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Underwhelming British Airways sale now on

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British Airways has launched its annual December sale click here for details.  Without a hint of irony, it is called ‘The Unforgettable Sale’.  Once you’ve seen the pricing you may disagree.

I’m not sure what is going on here – I am guessing that there will be a separate premium sale later on.  We know that business class loads are weak but there are no real deals here.

The headline deals being advertised are all in World Traveller:

BA British Airways 777

  • New York from £399 return
  • New Orleans from £545 return
  • Santiago from £679 return
  • Los Angeles from £499 return
  • San Diego from £577 return
  • San Francisco from £499 return
  • Dubai from £299 return
  • Calgary from £549 return
  • Buenos Aires from £699 return
  • Tokyo from £677 return
  • Fort Lauderdale £379 return
  • Oakland £379 return
  • Singapore £499 return
  • Johannesburg from £570 return

A quick look at the British Airways Low Fare Finder site doesn’t show much of merit in Club World.

New York is no cheaper than £1800, for example.  San Francisco is no cheaper than £2075.  Buenos Aires is no cheaper than £2639 whilst Dubai bottoms out at a still pricey £1495 – and only if you travel during Ramadan.

The sale home page is here if you want to take a look.  All deals must be booked by 31st January.

There are some slightly better deals over at BA Holidays, assuming you are happy to package in a hotel with your flight.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

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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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (82)

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  • Genghis says:

    OT. Mrs Genghis just sent me this

    Three course meal? Erm… Barely. And 10 mini bottles of the cheap (yet drinkable) champagne between 3? Even a mate and I managed 4 each LGW-BOD recently. Lightweights.

  • Mark LLL says:

    Apologies if this has been mentioned elsewhere this site, finally Qatar Airways site has the form for transfer QMiles to Accorhotels points. Quite difficult to find the actual form for transfer request.

    Log in to your Qatar account. Click ‘redeem my Qmiles/Qcredits’ from tabs at top of page.
    Click ‘redeem with partners’ link on left hand side of page. Select the ‘convert q miles’ option from tabs in middle of page.
    This takes you to the conversion request form.
    Select partner (Accor) from drop down menu. Enter your Accor account number.
    Enter how many blocks of Qmiles you are requesting be converted (see below*)
    As you proceed you will be prompted for a one time password (OTP) which Qatar will have just sent by SMS or eMail. Agree terms/conditions. Submit request. Phew.

    *Blocks of 4,500 QM convert to 1000 Accor points, max 10 blocks allowed. Qatar will mull it over for up to ten days and approve or reject your transfer request.
    Fingers crossed – my QMiles expire in less than ten days, figured its worth a shot as theyre going to waste otherwise.

  • Kevin Hastings says:

    Qatar seem to be having a couple of good deals in Business:

    £1,000 to China from BUD (on A320 though)
    £1,100 to BKK from Venice (DOH-BKK on A380)

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