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
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 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 (March 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.
You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:
Here are your other options. There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(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.)