I wanted to do a recap today of some of the deals on offer.
Since the sale was announced, British Airways has launched its generous ‘triple Avios and triple On Business points’ promotion. As long as you travel before 11th December you will receive triple base Avios when you fly. This makes these sale prices more attractive for Autumn travel.
Travel dates are all over the place. You can book well into 2017 on most routes for travel from September – the main exception is the USA where you can only book World Traveller and World Traveller Plus flights between Christmas Day and 29th March.
You should take a look at the small print at the bottom of the sale website for all the travel date details.
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, fares in First and Club World are higher than we saw in the last major sale in June. Very little got me very excited – I picked out in Club World:
Montreal at £1,332
Toronto at £1,332
£1,500 for a lot of the Caribbean routes from Gatwick
£1,352 to Abu Dhabi (which remain cheaper than Dubai despite being a 30 minute taxi ride away and using a new Boeing 787)
£1,500 – £1,700 to India
£701 to New York in World Traveller Plus looked a decent deal especially if you can use Avios to upgrade to Club World. Similarly £599 in World Traveller Plus to Abu Dhabi is not bad, especially with 150 tier points.
Here are some major destinations, priced as World Traveller / World Traveller Plus / Club World / First:
New York £398 / £701 / £1,581 / £2,283
Miami £460 / £852 / £1,950 / £2,577
Abu Dhabi £379 / £599 / £1,352 / £1,852
Mumbai £420 / £770 / £1,517 / £2,113
Bangkok £498 / £1,049 / £2,199 / na
Tokyo £547 / £1,108 / £2,045 / £3,912
There are also some deals on European short-haul flights with some destinations at £200 return or less for 80 tier points. I spotted Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bergen, Billund, Bordeaux, Brussels, Friedrichshafen, Geneva, Genoa, Hamburg, Hannover, Innsbruck, Jersey, Lyon, Rome, Rotterdam, Seville, Stavangerm, Stuttgart, Valencia, Venice, Verona and Vienna. 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 although there is no special offer at the moment. ‘Part Pay With Avios’ has actually got worse! The maximum discount at present is £200 for 35,000 Avios points (was 30,000 points) per return flight although you can now claim this off all fare classes – it was previously capped at £100 for economy 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. Pop over to BA Holidays here and do a test booking before booking anything as ‘flight only’. Another benefit of booking your flight as a holiday is that you pay a deposit now with the balance only due five weeks before departure.
I didn’t focus much on the Virgin Atlantic cash sale because it was primarily for Economy and Premium Economy only. Details of the Virgin sale are here if you want to take a last-minute look.
In general, you can book for travel between Christmas Day and 5th April, although it varies by route.
More interesting is the reward seat sale which runs until Thursday 22nd. You will receive 30% off the miles required for Economy and Premium Economy redemptions. This is same deadline as for the parallel ‘buy miles’ bonus.
Virgin taxes on Economy redemptions are lower (by roughly £100) than British Airways although they are roughly similar for Premium Economy. Following the Avios devaluation last April, you will also need substantially fewer miles than BA for an identical route.
Here are some example prices in both Economy and Premium Economy – the Premium Economy deals look particularly attractive:
New York – 24,500 miles + £259 / 38,500 miles + £415 (this is up £70 since the February sale!)
Barbados – 31,500 miles + £211 / 49,000 miles + £347
Delhi – 29,750 miles + £254 / 49,000 miles + £390
Hong Kong – 35,000 miles + £278 / 56,000 + £427
Almost all other routes are bookable too. A full list of taxes and the miles required can be found here.
What is interesting about this sale is that you can book for any time in the next 11 months. There are no date restrictions as long as seats are available. Remember that, even with 30% off, not all of these deals necessarily make sense in low season.
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.