems this worthwhile). They’re generally flagged as OT at the outset, so you can always ignore them.

        • Mike says:

          I don’t normally like them as it detracts from the intended subject matter. However, I did go onto explain that, on this occasion, it benefited me. I appreciate not everyone has the same opinion, I was just expressing mine. Maybe I’ll change my opinion now after the £50 Hilton saving.

          • sandgrounder says:

            Further OT- apols to those who don’t approve! This may have been flagged before, but I have today received a targeted email offering 3k MR points for adding a supplementary card holder to my PR Gold (open for around 2 months). Anyone applying for this card in the near future may wish to hold off from adding a supplementary at application time.

          • sandgrounder says:

            0/10 for observation- I have been well beaten to this one. Wrist-slap to me for not reading the whole thread first! 🙂

          • Nick says:

            Doh….I applied and was approved on line yesterday for PR gold with wife as a supplementary card holder.

  • pR says:

    Dates in April and May LGW-MLA for £218rtn. This route is 80TP each way. With £100 off for 7500 that’s 160TP for £118. And earns 5000 back if you’re already Silver.

    • Lumma says:

      Marrakech is another that gives you 160tp and there’s loads of dates where it’s £239 return (or £139 & 7500 avios) slightly more expensive but more avios back and a more interesting destination than Malta.

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