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LAST DAY for the BA sales – BA Holidays, ‘Part Pay With Avios’ and Club/First

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The three special sales that British Airways has been running side by side over the last couple of weeks are all ending tonight.  It has been a bit confusing with so much going on, but it is worth ploughing through it because there are some good deals to be had.

You will recognise some of the examples used here from earlier articles – no point reinventing the wheel …..

British Airways BA A380 flying

SALE ONE:  BA Holidays

The best deals are available if you book a ‘flight & hotel’ for Thanksgiving and Christmas in Club World.  Click here to take a look at some of the excellent deals available with Club World flights.

These are the ‘lead in’ flight and hotel offers based on Club World flights:

New York – £1,177 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Toronto – £1,154 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Washington – £1,149 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Boston – £1,149 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Chicago – £1,149 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Las Vegas – £1,472 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Los Angeles – £1,599 including FIVE nights in a 4/5* hotel

Vancouver – £1,616 including FIVE nights in a 4/5* hotel

Dubai – £1,152 including three nights in a 4/5* hotel

Hong Kong – £1,511 including FOUR nights in a 4/5* hotel

Other destinations are available.  These prices are based on two people sharing.

You don’t even need to pay that much though.  If you want to organise your own accommodation, booking the cheapest ‘flight and car’ package can get you a cheaper package and you can forget to pick up the car. For example, for a seven night holiday in Dubai from 1st to 8th January:

Club World flight only:  £1,379 per person

Flight plus 7 nights in their cheapest hotel you may not use:  £1,209 based on two sharing

Flight plus 7 nights at Crowne Plaza Festival City (very nice, I’ve stayed):  £1,614 based on two sharing

Flight plus 7 nights car hire which you may forget to collect:  £1,062 based on two travelling

It is pointless booking just the flight in this scenario.  Remember that with BA Holidays, you don’t even have to pay now!   You can pay a deposit and then settle the balance in the Autumn.  You also earn 2 Avios per £1 for booking with BA Holidays on top of the Avios you will earn from the flights and from your credit card.

You must book by midnight tonight for travel between 22nd to 29th November (Thanksgiving Week) or 18th December to 9th January 2017.

The BA Holidays Club World sale page is here.

SALE TWO:  Get 1p per Avios when you use ‘Part Pay With Avios’

BA is experimenting with new variants of ‘Part Pay With Avios’ again. Until TONIGHT, you can get the following discounts using ‘part pay with Avios‘ to reduce the price of a cash ticket:

Club Europe – maximum saving of £150 for 15,000 Avios

Euro Traveller (short haul economy) – maximum saving of £150 for 15,000 Avios

World Traveller (long haul economy) – maximum saving of £150 for 15,000 Avios

Club World and First – maximum saving of £300 for 30,000 Avios

All of these deals are offering you 1p per Avios point which is a decent deal.  Remember that, because you are buying a cash ticket, there are no availability issues and you will receive Avios and tier points back when you fly.

Take a look at the screenshot below:

Part Pay With Avios

Your eyes do not deceive you.  I was able to get a Club Europe return to Palma down to £52 return after spending 15,000 Avios points.  This is a cheap way to pick up 80 tier points if you are chasing status, and you will earn at least 2,000 Avios back.

Here are the key points to remember when using Part Pay With Avios:

You cannot part-pay Air Passenger Duty or any equivalent foreign tax. What this means, in practice, is that the maximum discount offered will be reduced if the fare is too low to not cover the taxes.  This is only likely to be an issue on short haul tickets.

Only BA operated flights are valid, not codeshares (so, for example, only BA flights to Madrid can be discounted, not the ones flown by Iberia with a BA flight number)

Any itinerary with a non-BA flight on it will not be offered ‘Part-Pay With Avios’ even if it also contains a UK or short-haul flight

You can only book at ba.com or via the BA call centre

It cannot be combined with promotional discount codes or ‘flight plus car’ / ‘flight plus hotel’ packages

It CAN be combined with Hotlines (discounted staff tickets) and presumably the MBNA Diamond Club credit card 10% discount

It works OK on the ‘hand baggage only / Basic’ fares

If you are in a Household Account, you will be allowed to use Avios to part-pay flights for people who are outside the Household Account

The Avios are deducted from the account of the person making the booking, even if the other passengers have their own BA or avios.com accounts

All travel must be completed by 30th September.

The official Part Pay With Avios website is here.  Click on the ‘Find Out More’ button to see the special promotional rates – the rates shown on the home page are the normal ones.

SALE THREE: Club World and First Class bargains

Finally, we have the ‘flight only’ sale.  The home page for the sale is here.

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.

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.

Remember that ‘Part Pay With Avios’ can be used with these fares at the enhanced rate of 1p per point.  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.

All three of these sale BA sale options close at midnight tonight, Tuesday.


British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 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 and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (32)

  • idrive says:

    SUPER OT! I won a free night in Geneva from the recent competition! Thank you Rob, the first time I win something here!
    Would anyone give me some advice: whats better between IC, Kempinski or Metropole? 🙂

    • Jon says:

      Congratulations to you! I’m pleased too, because I’ve won a free night in Geneva as well! Thanks Rob.

      • Boi says:

        Won too! First time. Did we hfp win all
        I used to go to Geneva too often as a student (was my only option without my own money) and thought I wouldn’t want to go again….but hubby has never been and wants to go.

        We also have 2 free nights from ihg accelerate so might combine if allowed?

        • Ed says:

          Also o/t but thanks raffles for the Amex referral and award wallet code both very much appreciated

  • idrive says:

    well, thank you Rob for the info, credit to Geneva Tourism for the kind offer:-)

  • GESalesEngineer says:

    I also was thinking whether its nesting of some description. Actually I just booked the outbound with Norwegian. the tickets for the whole trip were around 1500 GBP per person.

  • Genghis says:

    Article in the FT noting that Qatar have upped their stake in IAG to 15% and look to increase their stake further within ‘allowable limits’ and further progress collaboration.

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    LAST DAY for the three British Airways sales

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