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British Airways Europe flash sale – one way flights from £23!

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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, 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.

British Airways European flash sale

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

EDIT: Any Heathrow-only routes above are no longer bookable

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 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.

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  1. These are the sorts of prices that need to become the norm if BA are going to pursue the LCC model. If they want to compete with Norwegian, Ryanair etc they can’t scrap all the perks but still charge twice the amount.

    • You think Heathrow to Innsbruck in a BA “Sale” at £51 one-way is supposed to scare the LCCs?


      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        It wont scare them at Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stanstead, Luton, Aberdeen, Southhampton, Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle, etc etc.

        • It won’t scare us at Gatwick either.

          Return flights to the med for those who live within striking distance of an airport can be as low as £6 per person.

    • As the Heathrow passenger service charge is £19 that won’t be happening ….

      • OK, we’ll bite – look up the Gatwick passenger service charge … go on, we’ll wait 🙂

        Now explain why BA’s fares ex-LGW are *so much* lower than ex-LGW.

        Spoiler: BA’s cheapest ex-LGW fares are not just a couple of quid less than the best ex-LHR fares, unlike the PSC!

  2. Travel by 18th March, is that correct? The Low Fare finder has £23 each way to BCN all the way through to May from LGW? I didn’t check any others, that was on our radar already

  3. O/T – Have a reward night (through points) booked at Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

    Does it make any difference to upgrade to Hilton Diamond using status match for this stay.

    • Breakfast is included in the price for everyone, no exec lounge, no suites to upgrade to.

    • Steve C says:

      The rewards in Hamptons for diamonds is normally poor especially considering that a number in the UK often charge premium rates. I stayed at Bristol multiple times last year and welcome choices were small number of points or soft drink and snack. There was 2 classes of room the higher one was a little bigger with a sofa bed and I wasn’t always allocated it so in my opinion the answer is No.

    • We stayed there last year (HH Diamond) and the hotel treated us really well. Would definitely go back.

  4. Courtney says:

    Awesome, got 2 adults and a child to ALC in May for £133 total then turned it into a BA holiday by adding a car I was going to get anyway to get the luggage allowance back.

    £25 each way might only just about cover our lounge visits 😉

  5. Help pls. We are in Stockholm on our way to NZ with Qatar so will have 600TP by the time we come back. We flew BA to Stockholm.

    So am I right in thinking that if we book a weekend away at these low fares we will get silver? Thinking of Bordeaux. Will HBO tickets count?


    • Yes they will, so, you will have done your 4 x ba sectors each…HBO perfect if you don’t need the TPs…

    • Yes, counts.

    • Brandon says:

      you could book BA to Stockholm/return, as a bonus Qatar will put your bags on the BA flight, EG check your bags in AKL and they will end up in London without having to lug them around in Stockholm.. well they did for us on similar journey to NZ, BA wouldn’t put our bags on a qatar flight but i would fly to Stockholm the night before anyways.

  6. Travel Strong says:

    O/T: I am attending a concert in Dublin on a Friday in June, and thought hey – maybe there’s some ex-DUB deals I could make the most of (seeing as I’m there anyway), and have a long weekend elsewhere too.

    However I am struggling to find anything that seems very attractive, so question is:- What are the typical ‘bargains’ found for Ex-DUB?

    Maybe I am struggling to search for the right things.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Cant help with the travel, but hope you enjoy the Taylor Swift concert 😉

    • You should be looking at £1250 to £1500 long haul as a good fare.

    • Go to Google flights and put in Dublin for departure city and in the destination box put ‘Europe, or “Asia’ etc etc etc…then you get loads of routes/prices from Dublin. Google flights doesn’t cover all airlines though, especially low cost carriers.

    • Dublin not so good now as an ex eu departure since the IAG takeover of EI. Think they have brought them more into line now…iag don’t want competition within their own organisation, methinks!

  7. O/T: Amex MR referral bonuses. This may be common knowledge but I only came across this over the Christmas break – which turns out to be a great time to convince gathered friends and family to take on an amex referral. I am a Platinum charge card holder and I referred 3 family members, who after landing on the platinum page, scrolled down and picked a gold card. I was expecting to earn 9k reward points, but to my surprise these all credited as 18,000 pts.

    I dont know if the referral terms have changed recently or if they have always been this way, but it looks like platinum referrers earn 18,000 pts for referrals regardless of the card chosen by the recipient other than a basic card (point 1 from referral programme terms page).

    My question is, has anyone tried referring someone who then went on to choose an SPG or BA card (it appears non-MR cards come up as a referral option only on a mobile devise, in my standard browser I only get a choice of Plat, Gold and Basic). When you click on SPG or BA the referred bonus of additional 1k and (whatever the BA referred bonus is) appear, on top of the sign up bonus. But will the platinum referee earn a bonus, and if so at what rate?

    I spoke to Amex just now using the chat feature, surprisingly they know nothing about it and are adament that I will only earn 9k for someone taking out a gold card, even though my final 18,000pts for referring someone who took out gold, posted yesterday.

    • If you’ve got the higher bonus, why do you need to report it to Amex? Most likely ruin it for others

      • Erm, not reported…more raised a query…I asked what I would earn if I referred someone to gold, SPG, or BA, their response was 9k for gold and not possible for others. Hence why I am here. Thanks

        • Yes you will get same referral bonus for the other cards, even talk of self referral going through too

        • Just be glad you got 18k and forget about it. Best not to keep questioning amex…

        • I referred myself from Platinum to SPG and received 18k, 18k Business been around for at least 6 months – excitement is long over

    • I got a mailing from them stating 18k per referral so it is legit, and been reported in the comments on here for a good few weeks 🙂

    • Yes this is not new news as it were – been the centre of a fair bit of discussion around people’s strategy vis keeping the plat a bit longer to enable multiple referrals etc.

    • Shhhh. Nothing here move along.

      • I recently got a mailing pack through from Amex as a Gold Card holder which invited me to refer friends and no matter what card the referee chose I would be given the 9,000 points.

  8. Thanks do you or anyone else know or have tested a referral to SPG or BA?

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Spouse referred from Plat to free BA. She got the 18k MR. This was about a week ago.

      One point to note, you cant directly refer to another card type. In my case therefore the link took me to the Plat card but from there I could select any card I wanted. Took the free BA because the driver was the MR points, little use for Avios at the moment.

    • ankomonkey says:

      Referred wife from my plat. She applied for SPG. I got 18k MR points. This was in the last 10 days or so.

    • I did an SPG referral a couple of weeks and got 18k. Just testing with Nectar before I cancel plat

    • Yes, Plat to SPG 18,000 back in November.

  9. O/T. We have a reward night booking (Hilton credit card free night deal) at the Waldorf Astoria in Rome. Is there any benefit in me trying to get a status match with Hilton (I’m currently Platinum Elite with IHG)?

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      Free breakfast now for Gold and above.

      Exec lounge access if you are Diamond irrespective of the room booked.

      I am there in April. Looking forward to it.

      • No access to the Imperial lounge in the WA in Rome even as a Diamond unless you pay for an upgrade. Specifically excluded in the T&Cs. You might get lucky but they don’t have to give access there.

    • Achieving 4 stays (Gold) in 90 days for one breakfast seems like hard work in my book – okay if already have those stays booked obviously. 8 stays needed for Diamond. However you do get status for those 90 days, not clear if Hilton matching IHG Platinum to HH Gold or Diamond these days – whether you keep it depends on the amount of stays so could be worth it. Also not sure if you can go for a status match again in the future after having done it before – am yet to try; there might be a more lucrative prospect than one breakfast in the future….

      • Yep, HH Diamond being matched using IHG Platinum as i git this onky three weeks ago.

    • Free brekky as Gold.

    • Genghis says:

      Is Hilton Gold from Amex Plat / spending £10k on your HH card an option?

      • The Hilton match is guaranteed to succeed, might as well do that. It only lasts 90 days so time it right.

  10. Interesting. Unsure would be referring someone for the cash back so not sure of their intentions.

  11. Roger I* says:

    On topic.

    LHR-Zurich ‘sale’ Jan-May lowest £66. OTOH normal June-Dec lowest £66. Er …

    No LGW-ZRH these days.

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