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Good British Airways business class fares to Australia from Oslo

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Sydney is a popular target destination for using frequent flyer miles, probably because the sheer length of the flight means that people are keen to do what they can to avoid travelling in economy.

Ironically, redemption tickets to Australia and New Zealand are often poor value.  Mile for mile, buying a cash ticket to Australia in a premium cabin can be relatively cheap.  You can often find a business class ticket to Sydney for around £2,000 – although you may end up starting your trip in another European country and flying on an airline you wouldn’t usually consider.

In contrast, an Avios ticket in business class to Sydney is 250,000 or 300,000 points plus taxes, depending on whether you are on an off-peak or peak day.  Even assuming that you can find availability – which is very difficult since the BA service was switched from 2 x daily 747s to 1 x daily 777 and Virgin Atlantic withdrew entirely – it is not the best value.

For some time now there have been some good British Airways prices available out of Oslo.  This obviously involves you flying to Norway – at added cost – and then flying back.

Bergen and Stavanger also price the same, and Bergen is a prettier option.

It isn’t entirely clear why these fares exist.  BA is facing competition from the discounted long-haul services operated by Norwegian but they do not fly to Australia.

The current price at ba.com, for example, is 26,722 NOK or £2,220.  This fare is available pretty much all year.  It is the cheapest starting point in Europe for BA travel to Australasia.

The fare rules (which you can get using the ITA Matrix tool I discussed on Thursday) state that you must book 28 days in advance and stay away for a Saturday night.  Unlimited stopovers are available – the first two are free whilst additional ones will cost €200 each.

A travel agent, or possibly even Expedia if it is playing ball, should be able to book you Oslo – Heathrow – Singapore – Sydney – Perth – Brisbane for example at no extra cost apart from any taxes, with the extra segments being on Qantas.  ba.com can’t offer routings this complex even though the ticket rules allow it and it is one of the few times when a visit to Trailfinders or Flight Centre may be worthwhile.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 (74)

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  • BeThatGuy says:

    We did the “mini break” thing in Stockholm for a recent trip to BKK via HKG and it worked really well. The difference is we did it at the end of the trip, so:

    LHR-ARN (hand luggage only)
    back-to-back
    ARN-LHR
    collect luggage, check it in
    LHR-HKG
    HKG-BKK
    2 weeks in Thailand – lovely 🙂
    BKK-HKG
    HGK-LHR
    LHR-ARN
    2 days in Stockholm – perfectly pleasant
    ARN-LHR

    We now absolutely agree that having the mini-break at the end gave us something to look forward to, rather than dreading the out and back (or worrying about dropping the last leg) when all you want to do was get home…

    See Sweden while you still can, their medium to long-term societal outlook is not promising 🙁

  • Tilly71 says:

    Slightly OT:
    No.1 lounge Gat North – is this still as bad as it was recently at 9am , we’re flying end of April, did I read somewhere the other BA lounge will be finished by then so No.1 back to normal?

    • Leo says:

      Slightly??

    • Rob says:

      Clubrooms opening date shows online as 29 April but I was told ‘early’ April. Unlikely to remove more than 20 people from the main lounge though.

  • Tilly71 says:

    Thanks Raffles, think we’ll give it a miss!

  • Radiata says:

    Mildly OT, ex-OSL return to JNB in J priced similarly (viz. NOK 26k) – fair price regardless so return to Aus outstanding value.

    ex-ATH/LIS cheaper for JNB for dates in July I looked for (approx GBP 1530) but interestingly, given recent aspersion cast here on HfP on CAI as a starting point using ITA software, ex-CAI to JNB or DUR (my final destination) in J £942 return (£7 (£935) cheaper if all the way to DUR) with the CAI-DOH leg in F.

    • Radiata says:

      Apologies – should have clarified quoted CAI to JNB fares were flying on QR.

  • Phil says:

    Just noticed there are some similarly very good business class flights from Oslo to Vegas (via LHR). Coming in at a cracking £1860. The same flights direct from LHR to Vegas are £3000 !!!!

  • Wallace Lo says:

    I am wondering if the return leg stops at LHR, any chance of not taking the LHR > Oslo leg and finish at London?

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