British Airways has launched some incredibly low Club Europe fares out of London Gatwick.
In fact, these are the cheapest Club Europe fares I have ever seen. Back in October 2015 BA ran a flash sale offering seats at £150 return, but these deals beat that.
The lowest fare on offer is, admittedly, a niche one. Nuremberg in Germany is £114 return for travel in late December to early January. Here is a screen shot to prove it (click to enlarge):
More mainstream destinations are also very cheap. Barcelona is £140 return in Club Europe from London Gatwick, for example.
The maths is compelling:
You get 80 tier points for the flight, so at well under £2 per tier point this is worth considering for no other reason than it is a cheap way to earn or retain status. As I note below, Catania is £215 return for 160 tier points.
Even a British Airways Blue member would earn 2,150 Avios for a return flight to Barcelona, so that is at least £20 of value coming straight back
You will get access to the impressive new British Airways Galleries lounges at Gatwick which we reviewed here
You will get the other benefits of Club Europe – fast track security (which works well at Gatwick), priority boarding, empty middle seat, a free meal and all the champagne you can get through
This is what I see for travel between January and April for under £200 in Club Europe. Remember that a 2-night minimum stay or a Saturday night may be required:
- Alicante from £180 return
- Amsterdam from £180 return
- Barcelona from £140 return
- Bilbao from £198 return
- Bordeaux from £136 return
- Friedrichshafen from £150 return
- Geneva from £156 return
- Genoa from £146 return
- Innsbruck from £188 return
- Limoges from £144 return
- Luxembourg from £158 return
- Lyon from £170 return
- Malaga from £180 return
- Nice from £180 return
- Nuremberg from £114 return (late Dec / early Jan only)
- Pisa from £196 return
- Porto from £190 return
- Rome from £186 return
- Salzburg from £180 return
- Seville from £170 return
- Turin from £160 return
- Venice from £180 return
- Verona from £170 return
If you are after tier points, you should take a look at Catania in Sicily. This is a 160 tier points route and is selling for as low as £215 return in May, June and July. My article listing all of the 160 tier point Club Europe routes is here.
You should also have a look at the BA Holidays website here and do a dummy booking with a hotel or car hire added. You might find it gets even cheaper.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
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:
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:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
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