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Fly for just £1009 in BA Club World business class to Beijing or Shanghai

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British Airways has launched its own Chinese New Year event, and it is a very attractive one.

As long as two people travel together, you can fly from Heathrow to Beijing or Shanghai in Club World for just £1009 each (£2018 for two).

There is even a way of getting the price below £1000 each as I show below.

Here are the travel dates where you will find the fare.  As you see, April, May and June are your best bets:

  • 1st April to 30th April
  • 14th May to 31st May
  • 1st June to 7th July
  • 24th September to 4th October
  • 15th October to 31st October
  • 12th November to 6th December

In typical BA style, this deal is not being shown on the home page or the special offers page.  Neither have they emailed the public or trade partners like us about it.  The fare is definitely there though!

Remember to search for TWO Club World passengers.

A Saturday night stay is required.

Last year you may remember I wrote about our own visit to Beijing at Easter.  We did not require a Visa to get in because we were technically in transit – we flew in from Tokyo and flew out again, three days later, to London.  You DO still require a Visa if you fly into China and it is your final destination.

My review of the impressive Waldorf Astoria Beijing is here.  It is a very smart hotel and, importantly, only a few minutes walk from the Forbidden City.  That said, if it is a toss-up between Beijing and Shanghai then I think the latter is more interesting.

These British Airways Club World deals need to be booked by Wednesday 21st.

Don’t forget the BA Holidays booking option

You can also book these deals via BA Holidays via this page.

Search for ‘flight and hotel’ and various options for two people for a similar price as the flights (£2018) or even less will appear.

For example, for a 3-night stay from 16th to 19th June, I can book 2 x Club World flights to Shanghai PLUS three nights in the Rayfont Hotel South Bund (3-star, admittedly) for just £983 per person!

BA Holidays bookings earn Avios and tier points as usual on the flights, although they do not earn credit in the BA On Business small business loyalty scheme.

Don’t forget the other benefits of booking via BA Holidays:

You only need to pay a deposit of £300 per couple now, with the balance due 5 weeks before travel

You earn an extra 1 bonus Avios per £1 spent

It is worth playing around on the BA Holidays site to see what comes up.

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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Comments (83)

  • Charlie says:

    Thanks Rob for highlighting such a great deal. I just booked 4 nights at the Four Seasons Shanghai in November for £1300 each with a £300 deposit. However BA is making me pay for seat selection even though I’m a silver card holder. Is that because it’s a BA Holiday?

    • Rob says:

      Must be an IT error. Try later in MMB or call BA. BA Holidays does not have different rules. More likely that your BAEC number has not percolated into the booking.

  • Scott says:

    Great offer – thanks Rob for highlighting managed to get flights and hotels for £1300 a piece Heathrow to Beijing 20k+ Avios each and 280 tier points. Very chuffed.

  • MrZee says:

    Is there a limit to the number of transit visas you can get in 12 months?

    I was thinking of using this with onwards to AKL and then returning so that would require 2 transit visas.


    • AndyR says:

      Yeah that’s fine.

      • Scott says:

        Yes no problem at all. Just be prepared to wait at immigration. They still do not seem to have it down to a smooth process for the transit visa. I have been left for an hour in Beijing in a room and my passport taken away twice in Shanghai.

  • Benjirocks says:

    Can you do the visa waiver in 2 directions? So for example (depart sat) LHR – PVG – TYO then TYO – PVG (depart Sunday week later)- LHR? With a two night stop in TYO to break it up? Would having a hotel booked in PVG throughout the whole period ( as it is cheaper this way) complicate the matter further?

    • AndyR says:

      Yes you can do it in 2 directions. How many nights is the hotel booking for? Less than 6 days?

    • Coolguycp1 says:

      I guess this options means two separate flight bookings, LHR-PVG using the BA current deal, and PVG-TYO on another ticket(with maybe another airline)?

      • Benjirocks says:

        Yes two separate flight bookings. Nested. Would prob go somewhere else tues/weds/thurs. I think the hotel booking would end up being 7 nights. Sunday night through to the next Sunday morning

        • AndyR says:

          Not sure but could be a problem when you check in as hotels usually check your transit without visa in your passport.

  • Kenneth Tan says:

    Just a comment about the relevance of the £1009 price. This is the Chinese lunar year of the dog. In Cantonese (Chinese as spoken around Hong Kong), the sound for for word “nine”, is very very close to the sound for the word “dog’.

  • Renaud says:

    Any chance these would be upgradeable to First using Avios, or to make this work somehow with an open jaw?

    We’re going to Beijing + Japan late March/early April and I have a London-Beijing + Tokyo-London redemption on a 241 voucher (First outbound, CW inbound) + a separate Beijing-Tokyo JAL redemption in between.

    The taxes were £551 each, so this sale is very tempting indeed. Would probably have to lose a day + do one more redemption to get back to Beijing instead of returning direct from Tokyo though.

    • Scott says:

      Open jaw will increase the cost significantly if it back from Tokyo. Upgrading is absolutely fine as long as there is availability.

    • Rob says:

      Certainly upgradeable but you can’t open jaw, unless you open jaw Beijing and Shanghai.

      • Geoff says:

        Can you upgrade with avios when booking as a BA holiday?

        • KevMc says:

          Yes, you definitely can, as long as there is availability. I upgraded our outbound section to Shanghai for just 30,000 points each. I just had to call them, as the option was available online. No extra costs involved etc.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Shaghai is a great city if possible. Would also be visa free as Beijing and Shaghai are separate when it comes to transit visas?

  • Michael C says:

    Just fyi flight prices also work for 3 people!

  • Wayne says:

    Thanks for that info Rob,
    Now cancelled our LHR/PEK avios redemption with 241 in first and took the Club World offer LHR/PEK PVG/LHR, used 31,000 part pay to save £240, not the best value for the Avios but we will be earning 40,000 avios plus tier points with the new flights that we wouldn’t of earned with the reward flights, so not bad.
    So we can save the refunded 241 and 170000 avios for another time!