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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)

  • david says:

    You can also book this flight for £884 per person if you do a Kayak search!

  • Dave says:

    Wanted to book Manchester to Beijing in September but not in the offer so it’s £3012.52 per person.No special price.London to Beijing same flight and same date £1008.01 per person.Could book Manchester flights separately for £122 economy or £200 business but have to collect baggage at Heathrow and check in again.Rang exec club but no chance of ticketing bags through.Scandalous discrimination against the regions .Our national carrier is a national disgrace allowing such things to happen .

    • TGLoyalty says:

      It’s true but there are many deals which work from the regions only too.

      For that sort of saving isn’t it worth doing? Just one of the travelling party need to collect and re-check, don’t take anything but passport/phone landslide and you’ll have fast track security to get back through very quickly.

    • Robbie says:

      Worse than that – if you check EDI or GLA for the China discount, you will find two connecting fares discounted – but only flying through LGW or LCY – so airport transfers are being forced on those of us outside London to get the deal. It’s not as if the LHR flights are full (the EDI 10am flight is almost always a 767 wide body) but LHR connections are showing full fare only – Computer says no – BA is simply not extending the sale to the regions/nations….Of course you can collect bags and recheck on another PNR, but that’s no way to treat customers outside London….Poor show…..

    • mark2 says:

      Even more scandalous, I can’t book from Birmingham at any price, or Bristol, Norwich, Cardiff etc.

  • doug says:

    can you use avios to book these flights ?

  • Suzi Roberts says:

    Kayak brings up these BA Club flights with Traveltrolley or TravelUp for around £900 per person. Any disadvantages for booking this way?

  • Mark Priest says:

    If I book flight and 1 hotel night as a holiday booking. Can I subsequently cancel for a full refund? i.e are the tickets booked in to a flexi class?

    • Rob says:

      For £1000 return …. er, no 🙂

      What I honestly don’t know is whether you can walk away from your £300 deposit with no liability to pay the balance. Would be interested in knowing the answer to that.

      • Mark Priest says:

        That’s more what I meant. Even have a £300 pp voucher to use still. so £700 return

  • Mark Priest says:

    Is this booked BY 21st. i.e end of day on the 20th. or end of day on the 21st?

    • Yan says:


      21st marks the end of the CNY national holiday.

      • Mark Priest says:

        thank you

        • Adil UK says:

          Well I booked at 12:40 hours Hong Kong time on Wed 21FEB and everything went through fine. This is 04:40 hours UK time. So assume the offer is valid till midnight UK time on Wednesday 21FEB. So one needs to move on and book if interested rather than leaving it till the last minute!
          Better to book a holiday including flight and hotel with a £300 deposit per booking. This is non refundable and the balance to be paid by 20 AUGUST.

  • Adil UK says:

    The balance to be paid 5 weeks before departure. Sorry for any confusion.

  • Carl says:

    Thanks for this Rob. Booked two weeks in October.