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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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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)

  • F says:

    Assume the Dublin sub £200 fares aren’t out of Gatwick since BA don’t fly to Dublin from there!

  • VP says:

    OTP: Got an Email from Amex offering 3,000 MR for additional card holder on Gold Amex (1st is free). Doesn’t mention any minimum spend. Is that the case usually? You just add someone on the card and get the points and no minimum spend required by additional card holder?

    • idrive says:

      yes, just add

      • VP says:

        Thanks. It seems a no brainer to add my wife in that case.

        • rams1981 says:

          Can a person who already has an AMEX qualify as a supplmentary card holder? I’d like to add my wife but she already has the gold card!

          • Genghis says:

            Yes. I am a supp on my wife’s cards and vice versa. It increases the opportunities for offers and great when Amex small shop comes around.

          • rams1981 says:

            thank you sir!

    • JamesLHR says:

      Is this a targeted offer as I don’t have a supplementary card and haven’t received an email. In addition I once read you get bonus Avios for a supplementary card holder on the BA PP, can anyone confirm?

      • VP says:

        Don’t know if it’s targeted or not but it is open for another month so quite possible others will get the email soon.

      • Liz says:

        I emailed Amex last week re supps on BAPP and was told it was still valid (500 pts). Waiting.for 1000 pts to post for 2 suppl cards within 90 days. Also still valid on the blue card. We didn’t get the email for the gold card either – we have it in my husbands name only.

        • Waribai says:

          I think this is aimed at cardholders approaching the end of the fee free first year

  • Alex says:

    Doesn’t look like there are any good Ex-EU + Sale fares this time. Anyone know if that’s a conscious decision or if they are to come?

  • JFSV says:

    Offtopic and not sure what kind of fare code is this based on but I purchased yesterday AMS-MIA via LHR, few days over there in MIA, then MIA-EZE, few days in B. Aires and then back to LHR from EZE via JFK, all on AA for GBP 1250 pp in business class (books in I). From a quick look, similar fares were available for SCL instead of EZE.

  • Andrew says:

    Entirely off topic, but here is Air France arguing in court that their premium economy product is no better than economy! Why? To try to save APD. (They say “premium” is what used to be fully flexible economy, and “economy” is economy with restrictions – different prices for what is essentially the same product – “it was never Air France’s intention to create a separate class of travel or a highly distinctive class of travel from economy only a product which was “enhanced
    for marketing purposes”.” – That said, “premium economy” passengers have separate check-in, are seated separately, have slightly better food, and lounge access in Paris, etc.)

    They lost. http://www.financeandtaxtribunals.gov.uk/judgmentfiles/j8880/TC04901.pdf

    • harry says:

      Tribunal’s views
      39. In my judgment, it is quite clear, having considered all the various 5 factors as set
      out below, that the appellant’s PE customers were travelling in a different and higher
      class of travel to those travelling in economy. The PE product was not the “lowest
      class of travel available on the aircraft”. In my view this conclusion is readily
      sustainable on the basis of the positioning of the PE seating behind the business
      10 section and in front of the economy seats with a curtain separating the PE and
      economy sections, and the improved snack made available to PE customers.
      40. While I agree with Mr Ewart that the function of the thin moveable curtain
      divider cannot be about privacy (if it were it might be expected that on flights where
      there was a very large contingent of business and PE customers that curtain dividers
      15 would be placed at regular intervals to break the cabin space up, and as Mr Ewart
      pointed out the divider gives just as much privacy to economy customers), it would be
      wrong to assess the significance of the curtain divider purely in physical terms. To do
      so would be to ignore what, in my view, an objective person familiar with air travel
      would readily appreciate. He or she would know that curtain dividers such as those
      20 described in this appeal however thin or flimsy are deployed for symbolic reasons as a
      sort of “marketing theatre” to differentiate who is travelling in which travel class; so
      much so that the act of having them drawn shut with a flourish after take off has
      become a cliché in the world of commercial air travel. The curtain divider provides
      visible reassurance to those in front of them that they are not an economy passenger
      25 and that others will appreciate this fact too. The fact the curtains are drawn back at
      take off and landing is not significant – it would readily be understood that this is
      done to facilitate heightened safety during those parts of the flight.
      41. The positioning of the PE passengers in front of the curtain with the business
      passengers is consistent with the marketing in relation to PE which suggests that PE
      30 customers are in their own cabin with the business class passengers. Given the layout
      of the business seats (with a maximum of four passengers per row as opposed to six),
      the passenger density in the separated area is also more likely to be lower.
      42. As to the snack which PE customers receive there is nothing in the appellant’s
      point that it is a matter of opinion as to what kind of sandwich filling is to be
      35 preferred. PE customers receive a different snack choice and it is clear that the kind of
      sandwich contents they are offered (the example Mr Jayer gave was salmon) is widely
      acknowledged to be superior to that offered in economy (ham or cheese).
      43. While I take into account that the type of seats the PE customers sit in are
      essentially the same as those which economy customers occupy when this fact is
      40 viewed together with the other facts I do not think it is significant enough to point
      towards PE and economy being the same “class of travel”.

      Lovely summing up of why we wouldn’t dream of paying extra to fly business on a 2 hr flight in Europe, not that m’learned colleague intended it as such

      • Polly says:

        Agree completely, never go club to Dublin, just not worth it, ever…

      • Lady London says:

        Personally I think BA, in the same court case, could have actually won.

  • Gordon says:

    I need to burn £1000 very quickly to reach a credit card bonus on starwood amex. Any suggstions on a fully refundable no hassle purchase – BA, other airline, hotel? I want to earn the bonus, clear the points and then request the refund.

    • Rob says:

      Fully flex BA ticket then pay £15 to cancel.

      • Ben says:

        Do Amex have any issues with that I’ve got another 2 months but if I run out of time, this might be necessary.

      • Alan says:

        Why do that though when you could make a fully cancellable Expedia hotel reservation for later in the year then cancel it at zero cost?

    • Polly says:

      Or buy Tesco gift cards if you shop there frequently and or buy petrol there…… Knowing you will use them up in a fee weeks…

    • Yuff says:

      Book a refundable hotel on Expedia, several months ahead, and when you’ve hit your target properly cancel the booking. I’ve done it several times with no issues.

  • Stuart F says:

    This afternoon I was looking at LGW-BCN and it was offering me £100 off for 7,500 avios. Now the same search is only offering £100 off for 15,000. What changed? Do I need to follow a specific link to get the double value offer?

  • Ivo says:

    Hi Rob, completely OT but was just browsing through BA’s The Club and saw the Harvey Nichols offer of 5 Avios per £1 spent and 2,000 bonus if you spent more than £1,000 and BA > HN status matching that I thought might be interesting for the audience here. Just not sure if it was on your radar so wanted to mention it here.

    • Polly says:

      Ivor, who or what are HN ? Should know but can’t work it out! As you say it may be useful to us folk on site here.! Thank you.