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British Airways September sale starts TODAY

It is always risky writing about deals which are not yet launched as there is always a chance that they get pulled at the last minute or start late.  So, if it is not live when you read this, don’t blame me!  (EDIT: it is now live!)

The British Airways September sale is due to start today and runs until 20th September.  I don’t know the valid travel dates yet.

British Airways A350

Details are hopefully here.  I will do a full article on the pricing either tomorrow or Thursday, but the headline prices should include LA from £478 in World Traveller, Miami from £549, Orlando from £413 and Abu Dhabi from £399.  BA Holidays deals in World Traveller will start from New York at £449 per person.

Of more interest to the HFP market, Club Europe holiday deals will start at £259 per person with long-haul deals starting at £1,599 each for Club World to New York.

The home page for the sale is here.

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  1. Seriously annoying, I was looking at PE flights to New York; a week ago the price dramatically reduced (from around £1,100 to just over £800). Now today it’s back up to £1000.

    • Eww who flies PE?

      • I thought there was a different web site for BA PE customers…………………………………. although don’t drench up a post when I said Air France PE was “OK” well it was actually

  2. Andrew* says:

    OT: test/re-test, Newcastle Aspire lounge with Priority Pass (via Amex Plat): 1 adult and 2 children (8 & 6), no charge for ‘additional guest’…

  3. David2910 says:

    OT (it transpires 75% of my posts are OT): Alaska mileage plan. A lot of chat generally on eg insideflyer about how great it is even ex UK. I have much more faith in the collective view of this forum. Anyone on here with experience?

    • Only real upside is the ability to mix BA and Emirates flight credits – but you can’t IIRC redeem Emirates UK to Middle East, only ex-USA. Any BA partner has no Reward Flight Saver and will likely charge a US-style 25,000 miles for an economy European flight, so they are rubbish for short haul. Difficult to see the attraction and I don’t know anyone who uses it.

      The only merit to me is that you can credit Emirates flights to it and redeem for BA. However, a better deal is to book Emirates flights on the Qantas code share and credit them directly to BAEC.

      • The sweet spot is for CX J redemption between Europe and HKG (42.5k o/w can be purchased at $1,675 on regular sale).

    • Joe Deeney (InsideFlyer) says:

      Hi David,

      I’m not one to normally disagree with Raffles but I think he’s being a bit harsh on Alaska there!

      If you fly enough with OneWorld airlines to earn status then I agree that sticking with BA/AA is probably best, but if you can also earn Miles in other ways (Rocketmiles, SPG transfers etc) or fly a variety of different airlines in different alliances then Alaska Mileage Plan has great advantages.

      You can credit Miles to Alaska from AeroMexico, Air France/KLM, AA, BA, Cathay, Delta, Emirates, Fiji, Hainan, Japan, Icelandair, Korean, LAN, Qantas and a couple of odd little ones too. Being able to pool Miles from flights on all of those in one place is a lot more useful than having a few thousand stranded here and there in different programmes.

      The real point to Mileage Plan though (for me anyway) isn’t so much the earning but the redemption side. There are no ‘surcharges’ (except on BA and Icelandair) and you can get a free stopover on one-way redemptions (which can be extremely valuable).

      The award chart(s) take a bit of getting used to but the value can be incredible, eg:

      70,000 Alaska MP Miles and a few quid in taxes can get you from New York to Hong Kong (stopover as long as you want) and then to Johannesburg in Cathay First Class – that’s about 29 hours in Cathay Pacific First Class in total (aka A LOT of Krug…). It’s an extreme example, but BA would charge 280,000 Avios for the same flights!

      50,000 get’s you one-way in AA Business Class (no surcharges) between Europe and Hawaii with a free stopover somewhere in the continental US en route.

      Yan has already mentioned the brilliant pricing between Europe and Hong Kong.

      Asia to Aus/NZ is good too etc

      Alaska have regular Miles sales too (usually end up being about 1.5p each) which can make a lot of sense for people who would otherwise pay cash for Business/First.

      Avios can still be great (eg. Raffles’ Air Berlin post today), but for long haul Business/First Class the amounts required these days are very high (particularly on partners/ peak) and when you factor in the surcharges too, focusing on collecting with other programmes can provide much better value.

      There are definitely big gaps with Alaska as well (particularly for short flights and trips that don’t start/end in the US) so I wouldn’t want it as my only programme, but because there are plenty of ways to get relatively cheap Avios/Virgin FC Miles (Clubcard, subscriptions, credit cards etc) that you can’t get other Miles from, I tend to prioritise collecting Alaska, Virgin America, AA, Etihad, United, Asiana, ANA and Singapore Miles when I’ve got a choice.

      Being aware of the various sweetspots in each award chart and having Miles in a broad range of programmes (or being able to transfer to a broad range – which is why I value Starpoints so highly) can save you vast amounts of Miles/cash.

      • David2910 says:

        Lots of food for thought here, thanks both raffles and joe for your views

  4. Margaret says:

    Yesterday flights NY-LON on some dates next April were only about £75 extra in premium economy. Now they are about £160 more. I waited for the sale, so not happy. Are they likely to drop again next month? Their website is more than odd. If I return to Edinburgh instead of London with flights through London it’s £25 cheaper and I get the flights! I tried to change the NY-LHR flights and it initially dropped them and offered an outbound and 5 nights in a hotel for £965 for two people!

  5. Tilly71 says:

    Lego deal back on tesco direct, 1000 pts on £60 spend, 500 on £30.

  6. Looking for some advice on a BA tier points run, need 110 to level off, available either weekends between now and the end of my collection year Nov 8th, or the 1/2 term October holiday.

  7. Imbruce says:

    I booked flights from LHR To JFK for next June on Sunday. The outbound are with AA return are with BA as we are coming back from Boston and I could not find a return flight direct from Boston to LHR on AA. I used the 10% via MBNA credit card link to
    Which is a good rate. Then when I get to the check out it tells me I nee to pay
    £36 per seat each pax each way, then £10 credit card surcharge.
    Should the AA Flights show on their AAAadvantage page or just BA as I don’t won’t have to pay for seats again?
    Flights for myself and o/h and seat allocation charges are all separate transactions, which I thought was odd?

  8. samson10 says:

    Is anyone else still having trouble actually getting to the sale fares? I click through to the ‘£359 Dubai’ page and it shows me a list of months with prices and then when I click the month I get a swirly thing for a bit and nothing else…