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BA domestic Club Europe – book with Avios today, check existing flights

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As we revealed exclusively on Head for Points two weeks ago, British Airways will launch Club Europe business class on domestic flights from 1st April.

Some behind-the-scenes work was going on yesterday to get things ready.  No domestic flights could be booked for travel from 1st April.  Normal service was meant to resume at 8am this morning.

British Airways club europe domestic flights

Firstly ….

If you have an existing domestic sector booked, take another look at it.

You may find that it now shows Club Europe.  This is especially likely if you are connecting to or from a premium class flight in London.

Anyone with a standalone Business UK ticket should also be upgraded.

Secondly ….

Take a look at your seat allocations over at

As of last night BA had not rearranged seating on existing bookings.  However, I would expect it to be done by the time you read this.

If you have an existing domestic booking and were sat towards the front of the aircraft, you are likely to have been moved towards the middle or back.  You may want to check and move yourself if you aren’t happy with where you ended up.

If you were moved into Club Europe, you should check to see if the window or aisle seat you have been given is suitable.  If you are travelling with other people, check that they are still near you – remember that Club Europe seating is 2×2 rather than 3×3 in Euro Traveller.

Thirdly ….

Avios redemption seats for Club Europe on domestic flights should be available from 8am today when the booking system reopens.

I would expect two Avios seats in Club Europe to be showing on every flight.  If I’m right, this is a great opportunity to bag yourself some seats for peak dates – Edinburgh during the Festival, anything you may need for Christmas, New Year, Easter or Bank Holidays etc.  Yes, you’ll be paying 9,000 Avios each-way but that is still probably a better deal than paying cash.

Cash tickets for business class – which we assume will earn 80 tier points return – are pricing at around £199 at  If you after a quick tier point run, they may be worth a look.  If you’ve got more time, however, you can get weekend breaks to certain European destinations for similar money and which are likely to be more fun.  A key difference is that these domestic tickets do NOT appear to require a Saturday night stay.

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Comments (185)

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  • Sam says:

    Has anyone confirmed how many tier point CE domestic flights earn?
    My booking LGW-GLA was offering cash upgrade for £70. I paid over the phone as it wasn’t working online, but now the booking is only showing 20 TP. I was expecting 40.

    • Rob says:

      It may still tick over – can’t be sure until 1 April. I class implies 40.

  • Ben Hill says:

    Beware! The app has a glitch at present which is amending some standard Domestic bookings to Club Europe. I have flagged this with BA yet have been informed that it is I who is having trouble using the app!

    • John m says:

      My boarding pass for tomorrow is showing as Club Europe. Might try to get into the lounge in BHD in the strength of that

  • Touma says:

    I have 241 flight redemptions from gatwick to Grenada CW with domestic connections via Edinburgh, my flights were, as others, cancelled and rebooked as ET domestic. As an avid reader of HFP I took the advice of others and phoned although no joy with the first agent I asked to speak to someone else for further feedback and explained some of the examples quoted, they put me on hold for a few minutes and then they checked availability and both outward and return domestic legs were upgraded to CE with no further ado , so thanks everyone for posting their experience.

  • Andrew says:

    I am also having same issue with flights booked using 241 in September – connecting flights from Edinburgh and refusal to change unless I pay for an upgrade with Avios and a change in taxes price.
    Not having any joy despite asking the agent to check a couple of times.

    I assume the only route now is to make a complaint to BA?

    I have also just booked a domestic club flight and was expecting to see 40 tier points for it but the booking is showing 20 points – not sure if this is just a temporary situation.

  • Frank says:

    I booked Heathrow to Dublin 9/3/17 for travel 13/3 Business Class using Reward Saver, confirmation came as Club Europe.

    I was refused entry to the lounge only explanation ” ticket not valid ” Ironically as I was waiting for flight BA asked for feedback on my experiance in the lounge !

    All others aspects: Fast Track, seating , service & food were matching Business Class.

    I have complained to BA & await their response.

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