British Airways has launched a short flash sale on many of its European routes. The headline prices are as low as you will ever see, with headline fares from £23 each way.
You don’t have long:
The Heathrow sale is now over – you had to book by midnight on Sunday for travel by 18th March
Gatwick is stilll on – Gatwick departures must be booked by midnight on Tuesday for travel by 18th March
BA Holidays packages must be booked by midnight on Tuesday
From Gatwick, ba.com states that:
Destinations included in the sale are Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona, Naples, Salzburg, Tenerife, Verona, Venice, Rome, Genoa, Bari, Pisa, Valencia, Glasgow, Bordeaux, Nice, Cagliari, Catania, Malta, Turin, Paphos, Dubrovnik, Faro, Funchal, Lanzarote, Palma, Mahon and Gibraltar.
The Low Fare Finder tool (click here) is your best friend, as usual. This shows the lowest prices that BA is offering on every route over the next year.
Despite the cheapness of these fares you will still receive at least 125 Avios and 5 tier points each way.
I can see (and these are just the sub-£30 routes):
- Alicante £25
- Barcelona £23
- Basel £29
- Bilbao £29
- Bordeaux £28
- Inverness £28
- Luxembourg £22
- Malaga £25
- Malta £28
- Naples £24
- Palma £27
- Pisa £29
- Salzburg £28
- Tallinn £26
- Valencia £28
- Verona £23
Before booking, check out BA Holidays here – click on ‘City Breaks’ – and see if that offers an even better deal when you add a hotel or car.
To maximise your miles when paying, your best bet is the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card which earns double Avios (3 per £1) when you book at ba.com or via BA Holidays. You do not get double Avios if you book with the free British Airways American Express card. Another option is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2023)
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.
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.