British Airways has launched a decent deal, valid in all travel classes. The best value is clearly for Economy flights which, I admit, knocks out a large percentage of our readership. There are some decent World Traveller Plus prices at the moment though – Oman, at around £550, has been flagged in the comments below – which should be upgradable with points to Club World if there is Avios availability.
Until midnight on Monday 23rd April, you will save £50 per person on any British Airways long-haul flight booking which begins in the UK.
You can book for travel between 21st April and 27th October.
There is NO minimum spend (well, there is, £51, but I doubt BA has any long-haul flights for that …..). You need to be a member of British Airways Executive Club to book, but that is hardly likely to be a problem for a HFP reader.
You cannot mix this with ‘part pay with Avios’ and you can’t use it on an Avios redemption to reduce the taxes. The discount is per person, not per booking.
Flights must be BA marketed AND BA operated. Codeshares, eg the American Airlines flights to the United States which carry a British Airways flight number, do not qualify.
How to book
Bookings can only be made on ba.com. Here (click) is the special booking page – it says that you need to use the links on that page for the code to work.
In theory you need to use code BAMember50 during the booking process for the discounted prices to show. However, when I tested it via the main ba.com home page the code failed. It ONLY seems to work if you book via the booking box on this page which automatically applies the discount code.
The code is applied AFTER you have selected your flights. If you do need to enter it manually, in VERY tiny print on the flight summary page it says ‘Promo code or e-voucher’. Click that and a box appears where you can input the code.
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.
Remember you cancel a flight booked yesterday for FREE ….
British Airways has a 24 hour (timed to the minute) cancellation policy.
If you booked a long-haul flight yesterday which would qualify for the discount, you can call BA and cancel it. There are no fees at all. You can then immediately rebook and claim the £50 saving. Obviously check the price has not gone up though!
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
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.)