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New British Airways sale launched – includes decent First deals

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British Airways has launced a new sale with offers in all travel classes.

The home page for the sale is here.  You can book until 17th May.

On most routes you can travel up to 27th April 2017 which is 10 days after Easter Monday.  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.

In general, the deals are on a par with the previous sale in March.  However, there are some excellent First Class offers to North America.  In general, these are priced at roughly £400 above the equivalent Club World fare.  You will be paying £700 – £1,000 less to fly First Class than you would have in the pre-Easter sale.  World Traveller Plus fares to the US are also down on the previous sale.

Here are some major destinations, priced as World Traveller / World Traveller Plus / Club World / First:

New York £380 / £773 / £1,469 / £1,897

Miami £391 / £870 / £1,995 / £2,472

Abu Dhabi £348 / £698 / £1,238 / £1,838

Mumbai £450 / £723 / £1,427 / £2,027

Bangkok £499 / £1,018 / £1,711 / na

Tokyo £549 / £1,049 / £2,041 / £3,779

There are also some deals on European short-haul flights with some destinations under £200 return for 80 tier points. I spotted Angers, Amsterdam, Bergen, Berlin, Billund, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Madrid, Munich, Palma, Paris, Quimper, Rotterdam and Stuttgart for £200 or less on certain dates. 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 continues to be offered at around the £3,000 mark in Club World which is terrible.  Johannesburg, oddly, is just £3,320 in First Class.

Bangkok, Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong are good value by BA standards at around £1,600. You may be cautious about paying even that much, however, given the regular Finnair, Qatar and Etihad sales which will either cost less or offer a better product.  Occasionally both!

Dubai has come down in First Class and is now on a par with Abu Dhabi which makes sense as the two airports are only a short £40 taxi ride apart. It is worth noting that the Abu Dhabi flight is usually better timed for a day flight than the Dubai options.  £1,300 for Club World to Dubai or Abu Dhabi is a reflection of the fact that the Etihad A380 Business Class Studio is light years ahead.  Remember, until Sunday, Qatar will sell you a business class ticket from Edinburgh to Dubai for £880 return ….

Remember that ‘Part Pay With Avios’ can be used with these fares.  The maximum discount at present 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.

It is also worth pricing up BA’s ‘flight and hotel’ or ‘flight and car’ options.  Adding a one-star hotel for just one night of your trip, or a small car for one day, can bring down the cost to less than just a flight.

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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

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 (SPECIAL OFFER) 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 Visa card

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 (29)

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  • Waribai says:

    Thanks. Is there any reason why Tokyo flights are so expensive and reward availability relatively scarce these days?

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Virgin pulled out of the route a year ago – might be a factor. In the pointy end of the plane, worth noting that the route is served by BA’s smallest F cabin with just 12 seats.

      • RichT says:

        787-9 now has the smallest BA F cabin at 8 seats. 12 is positively huge in comparison!

        • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

          Good point!

          • Sav says:

            At present Haneda is served by the 777W with 14 F seats whilst Narita is served by a 3-class 777-200. This changes later on in the year with introduction of the 787-9.

          • Lumma says:

            Speaking of Tokyo, when searching one way for a reward seat the taxes show up at the bottom of the screen as being only around £16, but when you click through it rises to over £100. Is this a glitch and what should it be?

  • Tom C says:

    Good to see some very good F deals on at last. MIA in particular is a great deal, seeing that it can easily cost > £4500 for that route.

  • Amtexfly says:

    Virgin Atlantic seem to be matching these prices also.

  • plunet says:

    If you tag a hotel onto a flight booking and it works out cheaper, dies anyone know what fare class the flight books into? How can you tell?

  • Brian says:

    Bangkok at £1700 is pretty good. Yes, you can knock a few hundred pounds off that on the other airlines and get a much better product, but the convenience factor of starting from London and not having to change is probably worth that, in my opinion.

    • James says:

      Qatar out of Heathrow is £1400 till tomorrow.

      • will says:

        With Qatar R class about to attract tier points from bookings made after May 1st, for the leisure traveler you’d have to value the time of the stop over in Qatar very highly to choose BA above Qatar to the far east. BA is more expensive with a vastly inferior cabin. CW in the 777’s is a terrible experience.

        • Brian says:

          It’s not so much the time. It’s the inconvenience of arriving in Doha when you’re just getting tired and having to sit around in the lounge there, thinking that you really ought to be taking more advantage of its facilities, but not feeling much like it because it’s actually the middle of the night. The BA product is not in the same league as Qatar’s, but you get the chance for an uninterrupted sleep. That, for me, is worth quite a bit.

    • Graham says:

      Norwegian air does Oslo to bankok for as little as £150.00 so why go ba

  • Nick says:

    £1k to Bangkok in WTP?! Ba are taking the mick….why anyone would pay that I don’t know

  • Keith Priestnal says:

    I agree about Cape Town. Next January around £4100 in club world return !! Some sale

  • Adey says:

    Thanks for the heads up. Just booked BA first to LAX for March. Was planning on Virgin UC but at sale prices BA first was only £400 more expensive, worth trying – never flown BA first before.

    Wasn’t sure about the 777 cabin so opted for the 380 in both directions.

    Cheers,
    Adey

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