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Excellent USA BA Club World fares from £860 out of Germany and Switzerland

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British Airways has launched a strong Club World sale out of Germany and Switzerland for flights to the USA. If you happy to take a little detour on the way, you could pick up a Club World flight for an exceptionally low price.

Couple it with the current ‘triple Avios’ promotion and you are looking with a very tempting deal indeed.

You are restricted in when you can travel but you can’t have everything.

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Before we get into the fares, let’s look at the rules:

You must book by Monday night, 12th September

Your OUTBOUND flight must be between:

22nd to 29th November

10th February to 15th April 2017

If you want to tie this in with the ‘triple Avios’ deal then you need to be flying out between 22nd – 29th November.

You need to depart from an airport in Germany or Switzerland to specific destinations in North America.  You can book on and will be offered a variety of options across BA and other oneworld airlines – you don’t need to fly BA.

A search from Berlin to Chicago through up routings on Iberia via Madrid, Aer Lingus via Dublin and BA via Heathrow.  Any of these routes would qualify for triple Avios on the transatlantic leg, although only a BA flight would give you triple Avios on the short-haul connection.

Looking at Flyertalk analysis, the best fares appear to be to Chicago although pretty much everywhere in the US is good value compared to flying out of London.

Here are some examples, travelling 23rd to 30th November:

Berlin to Chicago – €1,018 (£861)

Geneva to Seattle – CHF 1,477 (£1,141)

Zurich to New York – CHF 1,234 (£953)

Berlin to San Francisco – €1,833 (£1,551)

Dusseldorf to New York – €1,399 (£1,184)

Frankfurt to Washington – €1,302 (£1,102)

Prices seem to be even cheaper if you want to travel in 2017 – Zurich to Chicago seems to drop below £800 at some points.

Factoring in triple Avios ….

Let’s look at the Berlin to Chicago deal (£861) with triple Avios points via the current promotion.

For a Blue member, you would earn:

(869 + 5930 + 5930 + 869) Avios plus a bonus of (579 + 3953 + 3953 + 579) and (579 + 3953 + 3953 + 579) for a total of 31,726 Avios

….. which isn’t bad going for £861 plus the cost of positioning in Berlin.  Don’t forget the 360 tier points as well.

Tier point running

These prices are for relatively simple ‘one connection’ flights.

If you want to turn this into a British Airways tier point run, try looking up prices on instead.  You may be offered a wider range of connections.  Bookings on two class American Airlines aircraft (First and Economy) trigger First Class tier points when booked as an AA flight number via the American site – booked via you only receive Business Class tier points.  

Remember that a flight needs to be over 2,000 miles to be treated as long haul and earn 140 tier points each way instead of 40 tier points.

For most HfP readers, this will be more complex than they are looking for.  If a simple ‘one connection’ flight is what you’re after, pop over to and see what you can find.

Remember that:

You must book by Monday night, 12th September

Your OUTBOUND flight must be between:

22nd – 29th November

10th February to 15th April 2017

For new readers, you should be very clear in your mind that you MUST take the first flight out of Germany or Switzerland.  You CANNOT turn up at Heathrow and hope to jump on the second leg.  Your flight will have been cancelled as soon as you ‘no showed’ for the first leg.

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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 – 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 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:

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 (66)

  • Luca says:

    yup – fare pulled.

  • Tp says:

    Haroon – The fare has gone now but info for next time..

    Either use the ITA Matrix (Search for Raffles article on how to use) or probably an easier route, use Google flights.

    To find this route, enter the following into Google Flights using the multi-city search –


    Google flights will show you all connecting options and fares applicable to dates of travel in calendar form, it’s very easy to use. If you have a preference for a certain aircraft type, you select accordingly.

    Once you have found the routing and fare you wish to book, you can either send the itinerary straight from Google Flights into AA’s online booking engine or if you wish for it to be ticketing by BA, you can give them a call.

    Hope this helps for next time.

  • Tp says:

    Sorry – Should have been IAD (Washington Dulles), not IAH (Houston)! Apologies…

  • s says:


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