British Airways has launched a new luxury sale, with deals in Club World and First. There are also some Club Europe and BA Holidays deals – including additional BA Holidays discounts valid until 9th May.
The headline fare is £89 for a one-way in Club Europe from Heathrow to Billund (Legoland) so there is definitely something for every wallet here.
The home page for the sale is here. You can book until 23rd May.
Travel dates are all over the place and it would take me a full article just to list all the permutations. On most routes you can book from 1st June to May 2018, although there will almost certainly be blackout dates.
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 March. Very little got me very excited – I picked out in Club World:
- Beijing at £1,651
- Seoul at £1,760
- India at £1,500 to £1,800
- Muscat at £1,409
- Abu Dhabi at £1,291
- Boston at £1,792
- Orlando at £1,693
- Tampa at £1,493
- Cancun at £1,489
- Punta Cana at £1,192
- Antigua at £1,677
In First Class, you’ve got:
- Miami at £2,449
- Atlanta at £2,059
- Chicago at £2,394
- Abu Dhabi at £1,876
- Muscat at £1,874
There are also some deals on European short-haul flights with some destinations at £225 return or less for 80 tier points. I spotted Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bergen, Billund, Bordeaux, Geneva, Genoa, Ibiza, Limoges, Luxembourg, Milan, Nantes, Nice, Palma, Paris, Pisa, Quimper, Rotterdam, Seville, Tallinn and Valencia. These fares will require a Saturday night stay.
Remember that ‘Part Pay With Avios’ (details here) can be used with these fares. The maximum discount at present is £200 for 36,500 Avios points per return flight in Club Europe, 45,500 Avios for £250 off in Club World and 55,000 for £300 off in First. Some routes are offering better deals than this.
BA Holidays is also running deals
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.
Until 9th May, BA Holidays is offering additional discounts:
Save £50 when you spend £1250 (total booking) on Flight + Hotel or Flight + Car
Save £100 when you spend £2500+ (total booking) on Flight + Hotel or Flight + Car
Here are a few examples of BA Holidays pricing:
Barcelona – three nights at the 4* Atenea Valles, from £289 per person, travelling May 1 – May 31, Club Europe from Gatwick
Seville – three nights at the 4* Precise Resort El Rompido Club, from £259 per person, travelling September 1 – September 30, Club Europe from Gatwick
Toronto – three nights at the 4* Chelsea Hotel Toronto, from £1299 per person, travelling December 18 – December 27, Club World from Heathrow
Tampa – seven nights at the 4* Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside, from £1599 per person, travelling May 1 – June 30, Club World from Gatwick
Barbados – seven nights at the 4* Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa, from £1899 per person, travelling September 1 – September 30, Club World from Gatwick
Cape Town – five nights at the 4* Circa Luxury Apartment Hotel, from £3169 per person, travelling November 13 – November 29, Club World from Gatwick
Dubai – three nights at the 4* Doubletree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, from £1479 per person, travelling June 1 – June 21, Club World from Heathrow
Hong Kong – four nights at the 4* Harbour Plaza North Point, from £3169 per person, travelling July 1 – July 31, Club World from Heathrow
PS. If you are looking at North America, Expedia is also running a holidays promotion with United at the moment. Details are here. You need to book by 21st May.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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.
(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.)