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BA Sale Part 2: Good First and Club World flight and BA Holidays deals from £1,200

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British Airways Holidays has launched a new round of First Class and Club World flight and holiday bargains.

Click here to take a look at some of the deals available with Club World flights.

Some of the headline prices look good.  These are the ‘lead in’ flight and hotel offers based on Club World flights:

New York – £1,406 including three nights in a 4* hotel

Toronto – £1,204 including three nights in a 4* hotel

Los Angeles – £1,693 including SIX nights in a 4* hotel

Boston – £1,340 including three nights in a 4* hotel

These prices are based on two people sharing.

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.

(One minor downside is that BA Holidays packages do not earn On Business points in BA’s small business loyalty scheme for the flights.)

There are also some impressive Club World flight deals available, for booking by 12th July.  Seats are bookable into May 2017 in most cases:

New York – £1,308 return

Atlanta – £1,356 return

Chicago – £1,260 return

Montreal – £1,155 return

Toronto – £1,128 return

Seattle – £1,176 return

Dubai – £1,360 return

Abu Dhabi – £1,245 return

Las Vegas – £1,376 return

San Francisco – £1,581 return

Other destinations are available too, but the deals are less compelling outside the Middle East and North America.

You should take a look at First Class pricing as well.  It is often available for just £400 return extra on the Middle East routes.  

£1,645 First Class to Abu Dhabi, for example, is fantastic – especially as you will be in the very small F cabin on a Boeing 787-9.

If you are based outside London, it is also worth comparing BA prices starting in Dublin or Amsterdam.  You may be able to make even bigger savings.  There are also some very good deals out of Paris to New York at the moment on BA and its sister airline – which flies direct – Open Skies.

The BA Holidays Club World sale page is here.

To find out which months have the cheapest fares, you might want to start your search with the British Airways Low Fare Finder tool which is here.  That £1,176 deal to Seattle is only available for December and January, for example, when you may find it a little nippy.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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 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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

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.

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.

Comments (21)

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  • mr bridge says:

    when will the next sale be likely

  • Genghis says:

    OT but BA related and sharing experience. Booked BA avios open jaw flight last night using 241 on the phone. As usual got the telephone booking fee waived (“I’ll just check with the supervisor”) and paid with a different Amex card (I said it was in wife’s name (who’s 241 it is) but actually in mine. Payment went through no problem.

    • Rob says:

      Amex doesn’t do name verification so that was never going to be an issue.

  • mark2 says:

    Those are amazing prices when you take into account the £555 in charges that you pay for a CW/F Avios redemption to North America. And much more availability too.

  • aceman says:

    Just curious, do any of hilton, spg or hyatt count rooms booked through a TA like BA holidays towards elite qualification criteria? I get that you wont get benefits, but does the stay at least count?

    • Alan says:

      No, if they don’t count for benefits then you won’t receive stay credits (occasionally you’re lucky and do receive them but in general I wouldn’t count on it). Payment on check-out (e.g. for Amex FHR) is fine, but for pre-payment you either need to book direct with a hotel or via a corporate/offline travel agent (and beware that some offline TAs use special deal rates which in themselves aren’t eligible)

  • Dominic says:

    The £400 extra is not just on the Middle East. I found it for my own home destination in Chicago!

  • Michelle Booth says:

    Thanks for all the great info. Is there anyway I can use a companion voucher for a BA holiday or fly drive or can they only be used for flights ?

  • Michael says:

    Does anyone know how to price these BA Holiday options departing from outside the UK?
    I’ve tried the Ireland site but there are no mention of these offers and the UK site doesn’t allow you to select a non-UK airport.

  • aceman says:

    Slightly OT again, there’s no way to hit spg plat or hh diamond through spend in the uk is there? I think both have routes to top status in the US via credit card spending. VERY annoying

    • Rob says:

      Find a friend with an Amex Centurion, give them £500 to cover a 2nd supp, get HH Diamond plus all other hotel cards.

      An SPG Plat challenge is possible if you enrol. Book a few weekends at Heathrow at £45 per night (you get credit for 3 rooms per night(. Would be under £1k.

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